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Contributors range from big names like Steven Barnes, Neil Gaiman, and Barbara Hambly to exciting new authors (however, editor Hopkinson unfortunately does not contribute a story). The anthology avoids such inaccurate, offensive Hollywood stereotypes as the pin-stuck "voodoo doll," and the overall quality is very high, with a few weak tales offset by the far more numerous excellent stories. Among the best works are Sheree Renee Thomas's poetic myth "How Sukie Cross De Big Wata"; Marcia Douglas's lyrical "Notes from a Writer's Book of Cures and Spells," the best story about the writing process since Jaime Hernandez's "How to Kill A" (Love & Rockets); and "The Tawny Bitch," Nisi Shawl's classically gothic tale of a wealthy, quadroon British heiress held captive by a greedy, lustful relative.
The anthology opens with a brief but informative editor's note from Nalo Hopkinson and an evocative introduction by Luisah Teish, priestess of the Ifa/Orisha tradition and author of several books, including the spiritual classic Jambalaya: The Natural Woman's Book of Personal Charms and Practical Rituals. --Cynthia Ward
Hopkins assembled an impressive reticulation of great writers.
The author has an attention grabbing introduction starting with "Reader, Be Aware!" and if that Mojo don't hook you, Ms. Hopkinson needs stronger spells if any exist.
Every story casts its own kind of spell on the reader, drawing in like sweetly scented smoke and making your head spin.
Great shipping, great deal, fantastic sound, and seriously comfy. I got this during a black friday sale for 70 ish dollars, and while I would never pay the full price, this made... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Andrea
A few of these fell kind of flat for me, but overall I found this to be a great collection. Oddly, my favorite of the bunch was Lark Till Dawn, Princess - the one about the drag... Read morePublished on September 18, 2011 by branewurms
Canadian science fiction is hot, and Nalo Hopkinson is one of the hottest names. Here she has collected a number of tales dealing with voodoo, all the way from its African roots to... Read morePublished on August 15, 2004 by isala
This book is really cool! I'm a huge fan of Neil Gaimen, so I'll buy anything with him in it. Tananarive Due's story rocked! And so did Barbara Hambly's! Read morePublished on April 30, 2003
The delightful nineteen contributions will widen the horizons of fans of magic, fantasy and horror with a prime focus on West African or African-American stories. Read morePublished on April 7, 2003 by Harriet Klausner