Skin Folk: Stories
"The Glass Bottle Trick" retells the Bluebeard legend in a Caribbean setting and rhythms, for a sharp, chilling examination of love, gender, race, and class. In the myth-tinged "Money Tree," a Canadian immigrant's greed sends him back to Jamaic...more
Riding th ...more
I almost loved this as much as Octavia Butler's collection Bloodchild, which is the best sf/fantasy short story collection ever, in my opinion.
Full review to come on Casey the Canadian Lesbrarian.
Here's the review!
I’ve really been spoilt by fantastic short story collections this summer, and Skin Folk by Nalo Hopkinson is no exception. When I say fantastic, I mean it in more than one sense: these stories are remarkable, especially wrapped ...more
The writing is vivid,intense ,rich and creative . The reader can literally breath these stories.There were actually one or ...more
-The Glass Bottle Trick
-Slow Cold Chick
-A Habit of Waste
Themes of skin, identity, and appearance play a major role in many of these stories, although the book spans a wide range of ideas and moods - creepy, erotic, hopeful, tragic. There are a number of beautifully ambiguous endings a ...more
Hopkinson centers this collection around Caribbean folklore, with some stories set in Canada following the lives of immigrants. Her writing is weird, but I like weird! She blends horror, sci-fi, fantasy, and literary fiction--and she does it well.
In particular I liked "Riding the Red" and "Greedy Choke Puppy." Hopkinson just gets what fairy tales and folk tales are all about, which I would generalize as fear and sex. Most of her stories look at those two theme ...more
My introduction to Nalo Hopkinson through this riveting short story collection was like an out-of-body experience.
I've been trying to branch out with the type of authors I read, and this was a wonderful change of pace. I picked it up because so many people compared Ms. Hopkinson to the late Octavia Butler, and I was not disappointed. I'll be reading more of Nalo Hopkinson in the future for sure.
I need to read more of this author's work - definitely bumping her up to the ...more
Here's my take on the second (LIVE) May episode of Stitcher’s LeVar Burton Reads, and we’re gifted with “Money Tree” by Nalo Hopkinson.
If you follow my reviews, I’ve mentioned before having an occasional auditory issue with certain stories, where I can’t seem to retain what I’m hearing. It’s like zoning out, I guess, no matter how hard I try to focus, I keep disconnecting in the same exact line, over and over. Anyway, that’s what took me so long to get ...more
Particular favorites: Under Glass, Precious, The Glass Bottle Trick, Something to Hitch Meat To.