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Tales of Nevèrÿon by Samuel R. Delany
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Aug 09, 07

bookshelves: sf-fantasy, black-lit
Read in June, 2007

I have a love/hate relationship with Delany. He is utterly unappreciated by African-American critics, mainly because he rarely chooses to discuss race explicitly, but his explorations of power and desire are vivid, creative, and insightful. Although I can't seem to digest any of his "cyberpunk" writings, this sword-and-sorcery series Return to Neveryon is my kind of fantasy read. The masters are dark-skinned and the slaves are white (heh) and as the people of Neveryon discover the value of currency, literacy, and sexual freedom, you start to think...hey, Delany may not be writing about some prehistoric past...
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