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The cover was perfect.
On a related note, look at what the author had to say about the whitewashing of her covers.
I loved how the acknowledgments described UAE as "futuristic ancient".
It is such a perfect description because you get this old feel when you visit the place and then there are those skyscrapers that add a futuristic shade to things. Mostly unrelated but reminded me of how a Pakistani artist imagined our country would like in SF mode! Check it out:
See more of his art here. Anyway, back to the review:
This is how YAs should go!
I mean there's this teenager who is running away from home, readying herself to face all kinds of racism, just so she can attend a university. I loved that.
Some thoughts were expressed so beautifully...
I might have been reading too much into it but I could see some parallels.
While talking about cooking fish, Binti mentioned:
they lulled the fish into a sleep that the fish never woke from
It reminded me of two things:
a) The Himba are an animist people, which is why they would be gentle towards any organisms they consumed.
b) How as Muslims we have rules upon rules that minimize the pain of an animal prior to being slaughtered for food.
I loved how Binti's love and respect for her family would shine through her thoughts. For instance, look at this quote:
Would my family even comprehend it all when I explained it to them?
And then, she followed it with another thought that I wasn't expecting. She didn't think they weren't smart enough to understand why she did what she did. Instead, she said:
Or would they just fixate on the fact that I'd almost died...
I kept imagining the Meduse as the love-child of jellyfishes and Cthulhu though I dunno why! While researching that unholy union, I came across this instead:
To summarize, YA done well, in terms of strong, sensible female lead, making it a must-read for all YA lovers out there.
This was well-written and well-narrated by Juanita McMahon, just like Fingersmith was, but it didn't quite grab me the way Fingersmith did. Nancy King and her plights and travails through London on her quest to find herself, love and acceptance are all just a little too over the top for me. And talk about your coinkydinks! The last chapter especially was loaded with them. Maybe Waters was doing a final curtain call thing, but it was a bit too much, ya know?
I do like Nan's tenacity to keep going and never get knocked down no matter what life threw at her, and it was an interesting journey through London in the late 1800s, when things were still very dangerous for LGBT people. I didn't always understand why Nan made some of the decisions she made. They at times felt kind of generic, like she needed to make x decision so the story could go to y plot line, and the story just kind of meandered at points.
Daredevil: Back in Black, Volume 1: Chinatown by Charles Soule
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I wanted to like this more than I did. I think it's because I loved other Daredevil book so much. I didn't care for the artwork. For lack of a better word, it was too scratchy looking for me, which didn't work well with the monochromatic colors. Also, it was hard to keep up with the storyline. Although there was an interesting twist with the villain, and things get crazy when Hand ninjas show up. Also I did like that Daredevil's new sidekick is Asian. It might have been something of a plotpoint, but at least there is POC representation here.
I think I have high expectations when it comes to Daredevil, from my other reading of this character and the movie, and most certainly the recent Netflix series. It's not bad. It's decent. Just not as great as I was hoping.
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