Firstly I would like to thank Madi Giovina for contacting me to ask if I would like to review SUPER / NATURAL: ART + FICTION FOR THE FUTURE. Of course I jumped at the chance and wasn’t disappointed.

The Back of the Book

super / natural is a literary call to action. finding where we’re headed and what our future(s) will look like when we get there. through art, poetry, and prose, twenty-three visionaries tackle the idea that to be the future we must first see the future.

the works are united through their themes of the supernatural, as in the mystical and fantastical, and/or the SUPER natural, going back to our true roots and the heart of our existence. above all, super / natural is a critical look at our relationship with the earth and with each other.

featuring short stories from Alex Benke, Madi Giovina, Donna J.W. Munro, Tiffany Niles Aline-Mwezi Niyonsenga, Nisi Shawl, Keely Shinners and Fanni Somogyi, art from Apu, Amarise Carreras, Adrianna “Kaya” Clark, Joey Dean, Anthony Grimaldi, Antony Ohman, Caiitlin Peck, and Theresa M. Pisani, and poetry from Doriana Gabrielle Diaz, Sage Katherine Enderton, Brandi Spering, and Anna Tregurtha.

My Thoughts – The Review

I have to say I didn’t know what to expect from SUPER / NATURAL: ART + FICTION FOR THE FUTURE. I knew there were elements of supernatural, mystical and fantasy but didn’t know some of these would interest me so much. 

Each piece of writing, whether a poem or speculative fiction, had it’s own uniqueness. Most piqued my interest and made me think of how things would be if these stories were true. How the world would be different and how easy it would be for this to actually happen. 

There were a couple of stories that I found difficult to read but that was just because of my personal circumstances. Other than those I found SUPER / NATURAL: ART + FICTION FOR THE FUTURE easy to read and very interesting. 

Despite the fact that it is fiction it got me thinking about the world we live in and how we can improve it to hopefully stop our planet becoming the dry desert portrayed. 

I would recommend SUPER / NATURAL: ART + FICTION FOR THE FUTURE to anyone with an interest in the supernatural, fantasy and mystical. If you have an interest in the environment and the planet we live on this will no doubt get your mind working overtime. 

Give it a go!

Published on 21st November 2019 by Perennial Press. You can buy your copy here.

NEW SUNS edited by Nisi Shawl

Original speculative fiction by people of colour edited by Nisi Shawl 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.

My thoughts

New Suns is the first anthology book I have read, and I have to say I was not disappointed. Each of the stories has their own unique quality. If you are a fan of science fiction, fantasy or horror this book is for you and has it all.

Some of the stories challenged my imagination to put myself in the shoes of the characters. The situations and circumstances they found themselves in sometimes were extraordinary.

Reading New Suns has opened my mind up to trying different genres instead of limiting myself. There is a bigger world out there!

I recommend New Suns to anyone who would like to open their minds to something different or to those who like to read Sci-Fi, Horror or fantasy. Enjoy!

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