I want to warn you that this will be a rather long post. At first I simply wanted to write a summary, an overall opinion about the whole book, but all those stories and all these authors… I’ll point out the stories that fell into my memory and write a sentence or two about them, the other stories you’ll just have to check for yourself.
Out of all the authors listed bellow I only read books/stories written by Neil Gaiman, so they were all new to me and therefore, reading this book was a fascinating experience.
The Humanity of Monsters
Authors: Chinelo Onwualu, Kaaron Warren, Catherynne M. Valente, Gemma Files, Peter Watts, Indrapramit Das, Leah Bobet, Sofia Samatar, Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Sonya Taaffe, Yoon Ha Lee, Neil Gaiman, Joe Lansdale, Rachel Swirsky, Maria Dahvana Headley, Sunny Moraine, Berit Ellingsen, Polenth Blake, Kij Johnson, Laird Barron, Alex Dally MacFarlane, Livia Llewellyn, Nathan Ballingrud, A.C. Wise, Rose Lemberg, Meghan McCarron
My overall rating:
I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Tasting Gomoa by Chinelo Onwualu ★★★★★
A pretty strong story to start with. It doesn’t have any kind of monster you might imagine, it’s all about the human nature.
The Bread We Eat in Dreams by Catherynne M. Valente ★★
That was a strange story and not one I liked. It’s about a demon, who was expelled from hell and is bound to live on earth in more or less human form. The Story tells you how the world around demon change how people treat it. The problem is the story is slow paced and, even though it fits the overall theme, it didn’t manage to catch my interest. Continue reading “Monsters are everywhere and in everyone”