The Book of Phoenix (2015) by Nnedi Okorafor

Human beings make terrible gods.” (p.162)

a1bsucoiwtl-_sl1500_-1Every now and then, a story comes along that just seems to push all the right buttons at the right time. Nnedi Okorafor’s The Book of Phoenix is that book. In my opinion it’s a fantastic story that deserves to be read by as many people as possible. I’ve been waiting to read a book this good since I started my blog.

*[Spoiler Warning: Providing a synopsis of this book is difficult without revealing some of the plot. Read on at your own risk.]*

The book opens with a frame narrative that reminded me of the first part of A Canticle for Leibowitz. Years after a great catastrophe, an old man finds “a cave full of computers” in the desert. Within these dated artifacts lies an audio file which contains an extract of The Book of Phoenix, narrated by a woman with a “soft breathy voice […] like a powerful incantation.” (p.5)

“To tell my tale, I will use the old African tools of story: Spoken words. They are worthier of my trust and they’ll last longer.” (p.5)

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Why Yet Another Book Review Blog?

Short & simple answer: It’s my hobby.

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I started this blog after being inspired by reading some fantastic reviews by bloggers who have now become friends. As you know, there is so much brilliant content drifting out there waiting to be discovered. If we only had the time we wanted, we could read and comment on all those little gems we keep coming across. If we had more time, we could read all those books in our tbr piles, both physical and wish-listical. And we could update our own blogs more frequently than we currently do so.

I’m struggling to manage a post per week. This didn’t really bother me until I found myself starting to feel a bit guilty about it. Wait a minute; this is my hobby, right? So why do I feel like I haven’t done my homework and it’s time to go to school?.. Continue reading