How Long 'Til Black Future Month? by N.K. Jemisin

How Long 'Til Black Future Month? - N.K. Jemisin

This was a stunning collection of short fiction. I've never read Jemisin before, so I was astonished at the ideas and the characters here. My usual complaint with story collections is how they can be inconsistent and if one story is bad enough it can take down the whole collection.

 

There is nothing like that here. There are two or three that felt flat to me or felt like an under-developed idea, Jemisin in her introduction explains that she has used many of these stories as areas to test idea for longer fiction, but they never affected the many, many great stories here.

 

I really should go into these individually, but I'm lazy and I won't. I'll just say I was engaged by every story and easily, happily, went straight into the one following.

 

This is the best story collection I've read since 'Lot' and before that, I have to go to Ted Chiang. Those are smaller collections, however. The best comparison I can make as far as amount of stories and consistency is Flannery O'Connor.

 

I'll make a point to seek out her novels.