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TINY CRIMES: VERY SHORT TALES OF MYSTERY AND MURDER – LINCOLN MICHEL, NADXIELI NIETO

Tiny Crimes: Very Short Tales of Mystery and MurderTiny Crimes: Very Short Tales of Mystery and Murder by Lincoln Michel, Nadxieli Nieto
My rating: 4/5 cats
One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star

part of the reason i don’t read a ton of short story collections is because the prospect of reviewing short story collections makes my soul quake. it’s like having to write 20 reviews instead of one. or in the case of this anthology, FORTY. and sure i could just write a review for the collection in toto or not review the book at all, but that seems worse somehow. so, instead of shrinking from a challenge or rising to a challenge, i am going to ricochet the challenge a little and write a FORTY-THOUSAND WORD REVIEW, using that math where a picture is worth a thousand words. picture reviews take much longer than word-reviews, but they’re much more fun. for me, anyway. i’m not sure who you are or what you find fun. but feel free to tell me. i’m just going to be over here, finding the one perfect image that nutshells each individual story perfectly.

Circuit City – J. Robert Lennon – 4/5 cats One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star

Any Other – Jac Jemc – 4/5 cats One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star

nobody checks their voicemails anymore not even detectives – Sasha Fletcher – 3/5 cats One StarOne StarOne Star

Give Me Strength – Karen Heuler – 4/5 cats One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star

The Luser – Yuri Herrera, trans. Lisa Dillman – 3/5 cats  One StarOne StarOne Star

Hygge – Dorthe Nors, trans. Misha Hoekstra – 3/5 cats One StarOne StarOne Star

Exit Interview – Christian Hayden – 5/5 cats One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarOne Star

Ratface – Paul La Farge – 4/5 cats One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star

Mary When You Follow Her – Carmen Maria Machado – 4/5 cats One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star

Ghost Light – Elizabeth Hand – 5/5 cats One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarOne Star

Highway One – Benjamin Whitmer – 5/5 cats One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarOne Star

Airport Paperback – Adam Hirsch – 3/5 cats  One StarOne StarOne Star

A Bead to String – Michael Harris Cohen – 4/5 cats One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star

The Fifth of July – Helen Phillips – 4/5 cats One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star

Withhold the Dawn – Richie Narvaez – 4/5 cats One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star

Good Hair – Marta Balcewicz – 4/5 cats One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star

Dogface – Sarah Wang – 4/5 cats One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star

See Agent – Anonymous – 4/5 cats One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star

These Are Funny, Broken Days – Amber Sparks – 4/5 cats One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star

Loophole – Adam Sternbergh – 4/5 cats One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star

Knife Fight – Julia Elliott – 3/5 cats  One StarOne StarOne Star

The Meme Farm – Adam McCulloch – 3/5 cats  One StarOne StarOne Star

The Rhetorician – Adrian Van Young – 4/5 cats One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star

No Exit – Fuminori Nakamura, trans. Alison Markin Powell – 4/5 cats One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star

The Hall at the End of the Hall – Ryan Bloom – 5/5 cats One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarOne Star

Friends – Laura van den Berg – 4/5 cats One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star


Minor Witchcraft – Chiara Barzini – 3/5 cats  One StarOne StarOne Star

Three Scored – Nick Mamatas – 4/5 cats One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star

The Odds – Amelia Gray – 4/5 cats One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star

Nobody’s Gonna Sleep Here, Honey – Danielle Evans – 4/5 cats One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star

The Wrong One – Erica Wright – 4/5 cats One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star

The Trashman Cometh – J.W. McCormack – 4/5 cats One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star

Actual Urchin – Henry Hoke– 3/5 cats  One StarOne StarOne Star

The Law of Expansion – Brian Evenson – 5/5 cats One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarOne Star

Night Train – Fabien Clouette & Quentin Leclerc, trans. Jeffrey Zuckerman – 3/5 cats One StarOne StarOne Star

What We Know – Misha Rai – 3/5 cats One StarOne StarOne Star

Final Rescue – Kenneth Nichols – 5/5 cats One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarOne Star

[Purple Pills] – Rion Amilcar Scott – 4/5 cats One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star

We Are Suicide – Benjamin Percy – 5/5 cats One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarOne Star

Ailbi – Charles Yu – 4/5 cats One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star

good lord, never again…

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