…And Other Disasters by Malka Older
Reviewed by Sam!
**We received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. We’d like to thank Malka and Mason Jar Press for the opportunity. This book comes out TODAY and literally all of you should buy it here**
What I drank prior: a bottle and some change of wine. I have a mental health day tomorrow so what did I do? I got hammered.
“Imagine this collection of stories by Malka Older as a diary from the future, filled with powerful stories of last days, and the first days after that. Imagine the dreams of robots, of people utterly divided from themselves, of nations and worlds changing drastically. There are surprises along the way: a story in pieces, stories in poems. And always, there is love: for the planet, for family, for the future and the past.”
—Nebula-winning, Hugo and World Fantasy Finalist, Fran Wilde, author of The Bone Universe trilogy, and Riverland
…and Other Disasters, the smart and moving collection of short fiction and poetry from acclaimed author Malka Older, examines otherness, identity and compassion across a spectrum of possible existence. In stories about an AI built for empathy, a corps of fighting midwives traveling to a new planet, and a young anthropologist who returns to study the cultures of a dying Earth, Older’s characters grapple with what it means to belong and be othered, to cling to the past and face the future, all while navigating a precarious world, riddled with natural and man-made disasters.
Spoiler-free Overview: I think it’s no secret that the WRFB blog squad are madly in love with the Older siblings and this book did not disappoint.this is a series of short stories that are sci-fi and I loved them. So new format. Which included tiny spoiler free thoughts of each story.
- Story 1: basically you can prepare all you want but you can’t prepare for everything and technology moves too fast.
- Story 2: even when earth is dying we find joy and still feel it’s tug, and that’s fuckin beautiful
- 3: walls suck, like a lot. This seemed like a direct response to the President’s wild border wall with mexico and it was a perfect depiction of why they suck, and don’t work. Malka also loves playing with the idea of the nation-state and this seemed like another format to it.
- 4: #tragic
- 5: interesting…voting story… What IF we had folks that literally told you based on your values who you should vote for?
- 6: warfare=giving birth? I mean, that tracks.
- 7: dead people’s email and ethics
- 8: I love Path.
Also also, there’s kinda an overarching story… and it was super compelling but not so much that I read ahead? I didn’t realize that it was an over arching story until way too late but I loved it.
Overarching Thoughts: fuckingr buy it.
What to pair it with: this is a cosmo no doubt.
Rating: 5/5 shots
Until next time, we remain forever drunkenly yours,