Recognize Fascism (multiple authors)

Rating: 4/5

This collection of sci fi short stories surprised me. I’m not a big fan of short stories typically, but I loved the title and the cover art so I thought I’d give it a try. I was not disappointed.

The overall theme is fascism, the settings change, and the characters are predominantly queer; although there are many wide ranging characters, many of them are human or humanoid.

One that stood out to me the most was about a young trans woman who was taken to prison by this supposedly nice guy cop who was really just misusing her and the system to get what he wanted under the guise of being kind. The building he takes her to has a strange form of sentience, however, so things don’t go quite according to the cop’s plan. The twist was really satisfying.

I haven’t figured out how to write reviews about short stories yet, but just know that this book did really stand out to me, as someone who doesn’t generally enjoy short fiction (because I don’t have the attention span to follow along with something so brief where every sentence matters to the story line). I can see it won’t be for everyone, but I highly recommend this book. It is eye opening, and also makes one think about the fascism present in our society by comparison to these stories that often feel far out there.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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