Slipping: Stories, Essays, & Other Writing

NETSlipping: Stories, Essays, & Other Writing by Lauren Beukes
Published by Tachyon Publications
Published 29 November 2016
288 pages

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I was given a review copy by the publisher via NetGalley and voluntarily reviewed it.


In her edgy, satiric debut collection, award-winning South African journalist and author Lauren Beukes (The Shining GirlsMoxyland) never holds back. Nothing is simple and everything is perilous when humans are involved: corruption, greed, and even love (of a sort).

A permanent corporate branding gives a young woman enhanced physical abilities and a nearly-constant high Recruits lifted out of poverty find a far worse fate collecting biohazardous plants on an inhospitable world

The only adult survivor of the apocalypse decides he will be the saviour of teenagers; the teenagers are not amused.

From Johannesburg to outer space, these previously uncollected tales are a compelling, dark, and slippery ride.


The gloves arrived in the mail in a box lined with tissue paper (MUSE).


I really enjoyed this collection. I’m a huge fan of Beukes so I was looking forward to reading something else by her. Like all collections, Slipping was a bit of a mixed bag, some pieces were excellent, some were good, some were great and others were okay. The pieces spanned ten years so these differences are to be expected. I enjoyed the fiction the most especially Smileys, Pop Tarts, Litmash, Algebra and Ghost Girl. I was also pleasantly surprised by the non-fiction pieces especially On Beauty: A Letter to My Five-Year-Old Daughter which packed a punch. I loved the different themes and styles of the pieces. I had a great time with Slipping: Stories, Essays, & Other Writing and would recommend it.




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