Three strangers, each isolated by his or her own problems: Adaora, the marine biologist. Anthony, the rapper famous throughout Africa. Agu, the troubled soldier. Wandering Bar Beach in Lagos, Nigeria's legendary mega-city, they're more alone than they've ever been before.
But when something like a meteorite plunges into the ocean and a tidal wave overcomes them, these three...more
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I never understood this because I never considered his writing science fiction. But even if I had, I would have taken it seriously, at least as serious as I can when I’m laughing out loud and being instructed by his biting but playful wit.
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"We are change," Ayodele calmly responded. "The sentiments were already there. I know nothing about those other things."
When I was young, I read every fantasy-like book I could lay hands on. Dragons, fairy tales, books about witches, Greek myths, folk tales, origin stories, 'just so' tales, you name it--if it wasn't real, I read it. By far my least favorite were the parables, particularly Aesop's Fables. The overt messaging and the general lack of a plot quickly led to waning interest.
Lagoon do ...more
As a SF, it was a fairly traditional first contact story dovetailing into a christ image into a deeper story about the building of a world and its stories. Confused? I'm just referring to bare-bones. Beyond that, I was enraptured in the immersion of Nigeria. It was spicy and exciting to me, even though I've read some good African stories in the past, I can rank this up there with them all, a ...more
"There were aliens in the ocean, and they were going to come out soon."How I love when I read a science fiction novel and it is full of elements I am not expecting! I had really enjoyed an earlier novel by Nnedi Okorafor, Who Fears Death, which I think I was first prompted to read when it was on the shortlist for the Nebula Award in 2010. That year, it was my favorite novel in that category and I was surprised not to see it listed on my best books of the year. In retrospect I'd go back and a ...more
This is not Lagos.
This has been an appalling waste of time and the only reason I finished was so that this review could be written.
Now, maybe, just maybe this book would have received a 2-3star from me had it contained no dialogue whatsoever.
But it did.
Terrible dialogue masquerading as pidgin English.
Adding o at the end of a sentence does not make it pidgin. It makes your characters sound retarded.
'Na wao' every n ...more
The plot is pretty simple: aliens arrive in Nigeria. That's... pretty much it. Aliens arrive, they pick 3 special people to work with their alien ambassador who wants to see the president. The entire book ...more
The story opens in the waters of Lagos, from the perspective of one of the sea creatures as an object crashes into the sea. I was drawn to the sea creature aspect of this story so it immediately sucked me in.
There were aliens in the ocean, and they were going to come out soo ...more
It started out so well. A mysterious sonic boom in Lagos, Nigeria? A rushing wave that swallows three strangers brought together by fear? An alien presence that has arrived upon the shore? I was hooked from the first page.
But all too soon, my enthusiasm had disintegrated.
I can't decide if the core of my issues with the book was the plot or the characters. Okorafor set up a diverse cast. I particularly appreciated the subplot involving Black Nexus ...more
Speaking as someone who reads a fair bit of science fiction, Lagoon felt refreshingly original. Not that the theme of aliens coming to Earth is a new one—it’s actually very common. What was so welcome was that said aliens did not land in North America, but in Lagos harbour in Nigeria. Just that tweak, and the story becomes so much more interesting.
Okorafor’s familiarity with Nigeria is what ...more
Through no fault of the book- this took me a month to read (work is crazy right now!). But every time I picked it up again I found it hard to put down. I really love Okorafor’s style and how much of her heritage she includes in her books.
This one is no different and you wouldn’t really expect Mami Wata or Anansi to pop up in a ...more
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Lagoon concerns the arrival of shapeshifting marine/water-loving aliens in the waters of Lagos. It’s made clear that the extraterrestrials deliberately selected Nigeria to enter the world they want to share with humans, though the exact reasons for this are at least partly left to the imagination. It’s also very clear that the newcomers are not colonists; they are immigrants, and although from their position of power they insist on being allowed to remain, they declare and enact ...more
Lagoon began as a response to the film District 9, in which Nigerians are heavily stereotyped. This novel, with its constant PoV switches, portrays a multifaceted, dynamic society without shying away from the negative aspects: Lagos is a multicultural city and the aliens chose it for its potential, but it's also a place of corruption, bigotry, religious fundamentalism and scammers.
It is, mor ...more
This reminded me in some ways of Black Leopard, Red Wolf. This has a similar aura, but a different tone. (Those 2 things are different in my mind). It takes place in Nigeria, where an extraterrestrial entity has appeared. What follows is an unconventional series of events, some political, some reminiscent of family sagas replete with religious symbolism. I found the shifts ...more
Three individuals, a Nigerian marine biologist and mother, a Nigerian soldier and a Ghanian music star meet at the same time as the first huge sonic boom from the alien space c ...more
I’ve been meaning to pick Lagoon up ‘next’ for far too long, so hurrah, finally I have done so! I picked it up partway through New Year’s Eve, in fact, and finished it in one go: it’s a very lively, dynamic book, with various different points of view — including a swordfish who turns herself into a monster, the better to sabotage oil pipes on the sea bed. (It makes sense in context, I promise.) There’s a whole bunch of different people, people speaking Pidgin, LG ...more
The narrative follows a collection of Nigerians in the wake of a life-changing event. Told mostly in third person, it occasionally veers into first person accounts from otherwise unknown characters. We hear the thoughts of the poorest to the most privileged, painting a pictur ...more
It's certainly a relevant point to say that the SFF genre, as a whole, has a need for some diversity. We have no problem believing, accepting, and creating fanciful alternative worlds, continents, planets, the works - however, we always seem to create these in an caucasian-centric, Western-style world. Sure, Westeros, Elan, or any of the other magical worlds we know and love are interesting, unique, even extremely creative. But at the end of the ...more
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Aliens who can form themselves into any shape of life they encounter have been living under the ocean offshore of La ...more
This is the story of an unusual alien invasion, one not from the skies but from the seas. We see the first contact between this new species and some of the human characters who we come to know over ...more
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