Not a Spell Book

assimilatedcubansThe Assimilated Cuban’s Guide to Quantum Santeria by Carlos Hernandez is an interesting collection of science fiction and fantasy short stories. The title of the book comes from the last story. It wasn’t my favorite, but it had its good moments. It certainly showed that Santeria is nothing if not adaptable to circumstances.

The other stories were not about Santeria. They were varied from something that sounded a little like an Invasion of the Body Snatchers story to one where the protagonist suits up to be a robot Panda. I particularly enjoyed the opening story about a selkie like creature mating with a human. And I also liked the story where the ghost of a man’s mother resides in a bullet hole in a wall. The stories were a good mix. There is humor to go along with the thoughtfulness that  most of the stories demonstrate.

Some of the stories seemed to end a little abruptly, but it worked for them. They are short stories after all and not novellas. I enjoyed the cultural perspectives as well. It’s different from my background and because of that, it was even more interesting.

I gave this book 4 stars. If you enjoy short stories and science fiction, I think you would enjoy this collection.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.


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