After just a few words into Falling in Love with Hominids, it’s clear to see that author Nalo Hopkins is not your average old white male Fantasy writer. Nalo Hopkins is a woman of color with the talent of weaving a series of strong stories that entangle the reader and hold onto them for the duration. Hopkins’ writing combines an incredible imagination with a fresh look full of Afro-Carribean, Canadian and American influences. Falling in Love with Hominids is a powerful collection of original short stories that tell a story about humanity, though often the stories seem far from it.
Hopkins excels at beginning a story seemingly in the middle of the action, before slowly unfurling the details of the world like flowers opening one petal at a time. Her stories contain a shape shifting disease that only affects certain age ranges, a woman who is becoming more one with her orchids than the humans around her, a teenager able to channel the power of a tree to fight off a would-be rapist and even a mall full of ghosts learning to interact with the human world again.
Once you start reading Falling in Love with Hominids it becomes increasingly difficult to put the book down again. Though conveniently written in the beautiful small chunk format of short stories, Nalo Hopkins leaves the reader desperately wanting to get a taste of the next story and the next set of imaginative characters.
Falling in Love with Hominids is beautiful, plain and simple. If you want something that breaks through the stereotypes of Fantasy writing and want a fresh and often bizarre take on the world around us, this is the book to put on the top of your reading list.