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Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor
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Mar 25, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: nebula-winners-or-nominees, read2011, sci-fi-fantasy
Read from March 19 to 23, 2011

I read this because it was one of the Nebula Award winners for 2010, and I just couldn't put it down. It really felt fresh and different - a post-apocalyptic Africa where people have abandoned most technology, and two tribes are at war. Onyesonwu is Ewu - a child of rape, obvious because of the color of her skin, and this is the story of how she takes ownership of her abilities. The author doesn't shy away from really serious background issues like ethnic cleansing, genital mutilation, slavery - but the addition of the mystical turns it into a triumphant story.
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03/20 page 141
33.0% "I can't put this down, it feels fresh and interesting. The post-apocalypse stuff isn't very obvious (yet?) but it doesn't even need it."
04/28 marked as: read

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Joell Smith-Borne I LOVE Okorafor, but I haven't had a chance to read this yet. Now I really need to get my hands on it.

Zanna Hmm in that case I'll push it up my list...

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