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How Long 'til Black Future Month?: Stories
How Long 'til Black Future Month?: Stories | N K Jemisin
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Hugo award-winning and New York Times bestselling author N. K. Jemisin sharply examines modern society in her first short story collection. For more from N. K. Jemisin, check out: The Inheritance TrilogyThe Hundred Thousand KingdomsThe Broken KingdomsThe Kingdom of GodsThe Inheritance Trilogy (omnibus edition)Shades in Shadow: An Inheritance Triptych (e-only short fiction)The Awakened Kingdom (e-only novella)Dreamblood DuologyThe Killing MoonThe Shadowed SunThe Dreamblood Duology (omnibus)The Broken EarthThe Fifth SeasonThe Obelisk GateThe Stone Sky
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Zoes_Human
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1. Pauli Murray & Nina Simone

2. N.K. Jemisin & Jacqueline Woodson

3. Yes, please.

4. Apocalyptic & Dystopian

5. Anti-racism

#blitsyhistorymonth #bhmswap @chelleo

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eraderneely
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Trying to finish this for book club tonight while the baby naps. (But, you know, posting to Litsy first 😘)

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Zoes_Human
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The Kindle edition of this AMAZING collection of speculative fiction short stories is on sale for $3.99 right now!!!

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07FSLQXY8/ref=as_li_tf_il?imprToken=ega-KxLSG...

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arlenefinnigan
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Stacypatrice Beautiful cover 💖 2mo
Cinfhen I love this cover and I‘m always curious about this book. I‘m just not a fan of short story collections 🤨 2mo
Emilymdxn I adore this book! The story Red Dirt Witch is potentially one of my all time fave short stories! 2mo
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ElishaLovesBooks
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I was doing so well. . . 😂🤷🏻‍♀️ #bookhaul

TracyReadsBooks Just wait until Sunday!!! I have the Jemisin book in my TBR pile—I‘ve heard really great things and am definitely looking forward to reading it! 3mo
ElishaLovesBooks @TracyReadsBooks I can‘t wait til Sunday!! I‘m sure the book stack will get even bigger😁📚 3mo
marleed Oh, the perfect mile is one of my all time favorite books! I recently found it in hardback and gave my much loved paperback back to my son since it was technically gifted to him as the inscription inside the front cover reads. 3mo
ElishaLovesBooks @marleed I‘m so glad to hear that it‘s good! It was a total impulse buy-I‘d never heard of it before! 3mo
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thebookbutterfly1
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This book is so unique so many different worlds, characters, stories and perspective. Each sting is so unique with a range of topics. I enjoyed this book immensely.

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Deborah42
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A collection of (mostly) sci-fi/fantasy stories that show Jemisin‘s amazing range. Highly recommend.

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Corar
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I am starting the Readathon with an audio book. I have been working my way through How Long 'til Black Future Month for about a month now, between novels. So I am starting out with “The Trojan Girl“.

#deweyoct #readathon ##deweysreadathon2019

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Zoes_Human
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“Once upon a time, I didn't think I could write short stories.“ So begins the introduction to one of the best anthologies I have ever read. Ranging the gamut of speculative fiction from fantasy through paranormal into science fiction, these stories are dark and deep. Full of rich description, they sweep you away into worlds that seem impossibly well-constructed for being assembled in only a few pages. Each tale was a delight to read.

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Zoes_Human
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Sinners, Saints, Dragons, and Haints, in the City Beneath the Still Waters
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A man finds he has to battle more than he expected as he fights for survival after the levee breaks in New Orleans.

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Zoes_Human
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Non-Zero Probabilities
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When probability spirals out of control making both the best and worst kind of luck an everyday occurrence, a young woman finds her life entirely changed.

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Zoes_Human
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The You Train
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A haunting tale of one woman‘s journey of self-discovery in the subways of New York.

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Zoes_Human
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Too Many Yesterdays, Not Enough Tomorrows
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In a fragmented universe, with the survivors existing in isolated quantum islands, what makes the difference between survival and extinction?

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Henosis
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A dark examination of what it truly means to honor an artist. Written in an unusual sequence which may be read in two ways.

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The Narcomancer
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One man struggles to find the path of righteousness when faced with a temptation that is both a sacred obligation and a violation of faith.

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“On the Banks of the River Lex”
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In which the question is asked—what happens to our gods and incarcerations once humankind has finally self-destructed.

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Zoes_Human
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This is the story that eventually became the Broken Earth trilogy. The story itself has a complete arc, yet it feels somehow incomplete. I suppose the author felt much the same. Perhaps it‘s less that it‘s incomplete and more that it leaves one eager to know more about this universe of magic, destruction, and, above all, hunger.

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Zoes_Human
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Cuisine de Mémoires is a melancholy short fantasy centered around food and memories. It may leave you hungry as well as wondering about your choices in life.

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Zoes_Human
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The elevator is a dark and dystopian short about temptation that leaves one wondering what is reality.

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Zoes_Human
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Walking Awake is a dystopian short with themes of collaboration through ignorance, the self-destructive nature of humankind, and the pain of awakening.

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Plaidsticks
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Sometimes I tear through short story anthologies, sometimes they take forever. I think part of the problem with this was shear exhaustion took over whenever I attempted to read and I‘d only make it a few pages in before falling asleep. But, as always, Jemisin is awesome.

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Aimeesue
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#7days7covers #covercrush Day 1

Anyone want to play? @jillrhudy ? Post 7 covers that you love, one per day, with no explanation. Tag an unsuspecting new player each day. It's like a #pyramidscheme but we all win.

@LeahBergen @AnnCecilie

LeahBergen I like your analogy. 😆😆 4mo
vivastory Fantastic analogy! 😂 4mo
batsy 😅 4mo
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DGRachel Perfect analogy!🤣🤣 4mo
jillrhudy Sure, I'll play. Or I would if this work week would ever end (gnashing teeth). What makes me hesitate is. . .seven CONSECUTIVE days? I guess no one is counting. 4mo
Aimeesue @jillrhudy Librarians get to stretch it out as long as they like. They're busy getting important tomes to the teeming millions! 4mo
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lauren.lerner
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So I thought I was just seeing my dentist about my wonky implant but it turns out the dentist wanted me to get a cleaning so badly, his scheduler just put me down for a cleaning. I don‘t do well with teeth shit so I want to thank Levar Burton for this podcast which kept me from having a panic attack!!!!

Gah I really hate teeth.

But I really love this story and this whole book, so if you haven‘t read it yet DO IT. It‘s SO GOOD. Nora is a genius!

gradcat I love his podcast! ♥️ 4mo
SW-T Awesome author and podcaster 😊😊😊 4mo
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Zoes_Human
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“The Evaluators“ is first contact story that reveals a startling societal arrangement that could change humanity forever.

(N.K. Jemisin is my book-crush. She is so mind-blowingly good at this.)

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Zoes_Human
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“The Brides of Heaven“ is a chilling science-fiction short where interplanetary colonists face hopeless odds including the madness of one of their own.

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Zoes_Human
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“The Storyteller's Replacement“ is a dark fantasy story reminiscent of One Thousand and One Nights. It left me both disturbed and excited. It has me daydreaming of N.K. doing a retelling of the Arabian Nights. I'm chilled just by the idea.

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An incredible collection, but this story, in particular, is everything. “Sinners, Saints, Dragons, and Haints in the City Beneath the Still Waters” is a well-crafted parable of what happens to us in times of crisis, and the monsters (or angels) we are all capable of becoming. Hands down fav story of the collection. I need a physical copy of this book! Need it! (I‘ll wait til after swaps to buy!)

💯 recommend

Five billion stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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hermyknee
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I reeeeaaaalllyy need to invest in the hardback copy of this book (not only because the cover is gorgeous), but because there is so much happening in these stories, I need to physically read them instead of just listening to them. I actually yelled “what the f—-?!” (but, like, in a good way) at the gym while I was listening to “Too Many Yesterdays, Not Enough Tomorrows.” The premise of that one is so different, fresh and unique— I loved it!

Melismatic Sounds awesome! 5mo
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Zoes_Human
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Does anyone know how I can add a cover to this entry for the book? It doesn't have one, and it's such a stunning cover that I hate for it to not be there. I figured out how to add a cover when I create a book, but not how to do it for an existing book like this. I'm willing to do the work; I just don't know how.

(I mean just look at that! Gorgeous!)

#help

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Zoes_Human
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1) I read one short story in-between each full-length book, so this will be in the current stack for a while.

2) No long weekend here. I work every Saturday. This does, however, mean that I actually get two days off in a row.

3) Coffee with toffee chunks or thai curry (but that's tough to find)

4) Nope

#FRIYAYINTRO

xxjenadanxx Thai Curry Ice Cream?! How and where? I need that in my life! 5mo
Zoes_Human @xxjenadanxx We have a local ice creamery around here called The Hop. In the summer, they stick with relatively traditional flavors, but in the winter they get highly experimental. That one only pops up once or twice a winter. They also have ice cream flights at the creamery itself once a week to test run new stuff. Homemade waffle cones too. I love them. 🍨 5mo
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2. Not sure. Hopefully something outdoors.
3. Changes with my mood. Mint Chocolate chip, B&Js Cherry Garcia, B&Js Half Baked, Raspberry Cheesecake....
4. I took piano as a child, but I don't recall enough now to say that I play.
5. ❤❤❤
#friyayintro @howjessreads

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Leslie7
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New books.

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hermyknee
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I really enjoyed “The Narcomancer,” but I definitely need this book in hardback (A because the cover is beautiful and B because I feel like I‘m missing some of the details in the audio). Audio can be a little bit more difficult for me to follow especially with a story as complex as this one.

I loved it though! I believe The Narcomancer is set in the Dreamblood Duology world (but I haven‘t read those books yet, so it‘s a guess!)

🖤

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hermyknee
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Listening to the short story that led to Jemisin‘s Broken Earth trilogy 😍😍😍

Also, getting ready for work. I‘m so tired already! But, so far, I have a great group of kids and our new administrators have already made this year 1,000x better than last year!

Happy Wednesday, friends!

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Cortg Good luck and have a great year! 📚 5mo
irre Have a great school year! 5mo
Leftcoastzen Great that there has been improvement! 5mo
TheBookHippie Hope your year is going well!!! 4mo
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TracyReadsBooks
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A small by mighty #bookhaul this week. Looking forward to reading both of these books.

MandaMT I loved Black Future Month! It was my first time reading Jemisin. I got into The Broken Earth trilogy after that. 5mo
TracyReadsBooks @MandaMT N.K. Jemisin is the best. I actually started with The Inheritance Trilogy, which I loved, and I‘ve read The Fifth Season which I also really enjoyed. Definitely plan on finishing the trilogy and I‘m definitely excited to read these short stories. 5mo
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rkeo
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N.K. Jemisin can do no wrong. To quote another reviewer, Rana, on Goodreads, "Was there any doubt that this would be f***ing fantastic?" This is a collection of world-class speculative fantasy and sci-fi that eerily parallels modern society, highlighting the many race and class issues that still persist in the 21st century. If you haven't read anything by this author, you are seriously missing out on one of the best writers alive.

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Bibliogeekery
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My partner and I have been reading this gem of a short story collection out loud to each other for a good while. It's so great! Jemisin is so skillful at building worlds and characters and contexts!

ephemeralwaltz I love sharing reading like that💜 6mo
Bibliogeekery @ephemeralwaltz me too! We always have a book on the go. 💕 6mo
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I love Jemisin and I got this short story collection as a gift from a friend that I introduced to her Broken earth collection (I made my friend read it before she sent it to me and she put post it's all over the book with her insights and there is so much love in this copy!).

KtheBookwyrm I loved this short story collection so much 6mo
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Addison_Reads
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Each story in this collection is unique and intriguing in its own way. I'll admit there are a few I didn't like as much, but overall this is an excellent collection of genre bending fiction. The elements of sci-fi mixed with morality issues, racial tensions, and even gender fluidity reminded me at times of Octavia Butler's writing for a new generation. My favorite story was the last in the book set in a flooded New Orleans after a storm.

rmaclean4 I think her writing is amazing!! 6mo
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Monstershaped
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N K Jemisin always knocks it out of the park, and this collection of short stories is no exception! Some are better than others but the ones that land REALLY land and even the one or two that don't are very worthwhile for seeing how some of her ideas for novels come about.

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Evening reading. I should pace myself and read one story at a time, give myself time to think about each world she offers a glimpse of. But I‘m so hooked I am just binging from one story to the next

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Beachesnbooks
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Top 6 reads so far in 2019! The top row are the 3 books I've given 5 stars this year; bottom row were fantastic 4 star reads. Hoping to find more 5 stat reads in the second half of the year!
#top6reads @Cinfhen

Cinfhen Thanks for sharing!!! I‘m dying to read the new Whitehead 7mo
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everlocalwest
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I've been meaning to review this for ages! This is a solid collection. I loved reading the stories that were clearly genesis for later novels and there were also a few stories that I hope to see built out into novels in the future. But honestly, the ones that stick in my mind the most were the simple stories that laid everything on the page. There were a few in here that weren't memorable or felt like an exercise but still, this was a great read.

MrBook Ahhh, look at that! Love meeting authors! 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 I was lucky enough to see her at Book Expo this year ☺️. Great review! 7mo
everlocalwest @MrBook so cool! I was sad I missed her talk with Rebecca Roanhorse - I bet that was great! She did an awesome extended reading at the event I went to a few months ago, followed by a Q&A...Jemisin is a great presence. 7mo
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Bertha_Mason

"Valedictorian" is an ableist fuckwreck of a story and I am appalled by it.

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"New Orleans stank to the heavens. This was either the water, which did not have the decency to confine itself to the river but instead puddled along every street, or the streets themselves, which seemed to have been cobbled with bricks of fired excrement."
-"The Effluent Engine"