Almost a week since I posted here 🙂 I’ve been focused mainly on reading ARCs from Netgalley, mostly because I always feel guilty about requesting and then leaving those novels on my shelf. That is why, this post will feature short reviews that I’ve posted in Netgalley but forgot to expand or add here. Overall, these novels were engaging and fresh enought that I felt they deserved a bit of spotlight.
Thank you to Netgalley, the authors and the publishing companies for the opportunity to read these ARC’s in exchange for an honest review.
In these stories, Jemisin sharply examines modern society, infusing magic into the mundane, and drawing deft parallels in the fantasy realms of her imagination. Dragons and hateful spirits haunt the flooded city of New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. In a parallel universe, a utopian society watches our world, trying to learn from our mistakes. A black mother in the Jim Crow south must figure out how to save her daughter from a fey offering impossible promises. And in the Hugo award-nominated short story “The City Born Great,” a young street kid fights to give birth to an old metropolis’s soul.
6 reasons to read this book:
*SO MANY REASONS! WHERE TO START! it’s N.K. Jemisin ‘nough said *short stories compilation!! *beautiful worldbuilding!! beautiful writing!! utopian and dystopian societies!! afro-futurism!! *stories about space adventure, gods, fantasy fables, science fiction, aliens, paranormal creatures, fantasy realms, dragons, spirits, so much magic!! *social commentary about modern societies, greed, power, black excellence *so many amazing concepts and characters
I think I’ve mentioned before I’m in two book clubs with friends (the same group of friends actually), while one is just about romance novels, the other is about more general fiction. This was the book chosen for May for that bookclub. I have to start by saying I know N.K. Jemisin, I know how amazing her novels are, so I knew I was probably going to like the majority of the stories.
What I didn’t expect is to find myself connecting with all stories in this collection. There wasn’t one that didn’t capture me, creeped me out, fascinated me, made me think/consider/worry about the future, awed me, scared me, made me fall in love with the worldbuilding, etc etc. The worldbuilding specially was superb, not one of the stories here felt the same or had the same kind of concepts and/or characters, they were fresh and original. Every story felt real, tangible with the little flavour of sci-fi, fantasy, social commentary and futuristic speculation. But more than anything every story was marvelously developed and fleshed out to the degree any of these felt like they could’ve been a fully length-sized. To be honest, I could easily go into any of the stories of this collection or go one by one explaining the details of what fascinated me by each, but I don’t want to do that, as my friends let me read each one without any kind of hint of what was to come, I want to do the same in this review, I don’t want anyone to read with my words in their head of which I loved the best and which worried me the most and which made me cry (a few did, I have to be honest).