An anthology is one book with several short stories in it (mostly by different authors). You get several short "books" in one single book. Great if you don't have too much time to read (i.e. when traveling, before going to bed, etc.) or if you want to discover new authors. This week on YA Vampire Books, I will future several anthologies with a supernatural theme.
Titel: Love Is Hell
Authors: Scott Westerfeld, Laurie Faria Stolarzs, Gabrielle Zevin, Melissa Marr & Justine Larbalestier
Publisher: HarperTeen (Nov. 2008)
Supernatural romance is the well-chosen theme of five original stories by as many authors. After her family moves into a house where a boy was murdered, Laurie Faria Stolarzs protagonist finds herself falling in love with his ghost; Gabrielle Zevin introduces a high school student who may (or may not) be overidentifying with the book she is reading; and Scott Westerfeld looks into a future where hormonal balancers tamp down teen romances and bioframes obviate sleep and dreams. Melissa Marr and Justine Larbalestier reinterpret folklore conventions, Marr writing about selkies and Larbalestier about faeries. Theres enough variety to round out the central theme, and consistently supple storytelling will lure readers through all five entries.
- Another good-looking anthology with many different takes on the theme. I'm curious about reading Laurie Faria Stolarzs' ghost story! -