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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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PatienceFortitude
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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 3w
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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! 1mo
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. 1mo
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Bertha_Mason

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

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Bertha_Mason

"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"

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kathedron
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I enjoyed the Broken Earth trilogy so tried her short stories. I love her characters, her world-building, but mostly the breadth of her imagination. She doesn't disappoint!
I'm reluctant to say it (because god knows it's important) but at times the message about race feels like it takes precedence over the story. (It's key to Broken Earth, too, but there the narrative is plenty large enough to hold it.) Much to enjoy and think about here, though!

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KatieDid927
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Panel with N.K. Jemisin and Rebecca Roanhorse moderated by Anthony Rapp discussing speculative fiction with fellow Littens @j9brown @ScientistSam @Beachesnbooks #BookCon

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Nessavamusic
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Thank you @hermyknee for this amazing gift box. Can‘t wait to enjoy these new books. Love it!

hermyknee I hope you like the bag! 2mo
Nessavamusic @hermyknee It‘s beautiful! (edited) 2mo
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hermyknee
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”The Effluent Engine” is my favorite short story by far (so far) in this collection. I‘ve enjoyed the others quite a bit, but this one has the punch of humor that Jemisin does so well 💛💛💛

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hermyknee
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I‘ve listened to the first two stories, “The Ones Who Stay and Fight” and “City Born Great” and I am once again blown away by Jemisin‘s gorgeous writing style and hard-hitting messages in these speculative fiction worlds. I don‘t know how long it will take me to listen to all of them, but I am absolutely loving this collection on audio. I love that there are different readers for each story.

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RestlessFickleBookHoarder
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I've been binge watching United Shades of America and just watched the episode about Alabama. I had no idea W. Kamau Bell and N. K. Jemison were related. Clearly I had to buy some of her books.

MicheleinPhilly I learned that when I read his book. My mind was blown! Also that show is so fantastic. 2mo
Prairiegirl_reading I love that show! 2mo
RestlessFickleBookHoarder @MicheleinPhilly just started his book today! It's been on my kindle forever. 2mo
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KtheBookwyrm
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I was blown away by this short story collection. On the one hand, I had high hopes because it‘s N.K. Jemisin. On the other, I don‘t usually enjoy short stories and typically have a hard time getting through large collections of them. So many of these stories I would be more than happy to read a full length novel or series about.

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KtheBookwyrm
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The last book from my unplanned library mega-haul. I‘ve read 2 of Jemisin‘s trilogies and loved them but I typically have a hard time getting into short story collections and anthologies, so we‘ll see how this goes.

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AthenaWins
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I've yet to find a book from N.K. Jemisin that I don't like, and this is no exception. It's actually my first time reading a collection of short stories. And the best part is that it's inspired me to improve on my own short story writing. I love every character she creates, the worlds she builds, and the messages she conveys. Absolutely recommend for fans of short fiction, fantasy, and science fiction.

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AthenaWins
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Beautiful weather calls for some outdoor reading. 🙂☀️🌲🌳📖

everlocalwest You are like 100 pages ahead of me. 😱😱😱 3mo
AthenaWins @everlocalwest Lol. It's okay! I'll write my thoughts down and we can do the review when you finish. 3mo
everlocalwest This is what I get for reading like fifty books at a time. 🤦‍♀️ 3mo
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AthenaWins

"This is the paradox of tolerance, the treason of free speech: we hesitate to admit that some people are just fucking evil and need to be stopped."

And this is why she is my favorite author.

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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
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A majestic collection of #fantasy and #sciencefiction short stories from N.K. Jemisin, one of my favourite authors. There's incredible variety in here, from a world where "quantum proliferation" has propelled everyone into separate looping realities to a magical recipe that keeps you forever young to a restaurant that can serve any meal from history to an uncanny exactness. Some stories are stronger than others, but overall an excellent book.

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Erinreadsthebooks
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“Oh, and there is such joy here, friend.”

Oh, and how I love this sentence, friend! Jemisin is doing what she does and building a world and it‘s a world where I want to go 🌎💞

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WitBeyndMehsure
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I feel like I‘m always in the middle of a different short story collection. Between school and my many jobs, sometimes my best options for still finding a story to love are graphic novels and short stories. I‘m new to N. K. Jemisin so looking forward to her work #NKJemisin #SpeculativeFiction #Afrofuturism #ScienceFiction #SciFi #BlackAuthors #Ownvoices

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego 💗💗💗 NK Jemisin 💗💗💗 4mo
Bklover I loved The Fifth Season by Jemison! 4mo
WitBeyndMehsure @Bklover I‘m hoping to start that series when I get some time! 4mo
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⭐️3/5
I wanted to like this book more than I did. Unfortunately her style just didn‘t jive with me but some stories were amazing and the writing throughout was beautiful.

SW-T Well said 😊 4mo
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AthenaWins
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Today my most awesome friend brought me to meet N.K. Jemisin who I've admired for years now. She's my favorite author and honestly, I love her even more now. Thank you @everlocalwest !! ♥️♥️

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Redjewel_7734
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Now this is a good collection of stories. I enjoyed taking my time with each one, & like all such collections some stories were stronger than others. But overall, this an A+ work; you can really see how Jemisin used this form to develop her phenomenal skills. Definitely check this one out.

swishandflick Great title! 4mo
Redjewel_7734 @swishandflick I know, right! 4mo
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hjreviews
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Been doing so much reading but not updating my litsy or my reading journal 🙈🙈 prepare to be bombarded with reviews from me 😅

BarbaraBB Looking forward to them! 4mo
Book_Gobbler Oooof! I hear ya. Updating / keeping up has been a real challenge lately! 🙆🏻‍♀️ 4mo
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xicanti
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N.K. Jemisin‘s short stories are in conversation with the genre, her own wider body of work, and the world as a whole. I especially enjoyed the culinary fantasies and the love letters to New York and New Orleans, but there really aren‘t any weak offerings here.

That said, I love Jemisin‘s novels way more than her short fiction; something I offer up as an observation, not to warn y‘all off. These stories are great. Her longer work hits me harder.

TieDyeDude I enjoyed what I read. My library loan was up after about 100 pages, but I put it back on hold 4mo
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xicanti
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And now, a puzzle. #audiopuzzling

Erofan 😍 Is this St. Basil's Cathedral in Moscow? 4mo
xicanti @Erofan it is! 4mo
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xicanti
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I did my #audiowalk along a main road today so the sidewalks were in better condition than my local terrain, but I still ran into some major flooding. This hospital lawn‘s got about a foot of water sitting on it, and it‘s only gonna get worse as these huge snow piles continue to melt.

Winter is the horror that keeps on haunting. #litsywalkers

DivineDiana Oh my! 😳 4mo
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rachelsbrittain
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Absolutely amazing. This is a five star read. So many stories, and I adored pretty much all of them. Just an amazing exploration of black culture, science fiction and fantasy, past, present, and future. I can't wait to dive into some of Jemisin's novels now!

wtimblin I loved this too! You're in for a treat with the Broken Earth trilogy 4mo
rachelsbrittain @wtimblin I'm super excited to read it! 4mo
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xicanti
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It hit 8 today, y‘all! That‘s warm enough to go without a million layers on my head, which means I‘m officially back in the #audiowalking game.

The sidewalks are still crap (boo, slush and puddles, boooooo), so I took myself off to the Greenway. There‘re a few wet patches there, but nothing insurmountable. It felt SO GOOD to walk at a normal pace again instead of picking my way along the ice. #litsywalkers

CouronneDhiver Bye bye snow! ❄️❄️❄️ 4mo
NamasteReading its been 37degrees here, feeling lovely enough for shorts 😍😍🙌🏽 4mo
xicanti @CouronneDhiver I can‘t wait to see the back of it! (And for all the puddles to dry up, and the sand to wash away.) 4mo
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xicanti @NamasteReading soon as it gets above freezing here, all the kids run around without their coats and the teenagers break out the basketball shorts! 4mo
StephanieMarie We're supposed to get more snow where I am tomorrow 😣 I'm hoping it doesn't happen but still trying not to get too attached to the warmer weather just in case! 4mo
Tamra @xicanti 😂 totally! Anything above freezing feels “hot” to the kids. 4mo
RebL It‘s our best time of year in the Sonoran Desert—our festival season.🌵 Snow melt sounds more fun than asphalt melt. Glad you got outside. 4mo
xicanti @StephanieMarie nooooo! I hope the snow did pass you by. 4mo
xicanti @RebL we get melty asphalt here, too—it‘s a climate of extremes in the middle of the continent—and I‘d take it over slush and snow any day. At least you can walk on the grass or the dirt if the sidewalk‘s got sticky patches. Right now, the middle of the road is often the only place without deep puddles or huge amounts of crumbling snow over six inches of slush. It gets me down the way hot weather never could. 4mo
StephanieMarie @xicanti we did get a tiiiny bit of Snow and it was cold. But supposed to be above 0 today 🤞 4mo
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rachelsbrittain
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Lunch break with N. K. Jemison before I get back to work

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rachelsbrittain
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Writing break at the coffee shop to read a short story-- really not sure how I'm going to pick favorites out of this one. They're all so good!

ChasingOm I loved this collection. 😍 4mo
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rachelsbrittain
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A bit of reading this morning with Mr. Rogers

NYRicanHSmama Love that mug!!!! 4mo
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susanw
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Overall a really great collection of sci-fi short stories. Well worth picking up. Jemisin is definitely a must read and this is a great introduction to her if you don‘t want to commit to a series right away.

rachelsbrittain I'm a few stories in and really enjoying this one 4mo
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Emily92Bibliophile
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Awesome book! Other than 1 short story, the rest were AMAZING! Gave me hope that there are other good Short Story Collections out there. And it being Science Fiction really surprised me in how much I enjoyed it! Read it!

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alayarachel
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I love these stories and Jemisin‘s word-smithing so much, and there is such a breadth to the collection. I am sure I will re-read these often.

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rachelsbrittain
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Two stories in and they were both so freaking amazing. I may have to move all other N. K. Jemisin books to the top of my stack

KatieDid927 I wanna read this one so bad! 4mo
hermyknee Do it. 4mo
rachelsbrittain @KatieDid927 it's so good! 4mo
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rachelsbrittain @hermyknee the really sad thing is I think I've had one of her books on my kindle for a while now 😅 4mo
hermyknee And I‘m about to begin the third in the Broken Earth trilogy, 4mo
hermyknee This trilogy is sooo good (so far)! (edited) 4mo
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vkois88 Oh, I like Meroe 4mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz @vkois88 never read a book quite like this before! 4mo
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rachelsbrittain
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On the agenda tonight: reading and relaxing

Weaponxgirl That looks like the perfect evening 4mo
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Emily92Bibliophile
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Any Recommendations for a collection of Short Stories similar to NK Jemisin Or just GREAT short stories in general? In the past I picked up a couple different short story books, but never got into them- this one is definitely giving me hopes for other great Short Stories! 💚💚I would love any recommendations 🎉🎉💙💙

wen4blu How about podcasts? Levar Burton Reads covers a short story each episode. 4mo
Emily92Bibliophile @wen4blu that has been on my TBR! I‘ll move it to the top. Podcasts - I have had a hard time with them for some reason. I love audiobooks but haven‘t been able to stick with podcasts. I‘ll try your suggestion 👍🏻💙thanks! 4mo
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Jasxnicole
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Squeezing in some reading before work 📖

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decaturmamaof2
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"So come on. There's the future over there. Let's all go."

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Nitpickyabouttrains
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Mehso-so

This set of short stories did not all work for me. I really liked a few, but overall the stories did not catch me.

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hjreviews
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My #bookhaul of the week. This is exactly why I‘m not allowed alone in bookstores and I‘m a hoarder of library cards 🤪😂

Freespirit You will be very busy!! 5mo
Suet624 Wow! 5mo
Emilymdxn Great selection! I loved the jemisin short stories so much 5mo
Book_Gobbler LOVE! John Green?! Yes please! And...yes, will happily borrow about the same next time I‘m in the library! 👏🏻👏🏻 📖 📚📚📚 5mo
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MandaMT
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Loved this! Jemisin uses a variety of settings- from distant planets, to mystical kingdoms, to present day New York and New Orleans. I listened to the audio version, which has some wonderful performances, though the print version might be better for stories that include e-correspondence.
I used to teach LeGuin‘s The Ones Who Walked Away from Omelas. Jemisin‘s response, The Ones Who Stay and Fight, was by itself well worth getting the book.

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Kayla.Adriena
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Thank You so so much!! I'm overly excited to read these books! Thank You for the bookmarks and the cup with the author's names on it is awesome! And I LOVE the Card!! 😍 @callielafleur @Chelleo #bhmswap #Blitsy #BlackHistoryMonth

Chelleo That card!!! 5mo
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alysonwrites
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My one-word review: Wow. This was my first time reading N.K. Jemisin, and I‘m glad I started here. Short stories are a great way to get a feel for an author‘s range of genres, styles, and themes. And Jemisin‘s got serious range! I love the mix of sci-fi, fantasy, and even foodie fic (is that a thing?). Her strong narrative voice pulls me in, and her haunting, thought-provoking stories stay with me.

#keepingitshort #readBlackwomen @TheNextBook

Bklover Well, I‘m convinced! Stacked! (And I‘ve already read The Fifth Season, which was wonderful!) 5mo
alysonwrites Yay! I haven‘t read The Fifth Season yet, but it‘s definitely on my TBR. 5mo
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derr.liz
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"It‘s sad, isn‘t it? So many of our leaders are weak, and choose to take power from others rather than build strength in themselves. And then, having laid claim to what they have not earned, they wonder why everything around them spirals into chaos."

#blackhistorymonth #blackfuturemonth #readblackauthors

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GivenLemons
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A wonderful and thought provoking short story collection! Red Dirt Witch nearly made me cry in a lecture. It‘s inspired me to try my hand at short stories! #readingglasseschallenge

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EleniKara
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I absolutely loved this collection of short stories. The concepts were creative and original, there were so many stories which really had an impact and shook me to my core. Jemisin is an amazing storyteller, a fantastic writer, and certainly an author I‘ll have to read more of!

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