Top 10 Tuesday

T10T: Anthology Authors I Want(ed) More From

April 17, 2018


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly blog meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

This week’s prompt was actually a freebie week! I’ve been considering doing a discussion post about authors I first read through anthologies and wanted more work from, so I thought that would be the perfect topic for this freebie week!

Robots vs. Fairies by Dominik Parisien(review here)

Robots vs. Fairies contributors:

1. Seanan McGuire
Seanan wrote the introductory story for RVF: a genuinely magical story of a robotic theme park, with a twist. It was my first time ever reading anything by her, and it was so utterly clever. I was immediately hooked and have since read all three of her Wayward Children novellas!
(GR author page)

2. Alyssa Wong
For RVF, Alyssa Wong wrote a story about a society in which robots fill brothels, mimicking celebrities past and present. It was haunting, gorgeous, and lovable from start to finish, and made me want to pick more up from her. I’m currently reading an anthology she contributed to titled The Devil and the Deep (which also has a Seanan McGuire story!).
(GR author page)

3. Sarah Gailey
Sarah’s contribution to RVF was downright creepy: a story about a fairy who becomes obsessed with a little boy, and stalks him into adulthood. It was delightfully morbid and everything I love in dark fae lore. Since then, I’ve picked up her novella River of Teeth, but haven’t had the chance to read it just yet.
(GR author page)

Slasher Girls & Monster Boys by April Genevieve Tucholke(review here)

Slasher Girls & Monster Boys contributors:

4. Carrie Ryan
Carrie’s contribution to Slasher Girls was probably my #1 favorite story: a twisted, bloody Alice retelling that actually had me on edge (which most horror stories never do). I haven’t picked anything else up by her yet, but fully plan to order a copy of The Forest of Hands and Teeth soon!
(GR author page)

5. A. G. Howard
A. G. Howard’s story was so gruesome and cringe-inducing (in the best way), as it told the story of an abusive father whose punishment is having pieces of himself cut away – literally. I loved it so much, but unfortunately, her most well-known titles are RoseBlood and the Splintered series, neither of which interest me. 🙁
(GR author page)

Three Sides of a Heart by Natalie C. Parker(review here)

Three Sides of a Heart contributors:

6. Bethany Hagen
Bethany’s story was a very unique one in the anthology, as it was a poly, queer vampire story that I loved so very much. I was incredibly saddened when I learned that she’s only released a couple of full novels, a few years back, and they don’t sound like anything I would enjoy. 🙁
(GR author page)

7. Julie Murphy
I’d been meaning to check out Julie’s work for years, but I loved her short story about a plus sized, queer matchmaker so damn much, and I can’t wait to pick up Dumplin’ and Puddin’ soon!
(GR author page)

8. Tessa Gratton
My introduction to Tessa’s writing was this incredible short story about a princess falling in love with both her handmaiden and her brother’s soldier. It was gorgeous in every way, and probably my favorite story in the collection. I was incredibly dismayed when I learned a few months ago that she has been accused of making jokes at the expense of assault victims (her own personal friends came forward on Twitter a while back), and haven’t yet worked through whether or not I am going to continue purchasing her books. 🙁
(GR author page)

All Out by Saundra Mitchell(review here)

All Out contributors:

9. Tess Sharpe
Tess is probably most well-known for the super anticipated Toil & Trouble anthology she helped create, releasing this fall, which I’m so grateful to have an ARC of that I will be reading soon, because her contribution to All Out was unspeakably magical and precious.
(GR author page)

10. Tehlor Kay Mejia
Tehlor Kay Mejia actually doesn’t have any full novels out yet, but her debut novel is expected to release in 2019, and I cannot wait. Her writing reminds me so much of Anna-Marie McLemore’s, but with its own spin for sure, and her magical realism contribution was so stunning and sweet. <3
(GR author page)

Do you enjoy anthologies? If so, have you ever found a new favorite author through one?


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  • Reply Kay Wisteria April 17, 2018 at 12:14 am

    I haven’t heard of any of these but the Robots vs Fairies anthology seems really cool; I definitely want to pick it up now! My favorite anthology is the Enthralled one by Melissa Marr 🙂

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries April 17, 2018 at 1:35 am

      It is really fantastic! I only gave it 3 stars overall because when I averaged it out, there were some that dragged the rating down, but honestly, there are enough stories in it that are AMAZING that it’s 100% worth picking up. Oooh, I am going to add that to my TBR right now – thank you!

  • Reply ChrissiReads April 17, 2018 at 12:31 am

    I didn’t realise A.G Howard was an anthology author before! Interesting list! 🙂

  • Reply Anne@Headfullofbooks April 17, 2018 at 1:05 am

    I am embarrassed to admit that I have read nothing by any of these authors. Must do something about that! Favorite Reads of the Past Ten Years

  • Reply aravenclawlibrary April 17, 2018 at 1:39 am

    Tess Sharpe is absolutely amazing! I have read Far From You and Barbed Wire Heart and both were so excellent. I really want to read her contributions to All Out and Toil and Trouble.

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries April 17, 2018 at 1:40 am

      Oooh, awesome! Since you enjoyed her full works too, I’m going to have to check them out!

  • Reply Annemieke April 17, 2018 at 2:26 am

    I know the feeling you have with A.G. Howard. I really loved Cindy Pon’s story in an anthology but I have not that much interest in the books she currently has out. So that is hard. But I am keeping my eye on her and some other authors I discovered through anthologies. 🙂

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries April 24, 2018 at 12:03 am

      It’s tough when that happens! 🙁 It always makes me feel kind of bad, like, “I loved your short story! Why can’t I be interested in your novel?!”

  • Reply everythingalyce April 17, 2018 at 7:13 am

    I also discovered Julie Murphy through an anthology, but I found her from Meet Cute. I haven’t read any of the anthologies that you’ve discovered authors from, but some of my favourite authors are on your list (Tess Sharpe <3) so I'm going to prioritise trying to get hold of copies. I'm a huge fan of anthologies!
    My Top Ten Tuesday freebie week topic was recommendations for my daughter, which you can check out here if you’d like to!

  • Reply Poinsettia April 17, 2018 at 8:33 am

    I really like your topic for this week! I don’t pick up anthologies by various authors very much. Collections I’ve read in the past have all been by the same author, but reading an anthology by several authors would be a great introduction into their work. Here is our Top Ten Tuesday.

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries April 24, 2018 at 12:04 am

      Thank you so much! I really love anthologies, whether with one author or a bunch! 🙂

  • Reply TeaPartyPrincess April 17, 2018 at 9:43 am

    I have Slasher Girls to read so I’m glad it has some good stories in 🙂
    I always try to seek out other books by anthology authors.
    Cora |

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries April 24, 2018 at 12:05 am

      Yesss, it has some real gems! There are a few duds too (like with any anthology) but mostly, I enjoyed it a lot. 🙂

  • Reply Laura Beth April 17, 2018 at 9:44 am

    I haven’t read many anthologies, but I’m definitely intrigued by a few of these!!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries April 24, 2018 at 12:05 am

      I love anthologies! I feel like I’m always requesting ARCs of them and buying them from BookOutlet haha. 🙂

  • Reply iloveheartlandx April 17, 2018 at 10:56 am

    I haven’t actually ever read an anthology (have one waiting for me to read), but I love how creative you were with this week’s topic!
    My TTT:

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries April 24, 2018 at 12:05 am

      What anthology is waiting on you, if you don’t mind me asking? I have a couple of anthology ARCs right now that I can’t wait to get to!

      • Reply iloveheartlandx April 24, 2018 at 7:01 am

        Because You Love To Hate Me. I meant to read it last year, but never got around to it.

        • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries April 29, 2018 at 6:38 pm

          Oh cool, I have that one unread on my kindle right now! I’m hoping to get to it maybe this fall when I get into my major anthology mood – I read lots of anthologies in fall and winter for some reason!

  • Reply Danielle @ Life of a Literary Nerd April 17, 2018 at 11:08 am

    I haven’t read Dumplin’ yet, but I really liked Ramona Blue!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries April 24, 2018 at 12:06 am

      I have that on my wishlist, too! I remember a lot of crap going around about it when it came out because people said it “wasn’t good bi rep” since it included an m/f pairing, which is just biphobic and gross if you ask me. :/

  • Reply Sarah J. April 17, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    This is such a unique post idea! I love anthologies and there are many times after finishing an anthology I’ll go through GR and look at the author pages and see what books interest me, but I’ve never thought about discussing it! Really brilliant idea!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries April 24, 2018 at 12:06 am

      Thank you so much! 🙂 I’m not sure why the idea struck me but I just had to do it, once it did!

  • Reply Flavia April 17, 2018 at 1:29 pm

    Yaaaaas Seanan McGuire! I LOVE her! I highly recommend her Octorber Daye series if you like urban fantasy and fae 😉

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries April 24, 2018 at 12:07 am

      I think I just got the first book of that series on ebook recently! Rosemary and Rue, maybe?

      • Reply Flavia April 24, 2018 at 12:35 pm

        Yeahhh that’s the name of the first book 🙂 I would recommend pushing through the first part if it feels slow….it gets much better after that 😉

        • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries April 29, 2018 at 6:43 pm

          Yay! I can’t believe I remembered right, haha – I always feel like Seanan has SO many books between her regular name and pen name! I’m slowly trying to accrue as many of them as possible. Oooh, good to know! Thank you, love, I’ll be sure to do that (and let you know when I do)! ♥

          • Flavia April 30, 2018 at 12:30 pm

            She has like five million books! I don’t think I’ll be able to read them as quick as she writes them lmao. And no problem! 😀

          • Destiny @ Howling Libraries May 2, 2018 at 1:22 am

            Bahaha, she really does! She writes SO FAST!

  • Reply Grainne (Darkly Whimsical Reader) April 17, 2018 at 2:01 pm

    I just learned that Robots vs Fairies existed and now that I know Seanan McGuire has a story in it thanks to you I’m THAT much more exited to read it! I enjoy reading anthologies to discover new authors especially SFF.

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries April 24, 2018 at 12:07 am

      Yesss! I hope you enjoy it. There were a few duds in that anthology but mostly, I REALLY enjoyed it. 🙂

  • Reply flippingthruthepages April 17, 2018 at 2:53 pm

    Nice idea for today’s prompt. I haven’t read any of these but I have heard good things about All Out. I am not a fan of anthologies because I can’t decide how I felt overall. Each story seems to have different impact often.
    My TTT:

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries April 24, 2018 at 12:08 am

      Thank you! That’s understandable about anthologies, though, for sure. I used to struggle big time to review them until I started doing my reviews for them the way I do now, where I split it up per story. Now I give each story its own star rating and average it at the end so that it’s “fair”, because otherwise I struggle to pick a rating!

  • Reply anovelglimpse April 17, 2018 at 3:11 pm

    This is a really great topic! You need to submit it so we can all do it!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries April 24, 2018 at 12:08 am

      Aw, thank you so much! I hadn’t even thought about doing that, but now I just might~ 😀

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  • Reply Amber Elise (@dulivre) April 19, 2018 at 1:30 pm

    I totally agree about Slasher Girls and Monster Boys!

  • Reply Hannah @ Word Weaver's Blog April 23, 2018 at 4:35 pm

    This is such a cool post and I need to check out a lot of anthologies and authors now ??

  • Reply Cody Levi April 25, 2018 at 12:36 pm

    The only anthology I’ve ever tried to read was Because You Love To Hate Me but I have an arc of Fresh Ink I want to read and Hope Nation as well. Awesome post!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries April 29, 2018 at 6:47 pm

      Hope Nation sounds really interesting, so I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on it – and hopefully we both love Fresh Ink! Thank you so much! ♥

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