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Wisdom From Kammbia Book Review 61: Binti: The Night Masquerade by Nnedi Okorafor

How do you as reader feel after reading the last book in a trilogy?

Do you wish you can continue in that fictional world?  Are you glad it’s over?  Or are you still trying to process what you read?

I will admit that last question in the previous paragraph is where I’m at with the Binti Trilogy. I just finished Binti: The Night Masquerade by Nnedi Okorafor.  It is the final book in this novella trilogy.  I’m not sure if I totally understood what I read.

Binti returns to her home planet and believes her family has been killed in an ongoing conflict between several warring factions.  Also, she has seen this mysterious figure called The Night Masquerade and wonders if there’s a connection to the ongoing conflict on her home planet.

Okorafor writes a readable novella.  However, I always felt as a reader a distance from the main character. I don’t write that as a criticism.  Just as a reader observation.  I read for character (as well as setting) and their journey to overcome the obstacles their story presents.  I could never totally embrace Binti’s journey as a main character.  As a reader, I felt that I was behind a plexiglass watching a character go through the story instead me of participating alongside the protagonist.

I’m glad that I read the entire trilogy and I believe it is a good coming-of-age, space opera trilogy. Science Fiction fans should definitely read these books and Binti: The Night Masquerade does bring the series to a solid conclusion.

Wisdom From Kammbia Book Review 54: Beton Rouge by Simone Buchholz

Beton Rouge by Simone Buchholz is my second read for Women In Translation Month 2020. I read the first Chastity Riley novel translated into English, Blue Night, last year and connected with the protagonist.  Chastity Riley is a prosecutor in Hamburg and along with her new partner Ivo Stepanovic, find an unconscious man in a… Continue Reading

Wisdom From Kammbia Book Review 27: Map of Shadows by J.F. Penn

J.F. Penn wrote a fast-paced, dark fantasy thriller about a young woman named Sienna that belongs to a family of mapmakers and their connection to another world called the Borderlands. Map of Shadows is the first book of the trilogy and does a solid job of setting up the conflict between the people of this… Continue Reading

Wisdom From Kammbia Book Review 24: How The Light Gets In by Louise Penny

One of the great joys of reading is coming upon a series that you would have never read at first glance. This has happened to me with the Inspector Gamache Series by Louise Penny. I’m a not a big mystery or crime fiction reader. However, I read The Long Way Home two years ago and… Continue Reading

Wisdom From Kammbia Book Review 9: Lord of Emperors by Guy Gavriel Kay

                Guy Gavriel Kay has become an author I look forward to reading. His brand of fantasy captured my attention in Ysabel, Children of Earth and Sky, and Sailing to Sarantium, the first book in Sarantine Mosaic series. Kay has carved out his own niche in fantasy that… Continue Reading

Wisdom From Kammbia Book Review 2: Let Me Be Frank With You by Richard Ford

I’m a reading completist. I did not realize completist was a word until I typed this review.  I felt it’s appropriate for my latest Wisdom From Kammbia review. In 2015, I read and wrote a review for The Sportswriter by Richard Ford, the first Frank Bascombe novel. I wrote that I hated the protagonist and… Continue Reading

Book Review 137: Lord Valentine’s Castle by Robert Silverberg

With the most popular fantasy series discussed, I have always heard about  The Lord of the Rings, Chronicles of Narnia, Harry Potter, A Song of Ice and Fire, Wheel of Time series and so on. However, I have never heard the Majipoor Cycle by Robert Silverberg being discussed. The Majipoor Cycle is Silverberg’s most commercially successful… Continue Reading