I have a love hate relationship with collections by multiple authors. I used to love them alot. They were quick, easy reads that introduced me to new authors. They were something I was strongly drawn to when I was a more avid browser. All that changed though when I started working at at library. All of a sudden I had so many books to read that I now dread discovering new authors. I’m getting caught up with authors and series that I previously wouldn’t have had a chance to but it never ends. My favourite authors have become quite prolific in the last few years and I both love and hate them for it. But that’s another blog.
So now I don’t read collections (I’ll point out that I’m not sure what the actual term for them is) unless they involve an author that I am following closely and I only read the story that they wrote. Which can be a problem. For example, I just read Mysteria Nights … or actually, I just read the two stories Gena Showalter wrote in it. I had no interest in reading the others but at the same time I felt like I was missing something because in this collection the stories all involve characters from the same town who interact with each other. But these short stories can be great. My favourites are the ones that are connected to or give insight into the series of the author. This can be frustrating if you can’t find the book it’s in to read it but it’s so exciting when you discover it, especially accidently. Patricia Briggs is great for that.
My favourites, though, are the collections where all the stories are by the same author. Especially if they are reprints of stories from multi-author books. This can great way to read or buy stories that you weren’t able to find or weren’t willing to spend time or money on.
So… collections… omnibus…whatever… thumbs up and thumbs down.
What I’m reading right now (totally forgot this part now): In Pursuit of Eliza Cynster by Stephanie Laurens and Slam Dunk, Volume 13.