Book Review: The Evolution of African Fantasy and Science Fiction

The Evolution of African Fantasy and Science FictionThe Evolution of African Fantasy and Science Fiction by Francesca T Barbini
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have to say, this one’s given me a lot to think about. It’s a small book, physically speaking, but it has some pretty big things to say about where African F/SF has come from, where it currently stands, and maybe even where it’s going. The book itself is a collection of academic papers on aspects of F/SF created in Africa or by African authors and makes for some interesting and eye-opening reading.

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Book Review: Dreaming in Smoke

Dreaming in SmokeDreaming in Smoke by Tricia Sullivan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was an interesting read, albeit one which requires a fair bit of work from the reader. It’s a weird mix of cyberpunk meets colonial sci-fi meets social commentary, held together by some fantastic prose. Right from the first paragraph the writing comes across as a strongly jazz-influenced melange of images and ideas and perfectly sets the stage for what quickly becomes a confusing journey through an alien ecosphere, as seen through the eyes of our protagonist, Kalypso Deed.

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Book Review: Empire of Sand

Empire of SandEmpire of Sand by Tasha Suri
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Generally speaking, most people think of fantasy as being some analogue of western history with the occasional decidedly anthropocentric non-human races and some variation on a theme of dragons. At least, that’s how it used to be, up until a few years ago. These days, fantasy is a much broader and much more diverse playground, and Tasha Suri’s marvellous debut novel does more than its fair share to add to that diversity.

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