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Wisdom From Kammbia Book Review 99: Buffalo Soldier by Maurice Broaddus

Buffalo Soldier by Maurice Broaddus tells the story of Jamaican agent Desmond Coke and his companion, Lij Tafari. They are on the run and Desmond wants the boy to have a normal life, but it seems unlikely because of those who want to capture Lij for nefarious reasons.

This alternate history tale has the United States split into smaller nations like the Five Civilized Tribes, which is a conglomeration of Native American Tribes, the industrialized and independent state of Tejas (Texas..of course), and the figurehead state of Albion.  Desmond and Lij are trying to make to Canada (shades of the Underground Railroad) in order to secure the boy’s freedom. However, the pair meets resistance from the aforementioned Five Civilized Tribes as they make their way across this interesting version of America. Politics and alliance by convenience lead to an outcome that was mildly surprising by the end of the story.

Broaddus created an engaging, fast-paced steampunk adventure that has room for more development. I wished the relationship between Desmond & Lij could have been explored more in the novella.  Lij loved stories and Broaddus did a good job of bringing out that aspect of the boy’s character. A longer story could have fleshed that out even more.  Also, I wanted to learn more about why Desmond was forced from his homeland of Jamaica. I just found out there is a sequel coming and I hope it will bring out those aspects in the upcoming book.

Buffalo Soldier is a solid novella, and a welcomed entry into the steampunk fiction subgenre.  Let’s see what Broaddus does next.

 

Wisdom From Kammbia Review 97: The Haunting of Tram Car 015 by P. Djeli Clark

The Haunting of Tram Car 015 by P. Djeli Clark is a fantasy novella set in an alternate early 20th century Cairo, where the world of djinn and other supernatural beings has made Egypt a world super-power, and two Agents of the Ministry of Alchemy, Enchantments, and Supernatural Entities — a seasoned agent Hamed and… Continue Reading

Wisdom From Kammbia Book Review 87: How Long ‘Til Black Future Month by N.K. Jemisin

I have a question for readers.  Has there been an author or authors you have tried repeatedly to read? N.K. Jemisin has been one of those authors for me. Jemisin has gained recognition in the science fiction and fantasy genre over the past several years with groundbreaking works like the Broken Earth and Dreamblood series.… Continue Reading

Wisdom From Kammbia Story Review 3: Speech Sounds by Octavia E. Butler

What if you lived in a society where speaking is a threat to the social order? Octavia Butler speculated on the aforementioned question in her Hugo Award-winning short story, Speech Sounds. I came across this story when it was discussed on the Novel Pairing Podcast. The discussion was interesting, and I had to read the… Continue Reading

Wisdom From Kammbia Book Review 73: The Dark Fantastic by Ebony Elizabeth Thomas

“The principles of the dark fantastic are so ingrained in our collective consciousness that when the expected pattern is subverted, most audiences cannot suspend disbelief. Readers and viewers complain that dark heroic protagonists are not likable. Critics observe that the characters, settings, circumstances, and resolutions are unbelievable. Agents regret that they just cannot connect with… Continue Reading

Wisdom From Kammbia Book Review 66: Brown Girl In The Ring by Nalo Hopkinson

Nalo Hopkinson is an author I have wanted to read for a long time.  I have seen her novels over the years but had not gotten around to reading one until now.  Hopkinson tends to get overlooked in the current trend of black authors writing science fiction or fantasy. I don’t why that has happened,… Continue Reading

Wisdom From Kammbia Book Review 50: Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler

I want to update a review from 2012 for one of my all-time favorite novels, Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler. Parable of the Sower is the story of Lauren Olamina, a teenager growing up in a grim LA suburb where their gated community provided a semblance of a normal life while anarchy reigned… Continue Reading