Tuesday, June 18, 2013

The Curiosities

The Curiosities
A Collection of Stories
by Maggie Stiefvater, Tessa Gratton, and Brenna Yovanoff
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published August 1st 2012 by Lerner Publishing Group 
Summary from goodreads.com:
  From acclaimed YA authors Maggie Stiefvater, Tessa Gratton, and Brenna Yovanoff comes The Curiosities: A Collection of Stories.

- A vampire locked in a cage in the basement, for good luck.
- Bad guys, clever girls, and the various reasons why the guys have to stop breathing.
- A world where fires never go out (with references to vanilla ice cream).

These are but a few of the curiosities collected in this volume of short stories by three acclaimed practitioners of paranormal fiction.

But The Curiosities is more than the stories. Since 2008, Maggie, Tessa, and Brenna have posted more than 250 works of short fiction to their website merryfates.com. Their goal was simple: create a space for experimentation and improvisation in their writing—all in public and without a backspace key. In that spirit, The Curiosities includes the stories and each author's comments, critiques, and kudos in the margins. Think of it as a guided tour of the creative processes of three acclaimed authors.

So, are you curious now?
I was intrigued by this collection solely because Maggie Stiefvater was involved. I have absolutely loved everything of hers that I have read. I was completely unfamiliar with the other two contributing authors. I will admit right off that I read every single one of Maggie's stories, and quite liked all of them in their diversity. However, I only read a few of the others. Some were okay and others not so much. I understand the origins of this collection and it is fairly unique. Yet I was quite bothered by the notes and commentaries "handwritten" in the margins. The comments before each story were okay but the other little notes I just found annoying. I probably would have liked it a little more if it weren't for that factor. It was just too cutesy for me and detracted from the impact of the stories.  

I realize this was an "experiment" of sorts, but I would have preferred the stories on their own.

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