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Long Hidden: Speculative Fiction from the Margins of History

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  401 ratings  ·  87 reviews
In 1514 Hungary, peasants who rose up against the nobility rise again – from the grave. In 1633 Al-Shouf, a mother keeps demons at bay with the combined power of grief and music. In 1775 Paris, as social tensions come to a boil, a courtesan tries to save the woman she loves. In 1838 Georgia, a pregnant woman's desperate escape from slavery comes with a terrible price. In 1 ...more
Paperback, 363 pages
Published January 30th 2014 by Crossed Genres Publications
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Jan 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Wow. The opening story by Sofia Samatar is great -- the best I've yet read from her. And my friends may remember how much I liked her Selkie Stories Are for Losers. 5 stars for "Ogres" even though I would have loved it to go on longer and have something more happen.
(My only disappointment is that the ogres discussed are, as far as I can tell, made up by the author rather than actual folklore, so I can't research them.)

I didn't like Thoraiya Dyer's "The Oud" as much, but that may be a combination
Emma Deplores Goodreads Censorship
I was excited to read this collection: while my reading in general is quite diverse, my fantasy reading isn’t so much (there are far fewer options), so this book seemed like a great chance to discover new authors. Also, I love historical fantasy. But as it turned out, while most stories in the collection are well-written in a technical sense, I didn’t enjoy them. After taking more than a month to struggle through the first 13 (out of 27), I skipped ahead to read 3 more by well-known authors or t ...more
Nathan Bransford
Feb 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Long Hidden is a collection that demands to be read, featuring a host of wildly memorable characters that burst onto the page to tell their own history. This is speculative fiction at its finest.
Dec 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Here are 27 different ways of resistance :D

5 stars for Each Part Without Mercy by Meg Jayanth

Because I like magic dreams, feminist killjoys, and rebellious girls.

(The "zh" in the protagonist's name should probably be pronounced / ɻ /. Good luck with that.)

5 stars for Knotting Grass, Holding Ring by Ken Liu

Because it is about a super smart super awesome unsung hero sex worker

5 stars for A Wedding in Hungry Days by Nicolette Barischoff

Because I never imagined such healing was possible

lots of the
Apr 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: diverse, adult, fantasy
Beauty of #LongHidden is that it's a prism; some faces are windows, some are mirrors, others are portals. The faces shift for each reader.

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May 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
If I could exclude the few stories that made me think WTF!?, I would give this 5 stars. I loved the concept - stories from places, times, and people not usually written about, marginalized or forgotten. However, I have a love/hate relationship with anthologies, as I always read with an eye for my preferred narrative styles and with almost 30 writers, there's no guaranteeing I'll like more than half of what I find. So I always start anthologies looking for the tipping point, when buying the book, ...more
Jan 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015
"We grew up reading stories about people who weren’t much like us. Speculative fiction promised to take us to places where anything was possible, but the spaceship captains and valiant questers were always white, always straight, always cisgender, and almost always men. We tried to force ourselves into those boxes, but we never fit. When we looked for faces and thoughts like our own, we found orcs and deviants and villains. And we began to wonder why some people’s stories were told over and over
May 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is BRILLIANT! Amazing, refreshing stories with diverse protagonists. It took me so long to finish because most stories were like reading a whole book that I had to take time to think about before continuing. So hard to pick favorites, the editors have done a great job. If you like historical fiction and fantasy, you will love this!
Sian Jones
One of those collections that makes you repeatedly slap down your hand and say, "Yes! Why aren't more stories like this?" Rich, textured, fresh, real. Yes!
Andrea Blythe
Feb 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I received this book as a reward for supporting the kickstarter project that made it possible. "Most written chronicles of history, and most speculative stories, put rulers, conquerors, and invaders front and center," the editors wrote in the project description. "People with less power, money, or status—enslaved people, indigenous people, people of color, queer people, laborers, women, people with disabilities, the very young and very old, and religious minorities, among others—are relegated to ...more
May 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Overall a diverse cast of characters and stories that were interesting and sometimes intense. I enjoyed the diversity.

1. 2⭐️ a little too off the beaten track, it made little sense to me.

2. 3⭐️ a sad story, which I read directly after another sad story. I don't think I was ready emotionally.

3. 4⭐️ a fascinating tale, is this from Indian folklore?

4. 4⭐️ a different perspective of 'war' and how it affects the family when the 'damaged' soldiers come home.

5. 4⭐️ a fascinating look at the menta
I’m actually only partway through this anthology so far, but I’m having a fascinating time while reading. The voices are as diverse as the editors proclaimed, the vocabulary rich, and the assorted magic systems and other fantastical elements so far have a lot of emphasis placed on dreaming. I can’t tell yet whether that last element’s due to editorial bias, something that non-Western stories have in common, the product of small sample size, or simply what happens when the author/main character e ...more
David Fuller
Feb 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I'm biased, obviously, because I have a story in this anthology. BUT: regarding everyone else's stories in Long Hidden, I have to say they are all fantastic and many of them are gut-wrenching, beautiful, and elegant. Some make you feel you have stepped into the world of a fully-fleshed out novel, though they're only short stories; others just give you a glimpse of a historical moment that nevertheless provoke you to think about events in a new way. I felt I'd gotten an education in untold or ign ...more
Feb 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review-books
More accurately a 3.5 - some stories are of better quality than others, naturally, and some niggles with the formatting that I hope are fixed at publication time. Full review in RT Bookreviews Magazine.
Liz Neering
May 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Get. This. Collection.
Aug 27, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014, own
Long Hidden: Speculative Fiction from the Margins of History shines a light on marginalized figures throughout history. Each story opens with a time and place, and reading this anthology is almost like taking a trip in the TARDIS, bouncing back and forth throughout history and around the world, witnessing lifestyles and cultures you may be unfamiliar with. While the majority of stories occur in the late 19th century or early 20th century, they do go as far back as the 1500s.

While I enjoyed and a
Excellent Anthology! I loved The Ogres of East Africa by Sofia Samatar, Collected Likenesses by Jamey Hatley, Nine by Kima Jones, A Deeper Echo by David Jon Fuller, Jooni by Kemba Banton and Find Me Unafraid by Shanae Brown. The stories that I liked were awesome because they dug deep into issues of history, resistance, and the repercussions of actions of the past on our futures.

These collection consists of stories of historical trauma using speculative fiction tools to fight back or to highligh
Jan 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Interesting anthology featuring fantastical histories of events and people you don't read about in mainstream history. As with any anthology like this, some stories are more successful than others and there are stories that are amazing next to stories that seem like they're missing a few paragraphs of exposition or which have the fantasy elements shoehorned in. But that doesn't mean they're not all worthwhile reads; I was inspired to look up or rethink my knowledge of a number of historical even ...more
Jan 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: stories
I must confess that I did not read every story, as my copy was a loaner and I lollygagged too much before having to give it back, but of the 14 the stories I did read, 10 of them were very, very good. My favorites were by Rion Amilcar Scott, Kima Jones, Sofia Samatar, and Benjamin Parzybok. I will be obtaining my own copy soon enough to finish the anthology. Very good stuff.
Oct 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
This was an excellent anthology. Just about every story was thrumming with creative energy. I am going to buy this immediately.

Aw man I wrote this long review and then goodreads ate it. Ugh.

Just. I. Love. This. Book.
May 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
An amazing collection of short stories from fantastic and often unrepresented viewpoints. Highly recommended
'Nathan Burgoine
May 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: anthologies, glbt
I really liked this as a whole, and am a wee bit embarrassed how long it took me to finally get to it. You can read through my updates for minor reviews of many of the stories, and I'll eventually (he says, planning 366 reviews of short stories in 2019) be blogging about stories in turn under this tag. ...more
Rachel Bea
Pretty good collection. There were definitely some standout stories and a few stories I did not care for.
Morgan Dhu
Nov 17, 2014 rated it really liked it

One thing I'm loving about what's happening in the world of sff anthology editing these days is the growing number of projects devoted in one way or another to supporting the concept of diversity. Because, as editors Rose Fox and Daniel José Older note in the Introduction to their anthology Long Hidden: Speculative Fiction from the Margins of History,

"We grew up reading stories about people who weren’t much like us. Speculative fiction promised to take us to places where anything was possible,
Sarah Schanze
Feb 04, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
A nice anthology, though I was expecting more fantasy stuff for some reason. Maybe because of the cover? Not sure. Instead the stories were based on real places, though they all had fantasy or sci-fi elements. As much as I enjoyed it, after reading several in a row they kind of felt the same to me. Even when the culture changed (though there were a lot of turn-of-the-century stories), the tone of the stories were always the same. They were always serious, someone died in almost every single one ...more
Cerece Murphy
Nov 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is just an excellent Anthology. While I was finishing my own story, I found that reading anthologies allowed me to still get the satisfaction of a story, while not having to commit the time to an entire book. Each story in this anthology is a unique world unto itself with characters you haven't seen before in places and circumstances that are rarely explored. And it's such a beautifully written journey - from a man who comes back from war as a living ghost to a fight to claim an innocent lo ...more
Jan 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Favourites: Ogres of East Africa (Samatar), Ffyddd (S Lynn), Each Part Without Mercy (Meg Jayanth), Neither Witch nor Fairy (Nghi Vo)

Also appreciated: The Oud (Thoraiya Dyer), Across the Seam (Sunny Moraine), The Witch of Tarup (Claire Humphrey), Marigolds (LS Johnson), Lone Women (Victor LaValle)

Disliked: A Deeper Echo (David Jon Fuller), A Score of Roses (Troy L Wiggins), Nine (Kia Jones), Collected Likenesses (James Hatley), Numbers (Rion Amilcar Scott), Knotting Grass, Holding Ring (Ken Liu)
Aug 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Even though it's a book of short stories, it's a thick one! Took me a while to make it all the way through, but perhaps also because some of the stories demanded that I pause and think before rushing on to the next story. Overall high quality writing and a few real gems. Refreshingly feminist and post-colonial narratives from around the globe. Definitely a lot of authors that I plan to investigate to find more of their writings!
Jan 07, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: unfinished
I normally don't actually leave a review other than stars, but I thought I would make an exception for Long Hidden. I really wanted to like this anthology. I did really like a lot of the stories in it. But there were just too many dead babies, too much graphic content for my taste. I just couldn't do it anymore (for the record, made to the beginning of "Jooni" before I stopped).
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I'm co-editor of Long Hidden (Crossed Genres, May 2014) and contributor to the anthologies Milk and Honey, Alleys & Doorways, and Dark Furies. I edit book reviews for Publishers Weekly and manuscripts for unpublished authors. ...more

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