Book Recs: Tor Novellas

At the beginning of December, I decided (foolishly) to aim to have read 400 books in 2019 (being, at the time, only on about 325). I made it, exhaustedly sure, but I made it. And I did so by reading a lot of novellas on tor.com.

So, obviously, armed with that knowledge, I had to make a rec list. There are only my favourite 10 on here, but I also made a longer thread on twitter, with every single one I read over that time.

So enjoy!

inbtwn

The Library of Lost Things

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Matthew Bright
Goodreads
Rep: mlm mc & li

Why Should I Read It?

You know a novella is good when your immediate reaction on finishing is oh I want more. I was at once both wholly satisfied with this one and also desperate to read more of the world and characters. It’s good, basically.

inbtwn

His Footsteps, Through Darkness and Light

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Mimi Mondal
Goodreads
Rep: Indian mlm mcs

Why Should I Read It?

Of all the novellas I read, if you asked me to rec just one, this would be my go-to rec. It’s amazing.

inbtwn

The Shape of my Name

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Nino Cipri
Goodreads
Rep: trans mc

Why Should I Read It?

Technically, this is one of the novellas we read in November for our book club, and not one I read in that novella binge. BUT. Does that matter? It’s brilliant either way.

inbtwn

Elephants and Corpses

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Kameron Hurley
Goodreads
Rep: trans mc

Why Should I Read It?

I mean, surely the synopsis alone is enough to grab you on this one? The idea that there are people who can jump between bodies is so cool. And it is excellently realised in this novella.

inbtwn

The Water that Falls on You from Nowhere

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John Chu
Goodreads
Rep: Chinese gay mc
CWs: homophobia from a family member, sibling abuse

Why Should I Read It?

You may notice that this is one of two John Chu novellas I have on this list (with good reason! Namely that I love them). In this one, you have a world where you get rained on if you tell a lie, and it’s brilliant.

inbtwn

Variations on an Apple

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Yoon Ha Lee
Goodreads
Rep: bi mc, nonbinary li

Why Should I Read It?

This novella is like, imagine an Iliad retelling, but the city of Troy is a sentient human-like being and Paris is in love with them, and if that hasn’t sold you I don’t know what will.

inbtwn

Angel of the Blockade

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Alex Wells
Goodreads
Rep: blind bi mc, nonbinary li

Why Should I Read It?

To be honest, the fact that it’s set in space was enough to sell me. But if you need more, it’s smugglers in space. That always makes everything a thousand times cooler.

inbtwn

Water: A History

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K. J. Kabza
Goodreads
Rep: wlw mc

Why Should I Read It?

Insofar as science fiction can ever be “quiet”, this is a quietly sci fi novella. What I mean is the story isn’t a big huge adventure in space, it’s about people experiencing normal human events….but in space. I don’t know if I’m making any sense here, just know I love it.

inbtwn

The Cost-Benefit Analysis of the Proposed Trade-Offs for the Overhaul of the Barricade

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John Chu
Goodreads
Rep:Β bi side character

Why Should I Read It?

There is something about the world created in this novella that I just adored – I don’t know what exactly. That’s why, although the bi character is a side character (and also I may have been reading into things a little), I have to rec it.

inbtwn

Super Bass

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Kai Ashante Wilson
Goodreads
Rep: Black mlm mcs

Why Should I Read It?

Also one I read a while back and not in December, but it’s a novella that’s stuck with me, and really, it’s all you want out of anything you read is for it to do that. Isn’t it?

inbtwn

Are there any I’ve missed that you’d rec?

charlotte

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