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

How Long 'til Black Future Month?

In these stories, Jemisin sharply examines modern society, infusing magic into the mundane, and drawing deft parallels in the fantasy realms of her imagination. Dragons and hateful spirits haunt the flooded city of New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. In a parallel universe, a utopian society watches our world, trying to learn from our mistakes. A black mother in the Jim Crow south must figure out how to save her daughter from a fey...


Details How Long 'til Black Future Month?

TitleHow Long 'til Black Future Month?
ISBN9780316491341
Author
Release DateNov 27th, 2018
PublisherOrbit
LanguageEnglish
GenreShort Stories, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Fiction, Speculative Fiction
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Reviews How Long 'til Black Future Month?

  • Holly
    2018-12-04
    3.5 starsI absolutely *LOVED* this author's Broken Earth trilogy (starts with The Fifth Season) so I was really excited to pick up this collection of short stories. However, and it pains me to say this, I am not sure why this collection was published because the majority of the stories didn't particularly 'wow' me. That's not to say that I didn't enjoy some of them, there were a handful I actually REALLY wish were expanded into a full length nove...
  • Hiu Gregg
    2018-12-17
    This was, I’m ashamed to admit, the first N.K. Jemisin book I’ve ever read. I don’t say this because I subscribe to the belief that there are books which are “required reading” in the fantasy genre (because I absolutely don’t), but rather because on reading the stories in How Long ’til Black Future Month, I was struck by just how damned gifted Jemisin is as a writer. And yet I’m only finding that out now.But then, “gifted” isn...
  • Leah Rachel von Essen
    2018-10-11
    How Long ‘Til Black Future Month? is simply superb. There wasn’t a story in the twenty-two that didn’t impress. Jemisin is a science fiction and fantasy powerhouse, and that is clear by the sheer variety of tales told—there are a dozen novel-worthy worlds crafted in this volume. Jemisin opens with “The Ones Who Stay and Fight,” a direct story response to Ursula K. Le Guin’s “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas.” It ends with a pa...
  • Emma
    2019-02-07
    Review to follow
  • Marchpane
    2018-12-09
    Based on the title, I was expecting How Long ‘til Black Future Month? to be a little more sci-fi leaning and/or a lot more overtly political. But as Jemisin points out in her introduction, just being a black woman writing sci-fi and fantasy that features black characters is a political act. Occasionally she does reference real-world events, such as the terrific “Sinners, Saints, Dragons, and Haints, in the City Beneath the Still Waters”, ab...
  • Sarah
    2019-01-20
    I finished and it only took 5 days. Go me!I wasn’t sure what to expect going into this. From Jemisin I’ve only ever read The Fifth Season, and my relationship with that was only lukewarm. I did know that she had some fantastic ideas for worlds and narrative choices though, so I was hopeful.I’m happy to say that every single story in this book reaffirms what I’ve stated above. Jemisin is truly a creative genius and her writing is top notch...
  • Liz Barnsley
    2018-11-20
    I’ve recently been making my way through this authors ” Broken Earth ” trilogy – one book to go- and the way she writes is so creative, beautifully done, so as a fan of short stories generally I was looking forward to this.There is an art to the short story form, not every author no matter how talented can pull them off, but N K Jemisin certainly can. In this collection we have varying lengths but each one is a small gem unto itself, expl...
  • Rana
    2018-12-06
    Is there even any doubt that this would be fucking fantastic?
  • Makeda / ColourLit
    2018-12-11
    Review pending...just know I loved this collection. 🏃🏾♀ 🏃🏾♀ 🏃🏾♀ to buy The Inheritance Trilogy and Dreamblood Duology! Review pending...just know I loved this collection. 🏃🏾‍♀️ 🏃🏾‍♀️ 🏃🏾‍♀️ to buy The Inheritance Trilogy and Dreamblood Duology!
  • Dawn Christoffersen
    2019-01-10
    Admittedly I’ve only read The Fifth Season but I think I like Jemisin’s short stories better than her novels. She really has a concise way with words that suits this shorter writing exercise so well.Stories that stood out to me: “Stone Hunger” (marking the early embers of her Broken Earth trilogy), “On the Banks of the River Lex”, “Henosis” and “The Narcomancer” were all extremely good, and “The Narcomancer” also made me r...
  • Rose
    2019-01-20
    Having spent the last three weeks traipsing across Europe, having a book of short stories by such a fantastic author made the long train and bus journeys bearable.Some stories were a bit of a miss for me, but the overwhelming majority were fantastic and engaging. My favourites were certainly the ones that had magic and mystique woven in to the world - The City Born Great, Red Dirt Witch, L'Alchimista, and Cuisine des Memoires all stood out beauti...
  • Hannah
    2019-01-05
    HOW DOES SHE DO IT?! How in the world is her mind so freaking brilliant? I demand an answer...This is definitely my absolute favorite short story collection I've read so far. I was head over heels for 19 of the stories and only didn't enjoy 3 of them. I can still say with certainty that they were all strong, stunning, and breathtaking (yes, even the unfortunate 3. Just because I didn't like them as much didn't mean they weren't amazing in their o...
  • Nadine
    2019-02-05
    I’m not a fan of short stories since I usually find them to be lacking, but I couldn’t help myself when I learned that N.K. Jemisin published a collection. How Long ‘Til Black Future Month? Is a beautiful collection of stories that cover a range of topics all set within science fiction and fantasy settings.There are 22 stories packed within this 400-page collection. Each of the stories stand on their own and offer something different to rea...
  • lady victoriana
    2019-02-27
    There are many things I admire about N.K. Jemisin as a writer, and all of those things come through in this collection of short stories. I want to highlight two of those things:1. Her innovation and creativity. Put simply, Jemisin just has really cool ideas. Even if she's utilizing a common trope or concept, she still manages to execute it in an original way. I may not always love the direction she takes stories in, but I have to admire just how ...
  • La Coccinelle
    2018-12-21
    I haven't read any of this author's longer works yet. I figured trying some of her short stories might be a good introduction to her writing (and a quick way to figure out if I'm going to click with it).Goodreads has decided that my thoughts are too big to be contained (either that, or it's just the fact that there are 22 stories in this book, and I had something to say about all of them). In any case, my review wouldn't fit. Head over to my blog...
  • Lois
    2019-01-27
    I absolutely loved this. I don't usually care for short stories but I loved these.
  • The Captain
    2019-01-15
    Ahoy there me mateys! I have read five of the author’s novels but had never read any of her short stories. N.K. Jemisin has been making waves by doing cool things like winning the Hugo award three years in a row for every book in her Broken Earth trilogy (which I haven’t read yet!). So when I saw she was publishing this short story collection I got excited. And after listening to the audiobook, I can say that I adored it.This collection has 2...
  • Jeanne
    2019-03-01
    Let me just say that I bought How Long ‘til Black Future Month? because I love the title (and because I loved the first of the Broken Earth trilogy). N. K. Jemison’s essay of the same name is posted on her blog. As she says in her essay and the introduction of this compilation of short stories, just being a black woman writing speculative fiction with African Americans characters is a political act. That essay wasa meditation on how hard it...
  • Leni Iversen
    2019-02-16
    Good collection of short stories, not all of them set in the future - this is speculative fiction more than outright sci-fi. I don't think any of them will become a classic of the genre, but there were no duds either. These are stories well crafted. The only one that didn't work for me was the first one: "The Ones Who Stay And Fight", a response to LeGuin's "The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas". I'm glad that didn't keep me from reading the rest.T...
  • Ran
    2018-12-27
    A collection of N. K. Jemisin's short stories, including a precursor to her series, The Broken Earth trilogy (which I haven't yet finished). Jeminsin mixes magic, fantasy, and elements of science fiction into this work with no particular focus, but her stories retain a certain essence of social commentary. Stories I particularly liked:"The Ones Who Stay and Fight" (referring to Le Guin's Omelas)"L'Alchimista" (intriguing)"Valedictorian" (terrif...
  • Kaa
    2018-12-17
    AMAZING. Seriously, there is not one bad story in this collection. N.K. Jemisin's combination of fantastical what-ifs, written with incredible intimacy and humanity, is for me a guaranteed recipe for beautiful stories. There were a couple that didn't completely blow me away, but if that's the worst I can say about them, we're doing pretty well. It's very hard to pick favorites, since all of them were so good, but a few that stood out for me were ...
  • Ciera
    2018-12-07
    This rating pained me, but not as much as finishing this book pained me.And that sucks because I worship the ground Jemisin walks on. But these stories were just a bit too quirky for me - I've never been a fan of magical realism anyway, and the lofty prose and stream of consciousness style of writing that was prevalent throughout the book reminded me of the horrid Latin American magical realism classics I had to slog through during undergrad.Jemi...
  • Ciera
    2019-01-06
    Death felt himself ignored and forgotten—but that was all right. The young did not often think about Death, but Death was no less eternal for their disinterest. I’ve never read anything of NK Jemisin’s before this and, thanks to the title, cover, and intriguing synopsis, I figured I’d start with this one. And I’m so glad that I did. Not one of the stories in this collection sounded the same or covered the same ground; each one was uniqu...
  • Taryn
    2019-02-28
    There were a lot of hits, a couple misses, and some okay stories, as is to be expected in a collection. But one thing is undeniable: N.K. Jemisin has range. No matter the format or the predominant genre, she owns it and she sucks you right in. Her skill for weaving SFF with social commentary is so sharply honed, and it shines in many of these stories. She's an absolute gem. I can't wait for her to do some more short fiction.
  • Shatterlings
    2019-01-27
    Phenomenal, so many genres done so well I would have read novels set in most of these set ups. There’s magical realism, sci-fi, fantasy, even some steam punk all done superbly well and that’s not easy to do. I really must read her other novels and I can’t wait to see what she does next.
  • Melanie (Mel's Bookland Adventures)
    2019-02-02
    First #readsoullit book down and these short stories by NK Jemisin were a good read. Some were really good that it annoyed me they were not novels. Yep. Still not getting on with short stories.
  • Cendaquenta
    2019-03-01
    Absolutely great collection. It was very interesting to see the some of the genesis of the Broken Earth series in the form of "Stone Hunger", and I enjoyed visiting the world of the Dreamblood duology again with "The Narcomancer".
  • MadProfessah
    2019-01-19
    I quite enjoyed Jemisin’s historic and award-winning BROKEN EARTH trilogy, although I have previously been unimpressed by her writing. (I could not finish the first book of the INHERITANCE trilogy). HOW LONG ‘TIL BLACK FUTURE MONTH is her first published work after the trailblazing success of the BROKEN EARTH books. It’s a collection of short stories, which are always something of a mixed bag. To me there was no one story that stood out (al...