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When you start reading a book and you feel the need to underline entire paragraphs from the very first pages, you know that an exciting reading experience is waiting for you. In the case of Mars by the Bosnian writer Asja Bakić ‘’exciting’’ is too weak a word to describe this collection of short stories by one of the most talented writers in our ...more
I had a copy of these stories from the publisher through ...more
This was really good. Not terribly surprising, as I’m only aware of it due to its presence on a few best-of 2019 lists - the same one ...more
My favorite stories were Abb ...more
Thank you to The Feminist Press for providing me with an advanced review copy of this book! It’s out March 19th.
I’m not sure where they had me: “short stories,” “speculative fiction,” or “feminist lit.” Because I love all of those things. And I was supremely ~not disappointed~. These were make-you-squint-and-think stories. I carried a pencil with me when I was reading it and underlined or circled a significant portion of the word ...more
Its hard go gauge a collection that is quite small yet whole of its parts, but can only say that it was incredible.
Like recent feminist sff story collections by Kelly Link or Carmen Maria Machado that have had significant appeal across genre and literary fiction markets, Mars is a tour of its author’s twisted imagination, where this hallway leads to death, that one to sex, and sometimes they’re one in the same. While Machado’s Her Body and Other Parties was a major hit—having won or been nominated for more than a dozen sf,...more
It's safe to say that my literary endeavors do not often bring me either into the realm of short story anthologies or that of Eastern European authors, so the terrain of Asja Bakić’s richly-imagined collection, Mars, was about as familiar as the planet whose name serves as its title. What an apt title it is, too: Every so often, headlines present new findings of the prospect of an inhabitable Mars, of some new bil ...more
The first story is about writing and the afterlife, and was pretty amusing even if you're not fascinated by the ...more
I would've never guessed that this was meant to be a 'feminist' science fiction book. I guess it is published by Feminist Press because she is a feminist (?). Bottom line these are good to decent short science fiction stories (2-8 pages) regardless. If you a fan of the Twilight Zone, Outer Limits or the classic Black Mirror you will like these short stories where things are not what they seem and characters have m ...more