Saturday, July 13, 2019

Review - New Suns: Original Speculative Fiction by People of Colour, Edited by Nisi Shawl

Title: New Suns: Original Speculative Fiction by People of Colour, Edited by Nisi Shawl
Pages: 279
Publisher: Solaris
Release Date: 12th March 2019

Blurb from Goodreads:

New Suns: Original Speculative Fiction by People of Color showcases emerging and seasoned writers of many races telling stories filled with shocking delights, powerful visions of the familiar made strange. Between this book’s covers burn tales of science fiction, fantasy, horror, and their indefinable overlappings. These are authors aware of our many possible pasts and futures, authors freed of stereotypes and clichés, ready to dazzle you with their daring genius. 

Unexpected brilliance shines forth from every page. 

Includes stories by Kathleen Alcala, Minsoo Kang, Anil Menon, Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Alex Jennings, Alberto Yanez, Steven Barnes, Jaymee Goh, Karin Lowachee, E. Lily Yu, Andrea Hairston, Tobias Buckell, Hiromi Goto, Rebecca Roanhorse, Indrapramit Das, Chinelo Onwualu and Darcie Little Badger.

My Review:

*I received an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Solaris Books and NetGalley*

New Suns is an anthology containing short stories written by authors of colour.
There are seventeen stories and each offers something different.
However, for me, I found seventeen to be a few too many. Especially as there were only a handful that I actually enjoyed - I struggled to get into most of the stories either because of the writing or I couldn't connect with the plot or characters. I did end up skipping to the end of a few or skim-reading them.
I think I would have preferred it if the stories had a specific theme e.g. space travel/stories, or if there had been different themed parts/sections of the anthology. As it was, it felt a bit like a hodgepodge of different stories - which I suppose wouldn't have bothered me as much if I'd enjoyed more of them.

Overall, I'm disappointed that I didn't enjoy this more.

1 comment :

  1. I prefer anthologies that are centred on a specific theme as well. Thanks for the heads up that this one doesn't do that. It otherwise sounds really interesting.