Here are a few WOC Horror Novelists I found.
I have a complicated relationship with this book. It's the first book I've read after losing my mother to a rather horrible and drawn out death process. That alone would make my interactions with this book unique. Now add in that a large part of this book centers on death, ideas about dying, and the philosophical arguments around euthanasia, and...like I said: complicated. That makes it hard for me to objectively rate or review this one. I'll give it a try and do my best.
The first thing I should say is that the world building and writing were exceptionally rich. Jemisin has a way of fleshing out her book's culture and world with a few well chosen words rather than long exposition. The pacing didn't suffer or lag even though much of this book is somewhat lacking in traditional action. It is lush rather than flashy. On the flip side I found the characters, though refreshingly believable, fairly one dimensional. Even by the end of the book I didn't feel any real emotional connection to them. Part of that is due to the fact that most of the main characters are trying so hard to reign themselves in that their responses become practiced rather than genuine. They are more like representations of roles rather than individuals. All in all I'd recommend this to people who want to try a fantasy that is focused on mythology (especially if Egyptian myths are of interest), politics, and morality. It's a nice departure from the more traditional swords and sorcery that dominate much of the genre.
What a fulfilling read! All of the great world-building, layered characters, dreaming magic and political intrigue in N.K. Jemisin's The Killing Moon is back ten-fold in this deeply satisfying sequel. The Shadowed Sun, which takes place ten years later with new characters to follow, is a beautifully woven story.
The fantastic yet familiar ancient city-state setting invites you in with Jemisin's show-don't-tell style (and if you ever get lost in the lingo, there's a useful glossary in the back for reference). It's through the characters' fumblings that we discover the workings of the world. And what characters they are! Jemisin does such a good job at giving each person their own spectrum of behavior that the instinct to latch onto a so-called protagonist and put them up on a pedestal, or label a character as either a villain or a hero, is thwarted. An important reminder that people are always more than what we see on the surface, or at any given moment. It's impossible to put any of Jemisin's characters in a box, which was a little frustrating at times as a reader trying to make sense of things, but ultimately rewarding.
The explored concepts of healing, handling those judged corrupt, not to mention the various cultures' views on gender roles and emotional expression, are all artful depictions of timeless themes we can never seem to agree upon (even within ourselves). Hence Jemisin's characters continue to reconsider their seemingly unwavering opinions. Think of The Shadowed Sun as a fantasy political thriller (with some romance) that likes to shake up everyone's norms – a cue to dig deeper, keep questioning the status quo and live a little!
No doubt I'll be adding the rest of N.K. Jemisin's books to my TBR shelf!
They just announced the finalists for the World Fantasy Awards. I don't get a chance to read as much in this genre as I'd like, so I try and pay attention to which titles are getting lots of buzz and reader love. As it turns out my sci-fi book club is reading three of the five novels nominated! I'm even more excited for our upcoming selections now!
You can read the full list HERE.