Let me start my review off by saying that this series by J.Y Yang is legitimately incredible and deserves all of the stars ever. It’s a beautifully written novella series which contains a breathtaking world, intriguing characters, human/animal relations, and fascinating stories which expertly combine into an overarching plot. Each novella contributes something new, offering different perspectives which keeps the story fresh as well as a rich depth and breadth to the world, which by the way, is AMAZING. I tore through all 3 books in just a few days and cemented J.Y Yang as an auto-buy author for me!
TITLE: The Djinn Falls in Love & Other Stories
AUTHOR: edited by Mahvesh Murad and Jared Shurin
RELEASED: September 2017; Solaris
KEY INFO: anthology, diverse stories about djinn, cultural diversity
REPRESENTATION: women of color, people of color, m/m, Muslim
CONTENT NOTICES: possession of children, physically binding women, explicit sexual scenes, incest between siblings, death, torture
TITLE: River of Teeth
AUTHOR: Sarah Gailey
SERIES: American Hippo
RELEASED: May 2017; Tom Doherty Associates
GENRE: Fantasy/Alternate History
KEY INFO: novella, fantasy western, human-animal relations, scoundrel mission
REPRESENTATION: non-binary, people of colour, queer romance, pregnancy, gender fluidity
CONTENT NOTICES: violence, gory deaths
Before I packed myself off to Nine Worlds this year, I set myself a little reading list that I hoped I could conquer before attending. However, setting myself the task of reading 3 books in only 4 days was clearly not the most realistic of goals but I did read 2/3 books and was donated two amazing trilogies by fellow 9W attendees which I also want to share with you!
TITLE: Where the Stars Rise: Asian Science Fiction & Fantasy
AUTHOR: Edited by Lucas K. Law and Derwin Mak
RELEASED: October 2017; Laksa Media Groups
GENRE: Science Fiction & Fantasy
KEY INFO: Anthology, #ownvoices, speculative fiction, alternative histories, cultural tradition, folklore
REPRESENTATION: MC’s of colour, disabled characters
CONTENT NOTICES: Immigration, poverty, sexual abuse, child abuse, slavery, discrimination, ableism, death, violence, racism, child neglect.