Reclaim the Stars
17 Tales Across Realms & Space
by Zoraida Córdova
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Pub Date 15 Feb 2022 | Archive Date 01 Mar 2022
St. Martin's Press, Wednesday Books
From stories that take you to the stars, to stories that span into other times and realms, to stories set in the magical now, Reclaim the Stars takes the Latin American diaspora to places fantastical and out of this world.
Follow princesses warring in space, haunting ghost stories in Argentina, mermaids off the coast of the Caribbean, swamps that whisper secrets, and many more realms explored and unexplored; this stunning collection of seventeen short stories breaks borders and realms to prove that stories are truly universal.
Reclaim the Stars features both bestselling and acclaimed authors as well as two new voices in the genres: Vita Ayala, David Bowles, J.C. Cervantes, Zoraida Córdova, Sara Faring, Romina Garber, Isabel Ibañez, Anna-Marie McLemore, Yamile Saied Méndez, Nina Moreno, Circe Moskowitz, Maya Motayne, Linda Raquel Nieves Pérez, Daniel José Older, Claribel A. Ortega, Mark Oshiro and Lilliam Rivera.
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I was immediately drawn into the premise of Reclaim the Stars, its a really wonderful and fantastical collection. Reclaim the Stars is really magical and other worldly.
Reclaim the Stars is an enchanting collection. I want all the Latine SFF and this made me so happy and hopeful for all that's to come. My favorites were “Sumaiko Y La Sirena” by Vita Ayala, “White Water, Blue Ocean” by Linda Racquel Nieves Pérez, “Magical Offerings” by Nina Moreno and “Creatures of Kings” by Circe Moskowitz.
Really love this collection. There's a great variety in the short stories, both in terms of voice and genre, and in terms of the Latinx characters and culture they celebrate and explore. I think my favourite was This Is Our Manifesto, but there were a lot of other gems in there too. And even though not every story was a hit for me personally, I can absolutely see how other readers would enjoy and find value in them. Definitely worth checking out.
A great collection of sci-fi and fantasy stories! I’m not sure if I have a favorite, because they’re all really good! (Okay so I think Isabel Ibañez’s might *actually* be my favorite if I *had* to pick one, but they’re all great!) I’d definitely recommend it to a friend.
This is a great selection of short stories that all readers will enjoy! I requested it because I proctor a student and teacher book club at the high school that I work at and this seemed very up my students alley! It delivered and gave me a few different authors to explore.
Thank you to Netgalley for this arc ebook in exchange for an honest review.
This is an excellent short story collection of various Latin oriented science fiction and fantasy. Among the stories, Anna-Marie McLemore settles a power struggle between space families and their daughter representatives, Romina Garber expands on her Lobizona universe of werewolves and witches, and Nina Moreno tells of a young magic vendor taking over the family business. It is wrapped up with a fairy tale type story by editor Zoraida Cordova. I was impressed by the variety and quality of stories told. I am interested in exploring more of each writer.
This anthology is what the world needed. It brings a diverse range of voices filled with rich stories that are truly magical. I loved the story White Water, Blue Ocean and I can't wait to read more about its author.
I loved this collection of stories. It had a very fable-y feel. Each story hooked me, and in some cases, I wanted more - like a full novel for the story at hand. This was a perfect read for me this week, especially during the holidays, because I could sit down read a chapter and actually be able to put the story down and finish another chore. It is one of the reasons I love collections around the holidays, while it was still hard to put down and not charge into the next story it was easier to do than with a full-fledged novel.
The stories flowed into one another very well, picking up on some similar themes from the story before and after itself. I also really enjoyed the incorporation of language outside of English; not every line of Spanish utilized was immediately translated, we as the reader did the translation ourselves based on context clues, and I really enjoyed that. It felt more natural to the stories.
I have just finished reading of Skin of the Sea, so this was such a nice follow up of keeping myself immersed in other cultures' mythology and fantasy! Bravo!
Reclaim the Stars is a beautiful anthology. One of my favorite stories was Reign of Diamonds, from Anna-Marie McLemore, who always paints stunning and emotional tales. I loved the Latinx and LGBTQ+ rep woven through many of the stories. The dystopian and sci-fi themes present drew eerie parallels to our lives today. All of these authors seem immensely talented and I look forward to reading more of their work!
Reclaim the Stars was delightful and I would recommend it to anyone who likes anthologies with a focus on Latinx science fiction and fantasy. Reclaim the Stars releases February 15, 2022. Thank you to Zoraida Córdova, all of the anthology authors, Wednesday Books, St. Martin’s Press, and Netgalley for a free ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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This was my introduction to anthologies, and I'd say it was a fantastic start! There was a lot to love but I especially loved the dabbles into horror (on brand for me)
I loved the variety and all of the stories within. I'm not much of an anthology reader, so this was different for me. I was so invested. These stories also used a lot of culture and ethnicities that I am not usually used to reading about. I was able to learn more and get a feel for the different family dynamics within. I honestly just want more from each of these stories. I want these to be full length books and to really see them come to life and go on this huge adventure. I really enjoyed this anthology and I am going to keep a look out for these authors and other anthologies as well!
**5/5 stars for a great job well-done and lovely stories!
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What a lovely collection of stories! A rich variety of stories that vary in setting, theme, tone, story, and character, but all have a connection to Latinx culture. This book of short stories is a fantastic #ownvoices collection, and I particularly love the sci-fi stories, because science fiction is a genre that looks to the future, and a future without diversity is simply unrealistic.
I enjoyed it so much I pre-ordered a copy for a friend as a (late) Christmas gift!
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