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Tor.com's science fiction and fantasy flash fiction collection originally published in 2017 inspired by the now-iconic statement, now available in Kindle format. She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted. Three short lines, fired over social media in response to questions of why Senator Elizabeth Warren was silenced on the floor of the United Tor.com's science fiction and fantasy flash fiction collection originally published in 2017 inspired by the now-iconic statement, now available in Kindle format. She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted. Three short lines, fired over social media in response to questions of why Senator Elizabeth Warren was silenced on the floor of the United States Senate, for daring to read aloud the words of Coretta Scott King. As this message was transmitted across the globe, it has become a galvanizing cry for people of all genders in recognition of the struggles that women have faced throughout history. Three short lines, which read as if they are the opening passage to an epic and ageless tale. We have assembled this flash fiction collection featuring several of the best writers in SF/F today, including Seanan McGuire, Charlie Jane Anders, Maria Dahvana Headley, Jo Walton, Amal El-Mohtar, Catherynne M. Valente, Brooke Bolander, Alyssa Wong, Kameron Hurley, Nisi Shawl and Carrie Vaughn. Together these authors share unique visions of women inventing, playing, loving, surviving, and – of course – dreaming of themselves beyond their circumstances. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.


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Tor.com's science fiction and fantasy flash fiction collection originally published in 2017 inspired by the now-iconic statement, now available in Kindle format. She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted. Three short lines, fired over social media in response to questions of why Senator Elizabeth Warren was silenced on the floor of the United Tor.com's science fiction and fantasy flash fiction collection originally published in 2017 inspired by the now-iconic statement, now available in Kindle format. She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted. Three short lines, fired over social media in response to questions of why Senator Elizabeth Warren was silenced on the floor of the United States Senate, for daring to read aloud the words of Coretta Scott King. As this message was transmitted across the globe, it has become a galvanizing cry for people of all genders in recognition of the struggles that women have faced throughout history. Three short lines, which read as if they are the opening passage to an epic and ageless tale. We have assembled this flash fiction collection featuring several of the best writers in SF/F today, including Seanan McGuire, Charlie Jane Anders, Maria Dahvana Headley, Jo Walton, Amal El-Mohtar, Catherynne M. Valente, Brooke Bolander, Alyssa Wong, Kameron Hurley, Nisi Shawl and Carrie Vaughn. Together these authors share unique visions of women inventing, playing, loving, surviving, and – of course – dreaming of themselves beyond their circumstances. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

30 review for Nevertheless, She Persisted: Flash Fiction Project

  1. 4 out of 5

    Richard Derus

    "She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted." Eleven women meditate on these pernicious, oppressive words, with grace and rage. They set their stories within imagination's deepest crevices to explain or ponder, but always to protest, the stupidity of being limited, disallowed from fully Being Yourself. Being unique, each voice will appeal to some more than others. I don't want you to think I am ungrateful for all the stories in this anthology, but the chef d'oeuvre "She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted." Eleven women meditate on these pernicious, oppressive words, with grace and rage. They set their stories within imagination's deepest crevices to explain or ponder, but always to protest, the stupidity of being limited, disallowed from fully Being Yourself. Being unique, each voice will appeal to some more than others. I don't want you to think I am ungrateful for all the stories in this anthology, but the chef d'oeuvre is Nisi Shawl's perfect and timeless story of the wife's unloved twin sister...the "two mints in one" as she puts it...finding fear and freedom in the same escape. There is no reason y'all should wait another minute to get and absorb these perfectly sized, beautifully written petits fours.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Schizanthus Nerd

    She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted. This book was my introduction to flash fiction. While I probably would have read this collection anyway, especially since it’s currently free to download here, it was the inclusion of a Seanan McGuire story that sealed the deal for me. I usually find short story collections a bit hit and miss, and this quick read was at various times, ‘I love it!’, ‘It was okay’, and ‘What did I just read?!’ I’ve marked the ones I loved She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted. This book was my introduction to flash fiction. While I probably would have read this collection anyway, especially since it’s currently free to download here, it was the inclusion of a Seanan McGuire story that sealed the deal for me. I usually find short story collections a bit hit and miss, and this quick read was at various times, ‘I love it!’, ‘It was okay’, and ‘What did I just read?!’ I’ve marked the ones I loved with 💜 and have included a short quote from each. Our Faces, Radiant Sisters, Our Faces Full of Light! by Kameron Hurley 💜 They came to extinguish light, and hope. She was here to remind them they wouldn’t do it unchallenged. God Product by Alyssa Wong Caroline hated having been chosen by a small god, whose presence was so quiet that most people forgot she was there. Alchemy by Carrie Vaughn 💜 (“You’ll never find what you’re looking for,” they told her. “Nevertheless,” she replied.) Persephone by Seanan McGuire 💜 I wasn’t supposed to see that. I don’t believe anyone was supposed to see that. Margot and Rosalind by Charlie Jane Anders “Plus you start to ask questions, and the worst thing about questions is that sometimes, they have answers.” Astronaut by Maria Dahvana Headley 💜 Miss Baker was on a mission to defy gravity. More Than Nothing by Nisi Shawl “But you ain’t gonna lemme keep you from doin magic. Is you?” The Last of the Minotaur Wives by Brooke Bolander Once you’ve been in the light for awhile, Blue finds, it’s hard as hell to willingly walk back into darkness. The Jump Rope Rhyme by Jo Walton She was warned, and explained at, and patronized But persisted still, against their lies, For you, the future, she in the past Persisted, to make things good at last. Anabasis by Amal El-Mohtar A warning is the same as a threat. Television teaches this. Is that a threat / call it a warning. Call it by a different name, and it changes. The Ordinary Woman and the Unquiet Emperor by Catherynne M. Valente When he was a young man, the Unquiet Emperor had banned questions, inquiries, curiosities, rhetoric, and finally question marks entirely, for such things were surely the source of all the mistrust and isolation in modern society. I’m rounding up from 3.5 stars.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Marjolein (UrlPhantomhive)

    Read for International Women's Day! Flash fiction is something special. It is so extremely short, the words that are put into them must be powerful enough to carry an entire story. For me, it was the first such collection I read, and I had some troubles to feel the stories because of their length. Mind you - I am someone who actively had to learn how to read novellas and short stories because I always used to think they were way too short. Flash fiction is just taking it to the next level. This c Read for International Women's Day! Flash fiction is something special. It is so extremely short, the words that are put into them must be powerful enough to carry an entire story. For me, it was the first such collection I read, and I had some troubles to feel the stories because of their length. Mind you - I am someone who actively had to learn how to read novellas and short stories because I always used to think they were way too short. Flash fiction is just taking it to the next level. This collection is all about powerful women, and all stories are built around "Nevertheless, she persisted." Concept great of course, but stories too short to really stand out.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Silvana

    Are you tired hearing me saying 'this story collection is uneven' or the variation of that? Well, get ready coz here comes another one. Just kidding. Wait, no I am not. There are some I truly enjoyed, like the ones by Maria Dalvana Headley and Catherynne Valente, but some stories my brain just could not process. Glad I read this finally, thanks to the buddies at the Worlds Beyond the Margins group who let me nominate it for our weekly short story (which apparently could include a novelette, yay). Are you tired hearing me saying 'this story collection is uneven' or the variation of that? Well, get ready coz here comes another one. Just kidding. Wait, no I am not. There are some I truly enjoyed, like the ones by Maria Dalvana Headley and Catherynne Valente, but some stories my brain just could not process. Glad I read this finally, thanks to the buddies at the Worlds Beyond the Margins group who let me nominate it for our weekly short story (which apparently could include a novelette, yay). I had it for two years in my shelf. Nevertheless, keep persisting in reading this collection! It comes for free and only took 15 minutes or so.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Hank

    That was definitely fun, the only one I did not like was the one by Jo Walton. Poetry, yuck! :)

  6. 5 out of 5

    Gabi

    My first encounter with flash fiction. I wasn't sure if this shorter than short format would be for me, but I was surprised how aptly the authors built their stories proceeding from the lines "She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted." in various ways. My favourites have to be the contributions from Maria Dahvana Headley, Alyssa Wong and Jo Walton. A short collection that is well worth the read - and it is free, so no reason not to give it a try. My first encounter with flash fiction. I wasn't sure if this shorter than short format would be for me, but I was surprised how aptly the authors built their stories proceeding from the lines "She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted." in various ways. My favourites have to be the contributions from Maria Dahvana Headley, Alyssa Wong and Jo Walton. A short collection that is well worth the read - and it is free, so no reason not to give it a try.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Roxana Chirilă

    "She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nonetheless, she persisted." This is a really good opening line for a story. Heck, it can be a really good opening line for a couple of stories. For the greater part of 11 very short stories, though... it gets to be a bit much. To be clear: I'm not blaming the authors themselves here. Some of the stories are rather nice. But the prompt itself draws too much attention to the whole point of the book, until it's a bit like being hit over the head repeat "She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nonetheless, she persisted." This is a really good opening line for a story. Heck, it can be a really good opening line for a couple of stories. For the greater part of 11 very short stories, though... it gets to be a bit much. To be clear: I'm not blaming the authors themselves here. Some of the stories are rather nice. But the prompt itself draws too much attention to the whole point of the book, until it's a bit like being hit over the head repeatedly with the same feminist point. There are some worlds built here, and the authors have different styles, so I guess that's nice, but I feel like this collection is flawed from its conception.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Meredith

    Worth picking up for the excellent group of authors all giving a flash fiction take on "Nevertheless, she persisted." And, it's free. Worth picking up for the excellent group of authors all giving a flash fiction take on "Nevertheless, she persisted." And, it's free.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Heckendorn

    Each story starts with: She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted. Eleven wonderful short stories that made me think and smile.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Bandit

    These three phrases have become famous for all the wrong reasons. The quietest of war cries or maybe just a cry of futility for daring to be a woman in the toxically sexist world of American politics. So to commemorate the Sisyphean labors of Elizabeth Warren and the like Tor.com decided to create this mini anthology with a message, comprising a number of best female genre authors working today offering their take on the feminist message featuring those three famous phrases. Much like any attemp These three phrases have become famous for all the wrong reasons. The quietest of war cries or maybe just a cry of futility for daring to be a woman in the toxically sexist world of American politics. So to commemorate the Sisyphean labors of Elizabeth Warren and the like Tor.com decided to create this mini anthology with a message, comprising a number of best female genre authors working today offering their take on the feminist message featuring those three famous phrases. Much like any attempt for a woman to get elected into a position of proper power in the US, it’s brief. Only 47 pages. And, although uniformly well intentioned and infinitely qualified, slightly uneven quality wise. But at least reading this book isn’t nearly as frustrating as watching the attempted political ascendancies of women fizzle out and come to nothing. In fact, it’s a pretty entertaining read with many recognizable names. I kind of thought flash fiction was shorter than this, one or two pages instead of several, but that’s neither here nor there. It’s just a weird length to tell a story. Though everyone managed. I really loved the Astronaut story, that one was by far by favorite and alone worth reading the entire thing. Plus this book was free and only took about 30 minutes to get through. Sad (meant to be optimistic and inspiring, but when you get right down to it...sad) cause. Fun read.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Literary Ames

    "She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted." Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's patronising admonishment of Senator Elizabeth Warren in 2017. In honour of International Women's Day, Nevertheless She Persisted: Flash Fiction Project is a free flash fiction (under 2,000 words) collection from Tor.com inspired by McConnell's description of Elizabeth Warren. It contains the following: “Our Faces, Radiant Sisters, Our Faces Are Full of Light!” by Kameron Hurley “God "She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted." Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's patronising admonishment of Senator Elizabeth Warren in 2017. In honour of International Women's Day, Nevertheless She Persisted: Flash Fiction Project is a free flash fiction (under 2,000 words) collection from Tor.com inspired by McConnell's description of Elizabeth Warren. It contains the following: “Our Faces, Radiant Sisters, Our Faces Are Full of Light!” by Kameron Hurley “God Product” by Alyssa Wong “Alchemy” by Carrie Vaughn “Persephone” by Seanan McGuire “Margot and Rosalind” by Charlie Jane Anders “Astronaut” by Maria Dahvana Headley “More than Nothing” by Nisi Shawl “The Last of the Minotaur Wives” by Brooke Bolander “The Jump Rope Rhyme” by Jo Walton “Anabasis” by Amal El-Mohtar “The Ordinary Woman and the Unquiet Emperor” by Catherynne M. Valente These tales depict the defiance, bravery and the curiosity of women, who don't necessarily meet happy endings, even if they'd succeeded in the pursuit of their (sometimes destructive) goals. The book opens with Hurley's Buffy character, perfectly setting the tone for the rest of the stories. Wong's 'God Product' is a moral tale warning that you don't know what you've got until it's gone. 'Alchemy' is the pursuit of scientific truth in the face of derision. The exploitation of 'Persephone' sparked the desire to read more based on this story. The surprising revelatory ending of 'Astronaut' reflecting the real-life history of a particular female. 'The Last of the Minotaur Wives' was another Buffy-like character in an escape room-esque adventure in ancient Greek myth, and is another tale I'd like to read more on. Valente's Ordinary Woman living in a dystopian world created and governed by the unsatisfied and unloved Unquiet Emperor choosing unknown destruction over the status quo. Although I liked the vignettes I've described above, I couldn't always fully grasp what was going on. Sometimes being vague works, especially if you make a revelation at the end a.k.a. 'Astronaut', but sometimes it doesn't.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Nostalgia Reader

    4.5 stars. Favorites: "Our Faces, Radiant Sisters, Our Faces Are Full of Light!": The imagery in this was surprisingly strong and vivid. I immediately imagined it illustrated in the style of/occurring in the worlds of Evan Dahm or Shaun Tan. 4.5 stars. "Persephone": Very sad and sweet. 4 stars. "Astronaut": Where do I send money to see a tv show made about Miss Baker? This was unique and nerdy and adorable and badass. 4.5 stars. "The Last of the Minotaur Wives": The whole premise of this has such pot 4.5 stars. Favorites: "Our Faces, Radiant Sisters, Our Faces Are Full of Light!": The imagery in this was surprisingly strong and vivid. I immediately imagined it illustrated in the style of/occurring in the worlds of Evan Dahm or Shaun Tan. 4.5 stars. "Persephone": Very sad and sweet. 4 stars. "Astronaut": Where do I send money to see a tv show made about Miss Baker? This was unique and nerdy and adorable and badass. 4.5 stars. "The Last of the Minotaur Wives": The whole premise of this has such potential as a whole novel(la). 4 stars. "The Ordinary Woman and the Unquiet Emperor": O Ms. Valente, how do you write in a Boschian-painting style so well, so truely, so matter of factly, blatantly, harshly melancholically hopeful?? 4.5 stars.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Etienne

    3,5/5. I'm not the biggest fan of flash fiction. I like short story, but flash ones are too short, not even time to pitch a concept or an idea, just a blink, a flash of a scene and you move on. So even if not a fan, I have to say that this particular anthology offer an amazing variety of fiction from an outstanding cast of authors, look at the list, this is quite impressive, so if you love flash fiction, or just want to have a small taste of some author and see which one you want to read more fr 3,5/5. I'm not the biggest fan of flash fiction. I like short story, but flash ones are too short, not even time to pitch a concept or an idea, just a blink, a flash of a scene and you move on. So even if not a fan, I have to say that this particular anthology offer an amazing variety of fiction from an outstanding cast of authors, look at the list, this is quite impressive, so if you love flash fiction, or just want to have a small taste of some author and see which one you want to read more from, this might be a good place. And guest what, all the author are female so even the feminist should be please! (that's a joke please don't get offended!) (that's also a joke, second degree... might be better to stop right here.)

  14. 5 out of 5

    Leviathan Libraries

    I loved the idea behind this book. “Nevertheless, she persisted” is a strong line that immediately captured so many people’s imaginations, and I wanted to see it come to life at the hands of some very talented female writers. But. But. Mostly I’m sad to report that for me this collection basically was a solid ‘okay’ that splashed down just to the left of ‘completely forgettable’. a good bit of the time There were a few I really liked, but only two that particularly sang for me. One was Catherynne V I loved the idea behind this book. “Nevertheless, she persisted” is a strong line that immediately captured so many people’s imaginations, and I wanted to see it come to life at the hands of some very talented female writers. But. But. Mostly I’m sad to report that for me this collection basically was a solid ‘okay’ that splashed down just to the left of ‘completely forgettable’. a good bit of the time There were a few I really liked, but only two that particularly sang for me. One was Catherynne Valente’s ‘The Ordinary Woman and the Unquiet Emperor’. If 1984 had been written this prettily, maybe I wouldn’t have hated it so much. This is filled with disturbing imagery done up in gorgeous wording, but sliced through with events you can see happening just a few feet away. There were several quotes I highlighted, but I think this one is my favorite: “She had once been a maker of poems as well as a baker of bread, before the Unquiet Emperor had executed the written word, since nothing could be free if it was locked inside a prison of text and subtext.” The Ordinary Woman and the Unquiet Emperor by Catherynne Valente ‘The Jump Rope Rhyme’ by Jo Walton was the other stand out. Done in poem form, it hit this weird mix of sing-song fun that was sandpaper truth at the same time. The last two lines are absolutely perfect. “And on he skips till the rope gets twisted At nineteen skips, and she still persisted.” Jump Rope Rhyme by Jo Walton Other good ones were ‘Alchemy’ by Carrie Vaughn, ‘Persephone’ by Seanan McGuire, and ‘Astronaut‘ by Maria Dahvana Headley (mostly because of the twist at the end). The rest of them didn’t particularly work for me. Overall, while it failed to thrill me, Nevertheless, She Persisted was a quick, easy read that buoyed my spirits a bit, and it was nice to see a collection of writings from female science fiction and fantasy writers. Worth checking out if you’re in a bit of a Covid-19 reading slump and need something to try to ease you out of it.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    This free flash fiction collection will be available to download on the 8th of March (or you can just preorder it now!)

  16. 4 out of 5

    Alex Sarll

    Short, sharp, often sad but always defiant pieces from three years back, now collected. If only they'd become any less relevant in the meantime. Short, sharp, often sad but always defiant pieces from three years back, now collected. If only they'd become any less relevant in the meantime.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    Sorry. Most flash and very short fiction that I enjoy knows how to focus, to get the job done and get out. These tended to try to build worlds, to set up a suggestion for a story of at least novella length... far too much was suggested and the point itself was rather lost. Still, for free and for about 20 actual pp of text, give it a shot yourself.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Anna Hepworth

    Flash fiction is always a risky read, because the restriction on length is a challenge most authors cannot meet well. And with the added restriction of being themed on a longer than average quote, I wasn't expecting impressive stories. With the possible exception of Jo Walton's poem, there is not a story here. There are ideas, there are the bones of stories, excerpts, references to longer stories. Interesting reading, but not recommended. (but I would be interested in reworkings of some of these Flash fiction is always a risky read, because the restriction on length is a challenge most authors cannot meet well. And with the added restriction of being themed on a longer than average quote, I wasn't expecting impressive stories. With the possible exception of Jo Walton's poem, there is not a story here. There are ideas, there are the bones of stories, excerpts, references to longer stories. Interesting reading, but not recommended. (but I would be interested in reworkings of some of these, either with the rest of the meat pared off, or with enough words to truly make a story)

  19. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Cooper

    A quick read (as one would expect) but a fascinating one - collected together there are so many ways that three-sentence phrase can describe women taking action. I really enjoyed it!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Ryan

    This was a neat idea for a flash fiction collection - a set of short stories and poetry centred around a politically infamous phrase said of Elizabeth Warren - "She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted." All the stories feature that phrasing and interpret it in different directions. The most amazing thing about this collection, though? The authors! What an incredible, all-star collection of writers of both the present and future of the sci-fi and fantasy community This was a neat idea for a flash fiction collection - a set of short stories and poetry centred around a politically infamous phrase said of Elizabeth Warren - "She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted." All the stories feature that phrasing and interpret it in different directions. The most amazing thing about this collection, though? The authors! What an incredible, all-star collection of writers of both the present and future of the sci-fi and fantasy community. Reading through the table of contents felt like looking at my recent reads and TBR pile.

  21. 5 out of 5

    sunny ☀️

    Super interesting mix of flash fiction by different authors all imagined around “She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.” I loved how imaginative all the stories were and I was surprised that they managed to be so complex even though they were so short. My personal favorites are The Jump Tope Rhyme by Jo Walton and Anabasis by Amal El-Mohtar, I’m sure I will revisit them many times going forward.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Bookphenomena (Micky)

    Disappointed on the whole. The stories are so short that there's very little to get your teeth into and feel. Yes, there were empowering moments for women in some stories but I didn't feel moved. Some of the stories were 3 star but overall less than that. More word count per story would have made an improvement to what could be accomplished. Disappointed on the whole. The stories are so short that there's very little to get your teeth into and feel. Yes, there were empowering moments for women in some stories but I didn't feel moved. Some of the stories were 3 star but overall less than that. More word count per story would have made an improvement to what could be accomplished.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Punk

    Free from Tor starting March 8, 2020. Not sure how long it'll last, but it worked on the 12th. Just go to Nevertheless She Persisted: Flash Fiction Project at Macmillan Publishers and select the place (all those red buttons) where you want to read/download your DRM-free epub. Or read more about the collection at Tor.com. Free from Tor starting March 8, 2020. Not sure how long it'll last, but it worked on the 12th. Just go to Nevertheless She Persisted: Flash Fiction Project at Macmillan Publishers and select the place (all those red buttons) where you want to read/download your DRM-free epub. Or read more about the collection at Tor.com.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Eric

    Excellent collection of short stories each of which takes off from the opening quote in different directions. Very imaginative and very recommendable.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Melanie Rose

    Strong 4.5 stars, particularly for Astronaut by Maria Dahvana Headley and The Ordinary Woman and the Unquiet Emperor by Catherynne M. Valente.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Dan'l Danehy-oakes

    This is a collection of eleven flash-fiction pieces by as many writers, all taking off from the words: _She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless she persisted._ Flash fiction does not often offer the reviewer a lot to say about it beyond "I liked/didn't like it" and "It worked/didn't work", unless you want to go the Roland Barthes route and analyze each sentence semiotically. I don't. So I'll just say that I enjoyed eight of the eleven stories, two of them (by Kameron Hurley and This is a collection of eleven flash-fiction pieces by as many writers, all taking off from the words: _She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless she persisted._ Flash fiction does not often offer the reviewer a lot to say about it beyond "I liked/didn't like it" and "It worked/didn't work", unless you want to go the Roland Barthes route and analyze each sentence semiotically. I don't. So I'll just say that I enjoyed eight of the eleven stories, two of them (by Kameron Hurley and Charlie Jane Anders) quite a lot. I only actively disliked one, which is a pretty good score for an anthology of stories written to such specific, well, specifications.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Theresa

    Nevertheless, She Persisted: Flash Fiction Project (ebook) by Diana M. Pho This is a collections of short stories from of the primer young authors in the science fiction genre, with the give idea that nevertheless she persisted each author looks at the different situations how someone could persist even if it was against the odds. I great introduction to authors with a wide range of talent and view points. Our Faces, Radiant Sisters, Our Faces Full of Light!* By Kameron Hurley Fighting monsters wh Nevertheless, She Persisted: Flash Fiction Project (ebook) by Diana M. Pho This is a collections of short stories from of the primer young authors in the science fiction genre, with the give idea that nevertheless she persisted each author looks at the different situations how someone could persist even if it was against the odds. I great introduction to authors with a wide range of talent and view points. Our Faces, Radiant Sisters, Our Faces Full of Light!* By Kameron Hurley Fighting monsters when warned that you should not. The challenge all women face in life, will they follow the warnings or attempt to face whats beyond them for the hope of something better. God Product By Alyssa Wong Finding notice in a world where she was over looked, she pushed the boundaries to be seen, and found that she lost gods she wanted to impress. Alchemy By Carrie Vaughn Pushing the boundaries of science she learned that if she kept working maybe she would find what she seeks. Persephone By Seanan McGuire finding that giving something may lead to loosing everything. She wanted to donate blood to help others, only to find that they would take everything even her life. Margot and Rosalind By Charlie Jane Anders Even having all the answers does not compare to having someone just care, to do things just for your pleasure. Margot finds that her friend Rosalind would love to share all she knows for the attention and respect she was given. Astronaut By Maria Dahvana Headley A beautiful look at the space adventures of the early 1960's I love the twist that the main character was an astronaut but not the one you expect. What a wonderful look at it. I was fortunate to learn about this time of exploration and the viewpoint of those involved in the first years. More than Nothing By Nisi Shawl Looking at your choices and wondering if they are right despite your desire to persist living with your choices. Very self reflective story. The Last of the Minotaur wives By Brooke Bolander. Being the last of her kind Blue tries to connect to the people outside her world only to risk it all. The jump Rope Rhyme by Jo Walton A poetic look a the history of life and the twists and turns of history. Anabasis by Amal El-Mohtar Shape-shifters have questions of who they are, although they have the ability to be anything, they need to form a realized since of their own personality, and reality. The Ordinary woman and the Unquiet Emperor by Catherynne M Valente She persisted to find the truth of her world, but all seekers of the truth have to risk everything to know the truth. Its a deadly game to question those in power.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Helen

    It's always fun to read a collection where writers work from the same prompt and see all the unique trajectories different minds can take us in. I'll rate each flash piece individually to be fair: “Our Faces, Radiant Sisters, Our Faces Are Full of Light!” by Kameron Hurley (**) - for some reason, this one felt like the most literal interpretation. Adeptly done, realistic, inspiring, but nothing really sets it apart. “God Product” by Alyssa Wong (*****) - this one packed an emotional punch despite t It's always fun to read a collection where writers work from the same prompt and see all the unique trajectories different minds can take us in. I'll rate each flash piece individually to be fair: “Our Faces, Radiant Sisters, Our Faces Are Full of Light!” by Kameron Hurley (**) - for some reason, this one felt like the most literal interpretation. Adeptly done, realistic, inspiring, but nothing really sets it apart. “God Product” by Alyssa Wong (*****) - this one packed an emotional punch despite the short length and felt different from the others. Got me in the feels. “Alchemy” by Carrie Vaughn (****) - really beautiful, ethereal somehow. Can't pinpoint what it reminds me of, but I felt like I was in that lab with her. The interpretation was a little literal. “Persephone” by Seanan McGuire (****) - this sounds like the setup for a story I'd really like to read. Love the scrappy yet dreamy voice of the protagonist. “Margot and Rosalind” by Charlie Jane Anders (****) - another glimpse into a world I'd like to read more about! More detail would've been interesting. Loved the absurd elements that called Douglas Adams to mind. “Astronaut” by Maria Dahvana Headley (*****) - thought it was interesting enough, but the twist really got me! Great way to cement the story into my mind. Even better on the re-read. And it's historical! “More than Nothing” by Nisi Shawl (**) - this one wasn't for me. I guess I didn't get it? “The Last of the Minotaur Wives” by Brooke Bolander (***) - the idea was interesting, though it required a re-read to understand what was happening. I think it could've been improved. “The Jump Rope Rhyme” by Jo Walton (****) - this had a fun, bouncy rhythm. One can only hope that the "Nevertheless, she persisted" quote persists throughout the coming decades until the future generations have no need of them (but can still remember and understand where they came from). “Anabasis” by Amal El-Mohtar (*****) - so visceral and cutting. This is true power with words. “The Ordinary Woman and the Unquiet Emperor” by Catherynne M. Valente (***) - I am a fan of Valente's work, but I must say this was so...veiled? abstruse? I feel like I missed almost all the symbolism. What's the deal with the guards?

  29. 5 out of 5

    Isabelle | Nine Tale Vixen

    Honestly, I'm not really sure I "get" flash fiction. Conceptually it's an interesting medium, but it's hard to really develop and convey a complete story in so short a space. And as always with anthologies, the results were mixed. -------- "Our Face, Radiant Sisters, Our Faces Full of Light!" by Kameron Hurley ★★★☆☆ This one was fine, a solid enough opening for the collection. It's a bit heavy-handed, but I like the imagery of statues and the symbolism of monsters. "God Product" by Alyssa Wong ★★☆☆☆ Honestly, I'm not really sure I "get" flash fiction. Conceptually it's an interesting medium, but it's hard to really develop and convey a complete story in so short a space. And as always with anthologies, the results were mixed. -------- "Our Face, Radiant Sisters, Our Faces Full of Light!" by Kameron Hurley ★★★☆☆ This one was fine, a solid enough opening for the collection. It's a bit heavy-handed, but I like the imagery of statues and the symbolism of monsters. "God Product" by Alyssa Wong ★★☆☆☆ Although I appreciate the Asian rep, I wasn't really sure what was going on. And it was a bit more gruesome than I was prepared for. "Alchemy" by Carrie Vaughn ★★★★☆ Deceptively straightforward yet compelling. "Persephone" by Seanan McGuire ★★★✯☆ I would've liked more ... something in the ending, but the scenario is emotionally-loaded. Also, implied WLW rep! "Margot and Rosalind" by Charlie Jane Anders ★★☆☆☆ This one just seemed meandering? There was a premise but just a bare hint of plot. "Astronaut" by Maria Dahvana Headley ★★★✯☆ Oh, this was funny. "More than Nothing" by Nisi Shawl ★★☆☆☆ When I sat down to quick-review these stories, this was the only one on the list that I had already forgotten all about. It's a nice enough tableau, but so many threads that didn't go anywhere. "The Last of the Minotaur Wives" by Brooke Bolander ★★★★☆ I absolutely love the depiction of the generational struggle and of the labyrinth itself. "The Jump Rope Rhyme" by Jo Walton ★★★✯☆ Not totally sure about some of the lines, but some of the others resonated with me. "Anabasis" by Amal El-Mohtar ★★✯☆☆ Lovely prose but I have no idea what was going on. "The Ordinary Woman and the Unquiet Emperor" by Catherynne M. Valente ★★★★☆ This story does so much in so few words and I am in awe.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kenya Starflight

    "She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted." With these words, now infamous, eleven authors deliver bits of "flash fiction" -- ultra-short stories where they spin out a scenario from these three sentences. And while a couple of these snippets fall flat and there are many that I would love to see fleshed out into longer stories, they're all fascinating glimpses into new worlds, and give us determined heroines who aren't afraid to stand up for themselves in the face "She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted." With these words, now infamous, eleven authors deliver bits of "flash fiction" -- ultra-short stories where they spin out a scenario from these three sentences. And while a couple of these snippets fall flat and there are many that I would love to see fleshed out into longer stories, they're all fascinating glimpses into new worlds, and give us determined heroines who aren't afraid to stand up for themselves in the face of those who would limit them. A collection of popular fantasy and sci-fi authors, including Charlie Jane Anders, Catherynne M. Valente, Seanan McGuire, Amal El-Mohtar, and Carrie Vaughn contribute to this anthology, each delivering a tale of a girl who, despite the warnings, decides to carry on with their quest, whatever it may be. From slaying monsters to murdering gods, from creating illegal AIs to alchemizing gold, from venturing into space to defying a wicked emperor, their quests and struggles don't always end happily. But nevertheless... they persist. Like all anthologies, some of these stories are better than others. There are some gems here, and some stories I would desperately love to see stretched out to full-story or even novella-length. But a few fall flat, though there were none that I would classify as complete duds, much less awful. Whatever your tastes, you'll probably find at least one story here to suit you. A short read, but a strong one, this is a showcase of many talented authors celebrating women who, despite all the odds, persist. And for the low price of zero dollars, you have nothing to lose.

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