How Long 'til Black Future Month?

How Long 'til Black Future Month?

N.K. Jemisin / Jul 24, 2019

How Long til Black Future Month 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 fl

  • Title: How Long 'til Black Future Month?
  • Author: N.K. Jemisin
  • ISBN: How Long 'til Black Future Month?
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  • Page: 365
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  • 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 mothe 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 Get A Copy Kindle Store StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Hardcover, 400 pages Published November 27th 2018 by Orbit More Details Original Title How Long til Black Future Month ISBN 0316491349 ISBN13 9780316491341 Edition Language English Literary Awards Alex Award 2019 Other Editions 10 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about How Long til Black Future Month , please sign up

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    Lists with This Book Can t Wait Sci Fi Fantasy of 2019 452 books 1,025 voters ALA Youth Media Awards 2019 75 books 1 voter More lists with this book Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Oct 11, 2018 Leah Rachel von Essen rated it it was amazing Shelves authors of color, short story collections, sff How Long Til Black Future Month is simply superb There wasn t a story in the twenty two that didn t impress Jemisin is a science fiction and fantasy powerhouse, and that is clear by the sheer variety of tales told there are a dozen novel worthy worlds crafted in this volume Jemisin opens with The Ones Who Stay and Fight, a direct story response to Ursula K Le Guin s The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas It ends with a parallel a story about a man defending his city, post Katrina New Orle How Long Til Black Future Month is simply superb There wasn t a story in the twenty two that didn t impress Jemisin is a science fiction and fantasy powerhouse, and that is clear by the sheer variety of tales told there are a dozen novel worthy worlds crafted in this volume Jemisin opens with The Ones Who Stay and Fight, a direct story response to Ursula K Le Guin s The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas It ends with a parallel a story about a man defending his city, post Katrina New Orleans, from hateful spirits alongside dragons There s a rebellion about many of these tales, an insistence, a resistance towards being told to leave, to abandon, or to be any less than you know you can be One of my favorite tales in the collection was Valedictorian, a story about a black girl who refuses to underachieve even though being the best in her class will have dire consequences Other stars include two stories about food L Alchimista, about a chef fallen from grace who finally finds a challenge worth her skills when a magician brings her strange materials with unexpected power and Cuisine des M moires, where a restaurant serves people meals from history or from their own pasts In On the Banks of the River Lex, Death and other deities try to get by after mankind is gone in The You Train, a woman keeps glimpsing ghosts of NYC subway lines that don t exist in Non Zero Probabilities, one in a million chances suddenly become day to day probabilities in the city Those are just some of my favorites, but any of the 22 stories about destruction, rebirth, and redemption could have been featured here How Long Til Black Future Month is a stunning short story collection from one of the best SFF writers of all times, let alone ours It comes out November 27, 2018 from Orbit Books, but I recommend preordering it now flag 32 likesLike see review Dec 17, 2018 Hiu Gregg rated it it was amazing This was, I m ashamed to admit, the first N.K Jemisin book I ve ever read I don t say this because I subscribe to the belief that there are books which are required reading in the fantasy genre because I absolutely don t , but rather because on reading the stories in How Long til Black Future Month, I was struck by just how damned gifted Jemisin is as a writer And yet I m only finding that out now.But then, gifted isn t really the best word to use here These stories are very much a ref This was, I m ashamed to admit, the first N.K Jemisin book I ve ever read I don t say this because I subscribe to the belief that there are books which are required reading in the fantasy genre because I absolutely don t , but rather because on reading the stories in How Long til Black Future Month, I was struck by just how damned gifted Jemisin is as a writer And yet I m only finding that out now.But then, gifted isn t really the best word to use here These stories are very much a reflection of the sort of thing that Jemisin has been saying for years Some of them explore the concept of black excellence, which isn t a result of someone being gifted so much as it is the result of clawing and scraping and working harder and better than anyone else Because that s what it takes for a person of colour to succeed To be excellent , rather than good enough.Nowhere is this emphasized than in Valedictorian a story about an hard working, over achieving black girl who is pressured to underachieve by her family and her society, ostensibly to protect her from some horrible fate that her dystopian world will inflict upon her Jemisin crafts a whole bunch of fantastical and science fictional worlds which serve as a commentary on our own society These can be contemporary, historical, or completely imaginary and yet they all have a message that rings true There s 22 stories here, and while in most anthologies or collections you would expect to find a few duds, that s just not the case here Sure, there were some that hit me harder than others, but there is genuinely not a weak story in this book, and that s not an exaggeration Through the impressive variety of Jemisin s worlds, concepts, and characters, there is a tangible undercurrent of real emotion It would be easy to dismiss or belittle the legitimate anger, but it s so much than that.Yes, there s a fury there Some of the criticisms of our world are scathing But there s also an undeniable sense of hope An acknowledgement that, yes, things are pretty shitty at the moment Yes, some of us are fucking exhausted But things can, and will, get better I don t believe in required reading, but this book has come the closest yet to changing my mind flag 23 likesLike see review Jul 17, 2018 Hannah is currently reading it I don t think I could be excited for this flag 21 likesLike see review View 2 comments Jan 20, 2019 Sarah rated it really liked it Shelves tbr 2019 challenge, heptarchate challenge, sci fi, fantasy I finished and it only took 5 days Go me I wasn t sure what to expect going into this From Jemisin I ve only ever read The Fifth Season, and my relationship with that was only lukewarm I did know that she had some fantastic ideas for worlds and narrative choices though, so I was hopeful.I m happy to say that every single story in this book reaffirms what I ve stated above Jemisin is truly a creative genius and her writing is top notch And best of all, I didn t come across any that were sup I finished and it only took 5 days Go me I wasn t sure what to expect going into this From Jemisin I ve only ever read The Fifth Season, and my relationship with that was only lukewarm I did know that she had some fantastic ideas for worlds and narrative choices though, so I was hopeful.I m happy to say that every single story in this book reaffirms what I ve stated above Jemisin is truly a creative genius and her writing is top notch And best of all, I didn t come across any that were super upsetting The book starts with a phenomenal and heartfelt introduction about the struggles she faced as a beginning author, and if you tend to skip intros, don t, this one is quick and well worth reading.It then opens with The Ones Who Stay And Fight , she says is a response to a LeGuin story Omelas I had not read LeGuin s story and so I don t think I understood this one very well, and I m having a hard time recalling any details about it now The City Born Great comes next It was a little on the abstract side and as a story I just didn t love it The writing was phenomenal though Red Dirt Witch stands out as being one of my absolute favorites Following the first two stories it really showcased her versatility as a writer because it definitely had a folk tale type feel as opposed to the frenetic, urban feel of the prior story The ending was killer L Alchemista was another favorite It s about food and love of food, and felt very rustic It also made me super nostalgic for my mom s cooking Aside from that it was just really fun The Effluent Engine comes next, and while an excellent story, it reminded me a lot of The Black Gods Drums Nothing wrong with that I loved the TBGD, but it maybe felt a little too familiar and I was left wanting a little something Cloud Dragon Skies delves a little into the sci fi realm, but the world in it evoked a lot of the same feeling that I got from reading The Fifth Season , an overarching threat of doom, grim tone, etc I enjoyed this one and especially the ending The Trojan Girl is also sci fi than fantasy, but also one of her abstract pieces I liked the overall message, but wasn t crazy about the story itself Valedictorian is another SF dystopian piece that definitely has a haunting message The Storyteller s Replacement I actually can t recall very well, but I remember thinking that I thought it made for a good interlude in the book, which makes me think it wasn t a very strictly structured short story The Brides of Heaven is about a group of women who land on a planet that seems to be killing all the males It s an open ended story which aren t my favorite but in this case, because the time investment wasn t significant, I was okay with it The feelings it evokes are definitely sort of eerie and spooky and it will stick with me for awhile The Evaluators I loved Jemisin mentioned in the intro she enjoyed writing short stories because t gave her an opportunity to experiment and I think this piece is one of those It s told through a series of memos logs and was precisely the kind of sci fi horror story that I love Walking Awake also ventures into horror content warnings for child trauma violence and wasn t a favorite for me although again, I loved the message The Elevator Dancer is a quick story that almost felt like it could have been a spin off of Orwell s 1984 I liked this a lot than I liked 1984.We shift gears back to fantasy with Cuisine des Memoires and it stands it as another favorite in the book Kind of a love letter to the power food can have in our lives or at least in our memories I kind of also got the message that food is one of the oldest ways in the world to show you care for someone Whether just by sharing it or by putting your heart on a plate Stone Hunger is a prelude to The Fifth Season that I actually enjoyed a lot than the book itself I sort of wish I d read it first because I think I would have appreciated what came next much On the Banks of the River Lex was very reminiscent of Gaiman s American Gods and not in a bad way I absolutely love the concept and love the way she portrayed Death The Narcomancer was just meh for me, but I liked the ending Henosis is another experimental story told non linearly that worked really well in short story format The ending is another ambiguous one but I liked the format enough not to care It also draws some interesting conclusions about celebrity in America Too Many Yesterdays, Not Enough Tomorrows is another sci fi story with a super original concept that I thoroughly enjoyed the title is a hint The You Train is another abstract piece but again I loved the message The Nike slogan Just Do It comes to mind, and I also found it super relatable because if I didn t have a child at home, I think I d board The You Train myself Non Zero Probabilities was about exactly that, non zero probabilities It was definitely interesting, but coming at the end of so many other fantastic stories, not a standout to me We close with Sinners, Saints, Dragons, and Haints, in the City Beneath the Still Waters This was a favorite, and one of the only stories that made me really care about the characters It s about some odd happenings during and after Hurricane Katrina, and while that storm and it s destruction were no joke, I found the story itself really hopeful, and the overall tone fairly light probably gross misunderstandings on my part.I know this was a super long review but I wanted to touch a little on each story without spoiling too much of the plots I think each story had something to offer and all of them were well worth reading This collection has definitely renewed my interest in Jemisin and made me question my own feelings about The Fifth Season I m not sure if I want to re read it, just plow on to book two, or start one of her other books, but I ll definitely be revisiting her work in the future flag 15 likesLike see review View 2 comments Nov 20, 2018 Liz Barnsley rated it it was amazing I ve recently been making my way through this authors Broken Earth trilogy one book to go and the way she writes is so creative, beautifully done, so as a fan of short stories generally I was looking forward to this.There is an art to the short story form, not every author no matter how talented can pull them off, but N K Jemisin certainly can In this collection we have varying lengths but each one is a small gem unto itself, exploring many themes, a lot of them melancholy and thought pr I ve recently been making my way through this authors Broken Earth trilogy one book to go and the way she writes is so creative, beautifully done, so as a fan of short stories generally I was looking forward to this.There is an art to the short story form, not every author no matter how talented can pull them off, but N K Jemisin certainly can In this collection we have varying lengths but each one is a small gem unto itself, exploring many themes, a lot of them melancholy and thought provoking.Each one is involving and beautiful, sometimes really emotional and at times scary I was particularly taken with The City Born Great with it s descriptive, sprawling metropolis and The Elevator Dancer which packs a whole load of punch and relevance into a very small narrative.There isn t a single failure here, I mean I could mention so many and give you reasons why it s better than the last The You Train for example left me feeling vaguely sad for days and says so much without saying anything much at all or I could describe them all in minute detail but to my mind you should just dive in and appreciate each on your own terms.There is a gorgeous little gift of a tale in here for fans of the aforementioned Broken Earth trilogy too Excellent.Loved this Let s hope N K Jemisin offers us of these in the future Like Stephen King she has the art of it down whether the setting is our world or another, these are little snapshots of the soul.Highly Recommended flag 12 likesLike see review Dec 09, 2018 Marchpane rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves short stories Based on the title, I was expecting How Long til Black Future Month to be a little sci fi leaning and or a lot overtly political But as Jemisin points out in her introduction, just being a black woman writing sci fi and fantasy that features black characters is a political act Occasionally she does reference real world events, such as the terrific Sinners, Saints, Dragons, and Haints, in the City Beneath the Still Waters , about a young man and his elderly neighbour trying to surv Based on the title, I was expecting How Long til Black Future Month to be a little sci fi leaning and or a lot overtly political But as Jemisin points out in her introduction, just being a black woman writing sci fi and fantasy that features black characters is a political act Occasionally she does reference real world events, such as the terrific Sinners, Saints, Dragons, and Haints, in the City Beneath the Still Waters , about a young man and his elderly neighbour trying to survive in New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina With dragons Red Dirt Witch places sinister Fae in the Jim Crow South The majority of these tales, however, are set in invented worlds, taking in everything from artificial intelligence to magical haute cuisine.In theory, fantasy should be the least constrained of all genres, but in practice it is often mired in tropes and clich s Jemisin s writing stands out because it is so fresh and original and feverishly imaginative Some of the stories in this collection originated as proof of concept pieces for further development Stone Hunger became the Broken Earth trilogy and The Narcomancer became the Dreamblood duology But for every story that went on to bigger things, there are ten with world building just as rich and a narrative just as propulsive Almost every story here could have kicked off a series Jemisin s imagination is incredibly capacious and they are so varied and the worlds so fully realised that reading this collection really does feel like consuming several novels in ultra concentrated form Loved it flag 24 likesLike see review View all 3 comments Dec 06, 2018 Rana rated it it was amazing Is there even any doubt that this would be fucking fantastic flag 11 likesLike see review Jan 10, 2019 Dawn Christoffersen rated it really liked it Shelves kindle, audible Admittedly I ve only read The Fifth Season but I think I like Jemisin s short stories better than her novels She really has a concise way with words that suits this shorter writing exercise so well.Stories that stood out to me Stone Hunger marking the early embers of her Broken Earth trilogy , On the Banks of the River Lex , Henosis and The Narcomancer were all extremely good, and The Narcomancer also made me really curious to read her Dreamblood books flag 10 likesLike see review View 2 comments Dec 11, 2018 Makeda ColourLit rated it it was amazing Review pendingjust know I loved this collection to buy The Inheritance Trilogy and Dreamblood Duology Review pendingjust know I loved this collection to buy The Inheritance Trilogy and Dreamblood Duology flag 11 likesLike see review View 1 comment Jan 20, 2019 Rose rated it it was amazing Shelves fantasy, sci fi Having spent the last three weeks traipsing across Europe, having a book of short stories by such a fantastic author made the long train and bus journeys bearable.Some stories were a bit of a miss for me, but the overwhelming majority were fantastic and engaging My favourites were certainly the ones that had magic and mystique woven in to the world The City Born Great, Red Dirt Witch, L Alchimista, and Cuisine des Memoires all stood out beautifully amongst a sea of truly incredible stories T Having spent the last three weeks traipsing across Europe, having a book of short stories by such a fantastic author made the long train and bus journeys bearable.Some stories were a bit of a miss for me, but the overwhelming majority were fantastic and engaging My favourites were certainly the ones that had magic and mystique woven in to the world The City Born Great, Red Dirt Witch, L Alchimista, and Cuisine des Memoires all stood out beautifully amongst a sea of truly incredible stories There are so many tales here that I would love to read fully fledged novels about flag 9 likesLike see review Jan 05, 2019 Hannah rated it it was amazing Shelves favorites HOW DOES SHE DO IT How in the world is her mind so freaking brilliant I demand an answerThis is definitely my absolute favorite short story collection I ve read so far I was head over heels for 19 of the stories and only didn t enjoy 3 of them I can still say with certainty that they were all strong, stunning, and breathtaking yes, even the unfortunate 3 Just because I didn t like them as much didn t mean they weren t amazing in their own way The stories are extremely accessible and HOW DOES SHE DO IT How in the world is her mind so freaking brilliant I demand an answerThis is definitely my absolute favorite short story collection I ve read so far I was head over heels for 19 of the stories and only didn t enjoy 3 of them I can still say with certainty that they were all strong, stunning, and breathtaking yes, even the unfortunate 3 Just because I didn t like them as much didn t mean they weren t amazing in their own way The stories are extremely accessible and each pack such a punch for its short nature Every one of them addresses an element of modern society that really makes you pause and think In general, it s hard to successfully build a world in a 400 page fantasy novel and even harder to limit yourself to about 15 20 pages but Jemisin makes it look soooo easy It was ridiculously difficult to pick a few favorites among the 19 but here are a few The Ones Who Stay and Fight A brilliant opener of a utopia set in a parallel universe that watches and learns from our own flawed world Red Dirt Witch A chilling tale set in Alabama during Jim Crow of a black mother fiercely protecting her only daughter from the hands of a fey L Alchimista and Cuisine des Memoires Two stories that feature magical food and made my stomach and mind hunger for The Storyteller s Replacement A storyteller recounts a tale of a king who eats the heart of a dragon and suffers the dire consequences Stone Hunger A young girl seeks vengeance for the death of a city An absolute delight to venture back into the world of the Broken Earth trilogy and see the seeds of how the series developed The Narcomancer A priest struggles to choose between his vows to the Goddess and his heart amongst the backdrop of village politics and an intriguing magic system According to other reviewers, this acts as the seeds of the Dreamblood Duology which I am than excited to tackle soon.Honorable Mentions The Trojan Girl , Walking Awake , and Sinners, Saints, Dragons, and Haints, in the City Beneath the Still Waters and honestly all the other stories hah The three I didn t like as much were The Effluent Engine While I loved the idea of a lesbian Haitian spy seeking enhanced technology to maintain the freedom of their country post Revolution, her bold romantic advances just didn t seem very necessary to the plot Maybe if this was a full fledged novel where the romance was built over a period of time, I would ve cheered along On the Banks of the River Lex With mankind gone, Death and other deities wander New York City as they try to get by with their lives While there wasn t anything particularly wrong, it was just a little dull Too Many Yesterdays, Not Enough Tomorrows This was a just little bit too weird and confusing for my taste flag 10 likesLike see review View 1 comment Dec 21, 2018 La Coccinelle rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves adult, short stories I haven t read any of this author s longer works yet I figured trying some of her short stories might be a good introduction to her writing and a quick way to figure out if I m going to click with it has decided that my thoughts are too big to be contained either that, or it s just the fact that there are 22 stories in this book, and I had something to say about all of them In any case, my review wouldn t fit Head over to my blog to read the full review flag 6 likesLike see review Jan 15, 2019 The Captain rated it it was amazing Shelves fantasy, sci fi Ahoy there me mateys I have read five of the author s novels but had never read any of her short stories N.K Jemisin has been making waves by doing cool things like winning the Hugo award three years in a row for every book in her Broken Earth trilogy which I haven t read yet So when I saw she was publishing this short story collection I got excited And after listening to the audiobook, I can say that I adored it.This collection has 22 varied tales Now here s the thing, for the majority Ahoy there me mateys I have read five of the author s novels but had never read any of her short stories N.K Jemisin has been making waves by doing cool things like winning the Hugo award three years in a row for every book in her Broken Earth trilogy which I haven t read yet So when I saw she was publishing this short story collection I got excited And after listening to the audiobook, I can say that I adored it.This collection has 22 varied tales Now here s the thing, for the majority of these types of collections I tend to find them to be a mixed bag In this magnificent book, I loved 19 of them, loved but didn t quite understand 1, and enjoyed but didn t love 2 of them But I actually thought all of the tales were great Seriously, this never happens Part of this was also due to the excellent narration by Shayna Small, Gail Nelson Holgate, Robin Ray Eller, and Ron Butler.I don t want to spoil the magic of the stories and can t really do them justice with me own paltry words but I will try to give ye an idea of the bare bones of the stories and me thoughts on me favourites.Side Note In looking at Ms Jemisin s website s bibliography, many of these stories have blurbs there I will use those well written descriptions in quotes and italics here where applicable The words outside of the quotes will still be me own thoughts Arrr The Ones Who Stay and Fight This be one of the stories that I thought was well written but didn t love It showcases parallel worlds where one seems to be ours and the other is a utopia I have been told it might be related to an Ursula K Le Guin story that I haven t read The author lists Le Guin as an influence on I loved the concepts but it felt like the speaker was given the reader a lecture This might have been the point The City Born Great The rebirth of New York into an ancient battle, by the hand of its reluctant midwife I thought this story was fantastic It did take me several minutes to get into the flow of it but then I was mesmerized I thought the imagery was vivid and stark Yet poetic and beautiful The chasing cops are intense New York feels alive Red Dirt Witch The White Lady is coming for the future of Emmaline s family, but the red soil of Alabama grows a different sort of magic in defense This was another powerful read Two women, one white and one black, struggle for control The white woman has the upper hand due to racial prejudices and white dominance But Emmaline is determined to save her family despite the imbalance of power There is sadness and hope in this story The layering of concepts was awesome L Alchimista On a snowy Milano night, a stranger walks into a restaurant with some very strange ingredients Is Franca chef enough to cook them You better believe she is I absolutely loved this one I loved the mystery of the ingredients I loved the playful yet serious feeling around the cooking I am not a foodie and yet I still wanted to try some of Franca s creations And the ending of this story rocked Hooray for cooking magic The Effluent Engine This was originally in a collection of lesbian steampunk stories Awesome The tale is a swashbuckling adventure romance set in 1800s New Orleans with secret societies, derringers, and bustles This was excellent It dealt with dirigibles, spies, science and two kick ass women I would totally want these women on me crew Arrrr Cloud Dragon Skies The sky has turned red and the clouds now dance A tale of the Earth s final days I loved the descriptions of the skies in this one It is a love story It is a tragedy It was quirky and cool The Trojan Girl The wolves of cyberspace are on the move, hunting for a little girl who is than she seems Okay, so this is the well written story that I just didn t get completely Avatars and dreaming and code I also read this story in addition to listening to it I still love it and I still don t understand all of it It s not the writing s fault It is me silly noggin missing something It happens Valedictorian In the universe of The Trojan Girl YA dystopian cyberpunk Humankind, an endangered species, eats its own While in the same world as the previous story, this one made a lot sense for some reason I kinda loved it I wouldn t mind getting of this character s story in the future The Storyteller s Replacement This was very strange and I can t really explain it without spoilers I did love it It was just so weird The Brides of Heaven On the planet Iliyin, a colony of women struggles without men Is a mysterious pool of alien water a blessing from God, or a deadly curse Curse I think The Evaluators Someone s fast tracking the trade agreement with an alien world Further study is warranted Basically humans are dumb The ramifications of this one are fun Waking Awake Long after the conquest, slaves still find ways to fight back This had a strange, scary world that I would not want to live in I did love the protagonist in this one and how she fights back It was not an easy choice and I had such admiration for making it The Elevator Dancer A watchman grows infatuated with a woman who dances in the elevator when nobody else is present Is she dancing for him I really liked the concept of his one even if I was left with unanswered questions in the end Cusine de M moires A man eats a meal at a restaurant with a menu that the world has never seen The layers of this story were delightful The mystery of the chef led to unexpected places I thought this story had a perfect ending Stone Hunger In the hungry twilight of a volcanic winter, a hunter stalks her prey This story was so odd and delightful I don t quite understand the snippet of world building in the story and how it works And yet I wanted the hunter to get her prey and survive I was rooting for her On the Banks of the River Lex Life after people, with cephalopods I love cephalopods This story features Death It is a dystopian It is super fun The ramifications of the ending are rather astounding The Narcomancer An evil master of sleep magic torments a small village in the land of Gujaareh Cet, a priest of the Dream Goddess, must overcome both the narcomancer and his own temptations to survive I loved this one So many complications and strong characters Fun plot Great ending Excellent magic Henosis A famous author, hoping to win a prestigious award, is kidnapped by his greatest fan I don t think this be an award I want want to win But really was kidnapping a better choice It might have been Too Many Yesterdays, Not Enough Tomorrows Can love survive the end of the universe A weird loop world with weird consequences I loved it The You Train Dead trains Trains that never were If one of them stops for you, will you get on This might be me other favourite of the collection I just loved the voice of this one I wouldn t mind knowing the protagonist I want to know where she ends up And all the information about the subway system made me hanker for the days of living in NYC Not that I loved the subway then But living in a place without public transportation now makes me nostalgic This was clever and awesome Non Zero Probabilities Falling air conditioners, projectile Italian Ices, derailing trains, luck gone haywire Just another day in the big city This was kinda sweet and hopeful I liked hearing about all the zany happenings in NYC It made me smile This was another story where I wondered what happened next Sinners, Saints, Dragons, and Haints, in the City Beneath the Still Waters In the flooded streets of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, a young drug dealer faces horrors both existential and magical This was a fantastic ending to the book Though I missed the whole title and didn t get the dragon thing I thought the lizards talked about were like iguana s with wings in me noggin That said, this story just felt so real Even with the lizards If ye be a N.K Jemisin fan, this should tickle yer fancy If ye aren t familiar with her work then this might be a good place to start Some of the stories are also available on her website for free if ye want to check out her writing style I love her Plus I highly recommend listening to this one if ye can Arrrr Check out me other reviews at flag 5 likesLike see review Jul 17, 2018 Sana marked it as to read so bad it hurts In a parallel universe, a utopian society watches our world, trying to learn from our mistakes UM NEEEEEED THIS AND THE REST OF THE SHORT STORIES flag 6 likesLike see review Dec 27, 2018 Ran rated it really liked it Shelves fiction, read in 2018, short stories A collection of N K Jemisin s short stories, including a precursor to her series, The Broken Earth trilogy which I haven t yet finished Jeminsin mixes magic, fantasy, and elements of science fiction into this work with no particular focus, but her stories retain a certain essence of social commentary Stories I particularly liked The Ones Who Stay and Fight referring to Le Guin s Omelas L Alchimista intriguing Valedictorian terrifying Cuisine des M moires so freaking relatable A collection of N K Jemisin s short stories, including a precursor to her series, The Broken Earth trilogy which I haven t yet finished Jeminsin mixes magic, fantasy, and elements of science fiction into this work with no particular focus, but her stories retain a certain essence of social commentary Stories I particularly liked The Ones Who Stay and Fight referring to Le Guin s Omelas L Alchimista intriguing Valedictorian terrifying Cuisine des M moires so freaking relatable On the Banks of the River Lex gripping Sinners, Saint, Dragons, and Haints, in the City Beneath the Still Waters full of magical realism Definitely check it out Though the titular essay isn t in this work weird , it can be found here on Jemisin s website flag 5 likesLike see review Jan 27, 2019 Lois rated it it was amazing Shelves african diaspora interest, afrofuturism, audible books i own, black books, books i read in 2019, feminist fiction, person of color author, poc pov char or peripheral char, sci fi I absolutely loved this I don t usually care for short stories but I loved these flag 7 likesLike see review Marion Hill I m going to be reading this collection next week Looking forward to it Jan 27, 2019 06 52PM Lois Marion wrote I m going to be reading this collection next week Looking forward to it I truly enjoyed this Jan 29, 2019 05 50AM Dec 17, 2018 Kaa rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves favorites, short story novella, sffbc group buddy reads, queer sff AMAZING Seriously, there is not one bad story in this collection N.K Jemisin s combination of fantastical what ifs, written with incredible intimacy and humanity, is for me a guaranteed recipe for beautiful stories There were a couple that didn t completely blow me away, but if that s the worst I can say about them, we re doing pretty well It s very hard to pick favorites, since all of them were so good, but a few that stood out for me were The City Born Great, The Effluent Engine, Cloud Dr AMAZING Seriously, there is not one bad story in this collection N.K Jemisin s combination of fantastical what ifs, written with incredible intimacy and humanity, is for me a guaranteed recipe for beautiful stories There were a couple that didn t completely blow me away, but if that s the worst I can say about them, we re doing pretty well It s very hard to pick favorites, since all of them were so good, but a few that stood out for me were The City Born Great, The Effluent Engine, Cloud Dragon Skies, The Trojan Girl Valedictorian, Stone Hunger, On the Banks of the River Lex, Non Zero Probabilities flag 6 likesLike see review Jan 06, 2019 Ciera rated it really liked it Death felt himself ignored and forgotten but that was all right The young did not often think about Death, but Death was no less eternal for their disinterest I ve never read anything of NK Jemisin s before this and, thanks to the title, cover, and intriguing synopsis, I figured I d start with this one And I m so glad that I did Not one of the stories in this collection sounded the same or covered the same ground each one was unique, with an amazingly different voice and character, without Death felt himself ignored and forgotten but that was all right The young did not often think about Death, but Death was no less eternal for their disinterest I ve never read anything of NK Jemisin s before this and, thanks to the title, cover, and intriguing synopsis, I figured I d start with this one And I m so glad that I did Not one of the stories in this collection sounded the same or covered the same ground each one was unique, with an amazingly different voice and character, without sacrificing Jemisin s writing style A great writer can change their voice for every story and she does that amazingly well here, from stories about the Fae in the Jim Crow South to body jacking man made parasites in the distant future She was wonderfully skilled in dropping readers in the middle of a world or land without explanation, and yet it all made sense without the need for boring and prolonged exposition Because of how different all of the stories were, it s so hard to pick a favorite Many of them were my favorites while I was reading and then I d read the next and it would also become my favorite All that is to say that I look forward to reading NK Jemisin in the future flag 4 likesLike see review Dec 07, 2018 Meg Elison rated it it was amazing Spectacular collection Loved the lesbian dirigible spy flag 4 likesLike see review Dec 07, 2018 Ciera rated it it was ok This rating pained me, but not as much as finishing this book pained me.And that sucks because I worship the ground Jemisin walks on But these stories were just a bit too quirky for me I ve never been a fan of magical realism anyway, and the lofty prose and stream of consciousness style of writing that was prevalent throughout the book reminded me of the horrid Latin American magical realism classics I had to slog through during undergrad.Jemisin is so talented, but these stories were just no This rating pained me, but not as much as finishing this book pained me.And that sucks because I worship the ground Jemisin walks on But these stories were just a bit too quirky for me I ve never been a fan of magical realism anyway, and the lofty prose and stream of consciousness style of writing that was prevalent throughout the book reminded me of the horrid Latin American magical realism classics I had to slog through during undergrad.Jemisin is so talented, but these stories were just not for me flag 4 likesLike see review Jan 19, 2019 MadProfessah rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves 2019 read I quite enjoyed Jemisin s historic and award winning BROKEN EARTH trilogy, although I have previously been unimpressed by her writing I could not finish the first book of the INHERITANCE trilogy HOW LONG TIL BLACK FUTURE MONTH is her first published work after the trailblazing success of the BROKEN EARTH books It s a collection of short stories, which are always something of a mixed bag To me there was no one story that stood out although I generally enjoyed reading the collection as a w I quite enjoyed Jemisin s historic and award winning BROKEN EARTH trilogy, although I have previously been unimpressed by her writing I could not finish the first book of the INHERITANCE trilogy HOW LONG TIL BLACK FUTURE MONTH is her first published work after the trailblazing success of the BROKEN EARTH books It s a collection of short stories, which are always something of a mixed bag To me there was no one story that stood out although I generally enjoyed reading the collection as a whole If it had been a novel I might not have finished it, but because each story is a self contained reading experience I could be hopeful that if I didn t like the story I was reading there was a pretty good chance the next story would be better or at the very least different.Overall I am glad I read the collection but I wouldn t recommend it to people who are interested in reading Jemisin s work if they have not read the BROKEN EARTH series already flag 3 likesLike see review Jan 08, 2019 Gabi rated it really liked it I enjoyed reading the short stories in this collection a lot N.K Jemisin has a knack for this format and I m glad that she overcame the reservations against it, which she mentioned in her foreword.Some of the stories didn t move me, yet they weren t bad they just weren t for me Yet there are a lot stories that I liked, loved and that fascinated me The unique beauty of this collection is the broad diversity of the topics, POVs and genres within them You can read SF stories with AIs he I enjoyed reading the short stories in this collection a lot N.K Jemisin has a knack for this format and I m glad that she overcame the reservations against it, which she mentioned in her foreword.Some of the stories didn t move me, yet they weren t bad they just weren t for me Yet there are a lot stories that I liked, loved and that fascinated me The unique beauty of this collection is the broad diversity of the topics, POVs and genres within them You can read SF stories with AIs here as well as fairy tales Jemisin masters the whole spectrum and with an ever critical eye makes every subject her own Reading through her fantasies is a delight, I will certainly re read part of these stories than once flag 3 likesLike see review Jan 27, 2019 Shatterlings rated it it was amazing Shelves shatterlings shorts Phenomenal, so many genres done so well I would have read novels set in most of these set ups There s magical realism, sci fi, fantasy, even some steam punk all done superbly well and that s not easy to do I really must read her other novels and I can t wait to see what she does next flag 4 likesLike see review gwayle Oh, yay Jan 27, 2019 10 50PM Dec 26, 2018 Kat Kindred Dreamheart rated it really liked it Shelves curious about Every world glimpse left me wanting I wanted to hate this for the chapter cliffhangers darn it I.Want.More flag 3 likesLike see review Jan 16, 2019 Maia rated it it was amazing Shelves favorites I m a little in love with this book My favorites are The One Who Stay and Fight The City Born Great L Alchimista Valedictorian On The Banks of the River Lex Non Zero ProbabilitiesSome of the stories will stay with me for a while, some because the message they tell is important, some because they make me dream, either way it s a book I ll happily read again flag 3 likesLike see review Sep 21, 2018 Katy rated it it was amazing I was utterly delighted to get my hands on a copy of How Long til Black Future Month Short story collections are generally a struggle for me, but I ll read anything Jemisin writes The variety of these 22 stories is stunning Some are set in our own world with magical elements, while others unfold in fantastical settings I was thrilled that one of the stories is set in the universe of her Broken Earth Trilogy I did prefer the stories set in imagined worlds, but it s possible that s only I was utterly delighted to get my hands on a copy of How Long til Black Future Month Short story collections are generally a struggle for me, but I ll read anything Jemisin writes The variety of these 22 stories is stunning Some are set in our own world with magical elements, while others unfold in fantastical settings I was thrilled that one of the stories is set in the universe of her Broken Earth Trilogy I did prefer the stories set in imagined worlds, but it s possible that s only because it s what I m used to from Jemisin This is a rich collection that I ll be revisiting in the future flag 3 likesLike see review Jul 17, 2018 Linda rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves gorgeous cover, adult, deserve hype, fantasy, ownvoices, poc, sf, short stories, 5 star, owned This was great Favorites from this collection include Valedictorian, The Storyteller s Replacement, Walking Awake, Cuisine des Memoires, The Narcomancer, and Henosis MOST ANTICIPATED flag 3 likesLike see review Jan 14, 2019 Ethan rated it really liked it N K Jemisin has been having a great few years She won three consecutive Best Novel Hugos for her Broken Earth trilogy, a ground breaking literally revitalization of the fantasy genre with hints of science fiction I recently heard her referred to as The Queen of the Genre, and it s hard to dismiss this as hyperbole.Many of her fans, including this one, were anticipating her first collection of short fiction So, how is it Like most short story collections, I liked some of the stories N K Jemisin has been having a great few years She won three consecutive Best Novel Hugos for her Broken Earth trilogy, a ground breaking literally revitalization of the fantasy genre with hints of science fiction I recently heard her referred to as The Queen of the Genre, and it s hard to dismiss this as hyperbole.Many of her fans, including this one, were anticipating her first collection of short fiction So, how is it Like most short story collections, I liked some of the stories than others and loved a few Especially in speculative fiction, short stories can be difficult because the author lacks the room for world building that a novel provides More experimental stories that push the boundaries of the genre s can be harder to pull off without perplexing the reader Only a few of Jemisin s stories fell into this category for me like Henosis , while a few were okay but didn t quite come together for me like Too Many Yesterdays, Not Enough Tomorrows and The Evaluators.Jemisin fans will be delighted to find two stories in familiar universes Stone Hunger in the Broken Earth universe and The Narcomancer in the Dreamblood universe I haven t gotten to the Dreamblood books yet, so that story didn t quite click with me I really enjoyed Stone Hunger, which features a Stone Eater and maybe one familiar character.I tended not to like the super New York focused stories as much I had read The City Born Great before when it was a Hugo nominee, but while I like the idea of conscious cities or whatever it didn t quite work for me Hey, New Yorkers, the rest of the world gets it already your city is great and interesting and wonderful I liked The You Train a lot , with mysterious hitherto non existent subway trains On the Banks of the River Lex asks, what does Death do in New York after the apocalypse I loved both of the New Orleans stories The Effluent Engine is a super fun steampunk about a Haitian lesbian dirigible pirate, because why should straight white dudes get all the dirigible pirate jobs Sinners, Saints, Dragons, and Haints, in the City Beneath the Still Waters was definitely one of my favorites, but I can t decide which I love the casual discussions with dragons in a post Katrina New Orleans or having one of the best titles of any short story ever It also along with On the Banks of the River Lex and The Elevator Dancer shows a bit of Jemisin s sly humor or whimsy, which you don t always see in her novels.There are two stories about food L Alchemista and Cuisine Des M moires, both of which are delightful.The most philosophically interesting stories are probably The Ones Who Stay and Fight and Walking Awake The first is an answer to Ursula Le Guin s The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas, which at least among philosophers is read as a reductio of utilitarianism I think that s a simplification of the story, but that s another review Jemisin s story is an interesting take on what s sometimes called the paradox of tolerance, or how far should a healthy society tolerate intolerance As a response to Le Guin, I m not sure it s fair, but I don t think Jemisin is responding to Le Guin as much as she s responding to a certain sector of reactionary bigotry in fandom this tendency is represented by Gamergaters and Rabid Puppies, the latter having targeted Jemisin personally As a response to those assholes, I think the story works really well I m glad to see Jemisin doing her own thing rather than trying to merely imitate or rehash Le Guin, even by way of parody or response My point isn t that Le Guin is beyond criticism Jemisin s point on Omelas is well taken , but really I see this story as an inspired redirecting of the issue in a way I d like to think Le Guin would appreciate Walking Awake is an interesting, trippy treatment of the issue of personal identity parasite creatures called Masters wear human bodies as a way to achieve immortality Is this symbiote the parasite The human Both Neither It that s not weird enough, everything is not as it seems, some of the humans are still aware and can maybe communicate through dreams , and there s a bizarre revolution brewing.There are other good stories I didn t mention like The Brides of Heaven and Red Dirt Witch and some I didn t care for as much As fans of Jemisin would expect, her stories contain a lot of diversity in representation in terms of race, gender, sexuality, etc The importance of such representation in speculative fiction is nicely summed up in the title How Long Til Black Future Month This is not the title of a story, as you find with many collections On the whole, I can say I enjoyed this collection from the Queen of the Genre May her reign continue until Black Future Month and beyond See also my blog review flag 2 likesLike see review View 2 comments Jan 01, 2019 Kara rated it it was amazing Shelves authors of color, short stories, strong women, sci fi, fantasy, magical realism An excellent collection of short fiction that surpassed my already high expectations though of course this is no surprise, coming from Jemisin Having only read her Broken Earth trilogy, I greatly enjoyed the opportunity to peek into some of the other fantasy worlds she has created If anything, I liked this collection a tad bit barely a smidge than the Broken Earth series, as the tight length of short stories keeps the plots and magic systems contained and focused, which was my one quib An excellent collection of short fiction that surpassed my already high expectations though of course this is no surprise, coming from Jemisin Having only read her Broken Earth trilogy, I greatly enjoyed the opportunity to peek into some of the other fantasy worlds she has created If anything, I liked this collection a tad bit barely a smidge than the Broken Earth series, as the tight length of short stories keeps the plots and magic systems contained and focused, which was my one quibble with that series Jemisin can write convincingly from so many points of view and in so many different voices, and it was a treat to get to see her do that throughout these stories Highly recommended for lovers of short stories, fantasy, scifi, magical realism, and just good writing in general Glad I ended the year with such a wonderful read flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 20, 2019 Krista rated it really liked it Really good story collection from NK Jemisin I enjoyed most of the stories a lot and felt that many of them could betheir own series if she wanted to take them that direction I liked getting a taste of so many different worlds and characters, but I find it difficult to transition between short stories because I usually don t want to leave the world behind I think for that reason I really prefer reading novels flag 2 likesLike see review previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next new topicDiscuss This Book topics posts views last activity SciFi and Fantasy How Long til Black Future Month Buddy Read 80 233 Jan 19, 2019 07 06PM More topics Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Readers Also Enjoyed

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    1. How Long Til Black Future Month is simply superb There wasn t a story in the twenty two that didn t impress Jemisin is a science fiction and fantasy powerhouse, and that is clear by the sheer variety of tales told there are a dozen novel worthy worlds crafted in this volume Jemisin opens with The Ones Who Stay and Fight, a direct story response to Ursula K Le Guin s The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas It ends with a parallel a story about a man defending his city, post Katrina New Orle


    2. This was, I m ashamed to admit, the first N.K Jemisin book I ve ever read I don t say this because I subscribe to the belief that there are books which are required reading in the fantasy genre because I absolutely don t , but rather because on reading the stories in How Long til Black Future Month, I was struck by just how damned gifted Jemisin is as a writer And yet I m only finding that out now.But then, gifted isn t really the best word to use here These stories are very much a ref This was, [...]



    3. I finished and it only took 5 days Go me I wasn t sure what to expect going into this From Jemisin I ve only ever read The Fifth Season, and my relationship with that was only lukewarm I did know that she had some fantastic ideas for worlds and narrative choices though, so I was hopeful.I m happy to say that every single story in this book reaffirms what I ve stated above Jemisin is truly a creative genius and her writing is top notch And best of all, I didn t come across any that were sup I fin [...]


    4. I ve recently been making my way through this authors Broken Earth trilogy one book to go and the way she writes is so creative, beautifully done, so as a fan of short stories generally I was looking forward to this.There is an art to the short story form, not every author no matter how talented can pull them off, but N K Jemisin certainly can In this collection we have varying lengths but each one is a small gem unto itself, exploring many themes, a lot of them melancholy and thought pr I ve re [...]


    5. Based on the title, I was expecting How Long til Black Future Month to be a little sci fi leaning and or a lot overtly political But as Jemisin points out in her introduction, just being a black woman writing sci fi and fantasy that features black characters is a political act Occasionally she does reference real world events, such as the terrific Sinners, Saints, Dragons, and Haints, in the City Beneath the Still Waters , about a young man and his elderly neighbour trying to surv Base [...]



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