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How Long 'til Black Future Month?

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In these stories, Jemisin sharply examines modern society, infusing magic into the mundane, and drawing deft parallels in the fantasy realms of her imagination. Dragons and hateful spirits haunt the flooded city of New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. In a parallel universe, a utopian society watches our world, trying to learn from our mistakes. A black mothe ...more
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published November 27th 2018 by Orbit
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Holly
Dec 04, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

I absolutely *LOVED* this author's Broken Earth trilogy (starts with The Fifth Season) so I was really excited to pick up this collection of short stories. However, and it pains me to say this, I am not sure why this collection was published because the majority of the stories didn't particularly 'wow' me. That's not to say that I didn't enjoy some of them, there were a handful I actually REALLY wish were expanded into a full length novel because I enjoyed them so much. But most of them
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Hiu Gregg
Dec 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was, I’m ashamed to admit, the first N.K. Jemisin book I’ve ever read. I don’t say this because I subscribe to the belief that there are books which are “required reading” in the fantasy genre (because I absolutely don’t), but rather because on reading the stories in How Long ’til Black Future Month, I was struck by just how damned gifted Jemisin is as a writer. And yet I’m only finding that out now.

But then, “gifted” isn’t really the best word to use here. These stories are very much a ref
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Leah Rachel von Essen
How Long ‘Til Black Future Month? is simply superb. There wasn’t a story in the twenty-two that didn’t impress. Jemisin is a science fiction and fantasy powerhouse, and that is clear by the sheer variety of tales told—there are a dozen novel-worthy worlds crafted in this volume.

Jemisin opens with “The Ones Who Stay and Fight,” a direct story response to Ursula K. Le Guin’s “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas.” It ends with a parallel—a story about a man defending his city, post-Katrina New Orle
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Emma
Feb 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review to follow
Jennifer
Mar 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, favorites
Some remarkable short stories here. Some of myy favorites were: "Elevator Dancer", "Storyteller's Replacement", "On the Banks of the River Lex", and "Sinners, Saints, Dragons, and Haints." Very original and unique!
Marchpane
Dec 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories
Based on the title, I was expecting How Long ‘til Black Future Month? to be a little more sci-fi leaning and/or a lot more overtly political. But as Jemisin points out in her introduction, just being a black woman writing sci-fi and fantasy that features black characters is a political act. Occasionally she does reference real-world events, such as the terrific “Sinners, Saints, Dragons, and Haints, in the City Beneath the Still Waters”, about a young man and his elderly neighbour trying to surv ...more
Hannah
Jul 17, 2018 marked it as on-hold
I don’t think I could be more excited for this.
Sarah
I finished and it only took 5 days. Go me!

I wasn’t sure what to expect going into this. From Jemisin I’ve only ever read The Fifth Season, and my relationship with that was only lukewarm. I did know that she had some fantastic ideas for worlds and narrative choices though, so I was hopeful.

I’m happy to say that every single story in this book reaffirms what I’ve stated above. Jemisin is truly a creative genius and her writing is top notch. (And best of all, I didn’t come across any that were sup
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Liz Barnsley
Nov 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I’ve recently been making my way through this authors ” Broken Earth ” trilogy – one book to go- and the way she writes is so creative, beautifully done, so as a fan of short stories generally I was looking forward to this.
There is an art to the short story form, not every author no matter how talented can pull them off, but N K Jemisin certainly can. In this collection we have varying lengths but each one is a small gem unto itself, exploring many themes, a lot of them melancholy and thought pr
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Makeda / ColourLit
Dec 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Review pending...just know I loved this collection. 🏃🏾♀ 🏃🏾♀ 🏃🏾♀ to buy The Inheritance Trilogy and Dreamblood Duology! ...more
Rana
Dec 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Is there even any doubt that this would be fucking fantastic?
Dawn Christoffersen
Jan 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, audible
Admittedly I’ve only read The Fifth Season but I think I like Jemisin’s short stories better than her novels. She really has a concise way with words that suits this shorter writing exercise so well.

Stories that stood out to me: “Stone Hunger” (marking the early embers of her Broken Earth trilogy), “On the Banks of the River Lex”, “Henosis” and “The Narcomancer” were all extremely good, and “The Narcomancer” also made me really curious to read her Dreamblood books!
Rose
Jan 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, sci-fi
Having spent the last three weeks traipsing across Europe, having a book of short stories by such a fantastic author made the long train and bus journeys bearable.
Some stories were a bit of a miss for me, but the overwhelming majority were fantastic and engaging. My favourites were certainly the ones that had magic and mystique woven in to the world - The City Born Great, Red Dirt Witch, L'Alchimista, and Cuisine des Memoires all stood out beautifully amongst a sea of truly incredible stories. T
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Lauren Stoolfire
Apr 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: hubchallenge19
Wow! This is a fantastic collection of diverse short stiries. I need to read anything and everything from N.K. Jemisin stat!
Hannah
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
HOW DOES SHE DO IT?! How in the world is her mind so freaking brilliant? I demand an answer...

This is definitely my absolute favorite short story collection I've read so far. I was head over heels for 19 of the stories and only didn't enjoy 3 of them. I can still say with certainty that they were all strong, stunning, and breathtaking (yes, even the unfortunate 3. Just because I didn't like them as much didn't mean they weren't amazing in their own way). The stories are extremely accessible and
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Nadine
Feb 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
I’m not a fan of short stories since I usually find them to be lacking, but I couldn’t help myself when I learned that N.K. Jemisin published a collection. How Long ‘Til Black Future Month? Is a beautiful collection of stories that cover a range of topics all set within science fiction and fantasy settings.

There are 22 stories packed within this 400-page collection. Each of the stories stand on their own and offer something different to readers. The stories featured themes of rebirth, redemption
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lady victoriana
Feb 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2019
There are many things I admire about N.K. Jemisin as a writer, and all of those things come through in this collection of short stories. I want to highlight two of those things:

1. Her innovation and creativity. Put simply, Jemisin just has really cool ideas. Even if she's utilizing a common trope or concept, she still manages to execute it in an original way. I may not always love the direction she takes stories in, but I have to admire just how creative she is, and how her mind works outside of
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La Coccinelle
I haven't read any of this author's longer works yet. I figured trying some of her short stories might be a good introduction to her writing (and a quick way to figure out if I'm going to click with it).

Goodreads has decided that my thoughts are too big to be contained (either that, or it's just the fact that there are 22 stories in this book, and I had something to say about all of them). In any case, my review wouldn't fit. Head over to my blog to read the full review.
The Captain
Jan 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, sci-fi
Ahoy there me mateys! I have read five of the author’s novels but had never read any of her short stories. N.K. Jemisin has been making waves by doing cool things like winning the Hugo award three years in a row for every book in her Broken Earth trilogy (which I haven’t read yet!). So when I saw she was publishing this short story collection I got excited. And after listening to the audiobook, I can say that I adored it.

This collection has 22 varied tales. Now here’s the thing, for the majority
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Arielle Walker
I’ve been waiting to write a review of this, hoping words would come at some point, but - no. No words.

Just... this is further proof of the pure and utter genius of N.K Jemisin
Sana
Jul 17, 2018 marked it as to-read-so-bad-it-hurts
'In a parallel universe, a utopian society watches our world, trying to learn from our mistakes.'

UM NEEEEEED. THIS AND THE REST OF THE SHORT STORIES
Sabrina
Like any collection, some stories spoke to me more than others. It's worth checking out for the introduction by the author alone. I also really enjoyed most of the stories, particularly The City Born Great, Cloud Dragon Skies, Valedictorian, The Storyteller's Replacement, and Cuisine des Mémoires. Overall, I would recommend it, and I cannot wait to read more of her novels.
Alan
Mar 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Futurists
Recommended to Alan by: Roberta; Sarah
Somebody tell that boah what time it is.
—A guy overheard on the Third Avenue (#16) bus in Los Angeles

How long 'til Black Future Month? What time is it? How about... right now?

Hugo Award trifecta-winning author N.K. Jemisin doesn't need my approval, that's for sure, and I'm no kind of gatekeeper in any case—but if I were in charge, I'd be opening the gates wide, because any month in which I get to read a short-story collection this strong, from a writer this versatile, with this kind of dynamic r
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Lois
I absolutely loved this. I don't usually care for short stories but I loved these.
Jeanne
Let me just say that I bought How Long ‘til Black Future Month? because I love the title (and because I loved the first of the Broken Earth trilogy). N. K. Jemison’s essay of the same name is posted on her blog. As she says in her essay and the introduction of this compilation of short stories, just being a black woman writing speculative fiction with African Americans characters is a political act. That essay was

a meditation on how hard it’s been for me to love science fiction and fantasy as a
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Leni Iversen
Feb 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: shortstories
Good collection of short stories, not all of them set in the future - this is speculative fiction more than outright sci-fi. I don't think any of them will become a classic of the genre, but there were no duds either. These are stories well crafted. The only one that didn't work for me was the first one: "The Ones Who Stay And Fight", a response to LeGuin's "The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas". I'm glad that didn't keep me from reading the rest.

The second story, "The City Born Great", won me ove
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Ran
Dec 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
A collection of N. K. Jemisin's short stories, including a precursor to her series, The Broken Earth trilogy (which I haven't yet finished). Jeminsin mixes magic, fantasy, and elements of science fiction into this work with no particular focus, but her stories retain a certain essence of social commentary. Stories I particularly liked:
"The Ones Who Stay and Fight" (referring to Le Guin's Omelas)
"L'Alchimista" (intriguing)
"Valedictorian" (terrifying)
"Cuisine des Mémoires" (so freaking relatable
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Jamie
Mar 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Most of the stories in here were fantastic to me, but a couple toward the end kind of diluted the effect of the previous ones, and truth be told, it was a long collection for short stories (22 total), and would've been stronger in two volumes. Jemisin is an excellent writer, though, and so imaginative and skilled that it was a pleasure to immerse myself in her worlds. I'm excited to read her SF/Fantasty series now!

My fave stories were:
-The Ones Who Stay and Fight
-Red Dirt Witch
-The Effluent Eng
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Kaa
AMAZING. Seriously, there is not one bad story in this collection. N.K. Jemisin's combination of fantastical what-ifs, written with incredible intimacy and humanity, is for me a guaranteed recipe for beautiful stories. There were a couple that didn't completely blow me away, but if that's the worst I can say about them, we're doing pretty well. It's very hard to pick favorites, since all of them were so good, but a few that stood out for me were The City Born Great, The Effluent Engine, Cloud Dr ...more
Kaitlynn
Feb 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was an unbelievably solid short story collection, and my first book by Jemisin. Story-by-story ratings are below, but overall I really liked the anthology. Jemisin has a very singular, thoughtful voice. She’s also very bold and creative, playing with structure, tense, pronouns, etc. in her stories. Some of the settings she creates are among the most unique worldbuilding I’ve seen in a while. There’s some recurring themes that are found repeatedly over her stories – anxiety around sex and pr ...more
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