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Of One Blood

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I didn't know this existed before this new edition and I'm totally shocked. What beautiful writing, what beautiful fiction. I hope this new edition serves as re-sparking of some flames.

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One of the things I love about classic, early scifi/speculative stories is that they are always a wild ride. Of One Blood is no different and I am so glad that I had the opportunity to pick this one up. A combination of turn-of-the-century mysticism meets science and a dash of long lost civilizations, Of One Blood is a truly unique story with ripple effects into the current era. Fans of classics and those who want to read from the trailblazers of black authors in the scifi/speculative genres should absolutely take a shot at this rollercoaster of a story. That said, it definitely reads like a book written in 1902, so fair warning to those who struggle to read classics because of the style of the prose.

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Of One Blood is a sci-fi classic originally published in 1903. It sounded so promising, but it just wasn't for me. This book has been reprinted several times, so maybe I am missing something.

There were so many different things going on (despite being a relatively short book), but it didn't really engage my interest. The genre didn't really even feel like sci-fi. There's a love triangle, hidden civilizations, incest (why?), mesmerism, murder plots, ghosts, slavery, and racism. I was just lost and left unsatisfied for the entire book.

I will admit though that Hopkins writes some beautifully descriptive passages. Unfortunately, I'm the type of gal who can accept bad spelling/grammar for an excellent plot that keeps me on the edge of my seat.

Thank you to MIT Press and NetGalley for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review

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