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Some of the Best from 2014

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Charlie Jane Anders: As Good As New

Dale Bailey: The End of the End of Everything

Kelly Barnhill: Mrs. Sorensen and the Sasquatch

Richard Bowes: Sleep Walking Now and Then

Marie Brennan: Daughter of Necessity

Adam Christopher: Brisk Money

John Chu: A Cost-Benefit Analysis of the Proposed Trade-Offs for the Overhaul of the Barricade

A.M. Dellamonica: The Color of Paradox

Ruthanna Emrys: The Litany of Earth

Max Gladstone: A Kiss With Teeth

Kathleen Ann Goonan: A Short History of the Twentieth Century, or, When You Wish Upon a Star

Nicola Griffith: Cold Wind

Maria Dahvana Headley: The Tallest Doll in New York City

Pasi Ilmari Jääskeläinen: Where the Trains Turn

Yoon Ha Lee: Combustion Hour

Ken Liu: Reborn

Seanan McGuire: Midway Relics and Dying Breeds

Daniel José Older: Anyway:

Angie Mary Rickert: The Mothers of Voorhisville

John Scalzi: Unlocked: An Oral History of Haden’s Syndrome

Veronica Schanoes: Among the Thorns

Genevieve Valentine: The Insects of Love

Jo Walton: Sleeper

Kai Ashante Wilson: The Devil in America

Ray Wood: In the Sight of Akresa

Isabel Yap: A Cup of Salt Tears



The Night Gardener

Auxier, Jonathan
Molly and her brother Kip, possibly orphans from Ireland, go to work at a very spooky house (on an island!) out in the English country. There's this tree...



Red Queen

Aveyard, Victoria
OK story. Poor girl gets picked to join the power elite, but I forget why. Oh, yeah, she develops a super power. Everyone betrays everyone else, pretty much, and things go to heck, just in time for the next book, or the movie.



Nothing But The Truth

Avi, No First Name
A student acts up in homeroom during the national anthem. Story is told from several points of view. Just what IS the truth?



Wolf Rider

Avi, No First Name
Andy gets a weird phone call from someone he doesn\\\'t know who says he (Zeke) has killed a college girl. Andy tries to do the right thing, but everyone thinks he either crazy or making it up. I found this book very upsetting, but then I may be coming down with something.



The Search For Delicious

Babbit, Natalie
A very enjoyable little read about a young boy who is tasked by the king to poll the each person in the kingdom as to what they think is delicious. Mayhem ensues!



Ship Breaker

Bacigalupi, Paolo
I read this last year and forgot to enter it, I guess. I had to look up the circulation history to find the date. I enjoyed reading this dystopian story.



The Drowned Cities

Bacigalupi, Paolo
A companion to Ship Breaker (which I read, but doesn't seem to be on this list! YET!!), we find out what happens to Tool, and meet a couple of new characters. There's a lot of blood and violence. A lot! But it's a well-written story and I enjoyed reading it.



A Man Called Ove

Backman, Fredrik
You wouldn't think a book about a crabby old man trying to killing himself after his wife dies would be funny, would you? But I found a lot of humor in this book, and a very high weeping-to-pages ratio. Five stars!



Anxious People

Backman, Fredrik
Bank robber holds people at an apartment "open house" hostage. Very excellent, lots of weeping on my part!


"What the hell, Dad? I said we'd stop for coffee!" -- pg. 331




Backman, Fredrik
In Beartown, hockey is everything. This story was very emotional reading for me.


Ramona refuses to let anyone say that he died; she says he left her, because that's how she sees it. Like a betrayal. -- pg. 105


Ramona pours herself a glass of whiskey. Breakfast is, after all, the most important meal of the day. -- pg. 109



Britt-Marie Was Here

Backman, Fredrik
Britt-Marie goes to a small village for a job managing a recreational center. I'm not sure how far she got at the end, it's up to her.



My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She's Sorry

Backman, Fredrik
I'm not sure I got everything out of this story that the author intended, but it was a pretty darn good read. Now I gotta get the sequel.


The mightiest power of death is not that it can make people die, but that it can make the people you left behind want to stop living. -- pg. 220


"There are seven books, Dad. And eight films," says Elsa carefully. -- pg. 360



Baen Free Stories 2011

Baen Publishing Enterprises, Ed.
My favorite was probably Tanya: Princess Of The Elves.


"Space Hero" by Patrick Lundrigan

"Tanya: Princess of the Elves" by Larry Correia

"The Grimnoir Chronicles: Detroit Christmas" by Larry Correia

"Kings" by Travis S. Taylor

"Mole Hunt" by Robert Buettner

"Intelligent Design" by Sharon Lee & Steve Miller

"The Brute Force Approach" by Michael Z. Williamson

"Honorverse Tech Bu9" by David Weber and Ken Burnside

"The Talisman's Trinket" by P. C. Hodgell

"Murder at Ford’s Theater" by Bob Conroy

"Pawn to King Four" by Timothy Zahn


Once upon a time, in the state of Mississippi, there dwelt an elf princess. The princess lived in the Enchanted Forest with her mother, the queen of the elves, in a ninety-foot long aluminum double-wide trailer.



Baen Free Stories 2012

Baen Publishing Enterprises, Ed.

CHECKSUM Checkmate by Tony Daniel

Grayson Navy Letters Home by Joelle Presby

Like Ghost Cat and a Dragon's Dog by Dave Freer

A Murder of Crows by Alex Hernandez

The Age of the Warrior by Hank Reinhardt

Taking the High Road by R.P.L. Johnson

Conella and the Cyclops Sea Serpent of Doom by John Ringo

Landed Alien by Sharon Lee & Steve Miller

Kinderspiel by Charles E. Gannon

Peace Offering by Wen Spencer

Angel in Flight by Sarah A. Hoyt

Away in a Manger by Wen Spencer



Baen Free Stories 2013

Baen Publishing Enterprises, Ed.
Great stories, but I SWEAR I read this ebook before!


"Eleutherios" by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller

"Seven Miles" by T.C. McCarthy

"To Spec" by Charles E. Gannon

"Skyspark" by Ryk E. Spoor

"The Krumhorn and Misericorde" by Dave Freer

"Pittsburgh Backyard and Garden" by Wen Spencer

"Haunts of Guilty Minds" by John Lambshead

"The Lamplighter Legacy" by Patrick O'Sullivan

"Dog's Body" by Sarah A. Hoyt

"The Sorcerer of Daigawa" by Jon F. Merz

"Sweothi City" by Larry Correia

"Out of True" by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller

"Mars Farts" by Ben Bova

"The Virgin of Hertogenbosch" by David Drake

"Murder on the Hochflieger Ost" by Frank Chadwick (less)



Baen Free Stories 2014

Baen Publishing Enterprises, Ed.

"The Gift of Music" by Sharon Lee

"The Aristocrat and the Free Man" by Robert Conroy

"Stealing Arturo" by William Ledbetter

"Magic and Other Honest Lies" by Robert Buettner

"Soft Casualty" by Michael Z. Williamson

"Songs of Waste and Wood" by P.C. Hodgell

"The Last Secret of Mary Bowser" by Steve White

"Low Arc" by Sean Monaghan

"Balance" by Marina J. Lostetter

"A Thing of Beauty" by Charles E. Gannon

"An Imperium Pursuit" by Jody Lynn Nye

"Picket Ship" by Brad R. Torgersen

"The Golden Knight" by K. D. Julicher

"Bare Snow Falling on Fairywood" by Wen Spencer

"Bait and Switch" by Ryk E. Spoor

"The night don't seem so lonely" by Sharon Lee

"Long Nights Moon" by David B. Coe



Baen Free Stories 2015

Baen Publishing Enterprises, Ed.
Some great stories! The last one certainly had a surprise ending!


Disaster by Ryk E. Spoor

When the Lion Feeds by John Lambshead

Lion Country by Whit Williams

The Adventurer and the Toad by Ryk E. Spoor

Chimera by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller

We Fly by K.B. Rylander

The 100 MPG Carburetor and Other Self-Evident Truths by Robert Buettner

New Moon Wolf by David B. Coe

The Teacher by Robert Conroy and J.R. Dunn

Not For Ourselves Alone by Charles E. Gannon

Kiss From a Queen by Jeff Provine

Ember of the Past by Mike Kupari

Imperium Resource by Jody Lynn Nye

The Siege of Denver by Brendan DuBois


Mechanicals outnumber sentient organics more than three to one in the Imperium.”

“Pays to be nice to you, then, doesn’t it?” I whispered. “I have lots of friends who are LAIs. Old pals, correspondents, and so on. I trust I won’t be first up against the wall when the revolution comes, eh?”

“Yes, sir. Not first.” -- Imperium Resource



Baen Free Stories 2016

Baen Publishing Enterprises, Ed.

Adrift by Terry Burlison

Training and Truth by Ryk E. Spoor

Touchstone by Sonia Orin Lyris

Trouble: The Changeling and the Phooka by Dave Freer

Moonlet Sonata by William Ledbetter

Cadet Cruise by David Drake

71 by David Brin

Wise Child by Sharon Lee & Steve Miller

Dear Ammi by Aimee Ogden

Bringer of Fire by David Carrico

Rock, Meet Hard Place (Part 1) by Peter Nealen

Rock, Meet Hard Place (Part 2) by Mike Kupari

The Lavender Paladin by Shawn Snider

Starhome by Michael Z. Williamson

Tethers by William Ledbetter

The Trouble with Millennials by Robert Buettner



Baen Free Stories 2017

Baen Publishing Enterprises, Ed.

Does a Bear Shoot in the Woods? by Wen Spencer

Dei Britannici by D.J. Butler

Preparations and Alliances by Ryk E. Spoor

Into Gonebeyond by Susan R. Matthews

Cutting Corners by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller

A Fire on the Hill by Brendan DuBois

Feldspar by Philip A. Kramer

Bullet Catch by Stephen Lawson

Force Multipliers Being What They Are by Travis S. Taylor

The Powhatan by Tony Daniel

What We're Made Of by Frank Chadwick

Children of the Dust by Catherine Asaro

The Blue Widow by J.P. Sullivan

Sufficient Unto the Day by Tim Powers

On-Site for the Apocalypse by Ryk E. Spoor

Block Party by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller

I especially liked Block Party (lots of weeps at end!!) and Does A Bear Shoot In The Woods.


The bear opened the driver’s side door. It fished under the driver’s seat to flip the latch and push it back all the way.--Does A Bear Shoot In The Woods?


It was said that if somebody scratched his butt and four or five Powhatans happened by at the same time, they would find a way to make it into a cut-throat contest, and then walk away once they’d determined the champion butt-scratcher.-- The Powhatan


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