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Slipping by Lauren Beukes
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really liked it
bookshelves: arc, fantasy, monsters, reviewed, sci-fi, urban-fantasy

After reading this collection of short stories Lauren Beukes is now firmly on my favourite authors list. Clever and very relevant, the stories are a mix of sci-fi, weirdness, and commentary on modern life.

None of the stories here are very long so it's easy to dip in and out of. Though saying that, normally I find myself having to stop between stories in short story collections but with this book I couldn't do that, I had to start the next straight away. I think that was partly because they are short and I knew I wouldn't have to stop reading half way through one (I hate having to do that), and partly because these stories are just that good I didn't want to stop reading.

There weren't any stories that I disliked, but my favourites were:

Slipping - about a contestant in a futuristic Paralympics event where the athletes can have exosuits, implants controlling their hormones, remote controlled bodies, or they can even remove their organs to make them run better.

Confirm/Ignore - a look into the mind of someone that creates fake online personas by copying other people's photos and quotes.

The Green - pure sci/fi! Workers on a remote planet searching for plants or chemicals the company they work for can make money with.

Unathi Battles the Black Hairballs - a lolita punk pilots a Japanese fighter robot and battles monsters to save Tokyo.

Dial Tone - a story that's about loneliness really.

Ghost Girl - a teenage girl haunting a university student.

I received a free copy from the publisher in return for an honest review.
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Reading Progress

December 12, 2016 – Shelved
December 12, 2016 – Shelved as: own-and-need-to-read
December 12, 2016 – Shelved as: arc
December 24, 2016 – Started Reading
December 28, 2016 –
42.0%
December 29, 2016 –
69.0%
December 29, 2016 –
85.0%
December 30, 2016 – Finished Reading
January 3, 2017 – Shelved as: fantasy
January 3, 2017 – Shelved as: monsters
January 3, 2017 – Shelved as: reviewed
January 3, 2017 – Shelved as: sci-fi
January 3, 2017 – Shelved as: urban-fantasy

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