Three Messages and a Warning: Contemporary Mexican Short Stories of the Fantastic

Edited by Eduardo Jimenez Mayo and Chris N. Brown

This anthology is a collection of Mexican short stories, a poem, and flash fiction. I hesitate to label it as science fiction or even fantastic, as a few of the stories don’t seem by any means to touch upon that [ex. Waiting- a short story just focused on waiting for death]. What did unite the collection was that many of the translated stories had lovely imagery, and decorative language. As a warning though, many of the stories do not follow an arc, nor is there the amount of substantial science fiction one would expect from the introduction. The stories are rather pretty, but many feel shallow or unfinished. I found the stories tended to be either interesting without any plot, or on the cliched predictable side. Two stories avoided this, and they were the shining gems of the collection- Photophobia and The Drop. Those two are certainly worth hunting after. The rest are fine and rather quick to read, but I didn’t take too much away from them.

I would recommend this to someone already interested in contemporary Mexican literature.

Nibble from Photophobia: “Tell me honestly… Which is better: to get ahead of eternity, or to let eternity catch up to us?”

My Rating: 6 out of 10 red apple ornaments

I received a free electronic copy of this book from the Early Reviewers program via LibraryThing.

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