Starlings by Jo Walton

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. Three Irish siblings embark on an unlikely quest, stealing enchanted it...


Details Starlings

TitleStarlings
ISBN9781616960568
Author
Release DateFeb 13th, 2018
PublisherTachyon Publications
LanguageEnglish
GenreShort Stories, Fantasy, Fiction, Poetry, Science Fiction
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Reviews Starlings

  • Bradley
    1970-01-01
    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 now, with this one making number four, but trust has been earned.What else should I expect from someone who reads copiously and discerns with great verve? But then th...
  • Sara
    1970-01-01
    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 a wide variety of settings, from a travelling coin who exchanges hands from thieves to lovers, to a retelling of Snow White (which I think was my favourite). There's even a...
  • Kaitlin
    1970-01-01
    * 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 short fiction to see what worked for me and what didn't. This is a collection of 21 very short pieces, and also 15 poems at the end of the book too. It's quite a mixture ...
  • Hannah
    1970-01-01
    Uneven. I parts absolutely wonderful, in parts flat. Enough to convince me that I need to read her novels though.Review to come.
  • Rachel (Kalanadi)
    1970-01-01
    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 attention to that question: "What IS a short story?"A few of the stories really worked for me, but some others just didn't gel, or felt a little stale. For example, d...
  • Nikki
    1970-01-01
    Received to review via Tachyon; publication date 30th January 2018It’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 she doesn’t know how to write short stories, but all the same everything here works pretty well. I only knew ‘Relentlessly Mundane’ and some of the poetry before, ...
  • Alina
    1970-01-01
    ***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 liked quite a lot. I must confess I was afraid of the poetry part, but the poems read more like ballads, and I was glad to find them enjoying.I also liked the personal t...
  • Hollis
    1970-01-01
    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's written. Instead I was so bored I dropped my kindle on my face multiple times, skimmed, skipped, and put it down to do any possible other activity but read. Sadly...
  • Leseparatist
    1970-01-01
    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 read this collection courtesy of the publisher and NetGalley; my opinion is mine.Starlings is Jo Walton's first collection of short prose fiction. I have by now read quit...
  • Girl
    1970-01-01
    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 claims not to be able to write short stories, but there are some really successful ones here. I particularly enjoyed the brief retelling of Snow White ("On the Wall") ...
  • Nancy
    1970-01-01
    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 Cassandra, waylaid and delivered to the Greek myth Cassandra, who writes back to Jane. I did not feel propelled to read these selections. I don't think they are 'my thing.'
  • Pallavi Sharma
    1970-01-01
    ***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 that matter. Plus the author was new to me and I was getting used to the style.The Stories I liked:1.Three Twilight Tales2.Jane Austen to Cassandra- This was Funny!!3...
  • Paula
    1970-01-01
    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 are not my thing honestly. I have a hard time going from one story to another every three pages. It is very uncomfortable for me and I don’t seem to advance much when r...
  • Jessica
    1970-01-01
    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 common threads, although many are fairytale inspired, and even the writing style varies.All of the pieces I read seem to be writing exercises that don’t really have any...
  • Mike
    1970-01-01
    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 Walton is such a good writer that she mostly gets away with it in any case. In fact, some of the stories have been published in prestigious publications like Strange H...
  • Jessica
    1970-01-01
    [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 this collection. It’s been a pleasure to finally get the chance to delve into one of her works. And what a work to begin with! It’s not in any fashion your typical ...
  • Kiera
    1970-01-01
    Jo Walton’s Starlings opens with a poem considering baby stars – Star-lings – emerging points of brightness finding their way in the universe. It’s an apt analogy for this collection.This isn’t really a collection of short fiction or an anthology in the traditional sense. Walton herself discusses her inability to write “proper” short fiction in her introduction. What this is instead is a collection of first chapters of novels that d...
  • Kristen
    1970-01-01
    Full review is here, on my blog!This set of stories was very diverse. Some are fantasy-ish, and some are a little more sci-fi. There’s poetry too, which I don’t normally go in for, but liked nonetheless.There’s even a letter in the style of Jane Austen writing to her older sister Cassandra, only in this case, the mail gets rerouted accidentally and sent to Cassandra, the daughter of Priam of Troy in the Iliad, and she writes back. Really fa...
  • CJ
    1970-01-01
    I grew up reading fairytales and short stories, so I can tell you I was pretty excited to receive this eclectic collection from Tachyon Publications. In a very straightforward introduction, Walton explains that this collection is more of an exercise in the art of short stories than a bonafide short story collection. It includes a few short stories, abandoned first chapters, poetry, and other snippets, ranging from magical to sci-fi to dystopian t...
  • Melanti
    1970-01-01
    In her introduction, Jo Walton mentions that she really doesn't know how to write short stories, but over the years, she's come to the conclusion that what separates a good short story from a good novel is that the ending isn't as weighty. A weak ending might be something more common in a short story than in a novel, but that doesn't make it actually good.I'm a big Jo Walton fan and have loved her novels. But when she says she doesn't know how to...
  • Saretta
    1970-01-01
    3,5/5
  • Francesca
    1970-01-01
    3.5-4/5
  • David Harris
    1970-01-01
    I knew of Walton from her longer fiction but hadn't known that she wrote short stories or poetry (the title of this collection comes from a poem, the starlings being a metaphor for light received by the earth from a distant stellar nursery). So it was a delight to read this collection - even if the author, rather modestly, distances most of the contents from actually being "short stories". She maintains instead that many of them are exercises, at...
  • Andreas
    1970-01-01
    This ARC was kindly provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.The introduction to this collection was a bit strange. How do you expect people to spend their hard earned money when the author herself doubts her qualities as a short story writer? With lowered expectations I started to read the stories but ended up liking a lot of them. In total this is a 3 stars collection and you can add one more star if you are a fan of Jo Walton. I...
  • Joe Karpierz
    1970-01-01
    I've not read much by Jo Walton, but even to use the word "much" is a bit of an exaggeration. Up until Starlings, the only work I've read from her is her Hugo award winning novel AMONG OTHERS. While I enjoyed the novel, I thought it had a few flaws. Nonetheless, I enjoyed it enough to know that I would be okay with reading more of Walton's work at some point in the future.Starlings is a collection of short fiction and poetry. Walton is not known ...
  • Aaron
    1970-01-01
    Equal parts imaginative, charming, inventive, and quaint, Jo Walton's first short story collection reveals a brilliant fantasist dabbling with form, exploring new modes, and unleashing a torrent of new ideas, while walking the reader through the process and backstory behind each piece. Walton is one of those authors I've always meant to read but never quite have, despite staring wistfully at the cover of Among Others for years, so it came as a bi...