Nnedi Okorafor – Binti

nnediokorafor-bintiHer name is Binti, and she is the first of the Himba people ever to be offered a place at Oomza University, the finest institution of higher learning in the galaxy. But to accept the offer will mean giving up her place in her family to travel between the stars among strangers who do not share her ways or respect her customs.

Knowledge comes at a cost, one that Binti is willing to pay, but her journey will not be easy. The world she seeks to enter has long warred with the Meduse, an alien race that has become the stuff of nightmares. Oomza University has wronged the Meduse, and Binti’s stellar travel will bring her within their deadly reach.

If Binti hopes to survive the legacy of a war not of her making, she will need both the gifts of her people and the wisdom enshrined within the University, itself — but first she has to make it there, alive.

Nnedi Okorafor’s Binti was the first of this year’s Hugo reading, besides those works I’d already read. And I started with Binti because I’ve actually owned it since it came out and I’d heard such wonderful things about it. And, of course, I loved Okorafor’s Lagoon. Binti definitely delivered, even if I would have loved it to be longer. I would have loved to have spent more time with Binti and Okwu and see how they adjust to life at Oomza University.  Read More …

Review Amnesty: Final Edition

reviewamnestyIt’s time for my final Review Amnesty edition. After last year’s hiatus I had a whole stack of books I’d read, but not reviewed and I found that they were becoming a huge stumbling block into getting the blog started back up again, so I decided to call a review amnesty and just run through them in batches and short pieces giving my thoughts, instead of writing full reviews for them. I ended up with three posts of which this is the last one. So with this post I bid goodbye to the Review Amnesty, though you never know, they might make a comeback at some point in the future.  Read More …

Meanwhile on… Rocket Talk at Tor.com

RocketTalkSo yesterday saw another first for me: I was a guest on a podcast! And not just any podcast, but Tor.com’s Rocket Talk hosted by Justin Landon. It was a ton of fun, but also a bit nerve-racking. I had to get up super early as we were recording at 5AM my time and I was rather nervous about how I would sound. Also, what if I said something stupid?  Read More …