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Day 17 of the Paper Based Bookshop #AdventCalendar

Written by Brandon O'Brien for Paper Based Bookshop on Monday, December 17, 2018

This collection of stories is damn good proof of things that the Caribbean has known and polished the truth of for a while: we are always thinking about time, about our place in pasts that feel larger than us, futures that we struggle to keep up with, and presents where the strangest of things are always threatening to make ordinary lives hell. Inside are eleven stories about how Caribbean people weather the storms of time and thrive. In each of them the churiles and cryostasis chambers, the robots and cascadura magics, are all just lenses for us to observe the seemingly 'mundane' things - how we survive loneliness, lovelessness, or loss; how we find peace or belonging or rebellion or even vengeance. 

Imagine, if you will, a pocket of The Twilight Zone carved out just for the consideration of us on the islands. If you've always wanted more regional speculative fiction, and even if you had your doubts, each story here does not disappoint, and you will want to read much more from all of the writers featured.

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This is a review of New Worlds, Old Ways: Speculative Tales from the Caribbean

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