Gingerbread by Helen Oyeyemi Published by: Picador(Pan Macmillan) Release Date: March 2019 Genre: Fantasy Format: Paperback Length: 290 Source: Publisher (Review Copy) Perdita Lee may appear your average British schoolgirl; Harriet Lee may seem just a working mother trying to penetrate the school social hierarchy; but there are signs that they might not be as normal as they think they are. For one thing, they share a gold-painted, seventh-floor flat with some surprisingly verbal vegetation. And then there’s the gingerbread they make. Londoners may find themselves able to take or leave it, but it’s very popular in Druhástrana, the far-away (and, according […]
Black Leopard, Red Wolf (The Dark Star Trilogy #1) by Marlon James Published by: Narrative Landscape Release Date: April 2019 Genre: Fantasy Format: Paperback Length: 620 Source: Publisher (Review Copy) Tracker is known far and wide for his skills as a hunter: “He has a nose,” people say. Engaged to track down a mysterious boy who disappeared three years earlier, Tracker breaks his own rule of always working alone when he finds himself part of a group that comes together to search for the boy. The band is a hodgepodge, full of unusual characters with secrets of their own, including a shape-shifting man-animal […]
What Sunny Saw In The Flames by Nnedi Okorafor. Release Date: 2011 Genre: Young Adult Fantasy Format: Paperback Length: 218 Source: Bought Born in New York, but living in Aba, Nigeria, thirteen-year-old Sunny is understandably a little lost. She is albino. Her eyes are so sensitive to the sun that she has to wait until evening to play football. Apart from being good at the beautiful game, she has a special gift: she can see into the future. At school, she soon becomes part of a special quartet with unique powers. Together, Sunny, Orlu, Chichi and Sasha explore this exciting realm of strange creatures […]
Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi Publisher: Kachifo Farafina Release Date: 2018 Genre: Fantasy Format: Paperback Length: 249 Source: Bought Ada has always been unusual. As an infant in southern Nigeria, she is a source of deep concern to her family. Her parents successfully prayed her into existence, but something must have gone awry, as the young Ada becomes a troubled child, prone to violent fits of anger and grief. But Ada turns out to be more than just volatile. Born “with one foot on the other side,” she begins to develop separate selves. When Ada travels to America for college, a traumatic event crystallizes the selves […]
Around January last year, I picked up this book (the first Nnedi Okorafor piece I read) after having heard good things about her book, Lagoon.
Once upon a time …
Read a 21st century fairy tale set in Lagos, Nigeria.