Day 2 of the #Fallisbooked photo challenge by @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks and @OriginalCyn620
#OrangeCover 🍊🧡 - I complemented this beautiful book cover with my Philip K Dick inspired “Iron Maiden” shirt since Eddie‘s coat has a bit of an orange tint to it. Plus, Iron Maiden seems like a good soundtrack for Halloween month! 🎃
#FallIsBooked Day 1: At the top of my #OctoberTBR are my #ScreamsByMail titles that I am crossing my fingers will reach me soon. Thank you to my #HorrorPostalBookClub group for being ever so patient as I go through an international move and changes in residence. We also just launched our new reading theme on witches, dryads, priestesses, goddesses. Suggested titles are most welcome!!
I'm torn! The setting was awesome and the main character was kick-ass. But it was a tad to graphic even for me. And the use of magic didn't always make sense - there were places where it wasn't used when it should have been, and places where it was too conveniently powerful.
Giving it a Pick anyway, I was invested in all the characters regardless of my issues with the plot. And the setting really was super cool and unique.
A post apocalyptic African fantasy novel (with trigger warnings all over it).
I liked it well enough though. Even as gritty and hard to read as some of it was.
This was also my first Nnedi Okorafor novel. 😁
A great story set in a tough world, not too different from our own. I would have preferred more focus on the magic instead of the personal relationships. This was better written than the Binti trilogy.
1/5⭐ The beginning w/ Onye trying to fit into society was decent. By the middle I was so lost in how the world works that I disconnected completely. The magic system isn't explained. New abilities appear only when convenient to the plot but underused in mitigating obstacles later. Onye is combative & despicable. Characters bounced instantly between anger & laughter. The relationships & plot, especially in the end, were incomprehensible. #bookemon
I am really into this book. A really great read. Yes,it had disturbing parts,but it is very interesting.
Well,I finished Who Fears Death. Wow,I loved it. What an incredible story. Excellent . A grand ending
Like: the setting, the world and magic building, Okorafor‘s writing
Dislike: too long, I struggled with being focused on the audio narration
Don‘t get me wrong, it is a good book! It just didn‘t work too well on audio for me 🤷♀️
#BookMail Pt11 I ordered this book as my #CliFi entry for #Booked2019 over 3 weeks ago from Booktopia.Took it‘s time getting here from the other side of Sydney! I love Booktopia,they have a great selection, even have signed books a lot & the prices are ok for Australia,but the last six orders I‘ve had to prompt them with messages & emails to send books that are flagged as allocated to my order.Don‘t know what‘s going on at their warehouse🤷🏻♀️
This is a tough book; a coming of age story, but its main themes are genocide, weaponized rape, genital mutilation, systemic abuse and oppression of women. This heavy dose of reality is interwoven with stories of friendship, love, family, growing up and learning; and blended with the mysticism and spirit world of West Africa. The book takes place both in the deserts of Africa and the magical world of powerful sorcerers and wise women. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5
Going to put the phone in airplane mode and read as much of this as I can today. Featuring my older lady friend, Arya. #CatsofLitsy
“We all are born with burdens. Some of us more than others.”
I debated whether I should make this a Pick or not, but I decided that the good outweighed the bad. Onye is Ewu, a child of rape, and instead of being treated with compassion, everyone around her hates that she exists. A child born from violence, can only be violent being their theory. I loved the worldbuilding and the stories from the Great Book. However, her "friends" weren't great.
@collegecatlady - I have received your list and was very excited! Your reading is much more contemporary than mine, so I had to research pretty much all titles, as I have not read them yet. I have picked these to read from your
list in January. I have read several from Nnedi Okorafor, and loved her books. The Enchanter looks like a pre-cursor to Lolita, which I found a piece of genius, so I am looking forward to it!
I was almost scared to start on this book. Got interested in it because Nnedi posted about how her original publishers tried to whitewash the cover, and so I picked it up when I found it at a book fest. Heavy stuff, bluntly stated in a way that most books don't do or else leave as backdrop from the proper story, and established within an incredible piece of speculative fiction.
Overall I enjoyed this one! Very dark subject matter though, which made it a tough read at points. And I was also frustrated with the “a prophecy has foretold...” trope that we see time and time again in fantasy. That being said, the writing was solid, the main character was interesting, and I really appreciated the ending.
Onyesonwu is an Ewu, or child of rape, but she is intelligent, determined and angry at anyone who gets in her way. She also has magical ability, though people in her village are reluctant to teach her. The first words drew me in immediately, and this sometimes violent book touches on race, sexism and more, while defying a simple genre classification. The first I've read by this author and definitely not the last!
Whew. Been a while since a book brought me to actual tears. This was long, but worth it. The dystopian fantasy element is really engaging, and the feeling throughout of wondering and wanting to know what future this IS is gripping.
Nnedi Okorafor is one of the best fantasy authors working today. She writes fantasy and sci -fi novels for adults, teens and middle grade readers. Who Fears Death is a heartbreaking and gorgeous read. According to a 2009 interview on Patrick Rothfuss' blog, Okorafor's favorite book is, "The Talisman by Stephan King and Peter Straub."
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This is my first Okorafor even though I have most of her books on my TBR shelf. This novel was AMAZING. Anyone who is a fan of fantasy and epic tales, this is for you! Okorafor is a tremendous writer!
With that, I have completed the top three picks decided by you guys from my #makemereadit stack!
I really enjoyed the unique non-Western Europe fantasy setting and magical system. The observations on sexism and racism were also spot on. But learning to see beyond one's self-absorption to commiserate with others is also an important element of the hero's quest storyline, and the main character never did that here--never even tried--which ultimately kept this novel from living up to its full potential.
Here‘s my stack for #makemereadit! Vote for which one I should read in the comments! Hopefully I can get to all of these in August in the order they‘re voted for.
Just finished this book. Really well written & engaging. I love reading books that take place in other countries/cultures. I need to read the prequel now. It's meant to postapocalypic, but it felt more like I was reading a historical fiction or even a contemporary rural storyline. Except for the few times it mentioned computers. (Cont. 👇👇)
Set in a post-apocalyptic African state – Onyesonwu, her partner & friends, set out on a quest to halt the genocide of their community. There was lots here to like – the haziness of the near future, Onye‘s shape shifting powers, the magical realism and the exploration of gender politics, written with gutsiness. The story line though was predicable. Optioned for HBO with George R R Martin as executive producer – I‘ll definitely be tuning in!
I‘ve completed my first season of #Booked2018! Such a fun challenge!
.Olympic sport: The Untold Story of Jesse Owens and Hitler‘s Olympics ⭐️⭐️
.Body positive novel or memoir: She‘s Come Undone⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
.POC author: Who Fears Death⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
.Cozy mystery: Still Life⭐️⭐️⭐️
.Feminist classic: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
.Unconventional Romance: foolish hearts ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Off to plan next season! 😁
Thank you all again for all of the birthday wishes. I love this community so much. It has been a lovely day and included some new me books purchased at the Friends of the Public Library store and reading by the water.
The English language needs a word for “ pre-ordered this so long again I‘d forgotten about so it was super exciting to open it in today‘s #bookmail” ! The English language is so lacking at times!🤣