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Mojo: Conjure Stories by Nalo Hopkinson
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Mojo: Conjure Stories

by Nalo Hopkinson (Editor)

Other authors: Jenise Aminoff (Contributor), Barth Anderson (Contributor), Steven Barnes (Contributor), Tobias S. Buckell (Contributor), A.M. Dellamonica (Contributor)15 more, Marcia Douglas (Contributor), Tananarive Due (Contributor), Andy Duncan (Contributor), Eliot Fintushel (Contributor), Gregory Frost (Contributor), Neil Gaiman (Contributor), Barbara Hambly (Contributor), Gerard Houarner (Contributor), Devorah Major (Contributor), Nnedi Okorafor (Contributor), Kiini Ibura Salaam (Contributor), Nisi Shawl (Contributor), Jarla Tangh (Contributor), Luisah Teish (Introduction), Sheree R. Thomas (Contributor)

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    Dark Matter: Reading the Bones by Sheree R. Thomas (cammykitty)
    cammykitty: I know LT already listed this one, but I wanted to second the recommendation. This is a varied collection of speculative fiction by African American writers which, collectively, will make you feel like you've been punched in the gut... in a good way, that is.… (more)
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Don’t ever cross a conjurer! That’s the clear warning of the nineteen short stories collected by Hopkinson in this anthology. Some of the tales, such as Marcia Douglas’s “Notes from a Writer's book of cures and spells,” are horrific, some like Andy Duncan’s “Daddy Mention and the Monday skull,” are filled with sly humor, and some evoke a powerful emotional response, most notably, “Trial Day,” by Tananarive Due. Several tell the tale from the point of the helpless victim, and several show slaves outwitting their masters with the aid of the supernatural. All rely on the power of west and central African spirits to produce results, but with the exceptions of “The Skinned” by Jarla Tangh and “Asuquo, or The winds of Hartmattan,” by Nnedi Okorafor, these spirits have made the infamous middle passage across the Atlantic with their enslaved believers, and have been transformed into the powers of Voodoo. ( )
  MaowangVater | Jun 23, 2018 |
I didn’t know what to expect from this one. I’d never heard of the editor or most of the contributors. The theme is pretty simple: a collection of fiction stories revolving around hoodoo. I figured it would be pretty hard to strike out with a theme that interested me so much, but strike out I did. That’s not to say the collection contains bad writing. It doesn’t. However, many of the stories are simply boring or only use hoodoo practices as a very small and ancillary prop to the plot. Many of the others simply used tired clichés or expose the author’s lack of knowledge on the subject. They could write fine, but lacked imagination. That’s not to say they are all bad. There are a few good ones in there. Neil Gaiman’s story, “Bitter Grounds” was a good one. Gregory Frost’s “The Prowl” was equally well written and displayed his deep knowledge and understanding of hoodoo techniques.

In short, the editor has a great idea, but couldn’t quite pull it off. Like all short story collections, the blame lands squarely on the editor’s shoulders. He or she should have been choosier or perhaps spent a bit more to lure in better authors. ( )
  Dead_Dreamer | Jan 12, 2010 |
Good stuff. ( )
  thesmellofbooks | Dec 9, 2008 |
MOJO is a gathering of stories about the power and perils of the kind of earth and soul magic conjured with the word mojo. Power, control, taking back the things and respect that were yours (or that you think you deserve).

I've been a fan of Nalo Hopkinson since I first read Brown Girl in the Ring. A.M. Dellamonica, Tananarive Due, and Neil Gaiman are authors whom I recognize and who have stories included here. I was not familiar with all the other writers but NOW I am beckoned to read more of their work.
  sara_k | Sep 23, 2007 |
This is a colleciton of short fiction which touches on various aspects of vodou, African and African-American folklore and magic. The stories all have strikingly different takes on subjects such as shape shifters, spirit possession, loas (deities in vodou), and folk magic. Some of the stories are creepifying and others are hilarious. A wonderful collection of short fiction. There are one or two stories that aren't to my taste, but it's definitely worth purchasing. ( )
  orangejulia | Oct 13, 2005 |
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Hopkinson, NaloEditorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Aminoff, JeniseContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Anderson, BarthContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Barnes, StevenContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Buckell, Tobias S.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Dellamonica, A.M.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Douglas, MarciaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Due, TananariveContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Duncan, AndyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Fintushel, EliotContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Frost, GregoryContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gaiman, NeilContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hambly, BarbaraContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Houarner, GerardContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Major, DevorahContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Okorafor, NnediContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Salaam, Kiini IburaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Shawl, NisiContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Tangh, JarlaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Teish, LuisahIntroductionsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Thomas, Sheree R.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0446679291, Paperback)

Many Americans know "mojo" is Southern slang for powerful magic. But few Americans know the word originated in West Africa and referred to a small cloth bag containing protective magicks. The origin of mojo is as obscure to Americans as the religious, spiritual, and magical beliefs of Africa, which are far less familiar than the religions and myths of Europe and Asia. Acclaimed author/editor Nalo Hopkinson addresses this imbalance with her anthology Mojo: Conjure Stories, which collects 19 original stories of magic and gods and mortals, set in locales that range from a pre-Civil War plantation to modern Oakland, from Nineteenth-Century England to underground New York City.

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

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:11:49 -0400)

A collection of original stories draws on African magic, folklore, and history, featuring contributions by such writers as Neil Gaiman, Tananarive Due, and Barbara Hambly.

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