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Take Us to a Better Place

3.58  ·  Rating details ·  52 ratings  ·  15 reviews
A profound and unforgettable original story collection about well-being and the future of health and the planet. With a foreword by bestselling author Roxane Gay and an introduction from Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Pam Belluck. Offered to readers free by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Take Us to a Better Place is a collection of powerful, perceptive, and seamles
Kindle Edition, 306 pages
Published January 21st 2020 by Melcher Media Inc
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Bethwyn Badger
Mar 17, 2020 marked it as dnf
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I thought from the description of this collection that a lot of the stories would leave me feeling hopeful - unfortunately his definitely wasn't the case for me. I don't get on that well with dystopian stories for the most part, and this all felt a little to dystopian (and a little too close to the bone, too). I'll be the first to admit that I can be quite sensitive about things, but I know that about myself and so I stopped reading this for mental health reasons. Glad to see Yoon Ha Lee listed ...more
Jan 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
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NB—I received a free copy of this anthology for review via Netgalley, all opinions are honest and my own

The idea for this anthology—a collection of stories meant to shine a light on various issues occurring and worsening, and show potential solutions—is an interesting one, and the stories that resulted take very different approaches. I do feel the need to include a content warning for this anthology, there are mentions of (view s
Jan 21, 2020 marked it as to-read
I've read a lot of RWJF's publications in my professional life, so I'm intrigued that they are now publishing fiction. Also, look at that author list! ...more
Apr 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Trying to pick a book to read during a plague is not easy. For once in my life I didn't want complete escapism; I wanted something relevant to what was going on around me. But still some escapism! This book of excellent short fiction related to healthcare is just what I needed. Amazing, entertaining, not always comfortable but always good. Highly recommend y'all read it nao. ...more
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I give up. It may have gotten more interesting after the two (two!) introduction/preface things that summarized all the stories, and after the very awkward first story, but if I've been procrastinating going back to it for ten months, I think it's pretty obvious that I'm not going to finish it. ...more
Walter Underwood
Feb 07, 2021 rated it liked it
Oddly, this did not take me to a better place. Some of the stories were downers, others more stopped than ended. All of the science fiction stories were better than the non-genre stories. Maybe SF authors have more experience at weaving a topic into a story.

But none of the stories were five-star for me. The anthology is supposed to revolve around the Culture of Health idea from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. I couldn't see any common threads beyond "health" being part of the plots. I could
Apr 20, 2021 rated it really liked it
This book was specifically set up to be visions of the future, coming from the problems of the world today. All very good stories, well worth reading and very enjoyable. They also had some interesting ideas on where the world could end up and what regular people can do about it.
Tracey R
Jan 20, 2021 rated it it was ok
Short stories. Didn't finish all of them ...more
Sosa Coleone
Feb 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
To your house
Jan 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Usually, I am unable to give a breakup of individual reviews when I read books like this. Given that there are only ten stories and they vary very widely in the tone as well as the content I decided to try this one time. Hopefully, I will see my way through and not come back and delete this introduction I am typing. I will, however not rate them separately because that would be too hard.

Flotilla at Bird Island by Mike McClelland:

This set the tone for what I thought would be a collection of dysto
Harrison Schweiloch
Take Us to a Better Place

I’m not usually a fan of anthologies. The quality and tones of the stories can be highly variable, which I find personally jarring, and one story not to my taste can make me stop reading the whole volume. When I read short stories, I always prefer single authors collections.

In addition, I’m often skeptical of corporate sponsored anthologies - the messaging can be heavy handed and the contributors sub-par.

So why did I request a eARC of Take Us To A Better Place, a “cul
A decent anthology with a very talented line-up. The collection is supposed to inspire hope, optimism and a Culture of Health, and while that message is received, there is also the bigger giant flashing neon sign present in all the stories: the future looks very bleak without action against corporate greed, population growth and lack of sustainability.

Recommended: a good commuting read.

Thank you to Netgalley and the publishers for the ARC.
Mar 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is quite an interesting anthology. It's free to read or listen.

'The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation published these stories to help ignite a lively discussion and healthy debate about what it will take to build a better future.'

See the website:

I read 'Obsolescence' by Martha Wells and it was really good, although it was very short.

Planning to read more stories at some point.
Glauber Ribeiro
Jul 18, 2020 rated it it was ok
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Oct 01, 2020 rated it liked it
Some stories were PHENOMENAL and others only ok
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Madeline Ashby is a science fiction writer and strategic foresight consultant living in Toronto. She has been writing fiction since she was about thirteen years old. (Before that, she recited all her stories aloud, with funny voices and everything.) Her fiction has appeared in Nature, Tesseracts, Escape Pod, FLURB, the Shine Anthology, and elsewhere. Her non-fiction has appeared at, ...more

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