The Book of Phoenix
The Book of Phoenix is a unique work of magical futurism. A prequel to the highly acclaimed, World Fantasy Award-winning novel, Who Fears Death, it features the rise of another of Nnedi Okorafor’s powerful, memorable, superhuman women.
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I wrote this on my blog and I still stand by the statement:
"How do the stories connect? Who is Phoenix to Onyesownu and Onyesonwu to Phoenix? You'll have to read them to find out. Don ...more
I loved 'Who Fears Death.' I very, very much liked the short story that forms the beginning of this book. I did not like this book. I was sorely disappointed by it.
I've been trying to think of how to articulate exactly why. I think that part of it is that the main character is a woman with an 'adult' intelligence, but who i ...more
I don't normally read science fiction and fantasy-although I have read and loved many works by Octavia Butler-so I always have to open myself up to the "foreignness" of entering a new world, accepting its mores and customs, languages, and rules, and trustin ...more
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This book reads like it needed about 10 more rewrites for a number of reasons. First, it's a blend of sci-fi and fantasy but it reads like it was too unfocused to fit in either genre rather than this being a deliberate choice. It's a mess of unrigorous somewhere-in-the-middle and that's-good-enough.
Second, a few more rewrites might have killed this littl ...more
The character Sunateel enjoyed taking little vacations sometimes from his nomadic tent life with his wife by camping out alone in the desert, exploring. After a storm, he decides to take off. He discovers a cave filled with computers from the Black Days, which occurred two hundred years ago. The belief i ...more
I love the novel Who Fears Death with a deep, abiding passion. When I read it, I re-read it instantly. I recommended it to everyone, even people who never read fantasy or science fiction. I felt it transcended genre, was doing something new, I couldn't say enough about it.
That's a pretty big shoe to fill, even by the same author. I knew this book was coming out but had lost track of it, reminded only when discussing the nominees for the Arthur C. Clarke Award, o ...more
Phoenix lives in a future America in which powerful co ...more
While "The Book of Phoenix" is certainly a pulse-pounding sci-fi novel, it also tackles colonialism and non-consensual medical experimentation, and is laced with acute moments of both human innocence and hu ...more
There were some aspects of this that I didn’t quite get — it just seeme ...more
this book is what the hunger games and allegiant could have been. it's the most diverse dystopian novel i've ever read by far.
i had no idea you could even fit this much action and depth into 240 pages, tbh. like... whoa.
SO MUCH happened but it all worked, somehow. also can i mention how much i LOVE (view spoiler)[the subversion of the "girl dies for male character development" trope? because the opposite happened, twice, and it totally rocked. (h ...more
Similarly to Who Fear Death, Okorafor wanted to tackle lots of heavy topics through her writing. However, for me it didn't work, at all. It feel to me like Okorafor had lot ...more
“We’re so colonized that we build our own shackles. Some young engineer… came up with the idea after reading a science fiction story about robot spiders guarding the pipelines of the Niger Delta. Life imitated art, except this particular story was critiquing the government not giving them a blueprint. The author must be rolling in ...more
The Book of Phoenix is the origin story of a superhero who consciously chooses to be the villain, Because Rage. It's also the origin story of the Great Book, which I understand is important in Who Fears Death (which I will be reading soon).
I loved it!
There's a lot of rage and anger and vengeance in this book. Against cruelty and torture, against slavery, against attitudes and prejudices that allow people to be enslaved even in a modern age, and the twisting of science into a chamber of horrors....more
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