The Voices of Martyrs

The Voices of Martyrs We are a collection of voices the assembled history of the many voices that have spoken into our lives and shaped us Voices of the past voices of the present and voices of the future There is an Af

  • Title: The Voices of Martyrs
  • Author: Maurice Broaddus
  • ISBN: 9780996769259
  • Page: 424
  • Format: Paperback
  • We are a collection of voices, the assembled history of the many voices that have spoken into our lives and shaped us Voices of the past, voices of the present, and voices of the future There is an African proverb, Se wo were fi na wosankofa a yenkyi, which translates as It is not wrong to go back for that which you have forgotten This is why we continue to rememberWe are a collection of voices, the assembled history of the many voices that have spoken into our lives and shaped us Voices of the past, voices of the present, and voices of the future There is an African proverb, Se wo were fi na wosankofa a yenkyi, which translates as It is not wrong to go back for that which you have forgotten This is why we continue to remember the tales of struggle and tales of perseverance, even as we look to tales of hope What a people choose to remember about its past, the stories they pass down, informs who they are and sets the boundaries of their identity We remember the pain of our past to mourn, to heal, and to learn Only in that way can we ensure the same mistakes are not repeated The voices make up our stories The stories make up who we are A collected voice.

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    1. This is an interesting but uneven collection of this author's speculative fiction stories centering Africans and people of African descent. It's separated into three parts titled "Past", "Present" and "Future". That's a choice that works well for the "Past" section with what I feel are some of the most powerful stories of the whole book and feel thematically linked as they march forwards in time. I don't think it works as well for "Present" where there's a mix of thematic elements including a co [...]

    2. See the original review here: gamingforjustice/2017/02/I received an ARC e-copy of this book in exchange for an open and honest review. The title of Maurice Broaddus' collection of short stories and brief description hooked me immediately. The idea that each story carries a voice of a martyr, an important voice that was silenced by those in power, was very intriguing to me as a reader. I did not know what to expect besides a journey with a multitude of voices, each with their own important story [...]

    3. ravenandbeez.wordpress/20I received this book from NetgalleyPROS: BEAUTIFUL AND RICH BLACK HISTORY! Like oh man… wow. This book had three settings, the past, the present and the future and in all three of them you have black POV’s and you get to learn about their culture and their history and their ways and it blew my mind away because the media is usually filled with western ways and their culture and this was like a whole new world to meNS: There isn’t really much to dislike in this book [...]

    4. One of the fun things about reviewing books is that you can be offered a book for review that you might never have noticed on your own. For me, this is one such book.It's a collection of short stories with settings ranging from ancient Africa to the slave trade, to the Jim Crow era in the US to alternate histories and the far future. Some are clearly science fiction or fantasy, while others have the barest possible fantastic content. Even those with little to no fantastic content, though, are wr [...]

    5. I absolutely adored this book when I started it. All the short stories in the "Past" and "Present" sub section of the book were haunting and beautiful BUT when I read Pimp My Airship which is the first short story under "Future" I came across a character named Knowledge AllahNeedless to say, as a Muslim I feel like it was a very depreciating way to have used a name of a God that has no form, for a character. Wouldn't have had an issue if they used any Muslim name but, really?? I didn't go on aft [...]

    6. In these stories, Maurice Broaddus speaks with the voices of martyrs – past, present, and future. The anthology is divided accordingly into these sections. All or almost all of these stories involve some fantasy or science fiction element. Personally, I found I liked the future stories the best.The collection begins with “Warrior of the Sunrise Rite of Passage,” the tale of a woman warrior in a long ago Africa, battling strange and ferocious monsters. From there, the collection moves to ar [...]

    7. It all came down to the story we lived by. If the metaphor of that story could be changed, the individual could be changed.Announcement: The world needs to read this book immediately.The Voices of Martyrs is an a collection of stories voiced by the "martyrs" of African culture. These impressive, yet brief, short stories span entire generations from the distant past in their home continent, to the vast reaches of outer space. Broaddus' ability to switch between different voices and genres is asto [...]

    8. This anthology is  a profound, emotionally charged anthology that left me breathless.  The stories are portraits of Africans over time, from the time before slavery, through their experiences over the decades in the US to the present and beyond.  Each voice is a message that reaches the heart.  An entire race has been shaped by the ignorance, hate and greed of others. But despite this, there is still pride, a sense of connection with their origins.  It takes strength and determination to pe [...]

    9. Very good stories that cover a wide range of the Black experience, in Africa, America and elsewhere, in the past, present and future. Vivid imagery of scene and mood, intriguing characters and plot. I read an e-book provided by NetGalley for an honest review, and I will be buying this in the future, mainly because of some formatting problems with the file. In fact, I think one of the stories was missing the ending. Still recommended though.

    10. This was not was I was expecting. The first story was good, following an kickbutt woman warrior with tribe politics and dark rituals and experimental monsters. My copy has formatting issues where sentences have no spaces and sometimes the narrative as hard to follow, but interesting. Kept my attention. The next two stories were white men telling tales about torturing and killing slaves. Lots of slurs involved and violence. Then I skimmed over the a slave tale - this time from the slave’s PO [...]

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