Tag Archive: Nnedi Okorafor

Jun 06

Week 22: Some of the nicest Spiders you’re ever likely to meet

Books Read Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky Currently Reading  The Book of Phoenix by Nnedi Okorafor (1) When the Clarke Award nominees were announced Adrian Tchaikovsky’s Children of Time was described on my Facebook and Twitter feeds as the generation ship book with the spiders. This evoked images – Aliens style – of a small, embattled …

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Apr 30

Week 17: Don’t Look Away – it’s the HUGOOOOOS, oh and the Clarke Awards and a truly fantastic book

Books Read Into Everywhere by Paul McAuley The Shore by Sara Taylor Currently Reading  The Gracekeepers by Kirsty Logan (1) This week saw the announcement of the Hugo Award and Clarke Award nominees – one rinsing the taste of shit left by the other. As with 2015, Vox Day successfully took a massive crap all …

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Jan 14

An Analysis of 2015’s Literary and Genre Awards: Part 2 – Gender and Diversity

In the case of Gender and Diversity I’m going to report the facts while avoiding commentary, opinion or analysis. I know this isn’t particularly brave on my part, but I’m not willing to draw conclusions based on one year’s worth of award data.  That’s not to say some clear conclusions can’t be drawn. The stats, …

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Jan 01

My Top 14 Books for 2015

This year I read 104 novel, 4 of which I didn’t finish.  My two favourite novels of the year – that is two books you should read immediately if you haven’t already, were: A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James (the book that won this year’s Man Booker Prize); and Europe in Autumn by Dave Hutchinson …

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Aug 21

So, who should have won the Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel

Because you’ve forgotten, here were the nominees (with handy links to my reviews): Ancillary Sword, Ann Leckie (Orbit US; Orbit UK) The Peripheral, William Gibson (Putnam; Viking UK) The Three-Body Problem, Cixin Liu (Tor) Lock In, John Scalzi (Tor; Gollancz) Annihilation/Authority/Acceptance, Jeff VanderMeer (FSG Originals; Fourth Estate; HarperCollins Canada) The winner was Ancillary Sword.  I …

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Jul 27

Who Should Have Won the British Science Fiction Award for Best Novel

Because I’ve completely forgotten who was nominated (announced so long ago) here is a reminder of the finalists and links to my reviews: Ancillary Sword, Anne Leckie (Orbit) The Race, Nina Allan (Newcon) Cuckoo Song, Frances Hardinge (Macmillan) Europe in Autumn, Dave Hutchinson (Solaris) Wolves, Simon Ings (Gollancz) The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August, …

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Jul 03

So, who should have won the Kitschies Red Tentacle Award for Best Novel…

Here is a reminder of the five nominees with links to my outrageous, provocative and always controversial reviews: Grasshopper Jungle, by Andrew Smith (Electric Monkey) Lagoon, by Nnedi Okorafor (Hodder & Stoughton) The Peripheral, by William Gibson (Viking) The Way Inn, by Will Wiles (4th Estate) The Race, by Nina Allan (NewCon Press) First off …

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Jun 30

Book Review: Lagoon by Nnedi Okorafor

What’s It About? Set in Lagos, the novel is a vibrant mix of alien first contact, superheroes and Nigerian myths and legends. Representative Paragraph Two children meet an alien for the first time… “Don’t you want to speak to a real live alien?” Kola asked. “Like the ones in the movies?” Fred vigorously shook his …

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Jun 12

So Who Should Have Won This Year’s Arthur C. Clarke Award

The shortlist for this year’s Arthur C. Clarke Award was as a follows (with handy hyper-links to my not so concise reviews): The Girl With All The Gifts – M.R. Carey (Orbit) The Book Of Strange New Things – Michel Faber (Canongate) Europe In Autumn – Dave Hutchinson (Solaris) Memory Of Water – Emmi Itäranta (HarperVoyager) The First Fifteen Lives …

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Jun 11

Book Review: Europe in Autumn by Dave Hutchinson

What’s It About Imagine a near future where the European Union has been dissolved and the continent has splintered into hundred of tiny nations and polities and republics.  A Europe where three apartment buildings, ruled over by a gang, can call for nationhood.  A Europe where sovereignty and independence and geography is always in a …

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