Starlings

Starlings

An intimate first flight of short fiction from award-winning novelist Jo Walton (Among Others, The King?s Peace). A strange Eritrean coin travels from lovers to thieves, gathering stories before meeting its match. Google becomes sentient and proceeds toward an existential crisis. An idealistic dancer on a generation ship makes an impassioned plea for creativity and survival An intimate first flight of short fiction from award-winning novelist Jo Walton (Among Others, The King?s Peace)....

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Title:Starlings
Author:Jo Walton
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Genres:Short Stories
ISBN:1616960566
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:288 pages pages

Starlings Reviews

  • Sherwood Smith
    Nov 28, 2017
    As a kid, I and my sibs had candy so seldom that I could make a pack of M&Ms last for weeks, allowing myself one a day. I?d nibble that single candy with my front teeth so that it took longer to enjoy, until it began to melt in my fingers. I have the same approach to short pie...
  • Jessica
    Mar 22, 2018
    Jo Walton is a delightful human being and a gifted author, but she's known almost entirely for her novels. The only non-novel works that I have read of hers was her collection of essays ABOUT novels. When this collection was announced, I was like, WHAAAAT? She does short stories too? ...
  • Nikki
    Aug 23, 2017
    Received to review via Tachyon; publication date 30th January 2018 It?s no secret that I love Jo Walton?s work, and I?d better add here that I?ve spent time with her as well ? I?d call her a friend. Still, I knew her work first, and this is a fun collection. Jo may say s...
  • Mike
    Sep 30, 2017
    By the author's own admission, several of the "short stories" in this book are not actually stories. They're exercises in mode, or jokes, or the attempts of someone who knows how novels work but not how short stories work to write a short story. This doesn't sound promising, but Jo...
  • Sara
    Nov 18, 2017
    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I always find short stories to be an eclectic mix of good and bad, and this was no exception, with some poetry and plays thrown in for good measure. Starlings covers the more folk and myths aspect of stories with ...
  • Jessica
    Nov 21, 2017
    [I received a free e-copy of this book from NetGalley for review purposes.] This is the first I?ve read by Jo Walton, although I had the pleasure to see her speak on a Tor panel at the ALA conference some time ago. She was entertaining and insightful, something I see reflected in th...
  • Jo Walton
    Sep 12, 2017
    It's a mix really. I've never found short fiction easy, and I've only relatively recently figured out how to do it at all. I'm frankly amazed that over seventeen years I've amassed enough for a collection. So there's a range of quality in the stories here. There's also a play I like a ...
  • Leseparatist
    Oct 25, 2017
    I finished a book! Which is great, because I'm behind on my goals for collections of short fiction (of which I'm supposed to read five this year, and I'm at, um, three I think), on my goals for this month (meh), on reading stuff for NetGalley and on everything else. I was able to re...
  • Paula
    Jan 17, 2018
    I read this book from NetGalley in exchange for a fair review Jo Walton says in the introduction to this book that short stories are not her cup of tea. She explains that it is difficult for her to write a story from beginning to end in three pages or less. The short story books a...
  • Bradley
    Dec 19, 2017
    I was delighted to find out that I could read and enjoy Jo Walton's first short story (and poetry) collection on Netgalley and saving it just in time for xmas. I do that with authors I really enjoy. The fact is, Ms. Walton has taste. Granted, I've only read three of her books before no...
  • Melanie
    Feb 19, 2018
    Sadly not my thing at all. I can?t say I fully got the point of these stories. ...
  • Alex Sarll
    Oct 15, 2017
    It's a curious experience to read a collection of short stories which insists it's nothing of the sort. But in a somewhat apologetic introduction that's just what Walton claims here. And on the one hand it's absurd - of course they're short stories, aren't they? But - with one or two e...
  • Sarah Marie
    Feb 18, 2018
    Starlings by Jo Walton 3 stars This is Jo Walton?s first short story collection and she prefaces this collection with acknowledging that she isn?t very good at right short stories. I think that it is important to keep that in mind when embarking into this collection. Not all ...
  • Pallavi Sharma
    Nov 24, 2017
    ***3.0*** This was the first time I got to read a short story collection on Magical realism, Aliens and anthology (!?). I liked the stories but not all. Some were too complex or too simple for me to understand, that is I am used to very straight forward stories. I am a dumb person in ...
  • Jessica
    Oct 07, 2017
    Didn?t finish this one, but may try it again once I?ve read a full length novel by Walton (I have ?Among Others? on my shelf) This feels more like an info dump than a collection of writings. Nothing is present that seems to unite this collection. There aren?t really any co...
  • Lata
    May 06, 2018
    3.5 stars. While not every short story is stellar, there were a few that I particularly liked, and a few that I wish Jo Walton would expand into longer stories. Stories That stuck with me were: -Three Twilight Tales -Jane Austen to Cassandra -The Panda Coin -At the Bottom of the Ga...
  • Girl
    Oct 26, 2017
    I received an ARC copy of this book from NetGalley. The opinions are entirely my own. This is unmistakeably a Walton collection. Even if it didn't have Walton's name on the cover, I would be able to tell it is her by the style, the voice, the sensibility. In the introduction, Walton...
  • Matt Braymiller
    Mar 17, 2018
    Jo Walton came to our local F&SF bookstore on February 22nd of this year. It was a snowy day and not a lot of people were out and about. Her train had been delayed, but the book shop owner waited and met her and we spent an enjoyable couple hours as Ms. Walton read to us from this ...
  • Hollis
    Sep 08, 2017
    Part of me wishes I had never requested this anthology of short stories, jokes, poetry, etc. I've long meant to read one of Walton's books (I have AMONG OTHERS on my shelf at the mo) and thought this would give me a glimpse into her writing or tease me to want to read other things she'...
  • Hélène Louise
    May 01, 2018
    I'd only read two of Jo Walton's books so far, but absolutely loved them and kept recommending them around me: "Among others" and "Tooth and claw" (the best Jane Austen's fan-fiction ever written!). I actually don't know why I waited so long to read another of her books, probably becau...
  • Rachel (Kalanadi)
    Oct 02, 2017
    Starlings was my first real dive into Walton's short stories and poetry. Ultimately it felt like a mishmash of stories I liked and pieces that didn't really feel like short stories. With Walton's own commentary about learning to write short stories, this collection naturally drew my at...
  • Kaitlin
    Jan 22, 2018
    * This was sent to me by the publisher for an honest review * I was really quite excited to receive this book as I have read Jo Walton's work before and enjoyed some of it greatly. However, I also knew that some of her work wasn't really my cup of tea, and I wanted to try out her sh...
  • Claudia
    Nov 23, 2017
    Jo Walton has one of the most beautiful writings I have ever came across (Robin Hobb is the only one who can surpass her, from my PoV). I loved My Real Children and I hoped to enjoy this one just as much. However, no matter how beautiful she writes, the stories are on the ?too lyri...
  • Nancy
    Dec 09, 2017
    Starlings is a collection of short stories, some hardly more than extended jokes, all with a sci-fi/fantasy bent. Some were entertaining, others confused me. Most of the shorter works had an ironic twist a la Twilight Zone. Including a letter from Jane Austen to her sister Cassandr...
  • Alina
    Oct 14, 2017
    ***Note: I received a copy curtesy of Netgalley and Tachyon in exchange for an honest review. The only thing that unites this collection is the author: the short stories are diverse, ranging from fairytale-like to SF, but all were entrancing and written with a lyrical voice that I l...
  • Hannah
    Jan 27, 2018
    I have wanted to read Jo Walton's novels for a while now and I can definitely say that after this collection of short stories that I am more excited than ever. As is sadly often the case with short story collections there were a few stories that did not work for me and a few poems that...
  • Kelsey
    May 05, 2018
    I received a digital ARC from the publisher via NetGalley for review. I would normally write a review of a story collection by touching briefly each of the stories, marking out my favorites and least favorites, and then speaking to how the collection as a whole coheres. I find I can...
  • Lili  Marcus
    May 16, 2018
    eARC from publishers ... thank you.. ...
  • raquel (raqthereader)
    Jan 05, 2018
    3'5 ??? They chose to have a universe with stories, and there are no stories in utopia. I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. {English} Starlings by Jo Walton is a collection of 21 fiction short stories and 15 poems i...
  • Kayla
    Mar 02, 2018
    I got sent this book in exchange for a honest review, all my opinions are my own and thank you so much to the publishers for sending me this book! I really enjoyed myself with these short stories, the collection was well written and well crafted. ...