Nisi Shawl

Books: Fantasy

Anthologies: Vampires: The Recent Undead (2011), Magic City: Recent Spells (2014), Street Magicks (2016)

Vampires: The Recent Undead (2011) edited by Paula Guran


It has taken me an almost embarrassingly long time to finish this. How long you ask? I purchased it a couple months after it was published–that long ago.

The problem is I hit a point where I wasn't interested in a story, and instead of just skipping to the next story, I put the whole thing down. I know, rookie mistake. (But you'll see I made it several times, so I decided to just finish off these anthologies, and if I didn't like a story? SKIP.)

"To the Moment" by Nisi Shawl

This is a really, really, really disturbing story.

So, it was an uneven anthology for me, but there were some very good stories that are well-worth the price of the anthology.

Published by Prime Books

Rating: 7/10

Magic City: Recent Spells (2014) edited by Paula Guran


"Wallamelon" by Nisi Shawl was a sad story, of growing up and magic and friendship lost.

Sundays they went to the Detroit Institute of Arts. Not to church. "God ain't in there. Only reason to go to church is so people don't talk bad about you,"

All in all this is a marvelous collection, that I highly recommend.

Published by Prime Books

Rating: 8.5/10

Street Magicks (2016) edited by Paula Guran

Street MagicksI believe it took me less than a year to finish this anthology. Hopefully this is a new trend for me.

"Street Worm" by Nisi Shawl is a story of a girl–a teen whose parents think she's seeing things that aren't there.

An interesting collection, although there were a lot of stories that were not for me.

Published by Prime Books

Rating: 7/10