The Internet continues to be abuzz about Nalo Hopkinson and her outstanding FALLING IN LOVE WITH HOMINIDS.
NEWINBOOKS included FALLING IN LOVE WITH HOMINIDS among their #WeNeedDiverseBooks Picks for August.
Nalo Hopkinson, internationally acclaimed author of Midnight Robber, weaves wonderful stories of magic, mischief, and emotion. FALLING IN LOVE WITH HOMINIDS, her latest release and a collection of short stories, redefines werewolves in the first story and only picks up steam from there. Nalo synthesizes Afro-Caribbean, Canadian, and American influences into engaging, multi-dimensional stories that you wont want to put down.
Nalo Hopkinson has been on my list of authors that I’ve been dying to read for quite a long time now, and her collection FALLING IN LOVE WITH HOMINIDS is a fantastic introduction to her work. This is an outstanding collection that really gives insight into her storytelling, her talent, the breadth and insight with which she rights. I loved the little snippets of commentary from Hopkinson at the beginning of each story, I always think these kind of tidbits add exponentially to the reading experience – particularly for short fiction. One of the features that is used throughout the collection and in some ways ties all the different stories together is the way that stories, mythology and memories, personal history are woven through the inspiration behind the story, or within the story itself. I love the use of the lyrics and poetry – rather than being disjointed and throwing me out of the story as such elements can often do, the way Hopkinson uses this technique is expert and draws you deeper, has you feeling the rhythm of the story in your blood as you read.
I highly recommend this anthology, reading this book was a pleasure and a privilege.
This is yet another anthology that convinces me that back when I thought I didn’t like short fiction all that much, actually I just wasn’t reading stuff that really called to me, thrilled me, drew me in and made me fall in love. Also, getting to read this is part of my fulfilling a desire to read more diverse fiction from non-white authors, particularly non-white women authors. If this is something that you’re doing or thinking of doing, this anthology is a great place to start.
THE GLOBE AND MAIL interviewed Nalo Hopkinson.
Which historical period do you wish you’d lived through, and why?
None of them. I figure this current era of history is the one with the best chance of quality of life for a black, female, disabled, middle-aged, queer person who’s most comfortable not fitting in. The odds still aren’t great, mind you. But I’ll take my chances with the 21st century.
What scares you as a writer, and why?
It’s the thing I struggle with every day: the mental diligence and stamina needed to sit in front of the computer, open the file, start writing and to keep doing so, word after word, until I’ve created the next story. A combination of learning disability and chronic health issues make that the hardest thing for me. And if I can’t write, I’m not a writer. I know that’s eminently survivable, but still, I can scarcely bear to contemplate it. So I’m constantly coming up with new strategies for getting to the mental place where writing is so joyous and playful that I almost can’t help putting the words down. Almost.
For more information on FALLING IN LOVE WITH HOMINIDS, visit the Tachyon page.
Cover art by Chuma Hill
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