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Mojo: Conjure Stories

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  186 ratings  ·  25 reviews
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Mojo -- a powerful, disturbing anthology edited by Nalo Hopkinson that explores the world of voodoo -- contains short stories by some of the biggest names in modern fantasy, including Neil Gaiman, Barbara Hambly, Steven Barnes, Andy Duncan, and Tananarive Due. Although the stories explore the myths and legends of personal magic, the subject matter
Paperback, 352 pages
Published April 1st 2003 by Aspect
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Aug 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
All anthologies are uneven, but this is one of the more consistently good collections I've found. Contains some truly wonderful writing. When the piece by Neil Gaiman is one of the weakest in the bunch, you're onto something good. ...more

I found the podcast for this short story on, under a series called "Dark Tome."
Young Lettie can see things through her magic eye - things that might be better if she not see. Grownup's secrets. Grownup's true intentions. But when she learns of her brother's unjust arrest and sham trial, it's her seeing eye - and some conjure magic from her Mama - that may help change the fate of her big brother.

The Dark Tome is produced by Fred Greenhalgh and Bill Dufris. Theme 'Febryar' by
Alakee Bes
Aug 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Connected yet disconnected stories -mixing and introducing spirit and mystery... A good read and the short stories allow u to jump in and out!
Aug 31, 2011 rated it really liked it
Great compilation. Many stories really creeped me out. I was glad to read it, and then glad to put it down.
Mocha Girl
Oct 20, 2009 rated it really liked it
The introduction of Mojo: Conjure Stories warns the reader to beware, to adorn their protective beads, to pocket their jujubags and sets the stage for the mystical anthology contained therein. The novel, edited by Nalo Hopkinson, is comprised of nineteen short stories from noteworthy authors such as Steven Barnes, Tananarive Due, and Barbara Hambly. All tales are colorful, creative, and rooted in "mojo" - a tricky, powerful, and dangerous magic with a West African flavor.
This is a diverse collec
A few of these fell kind of flat for me, but overall I found this to be a great collection. Oddly, my favorite of the bunch was Lark Till Dawn, Princess - the one about the drag queen. I say "oddly" because it was probably the least creepy out of a group of stories that generally seemed to be going for hella creepy. Instead it was campy, hilarious, and sweetly poignant. (And Legba! A (view spoiler). AWESOME.) ...more
This is a colleciton of short fiction which touches on various aspects of vodou, African and African-American folklore and magic. The stories all have strikingly different takes on subjects such as shape shifters, spirit possession, loas (deities in vodou), and folk magic. Some of the stories are creepifying and others are hilarious. A wonderful collection of short fiction. There are one or two stories that aren't to my taste, but it's definitely worth purchasing. ...more
Dec 22, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: hoodoo, the-south
Short stories. I like the idea often more than the execution. Sometimes short story collections are hit and miss... a few good ones and mostly bad ones. I actually enjoyed a majority of stories in here. The idea of Conjure is sorta spread to mean all-African (both diaspora and not) belief systems. Some are more traditional hoodoo, others Santeria, others take place directly in Africa. The Daddy Mention story is awesome and I really liked Barbara Hambly's story, too. ...more
Frankie Lennon
Jun 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
I've chosen this highly entertaining and fascinating collection of short stories to my English literature and composition class reading list. It's editied by a well known African American woman writer. She's chosen well. These stories teach you about some of the elements of Black culture while they entertain you with stories of "mojo magic." ...more
K.H. Vaughan
Aug 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
All anthologies are uneven, but this is one of the more consistently good collections I've found. Contains some truly wonderful writing. When the piece by Neil Gaiman is one of the weakest in the bunch, you're onto something good. ...more
May 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
Mostly serious, sometimes horrific; quite an interesting assortment. I really loved Gerard Houarner's story "She'd Make a Dead Man Crawl", and I wonder why I've not seen much mention of it from other people. ...more
Jun 12, 2008 rated it really liked it
This is in my collections
Jan 02, 2008 rated it liked it
Read this if only for Andy Duncan's short story entitled, "Daddy Mention". ...more
Mar 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Hands down one of THE best anthologies I've ever read with some of the most creative, inventive, and original speculative fiction stories I've read. ...more
Serenity L
Jan 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
I read a LOT. But found this book hard to read. I forced myself to finish it in the library parking lot the day it was due back. I don't know why I had this reaction to this book. ...more
Sharon Joss
Mar 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic & lush; this collection is one of the best anthologies I've read. Every story is top notch and unique. Loved it. ...more
Apr 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
Loved it. The only thing is, the whole time I was reading, that old blues song was running through my head. "I got my mojo workin'", is it? ...more
Jun 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Don’t ever cross a conjurer! That’s the clear warning of the nineteen short stories collected by Hopkinson in this anthology. Some of the tales, such as Marcia Douglas’s “Notes from a Writer's book of cures and spells,” are horrific, some like Andy Duncan’s “Daddy Mention and the Monday skull,” are filled with sly humor, and some evoke a powerful emotional response, most notably, “Trial Day,” by Tananarive Due. Several tell the tale from the point of the helpless victim, and several show slaves ...more
Jan 22, 2021 rated it liked it
Like any anthology, the individual pieces can be hit or miss. Some of the pieces left me scratching me head, wondering what I had just read, whereas others I wanted more. Overall, a good read.
Mar 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Very interesting collection. Stories carried a lot of emotional weight.

Often dealt with black issues.
Jan 15, 2009 rated it it was amazing
"Religion and magic are two different things. Religion is an institutionalized system of spiritual beliefs and rituals through which one worships one's gods. Magic, on the other hand, is the practice of altering the fated progression of events to suit one's desires. In some ways, magic is an ultimate act of presumption. It is tricky, powerful, and often dangerous." - excerpt from the editor's note.

Speed of writing style seems to be a consistent criteria for many readers. For me, this collection
Aug 09, 2008 rated it really liked it
I like these stories. Some of them I really like. Others I like pretty well. It is cool to see how conjure is described in various places, spaces, and times. A book chock full of interesting characters.
Sep 17, 2007 rated it it was ok
i am slow in reading this. though it came highly recommended, something about it is not my speed. there are however quite a few colloquialisms- which are interesting.
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Jul 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Very Interesting, a good read if you have a open mind.
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Nalo Hopkinson is a Jamaican-born writer and editor who lives in Canada. Her science fiction and fantasy novels and short stories often draw on Caribbean history and language, and its traditions of oral and written storytelling.

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