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I don't read short stories that much or collections of short stories. I think it is because you need to reset your brain fairly often for another world building and I just prefer longer things. There are a couple of authors I love who excel at short stories - Isaac Asimov and Neil Gaiman come to mind. But otherwise I stick to novels. I did put Ted Chiang on hold in the library, however, because I wanted to read the short story the movie "Arrival" was based on. I haven't seen the movie yet but I plan to and I usually like to read the source material before watching a movie.

So I got the book on my Kindle from the library, read the story and figured I might as well read the whole book to add it to my book count. Plus a lot of his work is pretty renowned and I'm trying to read more sci-fi. (I put together an Excel file with all the books that won a Hugo, highlighted ones I've read and will use it to read more sci-fi books).

I'm mixed on this collection. There were stories I really enjoyed, a few I was "meh" on and a couple I just hated. But I'm glad I read it - some concepts were fairly good. I really liked his language on most of the stories - very easy to read and inviting (except in the stories I hated with tended to get pretentious to match the character but it didn't work for me). I'm going to break it down story by story for some brief notes.

stories and my reactions )

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