Book Review 124: Binti by Nnedi Okorafor

Nnedi Okorafor has been an author on my radar for quite some time.  I had seen her books mentioned on the internet and in used bookstores over the past year.  I will admit I was reluctant to read one of her novels…until now.

Actually, Binti is a novella chronicling a young woman’s journey to Oozma University, the finest institution of higher learning in the galaxy.  She is the first of her people, the Himba, to receive such an honor.   Being a teenager, Binti is conflicted by her desire to go to Oozma University and the connection to her family and people.

The journey is fraught with peril in terms of an alien race, The Meduse, who have longed warred with human beings. Binti becomes an unexpected peacemaker during the voyage and offers a possible bridge between the long standing human-alien conflict.

I read Binti in two hours and connected with the protagonist.  Binti is the first book of a trilogy and the novella ends in a normal fashion for the opening book of a series.  If you are looking for a quick read featuring an engaging protagonist and space intrigue, Binti fits the bill.  Recommended.

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Do You Re-Read?

I have a question. Do you re-read? I will admit that I do not re-read much. The last book I re-read was Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler.  I did gain a lot of insight re-reading that powerful novel the second time around. I would like to think as a reader that I would… Continue Reading

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  1. Interesting topic. I’m af firm believer in re-reading books. I’m especially into series so I’m Always waiting for the next book. As soon as it comes I fly through it. So then I re-read it one or two more times to gain more insight into certain areas I may have overlooked. Plus some scenes from the book have to be read multiple times (it’s just that good) . So great blog and can’t wait for the next read.

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Book Review 120: The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker

    Some novels read fast. Non-stop page turning action that grabs your imagination and doesn’t let go until you finish. Other novels read slowly like eating a well-cooked meal at your favorite restaurant.  You take the time to eat your meal with a glass of the restaurant’s best wine.  Well, The Golem and the Jinni… Continue Reading

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