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Wrestling with Gods (Tesseracts Anthology #18)

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Wrestling with Gods(Tesseracts Eighteen)edited by Liana Kerzner and Jerome Stueart, takes faith and religion into the future, into the weird and comic and thought-provoking spaces where science fiction and fantasy has really always gone, struggling with higher powers, gods, the limits of technology, the limits of spiritual experience. At times profound, these speculative o ...more
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Published March 15th 2015 by Edge Science Fiction & Fantasy Publishing (first published November 26th 2014)
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Halli Lilburn
Dec 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
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Tesseracts 18: Wrestling with Gods take their faith and religion into the future, into the weird and comic and thought-provoking spaces where science fiction and fantasy has really always gone, struggling with higher powers, gods, the limits of technology, the limits of spiritual experience. At times profound, these speculative offerings give readers a chance to see faith from the believer and the skeptic in worlds where what you believe is a matter of life, death, and afterlife.
Robert August
Mar 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I picked up Wrestling With Gods (Tesseracts Eighteen) because I’m a sucker for speculative fiction that intersects with religion. On the other hand, I rarely read anthologies, preferring novel length fiction. Nevertheless, I can say that I was happily surprised on several fronts. First, the writing is undeniable excellent throughout. Liana Kerzner and Jerome Stueart clearly had a treasure trove of stories to choose from; I can honestly say there is nothing here that I didn’t thoroughly enjoy. It ...more
J.A. McLachlan
Mar 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The short-story anthology, Wrestling With Gods, edited by Liana Kerzner and Jerome Stueart, has something for everyone who reads SF&F. The science fiction and fantasy stories and poetry included are imaginative, interesting and well-written. Some appealed to me more than others - I loved the very Canadian humour of Summon the Sun by Carla Richards, I enjoyed the subtle and complex characterization Robert J. Sawyer employs in his ironic Oh Come All Ye Faithful, and I was drawn into the strugg ...more
Leah Slootweg
May 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So many good authors in this book. I loved each of the stories.
Alex Binkley
Sep 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Wrestling with belief
By Alex Binkley
Stories with an element of religion in them seem almost a staple of the news these days. Too often they leave the reader or listener shaking their head at what so-called religious people say and do compared to the teachings of their faith.
In the midst of this turmoil, Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing has devoted its latest collection of speculative fiction short stories to the role of religion and belief systems.
Tesseracts is a well-established ins
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L.T. Getty
Jul 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A collection of Canadian science-fiction and fantasy prose and poems that deals with, as you've probably guessed, the struggles of faith. When I first heard 'wrestling with gods' I immediately thought of Jacob in the book of Genesis, and wondered what that had to do with the yearly Tesseracts collection until I saw the submission guidelines. The anthology is about mostly mankind's personal struggle with faith, both real and fictional, for the believers and the skeptics.

I've read religious ficti
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M. Fenn
Apr 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
{Finally getting around to posting the actual review!]

Wrestling With Gods is an interesting collection of speculative stories and poems having to do with faith. I was a tad skeptical when I first received this Early Reviewer book from LibraryThing because, well, I’m kinda skeptical in general and even moreso where faith is involved. Fortunately, in this case, my skepticism was unfounded.

Kerzner and Stueart did a wonderful job collecting pieces from writers all over Canada who each approached the
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Sherry Ramsey
Aug 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2015, ebooks
I really love short stories. I'm also quite partial to themed anthologies, because as both a writer and a reader I enjoy experiencing the wide and varied ways other writers interpret these themes. So when I had an opportunity* to read this anthology with the intriguing theme of "Wrestling with Gods," I jumped at the chance. Not because I'm a particularly religious person (quite the opposite) but because I was very interested to see what a diverse collection of speculative short story writers wou ...more
Rjlouise
Mar 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was given this book in exchange for a review through LibraryThing's Early Reviewer program.

I have thoroughly enjoyed reading this anthology. So often, religion is treated with derision or deemed "for the other people" in speculative fiction. That's not to say there isn't some of that in this anthology, but that this anthology shows varied and complex views. It was not, as I feared it might be, one note. I was hoping for a few more science fiction stories and a few less fantasy stories, admitt
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Mary-Jean Harris
Feb 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, sci-fi
Since I have a story in this anthology, I'll review only the other stories to be fair :)
I found most of the stories in this anthology captivating and thought-provoking, and the wide variety of stories of different genres, styles, etc. was interesting. I can't say I enjoyed all the stories in here, but the majority of them were great. The topic of "Wrestling with Gods" or wrestling with faith and religion, was handled very differently in every story, and I especially liked the mystical touch give
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Alison C
Mar 18, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This review was written for LibraryThing Early Reviewers.
Wrestling with Gods: Tesseracts Eighteen, edited by Liana Kerzner and Jerome Stueart, is an anthology of short science fiction stories and poems by Canadian writers, dealing with the matter of faith and belief in God or in gods, depending on the author's interest. One story, by Robert J. Sawyer, is a reprint, while the rest are original to this volume. At the outset I have a huge complaint with this advance copy, and that is that the table
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Derek Newman-Stille
Wrestling with the Gods is a collection that challenges rather than conforms. It asks readers whether at times the opposite of the expected norm may be the best path and invites readers to question what they are told is Truth. It illustrates that the idea of Truth itself is subjective, open to question and interrogation, and ultimately that there will always be a multiplicity of truths rather than a singular Truth. Through the power of stories, with all of their potential to embody multiple trut ...more
Suzy
Jan 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received this ebook for free in return for an honest review through LibraryThing Early Reviewers.

As an atheist, I wasn't sure how much I was going to like the story collection after reading the Foreward, which seemed to be more heavily religious than I had expected. I thought the theme of the anthology was an interesting one - the combination of science fiction and religious faith - two things so often at odds with one another. So I began to read unsure what to expect from the stories within,
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Heather
Feb 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Collections of short fiction can often be very disjointed, with the styles of each author fitting poorly with the others. However, in Wrestling with Gods, each story has been very careful chosen, and also very careful placed in its position in the book, to make the reading experience an absolute joy. The book begins with a robot Jesus in Japan who just might be the real thing, progresses through to a circus with the faithful of various religions are pitted against each other, and even includes a ...more
Katie Daniels
Feb 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First of all, I will be forever jealous of whoever came up with "Tesseracts" as the name for an anthology series. It's just not fair. And since it's a series open only to Canadian F&SF then I can't ever be included, which is also unfair. But professional jealousy aside, this was one of the best Scifi anthologies I've ever read. Maybe because Canadian writers are just that good, but mostly because of the theme they chose--faith. I love elements of religion incorporated well into science ficti ...more
Kelly
Jul 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Sci-Fi isn't a genre I often read. However, I enjoyed this short story collection very much. The religious aspects of each story were of great interest to me, and while I didn't care for every story, there were several I liked. Some of my favorites include: Mecha-Jesus by Derwin Mak, The Queen in the Poplar Forest by S.L. Nickerson, The Faith Circus by Alyxandra Harvey and Soul Survivor by Steve Stanton, among others. Many of the authors were new to me, and their stories so good that I look forw ...more
Corey
Apr 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Highlights include: “The Harsh Light of Morning”, David Jón Fuller’s mix of vampirism, Christianity, and the horrors of the Canadian Indian residential school system; Derwin Maks’ study of free will and A.I., “Mecha-Jesus”; the weirdly wonderful gladiatorial combat fantasy of Alyxandra Harvey’s “The Faith Circus”; and Janet K. Nicolson’s “A Cut and a Prayer”, a Philip K. Dick-ian amalgam of Islamic faith, the search for meaning, and brain surgery. Wrestling With Gods is a winner through and thro ...more
Luisa
May 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing

I received this book gratis through libraryThing for an honest review.

The quality of the writing is amazing. If anyone remembers the Dangerous Vision anthologies, the quality of the writing is comparable. Even the least story is wonderful. All the writers' approach towards religion, fantasy, s/f was innovative. Also included is an older story from Robert Sawyer. In addition to the short stories, several poems were included. As in any collection, some are better than others. The editing is excell
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Jane
Aug 01, 2015 rated it really liked it

I was asked to review this by Librarything.com.

I was intrigued by this book and was pleased to be asked to review.
it was a really thought provoking story and has everything the science fiction and fantasy story lovers would want and a bit of poetry and religion thrown into the mixing pot.

This is such a well written book by and author I had not come across before (the beauty of being able to review new and interesting books)

I would recommend this anthology and will now look out for other books by
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Henry Bemis
Jun 22, 2017 is currently reading it
Shelves: put-to-the-side
Mecha-Jesus by Derwin Mak - 3.5 stars, I found this to be a interesting story. I liked how it mixed traditional Shinto beliefs, a slightly skewed Christianity and asked questions about the nature of Life and God.

Come All You Faithful by Robert J. Sawyer - 3 Stars The ending of this tale was a bit disappointing.

The Queen in the Popular Forest by S.L. Nickerson - 4 stars I liked how this left open to interpretation who exactly the man was.

A Cut and a Prayer by Janet K. Nicolson - 4 stars, What is
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Brian Gaston
May 19, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: science-fiction
I'm obviously in the minority here but I understand why others like it. I pick up the Tesseracts series to read SF short stories and these are not traditional SF. Some good morality tales but that is not what I was looking for.
Matt Murray
May 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(In the interest of full disclosure: I was provided a copy of this book for free as part of LibraryThing's Early Reviewers program in return for an unbiased review.)

I've always been a sucker for short story anthologies, so I was excited about this one. What I expected was a collection of tales about fantasy gods, like the 'old gods and the new' from The Song of Ice and Fire. I was surprised to find stories about Christianity and Buddhism and Islam. (There were some that fell into the former cate
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Paul
Jul 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This yearly compendium of Canadian fantasy and science fiction tales deals with matters of religion and spirituality.

The religions of Christianity and Shintoism are mashed together in a weird amalgamation, led by an android Jesus. A Muslim woman uses surgery to get closer to Allah. A woman summons Ra, the ancient Egyptian Sun God, to see if he can do anything about a Canadian winter. There is a story about a teacher in a rural school, forcing Indian children to learn the ways of the white man, a
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