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How Long ‘Til Black Future Month
24 Jan, 2019

How Long ‘Til Black Future Month

/ posted in: Book ReviewReading How Long ‘Til Black Future Month How Long 'til Black Future Month? on November 27, 2018
Pages: 400
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction
Published by Orbit
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library

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.


I loved this collection of short stories but it took me forever to read.  I felt like after each one I had to put the book down and let it sink in.  I couldn’t just go onto the next.  I absolutely love this cover.  I remember when this photo series came out.  This one makes a perfect book cover.  

I’ve posted before about the first story The Ones Who Stay and Fight.  That is still my favorite story but there are many other great ideas in this book.

There are children who get chosen to be a sacrifice based on their good grades.  But what happens to them?  Is this a punishment for the kids who have to excel despite the risks or a way to set them free?

Fans can freeze their favorite writers by killing them at the time of their greatest talent so they never disappoint.

Can humans who have escaped a dying Earth fix the environmental damage?  Should they be allowed to try no matter what humans who have remained behind think?

Making deals (and babies) with dragons might not turn out well for anyone but the dragons.  On the other hand, little dragons can help fight off even bigger evil.

There are tales of first contact with alien civilizations and visions of possibly imaginary women dancing in elevators.  There are gods that survive the death of humans.  How do they entertain themselves?

Wars can be fought or prevented with magic.  Maybe, someday, the tenuous connections between people on the internet will be all that there is left.  Then again, maybe if you look hard enough there is a train waiting that can take you anywhere you need to go.

There are stories here that I know Foodies Read participants would love. 

A chef unlocks her ability to make magic with food. 

A restaurant opens that can make the exact meal from any memory.  


28 Mar, 2016

Weirdathon Short Stories

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I read two short stories this month that I think qualify for Weirdathon status.

The Devil in AmericaThe Devil in America by Kai Ashante Wilson

“Scant years after the Civil War, a mysterious family confronts the legacy that has pursued them across centuries, out of slavery, and finally to the idyllic peace of the town of Rosetree. The shattering consequences of this confrontation echo backwards and forwards in time, even to the present day.”


This story looks at a family of former slaves who have an extreme way of protecting themselves from violence in the post-Civil War South. The format of the story is broken up with notes from a member of this family in the present day on the best way to tell the story.


Read it here on Tor.com

One of the books that I selected to read for Weirdathon was:

Demon Child (Celestial Battle, #2)Demon Child by Kylie Chan

“This trilogy follows the story of John Chen and Emma Donohoe. They have just found out that Emma has Demon blood and they have suffered the miscarriage of their first child. The Sidhe—or Shining folk, who defeated the Western Shen a thousand years ago—are prepared to do battle against the Western Shen to retain their dominance. Emma’s allegiance is torn: to fight for her kind, the Western demons she is descended from, or to stand alongside her beloved Xuan Wu.”

I’ve read all the rest of her books about these characters. It starts with Emma finding out that her new employer is the Chinese God Xuan Wu. It gets weirder from there.

I went to buy the ebook on Amazon and got a message that basically said, “You know you already own this, right?” Yeah, turns out I already read it. The next one isn’t out yet. I reread it because I didn’t remember all the details (obviously if I didn’t remember reading it) but it got familiar as it went on. I can’t really talk about everything that is weird about it for fear of the Google search results. I am looking forward to the next book.

In the meantime there are a few short stories in this world.  I read this one.

The Gravity EngineThe Gravity Engine by Kylie Chan

“Because of his unique heritage, Prince Michael has the opportunity to find out what’s happening in the silent European Heavens. He discovers wonder, beauty and a love he thought was lost forever – as well as a threat that could lead to the fall of his home in Asia.”

Michael is the son of the tiger god and a European woman.  All the gods in these stories have animal and human aspects.  This story was ok but nothing amazing.  I still prefer the books.

I also found out that I’m not allowed to have this book on my TBR list.

Small ShenSmall Shen by Kylie Chan

“SMALL SHEN is the amazing story of Gold — a stone spirit and a chronic troublemaker in the court of the great Gods of Chinese mythology.

A mix of Kylie Chan′s brilliant storytelling and Queenie Chan′s beautiful illustrations, SMALL SHEN is a fantastic treat for fans of WHITE TIGER. Readers will be thrilled to discover the events leading up to John Chen and Emma Donahoe′s story in this wonderful prequel.”

Australia is holding it hostage.

It is only available in Australia.  I can’t buy it anywhere in the States.  I can’t get it from libraries.

I finally found a website that let me buy a used copy of it.  I must admit that it made me get a little obsessed when it appeared that I wasn’t allowed to have it at all.