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Do Not Go Quietly: An Anthology of Victory in Defiance

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Resistance. Revolution. Standing up and demanding to have your space, your say, your right to be. From small acts of defiance to protests that shut down cities, Do Not Go Quietly is an anthology of science fiction and fantasy short stories about those who resist. Within this anthology, we will chronicle the fight for what is just and right, and what that means: from ...more
Hardcover, 345 pages
Published April 2019 by Apex Book Company
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Nobody who advised you to lie down and sleep instead of fighting was ever worth trusting.

Do Not Go Quietly is going to be seen, in years to come, as a book that perfectly illustrates the climate of 2019. It's a combination of defiance and warning, where all the stories have found someone to stick up for and they're ready to fight.

Brooke Bolander opens the collection with Kindle, a retelling of the Little Match Girl. Yes, I detested that one too. But trust Brooke Bolander, because she's made a
Ai Miller
May 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this through LibraryThing's Early Reviewers program, and I'm grateful to the publisher for the opportunity to read it; I also backed the original anthology when it was a Kickstarter project.

This collection is solid, and the hope nuggets in each story and poem are really powerful. I will say I think a list of trigger warnings would have really aided this collection; the last two stories ("The Judith Plague" and especially "Kill the Darlings (Silicone Sister Remix)") are
John Adams
Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
The first thing that drew me powerfully to this anthology was the cover, but I was also intrigued by the subtitle: 'An Anthology of Victory in Defiance'. A complimentary copy was supplied for the purposes of this review.

The anthology features short stories by familiar names such as Maurice Broaddus, whose work I have already reviewed here on Goodreads, and Cassandra Khaw, whose work I reviewed recently for the British Fantasy Society. Its pedigree is impeccable, with the list of awards and
A lovely, angry, beautifully written anthology.
A.C. Wise
Aug 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Do Not Go Quietly edited by Jason Sizemore and Lesley Conner features 28 original works full of characters refusing to stay silent in the face of wrongs, standing up, shouting back at the world, and making their voices heard. It's an incredibly strong collection, and none of the stories hit a sour note, or fell flat, with a few absolute standouts highlighted below.

In “Oil Under Her Tongue” by Rachael K. Jones, teenagers Erin and Carlos count the days until they can escape their small town, and
Rob Warren
May 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
* I received a free e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

“Do Not Go Quietly” is a short story anthology that is about, when you get right down to it, hope. Hope kindled, hope sparked, hope nurtured, hope crushed and reborn. These stories are all tales of people - and, sometimes, not-people - facing the powers that others claim to be inevitable, and defiantly choosing hope instead.

I went into this book with a lot of hope myself. I love short stories, and the theme strongly
Maria Haskins
Jul 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Edited by Lesley Conner and Jason Sizemore, the editorial team behind Apex Magazine, this powerful and politically charged anthology features science fiction and fantasy short stories about those who resist, chronicling “the fight for what is just and right… from leading revolutions to the simple act of saying no.” There are devastating stories here, filled with immense lyrical beauty and power; though many of them delve into vividly drawn futures and imagined worlds full of darkness and ...more
Jun 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Choose to not to resist this excellent anthology.

Sirens, rebels, fighters, and very careful 'not' chosen ones decide to not lay down under oppression but to fight back against the wrong in defense of the wronged. The poetry and short stories are full of passion and rage against the deus ex machina of daily life and injustice.

I saw this pop up on social media bringing to mind Dylan Thomas so I bought this on a whim. I am not disappointed by it and I appreciate the editors and writers sharing a
Jun 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
For their latest anthology, DO NOT GO QUIETLY: AN ANTHOLOGY OF VICTORY IN DEFIANCE, Jason Sizeman and Lesly Conner have brought together a powerhouse group of diverse writers––several of whom have won Hugo, Nebula, Locus, World Fantasy, Prix Aurora, Mythopeoic, Andre Norton, and Shirley Jackson awards––that offer a variety of perspectives on several of today’s hot-button topics (e.g. #MeToo, #BlackLivesMatter, immigration, etc.). These diverse voices are as refreshing as they are imaginative. ...more
This anthology is a beautiful and powerful testimony to strength, determination and defiance in the face of oppression, injustice and hatred. From historical to futuristic, from realistic to fantastical, fighting against religion, capitalism, patriarchy, homophobia, racism (etc., etc.), these stories and poems come from all genres (including magical realism, sci-fi, dystopias, re-tellings with some familiar faces) and showcase characters that rebel, fight back, try to achieve change. Not all of ...more
May 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
And e-ARC of this book was given to me by the publisher for review.

Like any anthology, I loved some stories more than others. In this case, even the stories that weren't favorites were thought-provoking and worth reading. The stories and poems are all on the same theme, without ever feeling repetitious.
Jun 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
First let me say, the cover art is beautiful and so fitting for this collection. As with most anthologies, some stories more than others I connected with, but I am glad that I found this on Kickstarter and supported it into being. Excellent collection of strange, resisting stories.
Jennifer Bradshaw
This is a powerful collection. My favorites included "Everything is Closed Today" by Sarah Pinkster, "The Society for the Reclamation of Words and Meanings" by Fran Wilde, and "Glossolalia" by John Hornor Jacobs.
Nick Marone
Dec 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: sf-anthology
Favourite stories:

-- "What the Mountain Wants", by Maurice Broaddus & Nayad Monroe

-- "Everything Is Closed Today", by Sarah Pinsker
Sep 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very good collection.
Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I partially read this.
Kate Sherrod
There are some good pieces, some great pieces, and two that made me reach for the brain bleach but were still amazing. Full review soon at Skiffy and Fanty!
Still reading, but quite comfortable recommending this as a book to read when you want to burn something down but cannot, for whatever reason, literally burn it down.
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