Review: Firebirds Rising

Firebirds Rising edited by Sharyn November

My attraction to these Firebird anthologies is a little odd to me. I ultimately find them to be just okay, but I still want to read all of them. Is the beautiful cover art courtesy of Cliff Nielsen? Is it the fact that November is putting a lot of effort into making Firebird an imprint with personality, rather than just another speculative fiction or teen imprint? Is it the fact that I feel bad I don’t read more short story collections? We may never know, although I will say that the fact it was Halloween got me to pick this up at the time I did.

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Teaser Tuesday: Firebirds

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Valentine wasn’t really her boyfriend, was he? Where did he get off, expecting her to rescue him just because he was cute and needed her to?

pg. 32 of Firebirds edited by Sharyn November; from Delia Sherman’s “Cotillion”

PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own Teaser Tuesdays post, or share your 2 ‘teasers’ in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks!

The Literary Horizon: Smoke and Mirrors, Firebirds

I’m trying to correct the gaping hole in my reading life where short story collections could go; I’m getting braver about, well, braving bad stories to get to good stories. So today, I’m sharing two of the safest short story collections found on my reading list; one collection that’s wildly nostalgic for me, and one collection from an author who rarely disappoints me.

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