Black Leopard, Red Wolf
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Giveaway dates: Jan 05 - Jan 22, 2019
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We meet the main character Tracker, a hunter who is know for his nose- once he catches the scent of a person he cannot let it go until ...more
Can't wait to read this 720-page behemoth of a book
This has a chance to be an impactful book. 'Black Leopard Red Wolf' feels raw; gritty even. It is graphic in its violence and sexuality and is far removed from the romanticized fantasy of Tolkien, Jordan or even Rothfuss. Maybe more like Martin, although I have not read 'A Song of Ice and Fire'. Gaiman's blurb was spot on when he called it hallucinatory; several events drift between the real and surreal. James' new wor ...more
Please, don't be one of those books that sound absolutely awesome but turns out to be dull. Please.
It has a cover now? Pretty. I'm intrigued.
Added summary and release day - it will come out in February 2019. That's sooner than expected. James is no Martin.
A new Marlon James! Yes, yes. I am a huge fan of James and was thrilled when the publication of a new novel was announced. Not only am I fan of his work, but I was lucky enough to attend a very special author event at Harvard where I found him so smart, so funny and so likeable that my respect and admiration only increased ...more
You, with your eye of a dog, me with my eyes of a cat. We are quite the pair, are we not, Tracker?
One of the things I most admired about Marlon James' Man Booker-winning A Brief History of Seven Killings was how authentic every shifting voice was – each section could have been written by a different author. Now with Black Leopard, Red Wolf, James has given us something totally different once again: a Tolkeinesque epic fantasy set amongst the kingdoms of precolonised sub-Saharan Africa, complet ...more
I’ll pick it up again later.
Warning: There are parts that inevitably drag, and some may be sh ...more
The first installment of Marlon James’ ‘Dark Star Trilogy’ places us in a mythic realm populated by false kings, shapeshifting mercenaries and beasts of African folklore. Through shadow lands of the dead and futuristic tree cities Tracker and his cadre of bounty hunters search the continent for a lost boy, the rightful heir t ...more
The rich detail and character development is a keystone in Marlon’s writing.
It’s refreshing to see so many diverse, and flushed out characters; with varied ethnicities and sexual orientation, this first in a trilogy, offers a deep and dark into a new world.
If you enjoy densely detailed world building, and a flair for sultry characters and scene play- then you’ll love t ...more
...And I'm just not enjoying it. I've tried to slog through, but why? It won't benefit me or the ratings of the book to plow through.
So I'm going to make a tough decision... I'm going to put this book aside for the time being. I accept that it may not be that this book is failing, but that it's just not the right time for me. I may pick it up at a later time. Certainly if ...more
I really wanted to like this book, it checks many of the boxes in what I look for in Fantasy novels (different ethnicity, different setting, award winning author). However sadly, this book just plain sucks to read (it actually has numerous problems so I will try to convey my issues with the book). Now this is an advance copy, so I would hope that some of the issues I have may be ironed out in the finished book, but I don't believe that will happen.
1. It's way too slow. It took 100 page ...more
A prayer for shape shifters under Pantheon's Dome.
Crouching velvet hard to the ground,
from behind lost hut, once the old man’s,
reclaimed of swarthy stemmed grasses
and breathing enameled eyes,
they stir about, millet stalks snap under weight of big cats.
Chris Roberts, God Post-Future
James was born in Kingston, Jamaica, to parents who were both in the Jamaican police: his mo ...more