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Nalo Hopkinson (Brown Girl in the Ring, Skin Folk) has been widely hailed as a highly significant voice in Caribbean and American fiction. She has been dubbed “one of our most important writers,” (Junot Diaz), with “an imagination that most of us would kill for” (Los Angeles Times), and her work has been called “stunning,” (New York Times) “rich in voice, humor, and dazzli ...more
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Published August 11th 2015 by Tachyon Publications (first published July 20th 2015)
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Jan 24, 2016 rated it liked it
Falling in Love with Hominids, Nalo Hopkinson’s 2015 collection of shorter works, blends elements of magical realism, fantasy and subtle science fiction into an anthology that proclaims her originality and demonstrates her unique talent.

Hopkinson introduces the work with a nod to her influence by Cordwainer Smith and then begins each short story with a brief description of what the story is about and how it came to her. Her smooth fantasy and magical realism places her in the category of, and he
Jul 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of new sci-fi/fantasy, short stories
Recommended to carol. by: me.
In the foreword to Falling in Love with Hominids, Nalo Hopkinson writes that as a teen she despaired of the human race. I remember that feeling; perhaps as recently as last week. Then again, I also empathize with her closing line, “so part of the work of these past few decades of my life has been the process of falling in love with hominids.“

Me too, Ms. Hopkinson. Me too.

This is an imaginative, provocative collection of stories that reflect the complexities of human existence, the moments of goo
Althea Ann
May 19, 2015 rated it really liked it

*****"The Easthound" – Nalo Hopkinson
Previously read in Strahan's 'Best Science Fiction...' anthology. Was happy to re-read!
'OK, I previously said the Hopkinson selection in the previous volume of this anthology was my favorite. But this story is now my favorite Hopkinson. I wholeheartedly loved it. It is quite similar to the Star Trek episode, ‘Miri’ (also one of my favorites). However, it’s a lot bleaker – and there are werewolves.'

**** “Soul Case”
Victory comes with grief - and with a price. B
Tori (InToriLex)
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I really enjoyed my introduction to Ms. Hopkinson's work. From the very beginning it was clear that these stories would reflect all the contrasting emotions that make us human. She explains in the foreward  "We are, all of us, capable simultaneously of such great good and such horrifying evil." The vivid imagery, plain language and memorable diverse characters made almost all of the short stories very enjoyable. I noticed how many times she mentioned hair,
Naz (Read Diverse Books)
Jan 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
When I finish a book as daring, creative, and fantastically unique as Nalo Hopkinson's Falling in Love With Hominids, the book lover in me can't help but smile in wonder at the power of words. Their ability to transport us into a myriad different worlds and allow us to see through as many perspectives is truly magical. In these 18 short stories, Hopkinson proves herself to be a consummate master of creating magical worlds and unique perspectives.

Many of these stories are quite short, some as sh

Well, Nalo Hopkinson’s latest book, a short story collection called Falling in Love with Hominids, has managed to surpass even my insanely high expectations. It is simply an amazing, mind-blowing, I-can’t-think-of-enough-superlative-adjectives-to-describe-it kind of book. As the blurb by Junot Diaz on the cover says, Hopkinson is a “writer with an imagination that most of us would kill for.” Time and again, the twists and turns in these stories will leave you in shock, awe, and
Most of these stories didn't interest me, but there was a handful that really stood out as great. I think the book started off with it's strongest works, and then fizzled out at the end. I'm willing to pick up this author again.
Frank Errington
Aug 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Nalo Hopkinson was born in Kingston, Jamaica, and also spent her childhood in Trinidad and Guyana before her family moved to Toronto, Canada, when she was sixteen.

You may be wondering, "What is a Hominid?" defines Hominid as "any primate of the family Hominidae, which includes modern man ( Homo sapiens) and the extinct precursors of man."

In the forward to Falling In Love With Hominids, Nalo Hopkinson says, "I love and am fascinated by human beings. We are, all of us, ca
May 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was a very entertaining collection of short stories. I was most impressed with the variety of voices that Hopkinson conjured upon the pages. There is a wonderful breadth of subjects, and I never found myself bored with any of them. For example just take a look at my faves.

The Easthound ... Post apocalyptic twin teens
Message in a Bottle...... Time Travel
Left Foot, Right.....Ghosts and Guilt
Old Habits.... Mall ghosts
Raggy, Shaggy Dog..... Freakish Botany
Flying Lessons..... Psychological es
Aug 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Hopkinson's stories always make for an interesting read. I love the way her fiction tends to blend Jamaican folklore, urban life, and a critical look at social justice issues. As Hopkinson herself puts it in her foreword,
"I see the ways in which science fiction is too often used to confirm people's complacency, to reassure them that it's okay for them not to act, because they are not the lone superhero who will fix the world's ills. And yet, humanity as a whole is not satisfied with complacency.
Seeing as how I’ve had difficulties with short story collections in the past, I decided to read this particular collection in bits and pieces. The experience was quite unique but satisfying in the end. It seems short stories really do work best in short time periods.

I’ve been wanting to try Nalo Hopkinson was a really long time now and somehow have never been able to locate her works in bookshops. So obviously when I saw this one up for review on NetGalley, I pounced on it immediately. It took a
Jenny (Reading Envy)
I received a copy of this from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

I previously read two novels by Nalo Hopkinson, but had not read any of her short stories. Overall they are idea stories, as long as they need to be (or as short, since one was only two pages), and range from urban fantasy to dystopia to the weird to magic to myth. I loved the author's note at the beginning explaining the title, which is not from any of the stories, but a summary of her own experience.

"The Easthound"
Aug 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
...A collection of such diversity as Hopkinson delivers here, will always contain a few stories that don't connect with the reader. There were a few that did little for me but overall I very much enjoyed Hopkinson's imaginative and varied approach to storytelling. In just over 200 pages she travels the length and breadth of speculative fiction. Falling in Love with Hominids is as good an invitation to delve deeper into an author's oeuvre as you are likely to get. I think I am going to take her u ...more
DeAnna Knippling
Feb 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
A solid collection of inventive, fantastic short stories that come across as more modern-fairy-tale-like than actual retellings.

I generally liked these, although there were a couple of stories that seemed to assume I already knew what was going on--those got skimmed or skipped. I feel like I've read several of these before elsewhere, too, although now I can't remember from where. Maybe it's just that the stories seem so classic.

My favorites were "The Easthound," "Left Foot, Right," and "Old Habi
Fangs for the Fantasy
Sep 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Ok, standard disclaimer that I seem to have to write every time I review a collection of short stories – I don’t particularly like them. I am not a fan of short stories, I’m not fan of stand alone stories that aren’t part of a larger series and I’m not a fan of collections of stories that aren’t related to each other

Now, this is a collection of short stories, none of them are from series, and none of them are related to each other. There’s also 19 short stories in this book. I tend to lose inter
Jan 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of non-Eurocentric spec fic and writers like Kelly Link, Elizabeth Bear, Roxane Gay

Nalo Hopkinson’s stories are hybrids, blending science fiction and fantasy, Western and Afro-Caribbean influences, pain and joy, the real and the unreal. She has a particular talent for blending the magical and the mundane in surprising ways.

As a writer of short stories that are specifically fantasy and science fiction, Hopkinson demonstrates her understanding of how a story needs to follow it’s own internal logic to be successful; any outside, novelistic standard of structure or expectation is
Yzabel Ginsberg
[I received a copy of this book through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.]

To be honest, I had no idea who Nalo Hopkinson was until I requested this book. But I was definitely interested to read stories by an author who seemed to have an approach stemming from a different culture than mine. I didn't know what to expect; I wasn't disappointed.

This collection features stories inspired from various sources, situations and ideas—the author mentiones some of those before each story. Ghosts
Lolly K Dandeneau
May 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is the first of Hopkinson's stories I have ever read, and it was an interesting experience. Reading was somewhat like being in a dream state, bizzarre and heavy with emotions. Some are creepy, others sad and yet uplifting too. The collection is one of unique tales told with a gifted tongue. I am certainly going to hunt down her other books. This is an uncorrected proof and yet I have to share her words. Here are several gorgeously written quotes, to tickle the senses.

"This is the other reas
Oct 08, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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My reactions to the stories in Falling in Love with Hominids were all over the map. Hopkinson is a Caribbean-Canadian speculative fiction writer with quite possibly the biggest imagination I’ve ever come across. Whether her stories work for you or not will depend on your ability to hang with the weirdness.

My favorite story, entitled “Emily Breakfast,” was an outwardly silly tale of a couple whose chicken goes missing one morning. Their three chickens are named Lunch, Dinner, and Emily Breakfast.
Nalo Hopkinson covers so much ground in this short story collection that perhaps it's easier to list what she doesn't accomplish in these tales:

1) Reinforce stereotypes of how the protagonist of a fantasy story should look/act/dress.
2) Sugar-coat the fact that painful and unjust things can happen.
3) Make anyone feel powerless over point #2.

In the preface of the book, Hopkinson talks about how these stories grew out of a change in perspective that she'd experienced, from a teen pessimistic about
Charles Dee Mitchell
Aug 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
This collection of stories has been my introduction to Nalo Hopkinson. I have read a few other stories in anthologies, but I’ve never settled down with one of her novels., although I have the best intentions of doing so.

Especially after having read Falling in Love with Hominids, which is a pleasure from beginning to end. All of what I have thought of as Hopkinson’s major themes are here: race, gender, feminism and the folklore of her Caribbean heritage. (Unless you are really up on your Caribbea
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This is my second trip with Nalo Hopkinson. Last year, I read her novel Brown Girl in the Ring. I thought it was a magical book, but it took me a while to warm up to the main character. I enjoyed the book enough to know that I'd eventua
Jun 01, 2015 rated it liked it
Falling in Love with Hominids, a collection of eighteen short stories by award-winning author Nalo Hopkinson, contains some wonderful, imaginative fiction. There were a couple of (really short) stories that didn't work for me at all, but other than that, there was something compelling about the rest even if I didn't love a story. My very favorites were the creepiest two, "Blushing" and "The Easthound," and one of the more lighthearted selections, "Emily Breakfast" (about a search for a missing f ...more
Read as part of the r/fantasy Book Bingo Challenge 2020 for the "5 short stories" category. Hard Mode for this square is reading an anthology or short story collection.

Reviewing anthologies and collections is always a bit of a challenge for me. In the past, I've reviewed them story by story, but I feel these days that it breaks it down further than I really intend it to. It also takes something away from the feel of the whole, because it makes the stories and the mood they set sound more clinic
The Easthound ★★★★☆
Soul Case ★★★☆☆
This one seemed to finish so abruptly I had to read it again to make sure I hadn't missed something.
Message in a Bottle ★★★☆☆
The Smile on the Face ★★★☆☆
Left Foot, Right ★★★★☆
Old Habits ★★★★☆
Quiet, melancholy. Unnecessary note to self: stay away from malls
Emily Breakfast ★★★★☆
Wonderfully quirky and utterly charming; drops you straight into its world and makes you wish you could stay there a little longer, just to rest a while.
Herbal ★★★★☆
A Young Candy Daughter
This antology contains stories with short introductions from the author, and all of them are a part of the process in which the author "fell in love with humans" of whom she despaired in her youth.

It is a curious and intriguing mix of fables and concepts mostly set in our world, some in our time, some in future. There is horror, there are emotions, there is weirdness, and there is wonder. Important topics are introduced and explored, as well as that interpersonal traumas. The work is so inclusi
Apr 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
It was wonderful.
It was grim.
It was joyous.
It was horrible.

In fulfillment of the Hopkinson's foreword: I love and am fascinated by human beings. We are, all of us, capable simultaneously of such great good and such horrifying evil.

It still feels like a treat to read speculative fiction infused with Caribbean culture. The penultimate story made me miss carnival.

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Dec 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
The stories collected in this volume vary greatly (and the author is aware of this), but Hopkinson's bold, original imagination, her way of confronting the characters (and the reader) with unknown, her prose, are all a constant. Truly one of the most compelling voices in SFF.
Mar 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
I've enjoyed Nalo Hopkinson's novels (especially Midnight Robber and Brown Girl in the Ring), so I thought it'd be cool to check out this short story collection with a cool title (she explains the title in the Foreword). Hopkinson's stories feature plenty of diverse representation along axes of race, sexuality, gender, geography, etc. Most of the stories are fantasy of a quirky sort (definitely no boring sword and sorcery stuff here, although there is one story with fairies). There are also a fe ...more
Oct 22, 2020 rated it did not like it
This falls in the category of "barely managed to read the first half, donating the second half". Nope, just because it is random, does not mean it is good. The stories with the dragon chicken and the fat orchid girl completely ended this book for me. Stories need to be interesting, not just tropes and anti-tropes and ridiculous ramblings.
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