Trying to finish this for book club tonight while the baby naps. (But, you know, posting to Litsy first 😘)
The Kindle edition of this AMAZING collection of speculative fiction short stories is on sale for $3.99 right now!!!
I was doing so well. . . 😂🤷🏻♀️ #bookhaul
“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.
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.
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.
#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.
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!
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!)
Five billion stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
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!
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!)
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)
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!)
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!
A small by mighty #bookhaul this week. Looking forward to reading both of these books.
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.
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!
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!).
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.
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.
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.
"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"