This is a collection I came across on the radio program Genesis Science Fiction radio. JS EMUAKPOR, collected a series of Afrofantasy stories to create Afromyth volume 1. There are a bunch of stories in this collection and while I don’t have time to cover all of them, I will take a look at the editor’s stories plus the short ones.
Let’s start with Emuakpor’s story, Descent. Set somewhere in Earth, God of War Darfaru must find his stepbrother Nakadu and enter the realm of the dead. Why? Love of course! If your hot girlfriend who cooks really well was captured by a hell demon like Darfaru’s was, so would you! *joke sting* But let’s say she also has twenty g’s in credit card debt? Yes you should rescue her but you should wait until those debts disappear in seven years. Sorry honey but I need that money *joke sting*
Anyway, this was the best story in the collection that I read. Four point five out of 5 stars.
Next is Under the Kolbaba Tree by Darrell Duckworth.
In this story, a woman takes her family to meet her ill grandfather at a modern hospital. She reminisces about the old days in which she was a girl and he used to tell her fantastic stories about animals in their part of the savannah. As she thinks about those halcyon days, her grandpa and daughter disappear. Yeah...turns out those weren’t mere stories. He is some kind of naturalistic wizard with the ability to jump people to another plane of reality. That’s grandpa for ya! He never tells you when he’s gonna do something. *joke sting*
Anyway, this was the second best story in the collection. Four out of 5 stars.
After that story I read Yemayah by James Pyne.
A champion of a once thriving race, Yemeyah floats across space, dying because of damage taken during some sort of galactic cataclysm triggered by her stubborn people. The story tracks her as she decomposes and dies, the last of her people.
I think the author was trying to be profound but it comes off as uninspiring. Three out of 5 stars.
Finally, let’s wrap up by talking about The Cradle and the Scribe by Gary Priest.
Set 50 years from now, the world is plagued by the wrath of nature. Abdallah and his grandmother Nini are the last humans alive. How did they survive? By living in the foothills and hunting. Also, Abdallah is fated to be the scribe, chosen by God to write about how the Earth fell into disaster because of the humans. He initially rejects this solemn task but his grandmother wore him down and he finally does his homework. Yeah, grandmas have a way of making you do your work.
I’d give the author a hug and tell him his grandma would be proud of him Three point 5 out of 5 stars.
Got any ideas, suggestions, or works for me to review? Leave a comment down below. Hopefully it won’t depress me as much as this anthology has. Next week we’ll take a look at Attribute, a light hearted webcomic. Well I hope it is or I’m gonna spend the next week crying into my beer stein.