Following up on that other post in which I went searching for Nigerian books on Kindle, this post features some books I’ve read on my Kindle that I really enjoyed (and my comments! May contain spoilers).
Jungle Jim #1: African pulp fiction! I was interested in Jungle Jim even before the first issue was launched so I was extremely pleased to find it in the Kindle store. Of the stories and essays in this issue, my best Chiukyulew by Abdul Adan. Chiukyulew is about three men who encounter an alien species that inhabit a universe beneath Mombasa. I really liked how the author went into details on the alien they encounter, named Chiukyulew and the structure of his world beneath Mombasa.
Wolf at the Door: A few weeks ago, I finally had the time to sit down and read J. Damask’s Wolf At The Door. I will not go into the reasons behind why it took me so long to purchase the book, let’s just say that I am convinced PayPal hates me because I live in Nigeria and I had to wait for the book to be available in the Kindle store.
While this may not come as a surprise to many people, I really enjoyed reading Wolf At The Door. I think this was a given from the get go. Usually when I hype up a book before reading it, I tend to be disappointed in the end. This didn’t happen with Wolf At The Door. I liked that Jan was a wife and a mother. I liked the emphasis on family, friendships and the pack. I liked the wolves in South-east Asia! I liked the diversity of the Myriad. I won’t say it was a smooth read for me though, the non-linear prose confused me sometimes. Also, it is possible that the Kindle format had something to do with this, there were slight glitches here and there. For example in one page there were about 4 QQQQs floating about randomly. I wonder if these QQQQs were actually supposed to be ****s but I don’t know.
I am looking forward to Obsidian Moon, Obsidian Eye (out on the 7th November! I hope it doesn’t take too long to be released in Kindle format)
Heroine Addiction: This book has superheroes, zombies, villains and giant robots! There is also a bit of an emphasis on the family here, as Vera (the heroine!) comes from a dysfunctional family of superheroes (imagine The Incredibles, except the kids are adults and the family is much more dysfunctional…I wonder how much I should reveal?) Did I mention that Vera is plus-sized, wears vintage clothing and high heels, is bisexual and teleports? I really enjoyed Vera’s voice and…I want more stories like this!
Combat!: So I bought this book after reading an interview with the author, K.S. Augustin on World SF. I bleeping love this book. It is science fiction with a badass black woman battling random alien species and inconveniently falling for the man she is meant to fight, Aldanen. I liked the setting, Combat! is space opera and I enjoyed reading the fight scenes…*ahem*…I also enjoyed the sex scenes, good thing I read Combat! before the advent of Ramadan (btw Ramadan Kareem wordpress blog readers!).
I almost cried in joy after reading the book, I will definitely be reading more from K.S. Augustin, I have got my eye on War Games.
Redemption in Indigo: Imagine, I had difficulties getting into his book because it is written in the second person. I never knew I had difficulties with the second person until I started reading Redemption in Indigo. Overall, I liked this book and I’d recommend it (in fact, I am doing that right now). It read like a Nigerian fable to me (since I am Nigerian), Paama’s character brings to mind the strong yet kind females in Yoruba folktales and Flora Nwapa’s books such as Efuru.
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms & The Broken Kingdoms by N.K. Jemsin: Read these books…enough said. Oh, I am also waiting with bated breath for the release of the third book in the installment, The Kingdom of Gods.
Sounds of the Drums by Naa Shalman: I know myself and I know that I am going to buy any book that is set in any part of pre-colonial Africa. Admittedly it is rare to come across books with those setting that can satisfy me, however I have already read and approved of Naa Shalman’s work. In Sounds of the Drums, it is pretty clear to see that Naa Shalman has evolved (and improved!) as a writer.
Sounds of the Drums is historical romance like New Dawn, I think I prefer New Dawn when it comes to characters I can identify with. Rama is a woman with several children and a dead ex-husband. I seem to have a thing for books that deal with families, I enjoyed the insight into the love lives of Rama’s children along with her growing romance with Bediako.
Racing the Dark & The Burning City by Alaya Dawn Johnson: Omg! I loved these books (when will the third book be out?) I liked the setting and the excellent world building. The tension and mystery in The Burning City was amazing and had me screaming; ‘I knew it!’ in the back of a taxi (yeah the taxi driver was startled).
The Switch by Valjeanne Jeffers: This was interesting, my only complaint is that I wish it was longer. The Switch ended so abruptly, I wonder if it has a second part or if it is just a short story. Nevertheless, I enjoyed reading The Switch, despite its shortness.
So above are ebooks that I have read completely, I also have books I have read halfway, like A Time to Heal by Seye Oke. To be honest, A Time to Heal annoyed me and I don’t think I had reached the third chapter by then. IMHO, the plot has so much potential (inter-ethnic marriage between a Yoruba woman and a Igbo man in the time of Biafra!), still I am not too sure about the author’s approach (it makes me wonder that the people who ‘introduce’ Chidi into the idea of Biafra are supposed to be ‘bad’. Also the book has more religion in it than I expected. It is not overt though, that did not stop me from being taken aback.
I have also started reading SteamPowered, Steampunk Lesbian Stories edited by JoSelle Vanderhooft. What can I say? I wanted to read this before it was released and I was so happy to see that it was available in the Kindle store. So far I have only read a few stories, I adore “Brilliant” by Georgina Bruce (seriously Brilliant saying ‘my father is the Nigerian ambassador to Cairo’ made me smile). I am looking forward to the second anthology! (I am really looking forward to a lot of books aren’t I?)
The same day I got my Kindle, I made sure to buy all the books on my ‘to buy’ list. And the funny thing is I am yet to read these books. It is somewhat strange, that I waited so long to have these books and now that I have them, I haven’t read them yet. Luckily I should have time to read them during my month long offline vacation and by the time I return do a mini review like this one (^_^). These are the books;
Wonderdark by Dazjae Zoem
Camera Obscura by Lavie Tidhar
Huntress by Malinda Lo
The Alchemy of Stone by Ekaterina Sedia
The Beast with Nine Billion Feet by Anil Menon
Servant of the Underworld by Aliette de Bodard