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Otherworldly interference in real-world New York City? Or delusions? For the answer, follow two loving strangers in an astonishing short story of faith and hope by a World Fantasy Award winner.

Grimace is a homeless man on a holy mission to free Black Americans from emotional slavery. His empty soda cans told him as much. Then he meets Kim, a transgender runaway who joins Grimace on his heroic quest. Is Grimace receiving aluminum missives from the gods, or is he a madman? Kim will find out soon enough on a strange journey they’ve been destined to share.

Victor LaValle’s We Travel the Spaceways is part of Black Stars, a multi-dimensional collection of speculative fiction from Black authors. Each story is a world much like our own. Read or listen to them in a single sitting.

©2021 by Victor LaValle. (P)2021 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Wow... this one surprised me. I am grateful to have this bit of story in my life!

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I almost cried to hear this story told... written

The most memorable moment was the entire story and the love made it all real.

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A different perspective

It was nice to hear a sci-fi story from a black perspective. I only wish they have played music in the backgroundbackground. Thank you for the journey.

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intriguing

This was an interesting read. More than anything else, though, this book made me want to read more stuff from this author. 😺

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Possibly my favorite in the collection

I absolutely loved Victor’s storytelling and dialogue. The characters were amazingly well fleshed out for a short story but I felt like I knew them by the end. I am looking forward to reading more of Victor LaValle’s books!
And Brian was a very close second behind Naomi as my favorite narrator in the collection, I’m astonished by the negative reviews about him. I thought his character voices and pacing were well done and I didn’t have any issues understanding him. He helped really bring the story to life, IMO.

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Hated it.

The idea of the origins of Black people was interesting, but one I've heard before. This work was poorly executed and a massive chore to finish. I hated the characters, hated their actions, hated their background stories. I just hated it!
Anf the voice actor was hard to understand. He sounded as if he were mumble rapping instead of narrating a story. Ugh. What WAS this mess??

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First, there seems to be a problem with the audio. The sound was slightly muffled and did not stand out clearly; I had to turn up the volume to understand it, whereas the previous setting had been fine for multiple audiobooks. I don't think it was a problem how narrator spoke but of how it was recorded.

This a bit of an odd story. I didn't like the overall premise, but the telling of the story and the dialogue made it enjoyable. The narrator does a good job of bringing the characters to life, despite the audio issues noted previously.

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Too much foul language!

This is probably a great story. I struggled to get throughthe 1st few minutes. Due to the foul language. I wish that books were rated like movies are.

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Delusion or Reality

This is murky tale not in subject matter, rather in clarity of plot. It's unclear whether this homeless man Grimace is mentally unwell or his irrational ramblings and actions have real meaning and cosmic consequences.

Is the guy who hears from soda cans and bottles, paving the way for mankind's future and reconnection with Gods or is his missions a pyromaniacs delusion.

This blurring of fantasy and reality, purpose and irrelevancy is movingly explained through the lives of those most marginalised: the homeless and sex worker. An interesting read that I could easily have spent more time engrossed with.