An Unlikely Mix: Tall Tales and Short Stories | Wyatt’s World

As 2017 unfolds, the range of fresh works for readers to discover is wide and divergent, including new short story collections from beloved authors and grand tales by masters of adrenaline.

  • The Red Sphinx: A Sequel to The Three lostcity.jpg11317Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas; tr. from French by Lawrence Ellsworth (Pegasus).
    It is hard to believe that English readers have spent the last 100 years without a new translation of Dumas’s sequel to his swashbuckling masterwork. Taking up the action just days after the first book’s close, it focuses on Cardinal Richelieu and a new hero, the Comte de Moret.
  • Difficult Women by Roxane Gay (Grove).
    Offering a mix of sharply conceived and strongly observed female characters, Gay’s latest story collection invites us to step into lives riddled with brokenness and queasy troubles. Some of her creations are as real as the women we meet in the grocery line, while others are far more metaphorical. Regardless, Gay examines each with razor-like precision.
  • Homesick for Another World: Stories by Ottessa Moshfegh (Penguin).
    Her debut novel, Eileen, blew critics away, but Moshfegh has always been recognized for her short stories, which makes this anthology high on a number of TBR piles. It is dark, uncomfortable work, leavened by the sheer scope of her talent as a writer. Expect plenty of attention.
  • The Lost City of the Monkey God: A True Story by Douglas Preston (Grand Central).
    Better known as a novelist, coauthoring multiple series with Lincoln Child, Preston here trades his computer for camping gear as he details how he joined an expedition to search for a fabled lost city deep in the wilds of a dense and dangerous jungle. What he finds, and the illness (curse?) that befalls many of the team, is the stuff of his most page-turning and addictive fiction.
  • The Seventh Plague by James Rollins (Morrow).
    The ten plagues of Egypt, delivered through Moses, form part of the backstory of this 12th  “Sigma Force” novel. It seems something ancient and virulent has been unleashed and is now making its way across Cairo. Meanwhile, in a much colder realm, a madman is plotting away. Action, science, and history combine in this punchy thrill ride.
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Neal Wyatt compiles LJ's online feature Wyatt's World and is the author of The Readers' Advisory Guide to Nonfiction (ALA Editions, 2007). She is a collection development and readers' advisory librarian from Virginia. Those interested in contributing to The Reader's Shelf should contact her directly at