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The Black God's Drums
The Black God's Drums | P. Djeli Clark
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Rising SFF star P. Djl Clark brings an alternate New Orleans of orisha, airships, and adventure to life in his immersive debut novella The Black God's Drums In an alternate New Orleans caught in the tangle of the American Civil War, the wall-scaling girl named Creeper yearns to escape the streets for the air in particular, by earning a spot on-board the airship Midnight Robber. Creeper plans to earn Captain Ann-Maries trust with information she discovers about a Haitian scientist and a mysterious weapon he calls The Black Gods Drums. But Creeper also has a secret herself: Oya, the African orisha of the wind and storms, speaks inside her head, and may have her own ulterior motivations. Soon, Creeper, Oya, and the crew of the Midnight Robber are pulled into a perilous mission aimed to stop the Black Gods Drums from being unleashed and wiping out the entirety of New Orleans. A sinewy mosaic of Haitian sky pirates, wily street urchins, and orisha magic. Beguiling and bombastic! Scott Westerfeld, New York Times bestselling author At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
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Ubookquitous
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Quick, fast-paced novella set in an alternate Free New Orleans. A wonderful blend of Haitian, Carribean, African and New Orleans influences. Highly recommend. #DiverseReading #OwnVoices

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Plaidsticks
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Quick good read. Took me a bit to get used to the dialect, but my biggest disappointment was it was too short. I wanna know more! I got this on a whim on a kindle sale, so wasn‘t too sure of the target audience, but I‘m thinking I‘ll read it to the kids before too long.

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Shvonne
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An alternate history about a mysterious weapon and old world Gods. I read it in a few hours would definitely recommend. #blitsy #blacklitsy

Yeah_I_Read 😊 2mo
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ralexist
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An alternative history novella set in New Orleans not long after the Civil War. The city has become neutrally independent of either the North or South. Here is where we find 13 year old thief Creeper who has inherited Oya's power of wind. Creeper's connection to the Orisha sets her on a new path full of secrets, weapons, and airships. This was good novella but I wanted more of the story. I felt like this was only getting started when it ended.

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Zelma
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BookwormM That is a powerful cover (edited) 3mo
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Well-ReadNeck
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I‘ve been binging P. Djèlí Clark‘s novellas and it has been a TREAT!! I‘m so excited to see him Labor Day weekend at the Decatur Book Festival!!!!

Angitron His writing is so great! Awesome that you get to see him in person! 4mo
Well-ReadNeck @Angitron His writing blows me away. The first piece of his I read was this short story. And, the writing is just amazing. https://firesidefiction.com/the-secret-lives-of-the-nine-negro-teeth-of-george-w... 4mo
kgriffith That short story, holy shit, @Well-ReadNeck — I just skimmed the first two sections and I‘m just.... whoa. Saving for later, and thank you for the rec. 4mo
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overtheedge
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In 1884, a 13 year old orphan, Creeper, has been living on the streets of New Orleans for years. She lives in an alcove, by the ship docks. She sees them coming and leaving and dreams of the day she can escape her life. She decides getting aboard an airship, Midnight Robber is the start to a new life.
This is alternative history done well. Engaging and believable. Creeper is hard not to like. I loved the whimsical writing style of P. Djeli Clark.

ElishaLovesBooks Great review! Stacked! 5mo
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biblio_ginger
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Well sadly it's time for the last #24in48readathon challenge. 😔 But I've had a lovely weekend and it's not over yet! For the #hour42challenge this is my favorite book of the ones I've read so far for the readathon. All I can say about it is more please!!!!! 🙏🙏🙏 Haitian sky pirates!!!😍 @24in48

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callielafleur
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This novella tells the story of a girl named Creeper who wants to gain passage on an airship out of the New Orleans, and has the secret that could pay her way. But Creeper is not the only one who dictates her moves- she also has the Goddess Oya whispering in her mind, and Oya has a different plan for her.

P. Djèlí Clark's writing is wonderful, and I can't wait to read more from him.

Read this for the #24in48 readathon!

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Zelma
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ALA book haul no. 3. Castle Waiting isn‘t new but the rep said she loves it so much, she had to bring copies. A nice new hard cover of volume 1! I‘m particularly interested in the Kristen Arnett, the new Jesse Ball, and the tagged title.

charl08 Looking forward to reading 6mo
Zelma @charl08 I adored her first book so this one should be great. 6mo
Bookgoil Omg Castle Waiting is one of my faves!!!!! I hope you love it! 😍 6mo
Zelma @Bookgoil it bodes well that you love it. 😁 6mo
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This was shorter than I was expecting and Creeper (Jacqueline) was also younger than expected. Liked the mythology and the nuns. Having the captain and Creeper both be vessels for gods worked for the plot. World building was fine, but the dialect wasn‘t my cup of tea. Ending felt abrupt. I could see Mr. Clark doing a follow up with Creeper as an adult. Between a pick and so-so. Liked it, didn‘t love it.

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Kammbia1
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I have finished Guy Gavriel Kay's latest novel and now it's time to read The Black God's Drums. I've had this one on my Kindle for awhile.

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xicanti
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This week‘s library haul. I went in to pick up KID GLOVES and SILVER SPOON VOL 1, then nabbed THE BLACK GOD‘S DRUMS because it happened to be in the New Books section. Somebody‘d misfiled it under Nonfiction.

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RainyDayReading
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I LOVED this!! I wish there was more since this is only about 100 pages. Quick, engaging and entirely engrossing. I loved how much world building there was in such a short amount of time, the characters were well done and the plot was fast paced but not forced. Haitian sky pirates, alternate steampunk New Orleans set in the Civil War era, ancient Gods and.....Nuns?? What more could I ask for 😁

Kammbia1 I just started reading this one. It's been on my Kindle for awhile.
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RainyDayReading @Kammbia1 I hope you enjoy it! 6mo
Kammbia1 @RainyDayReading. I'm halfway through it. It is pretty interesting so far. A different view on New Orleans for sure. LOL!! 6mo
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bookwrm526
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This was my novella for #ReadingWomenChallenge and I LOVED IT. The setting, the characters, the mythology, the alternate history, all added up to a great story and I would love to read more in this universe!!

IamIamIam Oooooh, those columbine are gorgeous!!! 8mo
bookwrm526 @IamIamIam they are in a friend‘s garden - they lost a tree in a hurricane last year and several different columbine volunteered in the spot where the tree had been! 8mo
IamIamIam @bookwrm526 They are pushy!!! Lol, sorry your friends lost your tree but I'm glad there's plenty of beauty in its place! 8mo
Kammbia1 I just started reading this one. Looking forward to it. 6mo
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Angitron
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I‘m so impressed by Clark‘s writing. Nothing I‘ve read by him so far has been anything less than totally engrossing and magical! This novella is no exception and I‘m hopeful, once again, that he‘ll write more stories set in this universe.

Kammbia1 I just started reading this one. It has been on my list to read for awhile. 6mo
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GivenLemons
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An amazing novella that I devoured. It‘s has so much I like - steampunk airships, pirates, a free and powerful Haiti... I got chills reading the last 10-20 pages!

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sebrittainclark
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4.5/5

This a such a great short read. It's a super interesting blend of alternate history, steampunk, and fantasy all set in New Orleans. The world building is phenomenal, and I really enjoyed this novella.

#readharder2

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Shvonne
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Thank you @Yeah_I_Read for everything. Not sure which book I want to read first! #blitsy #bhmswap

Chelleo 🤩😍 Great haul!! CoBB is soooo good! 9mo
Yeah_I_Read I‘m glad everything arrived safely! Enjoy ❤️ 9mo
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riversong153
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Guess what? Someone is awesome!! @heikemarie rocks! Thank you so much for this novella! 💜💜As soon as I‘m done with my current read, I‘ll be reading this. #kindlitsy #awesomelittens

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rachelsbrittain
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Excuse me while I go read everything P. Djèlí Clark has written. This novella was just phenomenal. An imaginative Haitian inspired Civil War alternate history with a compelling voice and an incredible amount of depth and development for its length. Highly recommended.

Kammbia1 I just started reading this one. It has been on my list to read for awhile. 6mo
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greeniezona
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My #januarywrapup!

3 library holds 😁
2 poetry 😃
1 non-fiction 😕
1 backlist challenge 😩

Emoji are indicators of how I felt about my progress in each category, and ABSOLUTELY NOT a reflection of how I felt about the books! I really enjoyed all of these!

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greeniezona
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When you take your kids to the library and shouldn‘t be looking for books for yourself because your stack of checked out books at home is already too tall to possibly read them all before you have to take them back and.... ooops.

suzisteffen The Black God‘s Drums is SO GOOD. Can‘t wait for the sequel! 11mo
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UnidragonFrag
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Short, but choked full! Great world building and seriously would dig reading a longer story with these ideas and characters.

alanacristin Just bought this on Kindle and am keen to jump in! Glad to hear you liked it. 11mo
UnidragonFrag @alanacristin do it! It's so small, you could probably read it in a day or so! 11mo
alanacristin @UnidragonFrag pre-toddler for sure! 😂😂😂😂 11mo
UnidragonFrag @alanacristin I feel that. I have a newborn and this was 110 pages and it took me like 2 weeks to read 😂 but in theory, it's a quick read. 11mo
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imyril
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I enjoyed this novella from start to finish: Creeper‘s narration drew me in, and the alternate history made for a rich, colourful setting. I often end up feeling meh about steampunk, but the tech thankfully isn‘t the point here - the airships are almost but not quite incidental. Instead it‘s driven by African goddesses and vibrant, salty characters I‘d love to meet again.

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imyril
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“...in New Orleans, you can‘t survive on just dreams.”

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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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Thank you so much @InLibrisVeritas and same to you (in reverse order 😉)!

#kindLitsy

readordierachel This book sounds great! 12mo
InLibrisVeritas You are welcome! 😊 12mo
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kyraleseberg
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Alt-history mixing African mythology with steampunk sci-fi set in New Orleans.
Imagine the a Civil War ended in a neutrality treaty or truce, leaving the hardcore Confederates to seek a weapon to destroy the Union or neutral states.
The world building and characters are so well crafted in this Tor novella. This is the first story I've read by Clark and I already decided his future work is on my auto-buy list!!

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CoffeeK8
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Getting caught up on my reading from last week... I loved this book! Amazing world building of an alternate, steampunk, post-reconstruction New Orleans. Creeper is such a complex and sympathetic character.

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Ashley_Nicoletto
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Sign me up for every single thing he writes going forward.

😍

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lyradora
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Just added to my TBR pile: a steampunk set in Civil War - era New Orleans, complete with airships and African orisha. Anyone read it or familiar with the author? #steampunk #urbanfantasy #neworleans #orisha #bravegirls #pocprotagonist

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speljamr
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What an awesome steampunk fantasy story and setting, New Orleans style. This author has definitely caught my attention.

#fantasy #steampunk

Ashley_Nicoletto I‘m thinking I‘m going to pick this up next. It‘s had such great reviews! And I‘ll read any novella Tor is putting out currently. 13mo
speljamr @Ashley_Nicoletto Yup. Me too. I've been picking up a bunch of the Tor novellas lately, and their digital short stories. I've found it a great way to discover new authors. 13mo
RanaElizabeth @Ashley_Nicoletto @speljamr Tor.com is the best for new author discoveries! Also excited for this new one! 13mo
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speljamr @RanaElizabeth Yes! I saw that one coming soon too. After this book, I definitely want to read the next one he puts out. 13mo
Ashley_Nicoletto @RanaElizabeth I just preordered that one as well! I also have this one waiting to be read. 13mo
Ashley_Nicoletto @speljamr It really is and they are reasonably priced and so good. I very rarely leave disappointed. 13mo
rachelsbrittain I need to read this one! I have a copy on my kindle 13mo
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WhatDeeReads
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I really enjoyed this Tor.com novella.

Creeper lives in a reimagined New Orleans where the civil war ended in truce and not in the Confederacy losing. There are also airships, Orisha, and a Captain who is Creeper‘s idol and... it‘s complicated.

Give me all the women who are just fed up.

AlaMich I love those Tor.com novellas. Sorcerer of the Wildeeps by Kai Ashante Wilson is still one of my favorites. (edited) 1y
WhatDeeReads @AlaMich It‘s on my list. I think last I checked it wasn‘t available at my library yet. I‘ll double. 1y
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ssravp
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Man, I want more in this world.

shanaqui Saaaame! 1y
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Lisas.Library
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The Black God‘s Drums
Again, this title and author are new to me but I‘m excited to give it a try.
Thanks to Tor Publishing for sending me an ARC

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InLibrisVeritas
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This novella was awesome! Probably one of my favorite Tor novellas that I have read so far. It has sky pirates and the orisha, AND it takes place in New Orleans! I need more of Creeper's story and of this really amazing version of our world.

callielafleur Stacked! This sounds great! 1y
CoffeeK8 I can‘t wait to read this one, glad to hear you liked it! 1y
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kyraleseberg
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Kindle deal on this new release! 🙌

vivastory The Tor novella ebooks are always tempting. They're so cheap! 1y
kyraleseberg @vivastory I've heard great things about this one! 1y
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InLibrisVeritas
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It took me by surprise when I got an email yesterday from Netgalley saying Tor approved me for The Black God's Drum. It released yesterday and I am so excited to get to it!! 😍😁

8leagueboot Psyyyyched for this one. I‘m putting in a library purchase request today! 1y
2BR02B Awesome! I've never been approved for a Tor ARC before. 1y
InLibrisVeritas @2BR02B I haven't either! I literally squealed when I say the email said approved instead of the typical denial. 1y
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rachelsbrittain The exact same thing happened to me! I'm excited to read it 1y
MeganAnn Umm Haitian sky pirates ☠ wily street urchins and ✨ orisha Magic?!?! This sounds amazing! 1y
InLibrisVeritas @MeganAnn My thoughts exactly! Like how can you pass all of that up?! 1y
InLibrisVeritas @rachelsbrittain Awesome! I am so glad they did a release day wave of review copies, especially since they didnt have to. If I could hug whoever hits the button on it, I would 😂 1y
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Lostinagoodbook
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Happy book birthday to The Black God‘s Drums. 🎂🎉
Another wonderful novella from Tor.
Full review here: https://lostnagoodbook.wordpress.com/2018/08/10/the-black-gods-drums-p-djeli-cla...
#bookbirthday #bookreview #fantasybooks #netgalley #torbooks #tornovellas #bookstagram

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Lostinagoodbook
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Wonderful new novella published by Tor. I really love these little books they keep putting out. ❤️
This comes out in about 10 days and I can‘t recommend it enough.
Full review here: https://lostnagoodbook.wordpress.com/2018/08/10/the-black-gods-drums-p-djeli-cla...
That cover is gorgeous amirite?!
#fantasy #novella #neworleans #torbooks #netgalley

RealBooks4ever Yep, great cover! 💜 1y
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Lostinagoodbook
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Wonderful new novella published by Tor. I really love these little books they keep putting out. ❤️
This comes out in about 10 days and I can‘t recommend it enough.
Full review here: https://lostnagoodbook.wordpress.com/2018/08/10/the-black-gods-drums-p-djeli-cla...
That cover is gorgeous amirite?!
#fantasy #novella #neworleans #torbooks #netgalley

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