If you like Slaughterhouse-Five this brilliantly bonkers collection is for you! Reading Abbey Mei Otis’s work is like falling into a dystopian Wonderland or joining a rave while watching the Moon crash into Earth. Within these pages you will find stories that are terrifyingly human in their impossibility and you will spend many wonderful hours pondering the mournful yet darkly comical realities which populate them. This is a book whose treasures will stay curled in your mind long after you have finished reading. All lovers of speculative fiction and bizarre sci-fi should be running to grab a copy! Must read stories: Alien Virus Love Disaster, Moonkids, Teacher, Not an Alien Story, and I’m Sorry Your Daughter Got Eaten by a Cougar.
One of the most unsettling horror stories I have ever read. Brilliant!
A heart-breaking prayer for empathy and compassion. Masterfully written and stunningly illustrated, this book needs to be read by every human being. It should be taught in every school, shared between every child and parent, and passed across the borders of every nation until the world is a kinder, better place. Fair warning: you will cry.
An incredibly powerful and diverse collection featuring some of the most striking voices in modern poetry (some of these poems actually gave me goosebumps). Despite the varied styles and identities explored within these pages, Tracy K. Smith has woven the poets’ stories into a masterfully cohesive body of work, whilst never taking away from the individual strengths of each piece. This book reminded me of why I love poetry anthologies: I was introduced to new writers, encountered standout work from those I am currently reading, and rediscovered some old favorites. Must read poems: “At Pegasus” by Terrance Hayes, “38” by Layli Long Soldier from “ summer, somewhere” by Danez Smith “My Brother at 3 AM” by Natalie Diaz from “Personal Effects” by Solmaz Sharif “We Lived Happily During the War” by Ilya Kaminsky.
This collection falls somewhere between a prayer, a eulogy, and an atom bomb of language. The sheer power of Hayes’ craft is awe-inspiring. These are poems that will wake you up in the night demanding to be read, that will laugh with you, dance with you, fight you, and leave you spellbound. A must-read book of poetry.