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Vilja Reads

I'm a student, so I don't have nearly as much time for leisure reading as I'd like. If I manage to read an entire course book instead of just the assigned chapters, I'll review that here, too.

Short stories and novellas online

I've read a few amazing short stories free online recently, so here are links! Highly recommended - and pretty grim, because that's how I roll.



Before the Rains Came

by Jack Hollis Marr


An eerie meeting of a boy and a unicorn, seeped in the expectation of violence. A short story.



Always Left Behind

by Jack Hollis Marr


Any description would ruin it. Just read. A short story.



A Fire in the Heavens

by Mary Robinette Kowal


Neither Katin nor anyone she knows has ever seen the moon. Her persecuted religion talks of it, but surely it's just a metaphor? Now she's financed a long voyage to the other side of the sea to look for her people's ancient homeland, and on the horizon there's a bright, eerie light.


A novella. Don't let the design of Kowal's website fool you: This is not a romance.