Question: How Do You Read An Anthology?
Question is a fun feature run by Julie at Yummy Men & Kick Ass Chicks. I’ve really enjoyed reading her questions and answers so I thought I would participate. 🙂 As always, thanks to Julie for doing this. I don’t know how she comes up with these great questions every week but I’m all for it.
This week’s question: How do you read an anthology?
My answer: This one is a toughie. Like Julie, I like anthologies because they’re opportunities to discover new authors. But I find anthologies maddening sometimes. If it’s a three- or four-story anthology, the stories have a lot of meat to them but in a Mammoth Book… type anthology, I find the stories are sometimes too brief.
In terms of how I read an anthology, it depends on how many stories there are. In a three- or four-story volume, I usually just read them in order, unless there’s a story by an author I love, in which case I am guilty of jumping to that story first. In a larger anthology, I pick and choose depending on my mood, and don’t usually get through all of the stories. I have a couple of those Mammoth Books… gathering dust…