Miniatures: The Very Short Fiction of John Scalzi is a ridiculous title, so I am going to do the reasonable thing and shorten it to Miniatures by John Scalzi. It is a short story collection published in 2016 and is full of short funny stories by Scalzi.
My review of Miniatures by John Scalzi
The stories are all short and funny and quite silly. It is the perfect palate cleanser after a dark book or if you want something light up your day. Great stress relief.
My review from 2017 of Miniatures by John Scalzi
I don’t often read whole single author collections in one go. Actually I rarely finish them. Miniatures was an exception. I had a stressful job interview and had on a whim picked up Miniatures by Scalzi as it was cheap and I had enjoyed his work in the past. I read most of the collection on the day of the interview, reading one story after another – keeping me laughing and smiling throughout the day up to the interview.
Minatures is a collection of very short stories – many of which are short enough to be flash fiction. All of them shorter than 2,300 words – all of them crazy science fiction stories. Most are reprint though there are a few new stories. I had however not read any of them before.
I read most of this on public transport and I have to say people must have thought I was a bit odd as I was smiling from ear to ear and giggling more or less the whole time. I only skipped two stories – the rest grabbed me.
The stories are short and almost all funny or at least silly. This is not the collection you pick up if you want something serious. It is the perfect palate cleanser after a dark book or if you want something light up your day. I partially like the Star Trek and super hero pieces.
Author: Male, white, USA
Published: 2016 by Subterranean Press
Read: 12th to 16th January of 2017
This review was originally posted: February 21, 2017. Updated June 25, 2023