Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Six SFF novels inspired by the worlds of Africa

At the B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog Ross Johnson tagged six "favorite recent sci-fi and fantasy novels that explore worlds inspired by African nations and traditions, past, present and future," including:
Black Leopard, Red Wolf, by Marlon James

The year is young, but James’ lyrical, bloody, deeply human fantasy is already on track to be one of the year’s best and most buzzworthy works of fantasy. It introduces Tracker (his only name), a pragmatically ruthless but not entirely amoral hunter for hire. When he’s paid to find a long-missing child, we set out with him and his band of mercenaries on a tour through a lush vision of fantasy land inspired by pan-African and pre-colonial history, myth, and trauma. The landscape is beautiful and unforgiving, while the characters are earthy, complex, and unapologetically queer.
Read about another entry on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue