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Resistance. Revolution. Standing up and demanding to have your space, your say, your right to be. From small acts of defiance to protests that shut down cities, Do Not Go Quietly is an anthology of science fiction and fantasy short stories about those who resist. Within this anthology, we will chronicle the fight for what is just and right, and what that means: from leadin Resistance. Revolution. Standing up and demanding to have your space, your say, your right to be. From small acts of defiance to protests that shut down cities, Do Not Go Quietly is an anthology of science fiction and fantasy short stories about those who resist. Within this anthology, we will chronicle the fight for what is just and right, and what that means: from leading revolutions to the simple act of saying “No.” Resistance can be a small act of everyday defiance. And other times, resistance means massive movements that topple governments and become iconic historical moments. Either way, there is power in these acts, and the contributors in Do Not Go Quietly will harness that power to shake our readers to the core. We are subordinates to a power base that is actively working to solidify its grip on the world. Now is time to stand up and raise your voice and tell the world that enough is enough!


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Resistance. Revolution. Standing up and demanding to have your space, your say, your right to be. From small acts of defiance to protests that shut down cities, Do Not Go Quietly is an anthology of science fiction and fantasy short stories about those who resist. Within this anthology, we will chronicle the fight for what is just and right, and what that means: from leadin Resistance. Revolution. Standing up and demanding to have your space, your say, your right to be. From small acts of defiance to protests that shut down cities, Do Not Go Quietly is an anthology of science fiction and fantasy short stories about those who resist. Within this anthology, we will chronicle the fight for what is just and right, and what that means: from leading revolutions to the simple act of saying “No.” Resistance can be a small act of everyday defiance. And other times, resistance means massive movements that topple governments and become iconic historical moments. Either way, there is power in these acts, and the contributors in Do Not Go Quietly will harness that power to shake our readers to the core. We are subordinates to a power base that is actively working to solidify its grip on the world. Now is time to stand up and raise your voice and tell the world that enough is enough!

55 review for Do Not Go Quietly: An Anthology of Victory in Defiance

  1. 4 out of 5

    Fiona

    Nobody who advised you to lie down and sleep instead of fighting was ever worth trusting. Do Not Go Quietly is going to be seen, in years to come, as a book that perfectly illustrates the climate of 2019. It's a combination of defiance and warning, where all the stories have found someone to stick up for and they're ready to fight. Brooke Bolander opens the collection with Kindle, a retelling of the Little Match Girl. Yes, I detested that one too. But trust Brooke Bolander, because she's made a h Nobody who advised you to lie down and sleep instead of fighting was ever worth trusting. Do Not Go Quietly is going to be seen, in years to come, as a book that perfectly illustrates the climate of 2019. It's a combination of defiance and warning, where all the stories have found someone to stick up for and they're ready to fight. Brooke Bolander opens the collection with Kindle, a retelling of the Little Match Girl. Yes, I detested that one too. But trust Brooke Bolander, because she's made a habit of speaking for the voiceless, and listen when she tells you for pity's sake, if you're gonna be a martyr in anybody's story, at least make sure it's your own. Cassandra Khaw contributed the absolutely excellent What We Have Chosen to Love - a little softer than her usual, and one of the gentler stories of this collection, as well. But there's plenty of strength in quiet places, and it easily made it onto my (rather large) list of favourites. Shanna Germain is a new name to me, but impressed the hell out of me with Salted Bone and Silent Sea. Somehow she wrapped grief, heartbreak, step-parenting, true love, and tragedy into one cohesive, absolutely spellbinding story. It's hard to choose an absolute favourite from this truly great collection, but if I was pushed I just might settle on this. And there's many more - this anthology packs quite a few stories and poems into its pages, and the quality really is excellent. Glossolalia, by John Hornor Jacobs, is the shortest non-poem and makes the most of every single word; Kill the Darlings, by E. Catherine Tobler, is bizarre, brutally imaginative, and wonderful in it's horror; The Judith Plague, by A. Merc Rustad, had me rooting for the androids like I haven't done since The Second Renaissance segments of the Animatrix. This is a collection that looks for the underdog, the one not offered a choice, the one who doesn't see any way out, and says it's time to find that fire in the belly and fight. Fight by fighting, by being the better person, by just standing your ground, but don't just sit there and take it. It's stirring, and heartfelt, and possibly just a little bit earnest, but an endearing earnestness. And more than any of that, it's an absolutely stellar collection, from a whole ton of writers at the absolute peak of their game.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ai Miller

    I received a copy of this through LibraryThing's Early Reviewers program, and I'm grateful to the publisher for the opportunity to read it; I also backed the original anthology when it was a Kickstarter project. This collection is solid, and the hope nuggets in each story and poem are really powerful. I will say I think a list of trigger warnings would have really aided this collection; the last two stories ("The Judith Plague" and especially "Kill the Darlings (Silicone Sister Remix)") are deep I received a copy of this through LibraryThing's Early Reviewers program, and I'm grateful to the publisher for the opportunity to read it; I also backed the original anthology when it was a Kickstarter project. This collection is solid, and the hope nuggets in each story and poem are really powerful. I will say I think a list of trigger warnings would have really aided this collection; the last two stories ("The Judith Plague" and especially "Kill the Darlings (Silicone Sister Remix)") are deeply powerful but definitely need to be approached with self-care in mind. (I've written about the inclusion of trigger warning indexes before, with Resilience, which is an example of it being done really well!) Overall, this is a great collection of stories and poems with hope in despairing times, and may be really useful to folks looking for that in our current weird dystopia.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Rob Warren

    * I received a free e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. “Do Not Go Quietly” is a short story anthology that is about, when you get right down to it, hope. Hope kindled, hope sparked, hope nurtured, hope crushed and reborn. These stories are all tales of people - and, sometimes, not-people - facing the powers that others claim to be inevitable, and defiantly choosing hope instead. I went into this book with a lot of hope myself. I love short stories, and the theme strongly appeale * I received a free e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. “Do Not Go Quietly” is a short story anthology that is about, when you get right down to it, hope. Hope kindled, hope sparked, hope nurtured, hope crushed and reborn. These stories are all tales of people - and, sometimes, not-people - facing the powers that others claim to be inevitable, and defiantly choosing hope instead. I went into this book with a lot of hope myself. I love short stories, and the theme strongly appealed to me, and so it seemed a slam-dunk at first blush. And I have to say, that hope did not go unrewarded. First, there’s a lot there: 28 stories and poems, by some of the best voices working in short fiction today. It’s a mix of long and short stories, tiny moments and epic dramas, triumphant resistances and private victories. The collection launches hard with “Kindle”, by Brooke Bolander, a story about a young match-seller girl surviving on cold streets primed to explode in revolution. In Dee Warwick’s “Nobody Lives In The Swamp”, a dead teenage girl - now a ghost from Ukrainian folklore - struggles with her anger and loneliness, attempting to find human contact that may be forever beyond her reach. In “Face”, by Veronica Brush, an android is forbidden by her creator to know her own face, finally driven to great lengths to claim self-knowledge. The whole anthology is excellent, strong from start to finish, exceptionally well curated and edited. “Do Not Go Quietly” is, quite frankly, one of the best short story anthologies I’ve read in a long time. The flaws are so few and minor that they border on the pedantic. Of almost thirty authors, only six are male, and so the collection is overwhelmingly female-oriented in theme and content. While stories such as “Rage Against The Venting Machine” and “Thirteen Year-Long Song” are standout exceptions, they’re outnumbered by stories about lost children, grieving mothers, and parent-daughter relationships. I would have enjoyed a bit more diversity in perspectives, a few more male voices. That’s the only criticism I really have, but it’s a tiny point that shouldn’t stop you from buying and enjoying this anthology. Long and short, “Do Not Go Quietly” is excellent. Period. If you love short stories, buy it now.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Maria Haskins

    Edited by Lesley Conner and Jason Sizemore, the editorial team behind Apex Magazine, this powerful and politically charged anthology features science fiction and fantasy short stories about those who resist, chronicling “the fight for what is just and right… from leading revolutions to the simple act of saying no.” There are devastating stories here, filled with immense lyrical beauty and power; though many of them delve into vividly drawn futures and imagined worlds full of darkness and despair Edited by Lesley Conner and Jason Sizemore, the editorial team behind Apex Magazine, this powerful and politically charged anthology features science fiction and fantasy short stories about those who resist, chronicling “the fight for what is just and right… from leading revolutions to the simple act of saying no.” There are devastating stories here, filled with immense lyrical beauty and power; though many of them delve into vividly drawn futures and imagined worlds full of darkness and despair, there is also a glimmer of hope to light the way. Do Not Go Quietly features stunning stories and poetry by John Hornor Jacobs, Brooke Bolander, Cassandra Khaw, Fran Wilde, Rich Larson, Mary Soon Lee, Sarah Pinsker, Meg Elison, and many more—strong voices here, filled with passion and rage and lyrical power.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Ty

    Choose to not to resist this excellent anthology. Sirens, rebels, fighters, and very careful 'not' chosen ones decide to not lay down under oppression but to fight back against the wrong in defense of the wronged. The poetry and short stories are full of passion and rage against the deus ex machina of daily life and injustice. I saw this pop up on social media bringing to mind Dylan Thomas so I bought this on a whim. I am not disappointed by it and I appreciate the editors and writers sharing a bi Choose to not to resist this excellent anthology. Sirens, rebels, fighters, and very careful 'not' chosen ones decide to not lay down under oppression but to fight back against the wrong in defense of the wronged. The poetry and short stories are full of passion and rage against the deus ex machina of daily life and injustice. I saw this pop up on social media bringing to mind Dylan Thomas so I bought this on a whim. I am not disappointed by it and I appreciate the editors and writers sharing a bit of their will and persistence in the face of travails with their words and ideas. I appreciated some great fiction to consume gratefully if not gently.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    For their latest anthology, DO NOT GO QUIETLY: AN ANTHOLOGY OF VICTORY IN DEFIANCE, Jason Sizeman and Lesly Conner have brought together a powerhouse group of diverse writers––several of whom have won Hugo, Nebula, Locus, World Fantasy, Prix Aurora, Mythopeoic, Andre Norton, and Shirley Jackson awards–¬–that offer a variety of perspectives on several of today’s hot-button topics (e.g. #MeToo, #BlackLivesMatter, immigration, etc.). These diverse voices are as refreshing as they are imaginative.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jule

    This anthology is a beautiful and powerful testimony to strength, determination and defiance in the face of oppression, injustice and hatred. From historical to futuristic, from realistic to fantastical, fighting against religion, capitalism, patriarchy, homophobia, racism (etc., etc.), these stories and poems come from all genres (including magical realism, sci-fi, dystopias, re-tellings with some familiar faces) and showcase characters that rebel, fight back, try to achieve change. Not all of This anthology is a beautiful and powerful testimony to strength, determination and defiance in the face of oppression, injustice and hatred. From historical to futuristic, from realistic to fantastical, fighting against religion, capitalism, patriarchy, homophobia, racism (etc., etc.), these stories and poems come from all genres (including magical realism, sci-fi, dystopias, re-tellings with some familiar faces) and showcase characters that rebel, fight back, try to achieve change. Not all of them are successful, but what is so brilliant, important and powerful is that they all tried. It is a very timely collection, with so many things from the real world being alluded to and answered (not least the BlackLivesMatter-movement). I can strongly recommend this!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Hope

    And e-ARC of this book was given to me by the publisher for review. Like any anthology, I loved some stories more than others. In this case, even the stories that weren't favorites were thought-provoking and worth reading. The stories and poems are all on the same theme, without ever feeling repetitious.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Katrina

    First let me say, the cover art is beautiful and so fitting for this collection. As with most anthologies, some stories more than others I connected with, but I am glad that I found this on Kickstarter and supported it into being. Excellent collection of strange, resisting stories.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Bradshaw

    This is a powerful collection. My favorites included "Everything is Closed Today" by Sarah Pinkster, "The Society for the Reclamation of Words and Meanings" by Fran Wilde, and "Glossolalia" by John Hornor Jacobs.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    Still reading, but quite comfortable recommending this as a book to read when you want to burn something down but cannot, for whatever reason, literally burn it down.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kate Sherrod

    There are some good pieces, some great pieces, and two that made me reach for the brain bleach but were still amazing. Full review soon at Skiffy and Fanty!

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    Jake

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    Barry Hill

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    Lesley

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jo

  17. 4 out of 5

    John Jacobs

  18. 4 out of 5

    John Towers

  19. 5 out of 5

    Leila

  20. 4 out of 5

    Ismael

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

  22. 5 out of 5

    Lily

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jessa Dawn

  24. 5 out of 5

    Scott

  25. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Cook

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jason Sizemore

  27. 5 out of 5

    Christa

  28. 5 out of 5

    Emily

  29. 5 out of 5

    Frances

  30. 5 out of 5

    Teresa Telesco

  31. 4 out of 5

    S. Barker

  32. 4 out of 5

    Luce

  33. 5 out of 5

    Dione Basseri

  34. 4 out of 5

    Yev Kopman

  35. 5 out of 5

    Seamus Quigley

  36. 4 out of 5

    Kirk

  37. 4 out of 5

    Su

  38. 4 out of 5

    Jay C

  39. 4 out of 5

    Ahmed Hilmy

  40. 4 out of 5

    Emily

  41. 4 out of 5

    Gregory

  42. 5 out of 5

    Jen

  43. 4 out of 5

    Maria

  44. 4 out of 5

    Richard

  45. 5 out of 5

    Aubrey

  46. 4 out of 5

    Megan White

  47. 4 out of 5

    Laura

  48. 5 out of 5

    Cat

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    Ryta Furrier

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    Sarah

  52. 5 out of 5

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    Allyson

  54. 4 out of 5

    ChinaSorrows

  55. 5 out of 5

    Lehcar

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