The Sum of Us

Pub Date   |   Archive Date 15 Nov 2017

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The Sum of Us: Tales of the Bonded and Bound edited by Lucas K. Law and Susan Forester starts with a fairly simple premise. We are all caregivers. Whether we're parents, children, elderly or young, hospital staff, soldiers, siblings, personal assistants or even pets, we all care for someone in some capacity and are cared for by others. Released on the 8th September 2017, The Sum of Us is a brilliant, dynamic and diverse speculative fiction anthology which brings caregivers to the front stage and allows us to not only experience the vast variety of voices, experiences and stories of carers but does so in such a way which encourages us to reimagine care work and caregivers. Who are...

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3.5 stars The Sum of Us is a new sci-fi/fantasy short story collection that brings together authors from all over the world. Each with their own unique voice, the stories all tie together in regards to the common theme- caregiving. Within each of us is a person who desires to be cared for as well as to offer care. For some it may be on a grander scale, such as a nurse or a police officer would feel. For others it's more simple and under the radar moments that we live for. Happy to care for and assist someone or something in need for no reason at all. It's this general theme of compassion and dedication that each of the stories in this anthology reflects on. Personally I'm neither a...

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The Sum of Us, released September 8th, 2017, is an anthology of 23 short stories around the theme of carers and caregiving, edited by Canadian editors Lucas K. Law and Susan Forest. As someone who has spent significant parts of their life caring for loved ones to one degree or another as well as being cared for, I wasn’t sure how this collection was going to hit me. This is an emotional deep dive, bringing to the surface complex experiences and feelings around the nature of caring for others. The collection starts you off chilled with ‘The Dunschemin Retirement Home for Repentant Supervillains’, a tongue-in-cheek story by Ian Creasey about a nursing home for elderly supervillains who are...

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This book's premise sounded really intriguing and I was estatic when offered the opportunity to review it. However, once I started reading it, I had a really hard time finishing the book. A book filled with 25 stories should have been a really quick read, especially since I'm a sucker for hurt/comfort stories. However, this is not what these stories were about. There were some heart warming stories in there but I just never could connect to the characters. I just think the stories were too short for me to ever feel really invested in the stories, which led to a super long read for me.
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A truly intriguing collection of short stories based around the idea of caring for others; this is both thought-provoking and imaginative, with the various authors taking their stories in a wide array of different directions, including deep space, a bee hive, and more real-sounding care homes. The quality of the speculative fiction here is outstanding and the writing is rarely less than exquisite and inventive. I particularly enjoyed Dreams As Fragile As Glass by Caroline M. Yoachim, Number One Draft Pick by Claire Humphrey and Sunshine of Your Love by Nisi Shawl. There's an excellent mixture of the heartfelt and the weird in the collection, perfectly suited to an anthology of spec fic...

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Sincere apologies -I was mistaken in requesting this book - I thought it would help me in caring for my father who is suffering from dementia. Sci fi is not my thing, sorry.
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