Anthologies tend to be hit or miss with me. The collection of multiple authors’ works can either be a great gateway to new voices (that’s how I discovered Vivi Andrews), or something that can’t hold my attention long enough.
For the sake of this discussion, there are two types of anthologies: those including a few novellas and others featuring a bevy of short stories. The novella anthos, which include three to five authors’ novella-length works, tend to be my favorites. I can get a real taste of how the authors’ novels will feel, especially those that will require a bit of world-building.
With a handful of exceptions (usually anything edited by Charlaine Harris, Toni L. P. Klener or Ellen Datlow), I have a harder time staying involved with the short story anthologies. This isn’t so much due to lack of quality, as it’s harder for me to get drawn into the collection if it flits around much. I’ll finish one 10-page section only to see the novel I just bought lying on the table. There are often so many stopping points, it’s too easy to be distracted. Frequently, I never come back to the collection.
I wonder if this is true for others. So, tell me:
1. Which type of anthology works best for you?
2.Do you like the frequent stopping points with the short story anthologies?
3. And, perhaps most importantly, are there any authors you discovered via their work in an anthology?