“To say more, is to say less.”

So said the great and prolific writer of short fiction, Harlan Ellison.

So in that spirit we are celebrating all things short this Thoughtful Thursday and we would love to know about your favourite short novels.

fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviewsA few days ago upon reading Illyria, Elizabeth Hand‘s World Fantasy Award Winner for best Novella, I was reminded of what a wonderful thing it can be to skip through a short novel as if your life depends on it. I raced through Illyria, not for lack of time, but out of sheer enjoyment, and was left positively breathless at the end. It was a beautiful story, only enhanced by its diminutive stature.

After all, good things do come in small packages. (At 5 foot nothing, I repeat this maxim to all and sundry).

Funnily enough when I think of novellas I am drawn to the classics — Steinbeck, Hemmingway, Graham Greene — and I must admit I haven’t explored the world of fantasy novellas anywhere near as much as I would like. So I am taking this opportunity to find out about your favorite novellas. Your suggestions are very much welcome.