Mentions of Nalo Hopkinson’s FALLING IN LOVE WITH HOMINIDS keep appearing all over the web.
At SPECULATING CANADA, Derek Newman-Stille continues his coverage of the individual stories in the collection with his review of “Message in a Bottle.”
Hopkinson’s “Message in a Bottle” disrupts traditional ideas about aging and explores the discomfort that adults feel when children act or talk like adults. “Message in a Bottle” challenges embedded ideas about aging, encouraging the reader to question notions of “coming of age” and re-think aging as a simple binary of child/adult.
Hopkinson questions ideas of time and temporality by playing with the time travel narrative while simultaneously disrupting the idea of traveling as an adult and instead investing children with “knowledge beyond their years”.
At SFF BOOK REVIEWS, Dina includes Nalo Hopkinson among her top ten diverse reads.
It just so happens that this week’s Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by The Broke and the Bookish) is a freebie. And since Aarti’s Diversiverse challenge is coming up in October, I thought I’d combine the two and make a top ten recommendation list for diverse reads. Oh, the cleverness of me. Peter Pan quote out of the way, let me say that my list of favorites includes books that wouldn’t qualify for Aarti’s challenge (her challenge is: read one book written by a person of color). My list doesn’t focus on authors of color only, it also includes LGBTQI authors, stories about POC, disabled, or LGBTQI characters.
2. Nalo Hopkinson – MIDNIGHT ROBBER and FALLING IN LOVE WITH HOMINIDS
So I’m cheating a little. Here are two titles, instead of one, but hear me out! One is a novel, the other a short story collection, so I am just being considerate of your readerly tastes. Hopkinson brings Carribbean mythology into her fiction and MIDNIGHT ROBBER has a particularly wonderful flavor of this. The book is written in patois, which takes a while to get used to but ends up flowing beautifully from the page. Her new collection FALLING IN LOVE WITH HOMINIDS has a little bit of everything. A post apocalyptic story, a (re)imagining of some Shakespeare characters, and the story of a runaway chicken which is super adorable.
At PAPER BLOG, Danika references FALLING IN LOVE WITH HOMINIDS in her review of PAINTING THEIR PORTRAITS IN WINTER by Myriam Gurba.
Death does play a major role throughout this collection. Oddly enough, having read this not long after FALLING IN LOVE WITH HOMINIDS by Nalo Hopkinson, both books contain a story about a ghost living (mostly) unseen and unnoticed in the physical world, and they both made for fascinating reads.
Thien-Kim of LEFT TO RIGHT includes FALLING IN LOVE WITH HOMINIDS on her list of New Fall Books I’m Excited About.
FALLING IN LOVE WITH HOMINIDS by Nalo Hopkinson: Short stories are perfect for me when my workload is heavy. It’s hard to immerse myself in a long book when I’ve got looming deadlines. Hopkinson is a new to me sci-fi fantasy author. Can’t wait to dig in.
For more information on FALLING IN LOVE WITH HOMINIDS, visit the Tachyon page.
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