Yesterday evening, I spent time during a crashing thunderstorm reading the rest of The Ballad of Black Tom. It was a horror story that crept up on me slowly, gently, luring me with a vivid juxtaposition of the rich and gritty Harlem with fantastical otherworld dimensions. The end was shocking, lurching, abrupt.
I also read "A Taste of Honey" which had fascinating world-building and decent characters for the most part. But wow that ending was... disappointing.
Best Novella (progress: 4/5, with 1 abandoned)
Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire (read it, liked it)
Penric and the Shaman by Lois McMaster Bujold (read it, liked it)
The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle (wow)
A Taste of Honey by Kai Ashante Wilson (meh)
This Census-Taker by China Miéville (abandoned)
The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe by Kij JohnsonThis entry was originally posted at http://reedrover.dreamwidth.org/2073561.html and has comments so far. Please comment there using OpenID or here if that is your preference. I'm still reading both journals.