I appreciated that Okorafor is telling this story about a member of a vanishingly small minority in Namibia whose unique culture is preserved in an unI appreciated that Okorafor is telling this story about a member of a vanishingly small minority in Namibia whose unique culture is preserved in an unusual manner in the future portrayed in this award winning novella.
Unfortunately, it is a novella, not a full length novel. So there are important pieces that were left out in the worldbuilding process. I have always believed that readers should be given information that they need when they need it. I really felt that readers should have been given some clue about governing bodies in this future. If there is a university known throughout the galaxy is there a democratic alliance of worlds that spans the galaxy, or are there non-democratic empires? Was every world on its own? It would have helped me to understand why events in the plot transpired the way they did.
Since the sequel is longer, I imagine we will find out more about Binti herself and the context in which she lives....more
Miss Jacobson's Journey by Carola Dunn was published in 1992, but I discovered it relatively recently when author Mirta Trupp started a thread for itMiss Jacobson's Journey by Carola Dunn was published in 1992, but I discovered it relatively recently when author Mirta Trupp started a thread for it on the Goodreads group Jewish Period Drama. It's unusual for me to review any romance, but I would never have thought that I would ever review a book in this particular romance sub-genre. I hate the Regency milieu. I think that Regency romances glorify aristocrats and their lifestyle which I consider repellent. Miss Jacobson's Journey deals with Jews whose values are different from early 19th century English aristocrats. This is one of the reasons why this book is a breath of fresh air.
This is a very original and well-developed Regency romance. I loved the intelligence and adaptability of both the hero and heroine. I was impressed with Carola Dunn's authenticity in her depiction of the period and Jewish family life. It's definitely one of the best romances I've ever read.
This was a well-plotted hard boiled mystery located on the planet Mars. I liked the fact that it dealt with issues that are important in our contemporThis was a well-plotted hard boiled mystery located on the planet Mars. I liked the fact that it dealt with issues that are important in our contemporary context such as income inequality, intolerance toward immigrants and the environment. On the other hand, the environmental issue was not well developed. I wasn't exactly sure what was being impacted by the proposed construction. I also didn't think that there would be television in the 22nd century. I'm not entirely certain that television will last through the current century. ...more
I came across Cindy Borgne, the author of Native Shifter, requesting reviews on Goodreads. I rarely review paranormal romances. Yet authors that are nI came across Cindy Borgne, the author of Native Shifter, requesting reviews on Goodreads. I rarely review paranormal romances. Yet authors that are new to me who are doing unusual twists on a familiar theme can attract my interest. I received a digital ARC from the author in return for this review.
I appreciate that Borgne invented a Native American people called the Mahasi who are enemies of the neighboring Iroquois. This implies that they are a Northeast Woodland people. My favorite fantasy author Charles De Lint has also created a fictional Native people in order to avoid writing inauthentically about a particular real Native American culture.
I feel that this book is potentially alternate history because if you project the impact of the spread of Native shifters, this factor alone could have radically changed North American history.