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[Download] ➾ A Phoenix First Must Burn ➹ Patrice Caldwell – Vejega.info Those of us who enjoy short story anthologies know how hit and miss they can be It s a rare treasure to find one that s brimming with well written, powerful, moving stories, beautiful descriptions, and a cohesive theme.Imagine my delight to find exactly all of those things in A Phoenix First Must Burn It s an anthology of sixteen ownvoices stories that explore the Black experience through fantasy, science fiction, and magic EVERY SINGLE STORY in this anthology was worth reading A few espe Those of us who enjoy short story anthologies know how hit and miss they can be It s a rare treasure to find one that s brimming with well written, powerful, moving stories, beautiful descriptions, and a cohesive theme.Imagine my delight to find exactly all of those things in A Phoenix First Must Burn It s an anthology of sixteen ownvoices stories that explore the Black experience through fantasy, science fiction, and magic EVERY SINGLE STORY in this anthology was worth reading A few especially notable ones include Gilded by Elizabeth Acevedo beautifully written story of resistance, promises, and setting the world ablaze This was no surprise, given that Acevedo is one of my favorite authors Hearts Turned to Ash by Dhonielle Clayton loved the fantastic world building I m especially obsessed with the descriptions of the hearts Letting the Right One In by Patrice Caldwell there s SO MUCH packed into this delightful vampire story Funny moments, nerdy kids, a stunning moment that had me near tears, andCaldwell edited the anthology which I gather is not an easy thing, given how many poorly constructed anthologies I ve read and I m so impressed, I m ready to read anything she writes.Tender Headed by Danny Lore this story about hair braiding magic is so different from anything I ve read, and the way memories, experiences, and braiding were interwoven heh heh was incredibly effective Kiss the Sun by Ibi Zoboi I can t stop thinking about this story featuring vengeful soucouyant fireball witches The twists and implications are ones that will stick with me for a long, long time This story also prompted me to add American Street to my TBR I truly loved every single story and could easily have written a little blurb about each I binged this book and loved every moment of it Honestly considering rereading, even though I read it just last month This has now joined the ranks of my top three anthologies alongside My True Love Gave to Me Twelve Holiday Stories The Language of Thorns Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic.A Phoenix First Must Burn comes out TOMORROW March 10 from Penguin Teen and I highly, highly recommend pre ordering adding it to your TBR I have my signed copy pre ordered already from Third Place Books Thank you Penguin Teen for a free advanced copy This is no way affects my review of the book all opinions are mine In order to rise from it s own ashes, a Phoenix first must burn Octavia ButlerI ve been hyping this book since February 2019 and I wanted an arc as soon as I saw them circulating Thank you Penguin Teen for giving me an arc in exchange for an honest review.Anthologies can be so hit and miss and I had yet to read one I really enjoyed so I was a little nervous going into this But I was excited to read because I follow so many of these authors on social media but had yet to read their work A s In order to rise from it s own ashes, a Phoenix first must burn Octavia ButlerI ve been hyping this book since February 2019 and I wanted an arc as soon as I saw them circulating Thank you Penguin Teen for giving me an arc in exchange for an honest review.Anthologies can be so hit and miss and I had yet to read one I really enjoyed so I was a little nervous going into this But I was excited to read because I follow so many of these authors on social media but had yet to read their work A short story is a great way to see if their writing style may be for you Each of them brings their own style to this book I recommend this book for teens and even adults who want to get into the fantasy genre but aren t sure quite where to start And I m hoping that this anthology opens the door tofantasy stories by black women not just in the YA genre but also for adults It s great that black girls can pick this book up and appreciate seeing themselves within the pages instead of just hoping to be included in the stories by white authors The only magical element missing that I would ve liked to see in here is faeries but we had mermaids, goddesses, witches, sorcerers, vampires and some cool futuristic tech I truly think there s a story in here for everyone.3.5 ratingFull review on blog in link belowhttps womenofcolorreadtoo.blogspot Sixteen Tales By Bestselling And Award Winning Authors That Explore The Black Experience Through Fantasy, Science Fiction, And MagicEvoking Beyonc S Lemonade For A Teen Audience, These Authors Who Are Truly Octavia Butler S Heirs, Have Woven Worlds To Create A Stunning Narrative That Centers Black Women And Gender Nonconforming Individuals A Phoenix First Must Burn Will Take You On A Journey From Folktales Retold To Futuristic Societies And Everything In Between Filled With Stories Of Love And Betrayal, Strength And Resistance, This Collection Contains An Array Of Complex And True To Life Characters In Which You Cannot Help But See Yourself Reflected Witches And Scientists, Sisters And Lovers, Priestesses And Rebels The Heroines Of A Phoenix First Must Burn Shine Brightly You Will Never Forget ThemAuthors Include Elizabeth Acevedo, Amerie, Dhonielle Clayton, Jalissa Corrie, Somaiya Daud, Charlotte Davis, Alaya Dawn Johnson, Justina Ireland, Danny Lore, LL McKinney, Danielle Paige, Rebecca Roanhorse, Karen Strong, Ashley Woodfolk, And Ibi Zoboi read this review and others on my blog, pages left unreadWE RE NOT GONNA TALK ABOUT IT yes we are So, A Phoenix First Must Burn is a YA speculative fiction anthology centered around Black girls, and I ve been anticipating ever since spring of last year But it was thankfully released late this March and was able to get my hands on a finished copy of it, and since I was so excited to read it the only right choice concerning this would to be review it here and shout about it as much as I read this review and others on my blog, pages left unreadWE RE NOT GONNA TALK ABOUT IT yes we are So, A Phoenix First Must Burn is a YA speculative fiction anthology centered around Black girls, and I ve been anticipating ever since spring of last year But it was thankfully released late this March and was able to get my hands on a finished copy of it, and since I was so excited to read it the only right choice concerning this would to be review it here and shout about it as much as I can While many stories did disappoint unfortunately, there are stories I liked a lot that I think make this book worth reading.The first thing I wanted so say about this book is that the cover is absolutely beautiful When I saw the cover of this from its reveal on Twitter, I was so stunned, and in the best way possible, of the gorgeousness of it To see a Black girl looking so stunning on a cover makes me want to cry, but with neverending joy of course And as for the book itself, something I thought about when finishing it was how diverse the stories are And while they definitely are, I don t just mean in terms of marginalized identities from aliens, to vampires, to gods, various myths, and so much , these stories cover such a wide range of topics Though they may cover the same concept of Black girls in SFF, there is so much to get from this anthology, from the wildly intriguing fantastical toserious mirrors of modern society.Just before I start reviewing the stories, I wanted to share this quote from Patrice Caldwell s foreword for this, because I think it s so very true, and also so empowering, and I wish it resonates with you as much as it did for me And reading it now it resonates even , considering everything that has been going on please, if you haven t already, use this Carrd to find various Black owned organizations you can monetarily support, resources you can use to make yourself a better ally to Black people, and petitions you can sign to secure justice for the various Black lives affected during these times Malcolm X said, The most neglected person in America is the Black Woman I believe this is eventrue for my fellow queer siblings, and especially for those identifying as trans and as gender nonconforming We are constantly under attack And yet still we rise from our own ashes We never accept no With each rebirth comes a new strength WHEN LIFE HANDS YOU A LEMON FRUITBOMB BY AMERIE From the first few pages of this book, it was hard to understand and get into the story, but once things started to kick off after the first couple of pages, I m happy to say I was pretty immersed especially as this was my first actual impression with this anthology It s set in an alternate planet, where yes, Earth still exists and is a thing, but Earth has been ravaged due to a war with foreign creatures called Nokira,commonly known as orcs, and travel to the alternate planet has caused time to be set back thousands of years I do wish the wordbuilding wasthorough we re never really told the point of the conflict between humans and orcs, or the motive or much physical qualities, even of the orcs, but this was a really intriguing story and I loved the voice of the main character Mitchell I think I could have appreciated thisif it was further developed while still acknowledging this is a short story but I loved the concept and I think it does especially well in its short story format repBlack main character, Black prominent character, Black side character content warningswar, genocideGILDED BY ELIZABETH ACEVEDO I was nervous going into this one because I recently read, and did not enjoy Acevedo s recent release I was pretty disappointed with this it was rather slow, and terribly info dumpy at the beginning it s a magical realism story set in the early 1500s wherein the inhabitants of the land in this live to work for their white masters, and a revolution is planned to overtake them I was pretty much bored throughout the whole story, but the last pages did it for me and I loved how it was wrapped up Also, this is written in prose, unlike Acevedo s full length books which are in verse I was surprised to see so when I first looked at it, but her writing is just as beautiful in this style repAfro Latinx inspired main character cast content warningsslaveryWHEREIN ABIGAIL FIELDS RECALLS HER FIRST DEATH AND, SUBSEQUENTLY, HER BEST LIFE BY REBECCA ROANHORSE.5This is a wonderfully sapphic story set in the early 1800s, in which the main character s girlfriend is trying to convince her to run away with her to Los Angeles, to escape the oppression they receive for being Black It s on the shorter side 9 pages long, but the short length worked so well with what this was about It s just really soft and tender and quietly brutal repsapphic Black main character w sapphic Black LI ownvoices for Black rep content warningsdescriptions of blood from gunshot wound like it s literally the story opener THE RULES OF THE LAND BY ALAYA DAWN JOHNSON HonestlyI do not get the point of this one It didn t work for me at all, and the only thing which was memorable about it was that it had a pretty line to end it, but everything else about it Yeah, just a nope It follows a girl who is a daughter of a human and a goddess of the sea, who can control the wind and the waves herself, and thinking of this alone I just wonder how good this could have been if it wasgood It just takes so long to develop and get the reader accustomed to the world, to the point where when the story actually finishes it doesn t feel at all satisfying or concluding repBlack main character content warningsparental separation, abuse, and death, alcoholism A HAGIOGRAPHY OF STARLIGHT BY SOMAIYA DAUD This one was just too high fantasy for me, and I was bored to death I started it at 12am, fell asleep, woke up the next morning and started reading it again, and could not for the life of me remember what had happened I honestly should have DNFed this one, because it did not work for me at all repBlack Arab cast content warningsdescriptions of bloodMELIE BY JUSTINA IRELAND From this point, Melie was my favorite story yet I loved the writing style, and it was interesting and well paced Justina Ireland is one of two of the authors in the anthology I ve previously read short stories from, and for her story it was Kissing Sarah Smart in the Black Enough anthology, and I enjoyed that one as well This follows a magician named Melie who is trying avoid her land from being overthrown by a mistrustful leader, and it s SO GOOD I genuinely had so much fun reading this, and, doing so was such a breeze repfat Black main character, Black prominent character content warningsableist language THE GODDESS PROVIDES BY L.L MCKINNEY.25Another one wherein I propose the announcement of right now my brain cannot, for the life of me, process any complex high fantasy story I liked the ending we stan Black girls reclaiming their agency but everything else about this story paled in comparison repBlack main character content warningsmurder, descriptions of blood, death of a parent, sexism challenged HEARTS TURNED TO ASH BY DHONIELLE CLAYTON This follows a girl named Etta, as she s in need of replacing her heart due to it being previously broken, only the latter figuratively I honestly don t have much to say about this one other than I liked reading it, and I don t think of that as a bad thing, by the way so I ll leave it at that repqueer Black main character ownvoices for Black rep w Black LI content warningsdescriptions of bloodLETTING THE RIGHT ONE IN BY PATRICE CALDWELL This is a contemporary fantasy story with a sapphic romance between two Black girls, one a human, one a vampire I mean, I shouldn t expect any less from Patrice Caldwell I loved Ayanna and her quiet, shy book loving, self because honestly, relatable and adored the romance between her and Corrie just as much This story is so fun and amazing in all the best possible ways, and is among one of my favorites repsapphic Black MC w depression, w sapphic Black LI content warningsdescriptions of blood, mentions of suicide, homophobia not on page, challenged TENDER HEADED BY DANNY LORE I was stoked to read this one because I knew there would be non binary representation, and it didn t disappoint It follows a queer girl named Akilah as she tries out her rival hair braiding business to see why her clients are leaving her and coming to them It s contemporary with a dash of magic, which seems to be my favorite type of story in this, so there s no wonder I liked it so much And the relationship between the main character and her partner, who is non binary, is so sweet and soft and I adored it Also, I loved the hair braiding aspect of it because I don t really think I ve ever seen that in a book, but it s so relatable, being Black repqueer Black MC w queer Black non binary LI content warningsnone KISS THE SUN BY IBI ZOBOI.5This story was so powerful It s about these half human creatures called soucouyant, black girls who periodically shed their skin and race to kiss the sun in order to darken it I really liked its discussions of colorism, and It s so creative with its soucouyant concept, which after reading the author s note at the end this is an actual myth and brilliant and I just loved reading it repall Black main cast content warningsableist language, colorism internalized, and generally , mentions of racial fetishization THE ACTRESS BY DANIELLE PAIGE I think this story would have beenmy cup of tea two years ago, when I was muchinterested in fandom centered stories I kind of lost interest in them, when after reading so many of them I realized they re all carbon copies of themselves And this one isn t an exception I liked the discussions of racism in the entertainment industry when a POC is cast as an initially white character in a remake or adaptation of something it reminded me of the notmyariel mess which occurred last year but the story itself was just bland, and the magical aspect didn t make it any better This story, to me, reads very very juvenile to the point it s hard to take anything that occurs in this seriously And I think what the author was trying to accomplish with this doesn t work at all in a short story, all the reveals are so anticlimactic to the point they re annoying It doesn t make sense as to how the possibility of the main character Gamine having magical abilities would have never come up until she was seventeen, and when she does realize it it s just like oh, I m a witch now and it ends at that And don t even get me started on Reid Anyways, this story was, to put it lightly, not good repBlack main character content warningsracism, mention of leukemia once, very minor THE CURSE OF LOVE BY ASHLEY WOODFOLK This was SO beautiful It s about a girl in which all the women in her family are cursed to die if they ever fall in love, and otherwise eternally living young and gorgeous, and I loved everything about it If only it was sapphic, though Also, it switches between first and third person every few paragraphs and it adds such a unique spin to the story, it s something I really liked repBlack main character w Black LI content warningsdeathALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD BY CHARLOTTE NICOLE DAVIS This story makes me want to shave all my hair despite it not even being really that long, for some weird reason but anyway It s set in our world, but with hints of dystopia, and with many interesting elements, but one I think is the most notable, and the main part of this story is that water has been polluted with this substance called the Contaminant, usually resulting in sickness and death when consumed but sometimes resulting in special magical abilities And for the main character Jordan, it s freezing time This was really fascinating, and well written it s in the second person by the way and I of course loved the sapphic relationship repsapphic Black main character w sapphic Black LI content warningsracism challenged THE WITCH S SKIN BY KAREN STRONG Interesting concept, but I think it could have been better It s about a witch, referred to as the Boo Hag, who every night steals the souls of men and leaves them dead the next morning I thought it was creative and after reading the author s note at the end this story is inspired by an actual myth but the overall reading experience was meh, so I won t go into detail repBlack main character content warningssexism challenged , murderSEQUENCE BY J MARCELLE CORRIE.5This is set in a futuristic world though very reminiscent of ours where technology is significantly advanced It revolves around the main character, Eden, using this service called the Sequence, wherein if you ask it if you should carry out something it gives an accurate playthrough of how the situation will turn out if you don t do said thing, or if you do I liked this enough, but if I see a dystopian which refers to the government as the Society onetime I might just never pick up a book again It does have a sapphic romance, which I thought was cute and heartwarming, but as is the vibe for many stories in this anthology, I just felt really indifferent about it repsapphic Black main character w sapphic LI content warningsnone.5Blog Goodreads Twitter I ve only read Kindred by Octavia Butler but I can totally see how much of an influence she must have had on budding readers and writers, especially young Black woman and I thought this collection of stories was a fitting tribute to her Mostly fantastical tales with a bit of sci fi and dystopia thrown in, these stories take their inspirations from various different cultures, folklores, historical as well as contemporary events and give us a glimpse of the different ways in which young Black wom I ve only read Kindred by Octavia Butler but I can totally see how much of an influence she must have had on budding readers and writers, especially young Black woman and I thought this collection of stories was a fitting tribute to her Mostly fantastical tales with a bit of sci fi and dystopia thrown in, these stories take their inspirations from various different cultures, folklores, historical as well as contemporary events and give us a glimpse of the different ways in which young Black women take destiny into their own hands and live their lives the way they want It s full of beautiful representation and despite elements of slavery and discrimination in some of the stories, I loved that most of these stories are fierce and passionate and full of hope WHEN LIFE HANDS YOU A LEMON FRUITBOMB by Amerie As a time travel story, it was a bit confusing but that s because I don t read a lot of such stuff But the discussion on war and peace and family, and specifically about what makes someone human was quite emotional to read about Rating.5 GILDED by Elizabeth Acevedo The story of a young woman born into slavery who even though has the chance to secure freedom for herself, realizes she can doThis was beautiful as well as painful, but ultimately full of resilience and hope Rating WHEREIN ABIGAIL FIELDS RECALLS HER FIRST DEATH AND, SUBSEQUENTLY, HER BEST LIFE by Rebecca Roanhorse The story of a young woman having to choose between revenge, justice and love this was a compelling story with a very sweet ending Rating THE RULES OF THE LAND by Alaya Dawn Johnson A story of love and sacrifice, this was about what lengths a person will go to protect the ones they love, even sometimes resorting to forcing and caging them But ultimately it was about a young woman deciding to take her destiny into her own hands and be ready to take on anything that her uncertain future may throw at her Rating A HAGIOGRAPHY OF STARLIGHT by Somaiya Daud I loved that the magic in this story was derived through song and dance and it was described beautifully The story was about the power of love and how even gods can t remain unaffected by it and while I enjoyed the writing style, I can t say I completely understood the story itself Rating MELIE by Justina Ireland A story about a young girl who despite being discouraged by the high sorcerer, believes in her magical abilities and takes it upon herself to save her people This was frankly a lot of fun to read.Rating.5 THE GODDESS PROVIDES by L.L McKinney A story of the perils of fanaticism, this one follows a young woman who had forsaken her goddess to finally realize the truth of her faith and what she has to do to make sure the faith is not misused Quite a fascinating tale of treachery and retribution.Rating.5 HEARTS TURNED TO ASH by Dhonielle Clayton A world where soulmates exist and heartbreak is literal, this is a cautionary tale of how a young girl should not give away her whole heart to a man when she is love, but also make sure that she loves herself too Definitely an important message but felt a little too preachy.Rating.5 LETTING THE RIGHT ONE IN by Patrice Caldwell This one features a young girl who has depression and as no one around her seems to understand her, she finds solace in her favorite vampire novels This was both very sad as well as exciting, while being very relatable to me personally and it ends on a very hopeful note which I liked.Rating TENDER HEADED by Danny Lore Infused with magic, this is the story of how one young woman has to realize that her self worth doesn t depend on how much money she can spend or give her friends, and that she needs to know who her true well wishers are Rating.5 KISS THE SUN by Ibi Zoboi I can t say I completely understood the magic of this story with fire girls and shedding the skin and kissing the sun, but the self hatred some dark skinned girls have for their own color and the yearning for white skin was all too relatable But I didn t expect the story to take such a dark turn.Rating.5 THE ACTRESS by Danielle Paige A story about a young actress who finds out the truth about an important part of herself and how she is able to cope with it, while also handling the harsh realities of Hollywood, this was both sweet and emotional Rating.5 THE CURSE OF LOVE by Ashley Woodfolk True love and a horrible curse go hand in hand in this story and both a young woman and her elder aunt have to figure out if the men they have fallen for are worth it It was interesting to read but I just thought that ending was a bit sadthan hopeful Rating.5 ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD by Charlotte Nicole Davis This was like a sci fi version of our present timeline, with the story touching on aspects of the Flint water crisis as well as the police shootings of Black people, while also adding some superpowers to the narrative I thought it was both very realistic as well as intriguing and could work well as a longer story Rating THE WITCH S SKIN by Karen Strong I don t really wanna say a lot about this story but it has another young woman trying to do what s best for her and her unborn child and showing a lot of resilience in desperate times Very interesting story and another one which I thought could be a novel because it feltlike a beginning Rating SEQUENCE by J Marcelle Corrie In a world where Society decides every action of yours and an app predicts everything you ll do, this was a fascinating look at a young woman trying to find her own path and maybe even choosing to go against the grain Rating This anthology is solid gold My favorite stories are in no particular order WHEN LIFE HANDS YOU A LEMON FRUITBOMB by AmerieTHE RULES OF THE LAND by Alaya Dawn JohnsonLETTING THE RIGHT ONE IN by Patrice CaldwellALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD by Charlotte Nicole DavisTHE WITCH S SKIN by Karen Strong Six stories in, this is most definitely my favorite f sf anthology I ve read since A Thousand Beginnings and Endings The focus is on stories full of empowerment and magic, and the title comes from a really powerful Octavia Butler quote from The Parable of the Talents In order to rise from its own ashes, a phoenix first must burn The first story, When Life Hands You a Lemon Fruitbomb, by Amerie, is a thought provoking SF adventure The second story, Gilded, by Elizabeth Acevedo, is a s Six stories in, this is most definitely my favorite f sf anthology I ve read since A Thousand Beginnings and Endings The focus is on stories full of empowerment and magic, and the title comes from a really powerful Octavia Butler quote from The Parable of the Talents In order to rise from its own ashes, a phoenix first must burn The first story, When Life Hands You a Lemon Fruitbomb, by Amerie, is a thought provoking SF adventure The second story, Gilded, by Elizabeth Acevedo, is a stunningly powerful historical fantasy Rebecca Roanhorse s Wherein Abigail Fields Recalls Her First Death is a fabulous fantasy Western with an ending that made me cheer Alaya Dawn Johnson s The Rules of the Land is a selkie story that made me gasp and then sigh in admiration at the end of it A Hagiography of Starlight, by Somaiya Daud, somehow manages to fit a gorgeously written epic fantasy story into just 20 pages, and the effect is stunning It s also perfect for any fans of Jacqueline Carey And Justina Ireland s Melie, my very favorite story so far, is the most gleefully fun high fantasy adventure I ve read in ages, with a wizard s apprentice who learns her own worth on an adventure with dragons I d love to read a whole book about her Note I m updating this review regularly, because when it comes to anthologies and short story collections, I ve learned to review individual stories as I go I tend to read anthologies in bite sized pieces, taking time in between different stories, and I don t want to forget what I thought of the early stories by the time I reach the end A Phoenix First Must Burn offers a collection of speculative short stories from a diverse group of Black women and gender non binary authors The stories range from high fantasy to urban fantasy, historical fantasy, and science fiction, all centering Black girls Themes include love, family, oppression, standards of beauty, and structural racism, among others I think it is well worth picking up I generally enjoyed my time with the collection and thought all of the stories were good, even if I A Phoenix First Must Burn offers a collection of speculative short stories from a diverse group of Black women and gender non binary authors The stories range from high fantasy to urban fantasy, historical fantasy, and science fiction, all centering Black girls Themes include love, family, oppression, standards of beauty, and structural racism, among others I think it is well worth picking up I generally enjoyed my time with the collection and thought all of the stories were good, even if I was not really the audience for some of them That said, there are a couple of standouts that I want to highlight A Hagiography of Starlight by Somaiya Daoud is a brilliantly crafted, poetic, high fantasy story about a foundling girl with untold power This is a wonderful example of how you can have strong world building, deep characterization, and great storytelling all in short fiction I was completely swept away by this one All the Time in the World by Charlotte Nicole Davis is a smart, well written near future sci fi story and queer romance It follows a possibly gender fluid protagonist living in a city where a government facility has been contaminating the water supply for non white residents and now this character is experiencing some strange phenomena And also crushing on a cute girl at her school I won t spoil things, but I love how this offers a subversive take on structural racism and environmental problems similar to ongoing issues in Detroit with water pollution It s smart, fun, and well written I look forward to seeing what else we get from this author Overall, I think this is a solid collection and I think that Black readers will take evenfrom it than I did Worth reading in either case I received an advance copy of this book for review All opinions are my own As a black teen I am so lucky to be growing up in an age where I can be seen in literature Where my face isn t the side character or the punchline Where I don t have to hide behind the faces of white teens living lives I know I can I want everyone to read this Black, white, asian, native american, and hispanic Let our voices be heard Read our stories A phoenix first must burn, but when we rise we rise together Everyone should have this on their TBR s. Well, I tried I ve enjoyed maybe two YA anthologies but I just keep trying new ones despite that I read 6 stories before I decided this wasn t the collection for me I think any other year I might have pushed through, but I genuinely only liked one story I read Elizabeth Acevedo s and one of my goals in 2020 was to bewilling to dnf the stuff that isn t holding my interest I think plenty of people will like this, particularly if you re a fan of anthologies, but this wasn t for me.

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