In Kai Ashante Wilson sThe Lamentation of Their Women, the Prince of Darkness selects a young woman from the Bronx as his chief lieutenant Content warning for mature themes and graphic violenceAt the Publisher s request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software DRM applied


10 thoughts on “The Lamentation of Their Women

  1. Elena May Elena May says:

    A dark, vivid, powerful, angry, passionate, and somewhat ultra violent fantasy novella in which a young woman lashes out against police brutality I thought the first instance of violence seems a bit random and illogical I understand it s a revenge fantasy, but I think it would have been better to see some set up for Nisha s frustration before it all starts But the story is definitely well written, and I like it how the author doesn t spell out the answer to some open questions, but gives a f A dark, vivid, powerful, angry, passionate, and somewhat ultra violent fantasy novella in which a young woman lashes out against police brutality I thought the first instance of violence seems a bit random and illogical I understand it s a revenge fantasy, but I think it would have been better to see some set up for Nisha s frustration before it all starts But the story is definitely well written, and I like it how the author doesn t spell out the answer to some open questions, but gives a few the hints and leaves it to reader to get it


  2. karen karen says:

    might be time for a reread it s timely for police simmering MOOD Nigga, this New York Ain t nobody out here got no fucking driver s license You better hand me that envelope the writing in this story is so nearly perfect it s rough shit really ugly and hate filled fueled, but his control over his storytelling is insanely good on the one hand, it s a vivid splattery bloodbath that doesn t shy away from the carnage, but with some of the other parts anhell s big sin for example, he j might be time for a reread it s timely for police simmering MOOD Nigga, this New York Ain t nobody out here got no fucking driver s license You better hand me that envelope the writing in this story is so nearly perfect it s rough shit really ugly and hate filled fueled, but his control over his storytelling is insanely good on the one hand, it s a vivid splattery bloodbath that doesn t shy away from the carnage, but with some of the other parts anhell s big sin for example, he just drops the subtle crumbs and you follow them and you get it without wilson ever having to use the words other strengths the voices of the characters are perfect and just spark up off the page, his descriptions of new york are exactly right accurate, sure, but he uses the most pleasingly unexpected words to describe things i see every day the way he shapes his descriptive passages is my favorite thing about his writing he s fond of weaving real slang into his stories, but also sliding in some of his own neologisms that make his stuff stand way out from anyone else s this man s fondness for hyphens and compound words makes my heart sing i definitely appreciate the anger in this story, as a response to shit that keeps happening in the world, describing the demonically assisted actuation of an impulse that is probably not uncommon, and there is a cautionary tale here, but it s just a whisper under all the violence there were some transitions i thought could have been tighter, and i would have liked a bitclarity on some of the elements, but it s so beautifully written that i loved it regardless this dude has a gift.read it for yourself here to my blog


  3. Richard Derus Richard Derus says:

    Rating 4.5 of fiveWhen you read this, and why the hell wouldn t you, be prepared The language is lovely, the suede smooth flow of the words is addictive, but the content is disturbing and the reality of its raw rage is a gut punch to the sedate and sheltered whitefolks likely to read a free Tor.com story or a 99 Kindle short.They fucked but that wasn t it Neither was a puff or two off Anhell s first blunt of the day, nor coffee light and sweet, bagel egg and cheese from the corner And, no, Rating 4.5 of fiveWhen you read this, and why the hell wouldn t you, be prepared The language is lovely, the suede smooth flow of the words is addictive, but the content is disturbing and the reality of its raw rage is a gut punch to the sedate and sheltered whitefolks likely to read a free Tor.com story or a 99 Kindle short.They fucked but that wasn t it Neither was a puff or two off Anhell s first blunt of the day, nor coffee light and sweet, bagel egg and cheese from the corner And, no, TV wasn t it, and not a nap, and not fooling around again later in bed Nor staring out the window while Anhell played his videogames He that giveth thee all shall too expect somewhat in return O gluttons of murder, wherefore do ye fast Bring down the red rain, for in hell we are greatly thirsting The satanic apotheosis of Nisha and Anhell is equal to that of Mickey and Mallory in Natural Born Killers or Sailor and Lula in Wild at Heart I wonder that the events described in the story aren t playing out before out eyes There s a bloody justice to the devil s gift to the couple I wonder that Author Wilson didn t give the same gift via gawd s grace.Free read at Tor.com


  4. Timothy Urges Timothy Urges says:

    They gotta keep shit looking a certain way for the message.Serious, transgressive, and pulpy Read this if you are not a fan of Trump s America.


  5. Victoria Rose Victoria Rose says:

    The Lamentation of Their Women great title btw is an evil stinking pot of loathing, blood, and barbarity, left to simmer on an outrageous revenge fantasy and served with a side of political depression Kai Ashante Wilson has an exceedingly powerful voice and he uses it in such an intense capacity that its impossible not to be swept up in the flood of his vitriol His story is very well written, and politically charged, which I m aware is not for everyone His voice adds to the many that are sp The Lamentation of Their Women great title btw is an evil stinking pot of loathing, blood, and barbarity, left to simmer on an outrageous revenge fantasy and served with a side of political depression Kai Ashante Wilson has an exceedingly powerful voice and he uses it in such an intense capacity that its impossible not to be swept up in the flood of his vitriol His story is very well written, and politically charged, which I m aware is not for everyone His voice adds to the many that are speaking up against police brutality and racism in the US, in an extreme way Of course, hate plus hate does not lead to a happy ending This is in no way what the author is suggesting This is a revenge fantasy, nothing , utterly outrageous and exaggerated It s a twisted and violent It s quite a lot of fun The only reason I went for 3 stars is because I was not keen on the characters Both MCs feel very real, very flawed, running on sadism, and I couldn t really enjoy them Plus, I wanted a littleinformation about some aspects of this story, especially towards the end, which seemed kind of sudden and didn t give me any kind of closure


  6. Diana Diana says:

    I read this as a direct follow from A Taste of Honey, and I am amused, which I m certain is not a word that anyone half sane would use in conjunction with this novella This novella is about a justifiably angry black woman, Nisha, from Brooklyn, her dysfunctional relationship, and what happens when the devil hands them cursed weapons and takes them for lieutenants in a world where 45 has indeed been elected and Jim Crow laws are back so what two years from now Here s a hint it doesn t I read this as a direct follow from A Taste of Honey, and I am amused, which I m certain is not a word that anyone half sane would use in conjunction with this novella This novella is about a justifiably angry black woman, Nisha, from Brooklyn, her dysfunctional relationship, and what happens when the devil hands them cursed weapons and takes them for lieutenants in a world where 45 has indeed been elected and Jim Crow laws are back so what two years from now Here s a hint it doesn t go well for anyone They see black protestors on TV, and Anhell says to her that he s about goddamn tired of seeing crying black women, and for once wouldn t it be sweet to see some crying white people I mean, yes, but no, of course not We as somewhat civilized people think, dude, all white people in general don t need to die we need the white people doing the killing to stop abusing their authority We as angry people of all colors get real fucking tired of seeing people of color suffer and be blamed for that suffering, as though white people were just standing to one side the whole time, blameless and sweetly confused This story then is not just revenge fantasy it s a vivid, explicit rumination on what would happen if you take that angry person with not a lot to lose, hand them a magical weapon that makes them want to do murder without conscience, and then leave it to them to point it at the persons they think need killing It does not indeed take a genius to decide where those weapons are going to be pointed It should be self evident for anyone who s paying attention.That said, why am I amused Because I just finished bitching about how A Taste of Honey reads like faux victorian anime boylove set in a really interesting fantasy setting, and I am having some real trouble figuring out how we get to The Lamentation of Their Women from there or vice versa I kind of love that


  7. Arden Arden says:

    Yum A sweet revenge fantasy for the trump era I can taste the blood on my tongue


  8. Beth Roberts Beth Roberts says:

    The author is clearly highly intelligent and a very good writer.I am all for embracing culture and real life is ugly, no denying it.The Black Lives Matter Movement is important All lives matter.Racial hatred is sadly deeply embedded in the American culture.Hatred runs deep, and it runs both ways This story appears to be proof of that Some are calling this story passionate It reads like psychotic revenge fantasy I would not want to embrace the culture in this story anythan I would Ar The author is clearly highly intelligent and a very good writer.I am all for embracing culture and real life is ugly, no denying it.The Black Lives Matter Movement is important All lives matter.Racial hatred is sadly deeply embedded in the American culture.Hatred runs deep, and it runs both ways This story appears to be proof of that Some are calling this story passionate It reads like psychotic revenge fantasy I would not want to embrace the culture in this story anythan I would Aryan Nation white trash sentiment.Very sad, very ugly This isn t passion, it s just scary.Edited to add Dr Martin Luther King is the example of passion for this movement all of us, as Americans, should honor and be proud of He educated himself, he spoke with dignity This language, the sentiment in this story, is not his legacy It is not the legacy of Rosa Parks The black culture has a long history of dignity and honor that the characters in this story do not exemplify Be proud, be who you are, be the best We should all be responsible for setting our standard of behavior to something other than ugly


  9. Daren Daren says:

    A short, high octane, violent story set in New York The writing is dark and moody, full of deep description.It doesn t shy from the violence of the story, and uses vernacular appropriate for the New York setting, and rolls from action scene to action scene Free from Tor.com HERE A short, high octane, violent story set in New York The writing is dark and moody, full of deep description.It doesn t shy from the violence of the story, and uses vernacular appropriate for the New York setting, and rolls from action scene to action scene Free from Tor.com HERE


  10. Drakeryn Drakeryn says:

    the perfect comfort read for 2020.read it for free here violence the perfect comfort read for 2020.read it for free here violence