Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children
Children have always disappeared under the right conditions; slipping through the shadows under a bed or at the back of a wardrobe, tumbling down rabbit holes and into old wells, and emerging somewhere… else.
But magical lands have little need for used-up miracle children.
Nancy tumbled once, but now she’s back. The things she’s experienced… they change a person. The children under Miss West’s care understand all too well. And each of them is seeking a way back to their own fantasy world.
But Nancy’s arrival marks a change at the Home. There’s a darkness just around each corner, and when tragedy strikes, it’s up to Nancy and her new-found schoolmates to get to the heart of the matter.
No matter the cost.
Behind the Mask is an exciting collection of short stories about the everyday lives of superheroes. Ranging from laugh-out-loud funny to deliciously dark, these stories are about the ordinary day-to-day challenges facing these extraordinary individuals growing up, growing old, relationships, parenting, coping with that age-old desire to fit in when, let’s face it, they don’t.
This anthology is an extremely mixed bunch of stories. I never expect to love all stories in a collection but this one featured some crazy highs and lows for me. When I started reading the first few stories, I was sure this was going to be an anthology I would praise without end and recommend to everyone but after finishing it, I’m not so sure anymore. Some of the stories were absolutely AMAZING, but they made me expect too much of the ones that came after and the anthology lost a little of its original appeal for me, going from diverse and unique to “just” interesting.
(Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish)
Flash Fiction, Short stories, Novelettes, Novellas… there was a long time when I didn’t really appreciate them. I mostly associated them with those short extra stories for series which most often seemed redundant because they rarely gave new information and weren’t actually any good, at least not the ones I used to read a few years back. Then Tor.com started publishing short stories and novelettes, and suddenly I discovered a whole new world of fiction to fall in love with.
For someone who usually prefers bigger books of 500+ pages it was quite the surprise that I also love the very short kind now. They are perfect for when you lack time and want to read a whole story in just one day though. And I certainly won’t complain about there being a shit ton of stories available for free (Tor.com and Uncanny Magazine being my favorites of many sources).