Eros, Philia, Agape

10 best books like Eros, Philia, Agape (Rachel Swirsky): A Fist of Permutations in Lightning and Wildflowers, The Witch of Duva, Brimstone and Marmalade, Among the Thorns, The Lady Astronaut of Mars, A Kiss With Teeth, The Water That Falls on You from Nowhere, These Deathless Bones, Come See the Living Dryad, Daughter of Necessity

AuthorAlyssa Wong
The day my sister ended the world, the sky opened up in rain for the first time in years, flooding the desert wash behind our house. The snakes drowned in their holes and the javelinas stampeded downstream, but the water overtook them, and the air filled with their screaming as they were swept away.

AuthorLeigh Bardugo
"Now you know what monsters once lurked in the woods near Duva, and if you ever meet a bear with a golden collar, you will be able to greet him by name. So shut the window tight and make sure the latch is fastened. Dark things have a way of slipping in through narrow spaces."

It was a great short...
AuthorAaron Corwin
Just in time for Halloween, we have a funny, sweet, and slightly skewed short story by Aaron Corwin, an up-and-coming writer from Seattle.

All Mathilde wanted for her birthday was a pony. Instead, she got a demon. Sometimes growing up means learning that what you think you want is not always...
AuthorVeronica Schanoes
They made my father dance in thorns before they killed him.

I used to think that this was a metaphor, that they beat him with thorny vines, perhaps. But I was wrong about that.

They made him dance.

this free tor short is based on the grimm's tale The Jew in the Thorns , which is...
The Lady Astronaut of Mars
AuthorMary Robinette Kowal
Thirty years ago, Elma York led the expedition that paved the way to life on Mars. For years she's been longing to go back up there, to once more explore the stars. But there are few opportunities for an aging astronaut, even the famous Lady Astronaut of Mars. When her chance finally comes, it may be too late....
A Kiss With Teeth
AuthorMax Gladstone
I'm upping my rating from 4.5 stars to 5 stars on rereading this online freebie. I love this story! Vlad the vampire is married to a human (in fact, the woman who was originally hunting him down!). They have a young son, and Vlad tries to live like a regular human, denying his darker self and powers....
AuthorJohn Chu
In the near future water falls from the sky whenever someone lies (either a mist or a torrential flood depending on the intensity of the lie). This makes life difficult for Matt as he maneuvers the marriage question with his lover and how best to "come out" to his traditional Chinese parents.

AuthorCassandra Khaw
“I hate you.” I crouch in front of him. “You have no understanding as to how much. You charmed little prick.”

I have to say I agree with this statement when I read about the horrific little brat kid and all of the things the stepmother was telling us he did. He deserved to boil!

AuthorTheodora Goss
I am improbable, am I not?

Almost, but not quite, impossible.

theodora goss won my heart with the stunning free tor short Red as Blood and White as Bone, and after giving me something so perfectly perfect, it would have taken a complete dud to mar my high opinion of her. fortunately,...
Daughter of Necessity
AuthorMarie Brennan
i do love stories like this - stories that take a well-known work as their foundation and then poke around in it to locate the parts of the story that stick out in our minds as unfinished or unexplored. where the heck did heathcliff go for those three years? what were bertha and miss havisham like before all...
The Best We Can: A Original
AuthorCarrie Vaughn

We—the scientific community, astronomers, philosophers, writers, all of humanity—had spent a lot of time thinking about what would happen if we found definitive proof that intelligent life existed elsewhere in the universe. All the scenarios involved these other intelligences...
A Short History of the Twentieth Century, or, When You Wish Upon a Star
AuthorKathleen Ann Goonan
Actual rating: 2.5

This was an enjoyable enough little story if a bit light. Although the plot focusses on Carol and on her struggles to become a scientist, I have to admit that I was much more interested by Carol's dad. I wanted to read more about his experience during and after the war. I wanted...
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