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3.5 

Skin Folk

By Nalo Hopkinson
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Publisher Description

The SFWA Grand Master’s award-winning collection “combines a richly textured multicultural background with incisive storytelling” (Library Journal).
 
In Skin Folk, with works ranging from science fiction to Caribbean folklore, passionate love to chilling horror, Nalo Hopkinson is at her award-winning best, spinning tales like “Precious,” in which the narrator spews valuable coins and gems from her mouth whenever she attempts to talk or sing. In “A Habit of Waste,” a self-conscious woman undergoes elective surgery to alter her appearance; days later she’s shocked to see her former body climbing onto a public bus. In “The Glass Bottle Trick,” the young protagonist ignores her intuition regarding her new husband’s superstitions—to horrifying consequences.
 
Hopkinson’s unique pacing and vibrant dialogue sets a steady beat for stories that illustrate why she received the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. Entertaining, challenging, and alluring, Skin Folk is not to be missed.
 
Praise for Nalo Hopkinson and the World Fantasy Award–winning Skin Folk
 
“Hopkinson’s prose is vivid and immediate.” —The Washington Post Book World
 
“An important new writer.” —The Dallas Morning News
 
“Her descriptions of ordinary people finding themselves in extraordinary circumstances ring true, the result of her strong evocation of place and her ear for dialect.” —Publishers Weekly
 
“A marvelous display of Nalo Hopkinson’s talents, skills and insights into the human conditions of life, especially of the fantastic realities of the Caribbean . . . Everything is possible in her imagination.” —Science Fiction Chronicle

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24 Reviews

3.5
Beaming Face with Smiling Eyes“This was enlightening to say the least! I'm just getting into anthologies and this was my first time reading anything in the horror/thriller genre and I loved it. As a Jamaican myself, I loved seeing the folklore come to life and from different Caribbean islands at that. I've been holding back from telling stories that are too contradicting or trying to make everything make sense and this woke and pushed me toward including more of myself into my work rather than focusing on what's general. I can't wait to read more from this author even though a few of these stories scared me a little.”
Characters change and growMulti-layered charactersDescriptive writingSuspensefulUnpredictableImmersive settingDarkThought-provokingAbuseHomophobia
Thinking Face“So I wasnt that keen on the first couple of stories. But by the fourth or fifth I really started to enjoy them. The author has a unique way of making things slightly odd and making a story out of it, taking folklore and twisting it to the contemporary and relatable. Especially from non western culture. I really liked it. I think there are a couple of stories in here I would re-read, even if I wouldn't re read the whole thing.”
Beautifully writtenDarkThought-provokingAbuseMisogynyViolence

About Nalo Hopkinson

Nalo Hopkinson is a Jamaican-born Canadian whose taproots extend to Trinidad and Guyana. She has published numerous novels and short stories and occasionally edits anthologies. Her writing has received the John W. Campbell Memorial Award, the Locus Award, the World Fantasy Award, the Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic, and the Andre Norton Award. Hopkinson is a professor of creative writing at the University of California, Riverside. She has taught numerous times at both the Clarion Writers’ Workshop and the Clarion West Writers Workshop. Hopkinson’s short story collection Falling in Love With Hominids will appear in 2015.

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