Sunday, April 28

Book Review: Winter Well: Speculative Novellas About Older Women

Title: Winter Well: Speculative Novellas About Older Women

Author: Edited by Kay T. Holt

To The Edges by M. Fenn
Copper by Minerva Zimmerman
This Other World by Anna Caro
The Second Wife by Marissa James

Summary: Disaster upon catastrophe forces an unlucky engineer to become someone more adventuresome. (To the Edges)

A tech-savvy private investigator stalks organ traffickers across a toxic cityscape. (Copper)

International hostilities on an alien planet turn a human architect into a dogged emissary for peace. (The Other World)

Enslaved by a monstrous lord, a sage seeks answers in the stars and finds more… desirable problems. (The Second Wife)

Older women take center stage in these four novellas. They may be wives, mothers, wise women or healers, but those archetypes are not their defining characteristics. Their motivations are their own, and they’re not interested in living in the background of someone else’s epic yarn

My Rating: 8.25/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: I enjoyed all of the novellas quite a lot while I liked some more than others, overall it was a very interesting and engaging collection.

Although The Second Wife was my least favourite, it did have an interesting and well throughout plot. Unfortunately, it didn't leave me with the feeling of me wanting to know more about the setting and history behind the society it was set in. When I was done the story, I didn't have that feeling of wanting more and compared to the others in the collection, it just didn't have the same appeal and pleasing factor to it I had with the others.

It's hard to say which is my favourite from the collection. As it was a fairly odd collection and the novellas range on vast range of speculative stories - including a mystery of a missing uterus (Copper). Which is incredibly odd, but it did have me reading it intently as I learned more about what was happening . It had some interesting twists and turns and a lot of interesting elements to the speculative setting, many which left more questions than answers, but all of which had me wanting more. If I had to pick one novella that stood out the most, it would have to be the first, To the Edges. Out of the three, that would be the one I'd want to see in a full fleshed out novel, and it was the one I found to be the most developed in plot, characterization and just kept me wanting more.

An excellent collection of novellas, and one I'd highly recommend.

Would I recommend it to read: I would, very well done collection, and a perfect fit for anyone who enjoys speculative fiction and short stories.

What to read next: I'd say check all of the authors other work.

Challenges: 100 Books Challenge, 2013 Category Challenge, EBook Challenge

I received this book as a part of LibraryThings early reviewer program. I received a copy of the ebook in exchanged for a review.

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