Till Human Voices Wake Us

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In this large collection, author Annie Bellet demonstrates her gift for the short form, offering readers twenty short stories, novelettes, and novellas that are compelling, beautifully imagined, and entertaining.

Till Human Voices Wake Us contains 20 stories that range from hard science fiction to space opera, sword and sorcery to magical realism, some in print for the first time. More

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About Annie Bellet

Annie Bellet is a full-time speculative fiction writer. She holds a BA in English and a BA in Medieval Studies and thus can speak a smattering of useful languages such as Anglo-Saxon and Medieval Welsh.

She has sold fiction to AlienSkin Magazine, Contrary Magazine, and Daily Science Fiction Magazine. She's also collected a healthy stack of Honorable Mentions and placed as Semi-finalist in the Writers of the Future contest.

She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and a very demanding Bengal cat.

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Review by: Heidi C. Vlach on May 13, 2014 :
Many human cultures and races appear in this collection, represented by lots of resilient female characters. Always nice to see in speculative fiction! The stories tend to start with numerous small details about the setting and the culture, which is probably helpful if you’re the type of reader who likes a crisp sense of place.

Out of all the stories, I really liked Crawlies (pretty much entirely for the Teutheids, squid-like aliens who are commendably patient with the frustratingly ignorant human POV) and No Gift Of Word (a story of an African woman overcoming a curse, predictable in the good way where the characters got what I was rooting for). I also thought the two stories involving rusalka were particularly well done.

Throughout the collection, I saw some minor niggles — a few homophone and tense errors; an occasional description or detail that didn’t seem to fit no matter how I considered it; endings that fit thematically but seemed abrupt, prose-wise. But these things weren’t numerous or grievous enough to keep me from enjoying all the stories. For the sheer variety of influences, and the presence of things sci-fi/fantasy could use more of, I’d say this short story collection is definitely worth reading.

I received this book for free from LibraryThing's Member Giveaway program, in exchange for an honest review.
(reviewed long after purchase)

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