Tender: Stories

Tender: Stories

Sofia Samatar / Apr 07, 2020

Tender Stories The first collection of short fiction from a rising star whose stories have been anthologized in the first two volumes of the Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy series and nominated for many aw

  • Title: Tender: Stories
  • Author: Sofia Samatar
  • ISBN: 9781618731265
  • Page: 291
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The first collection of short fiction from a rising star whose stories have been anthologized in the first two volumes of the Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy series and nominated for many awards Some of Samatar s weird and tender fabulations spring from her life and her literary studies some spring from the world, some from the void.

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    About "Sofia Samatar"

      • Sofia Samatar

        Sofia Samatar is the author of the novels A Stranger in Olondria and The Winged Histories She is the recipient of the William L Crawford Award, the John W Campbell Award for Best New Writer, the British Fantasy Award, and the World Fantasy Award.


    1. This is a beautiful, original, often surprising, and yes, tender, short story collection by a fantastic author. Samatar’s novels are lovely, but I think she may excel even more in the short story format, which combines her exquisite writing with compressed plots that necessarily move briskly. And her wide command of genres is impressive: fantasy, science fiction, historical fiction, fairy tales, contemporary, young adult. Most of the stories are sci-fi and fantasy, and while I love fantasy I t [...]

    2. This collection is quite stellar. I'm still wrapping my head around the brilliance of Sofia Samatar. I wrote a review for Chicago Review of Books and you can check it out here:chireviewofbooks/2017/05/

    3. I don't even know what to say about Samatar anymore.everything I read from her is immersive and breathtaking. I'd read many of these stories before in various spec fic publications but a good portion was new and wholly amazing. One of my favorites (and it was a favorite of mine when it was originally published) is her "Ogres of East Africa". Longer review to come. Thanks to the publisher for the e-galley!

    4. As with any collection of short stories, the majority of these are good, a couple are lacklustre, and a few are spectacular. Samatar draws out, with tenderness, the aches and injuries and wounds of humanity and humans, these being two different things that intersect. Fantastic stories, often science fiction or fantasy with fairy tale elements, that express different pains in exquisite ways, always with a delicate prose and unique voice. I really enjoyed these, and look forward to reading more bu [...]

    5. I received this book through the LibraryThing Early Reviewers Program.I had read one of Samatar's stories before, her acclaimed "Selkie Stories are for Losers," and was happy to read it again as the opener to this collection. Samatar's stories are eloquent and thought-provoking. She doesn't use formulaic plots like most short stories writers; her narrative tends to glide along, relying on inference rather than blunt statements. She often draws on themes of isolation. I found some of the works a [...]

    6. The best book of 2017. Each story contains a whole world. Each object, each tiny thing, has so much metaphorical or symbolic weight, and is also itself. People who love generously, cruelties that resonate & expose entire structures and ways of being that depend upon them. Potatoes, lassi, American soda, cigarettes made from scraps of written records. Stories made up of letters and other documents that question that very materiality, the ethics of writing and recording and excavating. Excavat [...]

    7. Sofia Samatar's collection of stories reveals human (or not-so-human) tenderness as the aching of a wound, or the gentle kindness from another, or the vulnerability of the young. It's a stunning collection of powerful stories with beautiful writing and many with creative ways of expressing the tale (essay format, journal entries, letters) that provides a unique depth and texture.I love "Selkie Stories Are for Losers," a story in which a young woman comes to terms with her anger at the loss of he [...]

    8. “Egypt conquered Kush, you see, and the artists of Kush adopted Egypt’s painting style. And generations later, these Kushite artists used these images, images of their own people, to depict their enemies! Isn’t that odd? As if the images have no character at all. As if they are vessels that can be filled again and again. Simply the enemy. And what is required of the enemy’s image? Only that the figures are identical, and that they are many.” — from “Those”I just did a thing that [...]

    9. Really interesting worldbuilding that shows up as mysterious subtext readers slowly discover (and why should the characters discuss up front the detsils of their worlds? they're only strange and miraculous to us - to them it's just their normal existence.). The punch of these stories comes from the ways the speculative world building affects people's lives. like all of my favorite SF, these stories are concerned with people - why they love, hurt, break, and endure.

    10. Gorgeous, searing tales that stare unerringly at the wounds (inside and out) that alienation and otherness open up.

    11. Often, collections by a single author are a mixed bag; sometimes they're great, more often they're meh. How I sort the greats from the mehs is if, when I look at the table of contents, I can recall a story's details and how that story made me feel and think, and there are more "Ah! Yes, that one; I loved that one!" than "I don't remember this story at all," then I know the collection as a whole was successful for me as a reader. The thing is, with this collection, even the stories I was meh abou [...]

    12. how did i accidentally mark two stars for this book? i meant to say, at least six! stunning world building, and a story cycle structure that unfolds beautifully

    13. Sofia Samatar’s collection of short fiction, Tender, is a feast. Some of these stories I had read before, but most were new to me. The interesting thing is that, in rereading the stories I had read before, such as “The Ogres of Africa,” I found new insights. These are stories that contain multitudes. They are about monsters and outsiders (which are often the same thing, at least in the minds of those who define what is inside and normal). Or about people who have placed themselves outside, [...]

    14. When I start reading a Samatar story I'm never quite sure where I am or why I'm there And then something turns, or a heart opens, or a scar (more often something worse, like a cyborg implant or a synthetic sky) is revealed, and nothing matters more than being right there, right now, until I get to the last page. Plus there are often moments like the one below, appealing especially to acolytes of the written word. I'm smitten, give me up for lost."This is not the first time I have written somethi [...]

    15. Sofia Samatar's writing changes the way my thoughts sound. For a little while after I finish reading one of her stories, the rhythm and lyricism stay with me. I remember something from my past, and try to connect it to a larger narrative. I pay a little more attention to the world around me, and think of how it might be described in one of Samatar's stories. They make me want to write. Part of the reason why, I think, is because this collection is very self-conscious about the act of storytellin [...]

    16. Tender is a marvelous collection of short stories. I read them slowly, one at a time over many weeks, to better savor Samatar's beautiful language and wide-ranging imagination. I loved her first novel, A Stranger in Olondria, but I think I love this collection even more. While all of these stories are wonderful, my favorites are "Selkie Stories Are for Losers," "Walkdog," "Honey Bear," "How to Get Back to the Forest," "An Account of the Land of Witches" (which is simply one of the best short sto [...]

    17. With a collection of short stories, I usually notate my favorite stories. With this collection, when I sat to note which were my favorite, I wrote down all but three. These stories are amazing! Fallow especially. I could see Fallow, I was in Fallow. But then I wondered, is it because it's one of the more recent stories? Oh yah, "Meet me in Iram." I want to go searching with the author/narrator for Iram. I want to search for my Iram. And then there is Honey Bear, with its surprise-ish ending. The [...]

    18. There are stories in this collection that will stay with me a long time like "Ogres of East Africa," "Olimpia's Ghost," "Request for an Extension on the Clarity," and "An Account of the Land of Witches." Each story is imaginative and interesting, even though I worry I don't necessarily "get" the endings of all of them. These four in particular hit upon the theme of writing and communication.Lovely prose. One of my favorite bits (from "Fallow"): "But I have always been a stranger in this place. A [...]

    19. I had already read many of Sofia's stories; I think the most surprising thing for me was how much I loved the stories I'd never heard of before reading this book. Sofia Samatar is one of the best short story writers of our time, and as a whole, this was one of the best anthologies I've read this year. I've long admired her fantasy work, but her sci fi stories in this collection were amazing. I was reminded of Octavia Butler's Parable series and Cory Doctorow's Walkaway. There is a real depth to [...]

    20. One thing I have to admit here is that I'm a bit biased when it comes to Sofia's work because she is one of the writers I want to most be like. And this collection of short stories reminds me why. I've been more familiar with her novels, and it was refreshing to see she puts as much emotional impact and storyline into her short works. I'll do more of a review on my blog later, but Levar Burton can definitely expect some recommendations with this collection.

    21. I sometimes find Samatar's writing style too winding to follow. There were a number of stories in here that I didn't 'get;' most of the ones I enjoyed were set in the near future and so I had a frame of reference for understanding them all ready to go. My favorites were:How I Met the GhoulWalkdog Honey BearHow to Get Back to the ForestTenderRequest for an Extension on the ClarityThe Closest Thing to AnimalsThe Red Thread

    22. An Account of the Land of the Witches is an astoundingly beautiful and complex short story. After finishing it I knew two things: I needed to read it again and I needed to buy this book. (You can read it here at The Offing: theoffingmag/fiction/acco)

    23. I wouldn't want to generalize short story anthologies, so I'll just say that I didn't quite like how random and sometimes incoherent the short stories were. Seems like a lot of unreliable narrators being used as well.

    24. De verhalen vond ik niet allemaal even sterk, maar ze waren allemaal érg mooi geschreven, dus ik vind het sneu dat ik het gemiddelde omlaag haal. De novelle Fallow vond ik erg goed.

    25. Some of these stories hit really hard and I've been thinking about them for weeks. Others were harder to follow so I'll have to re read them someday

    26. All of the pieces in this book are really beautiful. They are somewhat over similar to one another, which weakens the volume as a whole and might make reading the book straight through drag.

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