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Rosewater
Rosewater | Tade Thompson
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"The story bounces over multiple decades, laying out Kaaros sordid past and assorted sins, but it never loses sight of the big picture, in which the machinations of aliens (whom the reader will find both understandable and frightening) and psychics are just the backdrop for a character-driven, morally gray tale of hope and potential redemption." Publishers Weekly, starred review "One of the most imaginative alien invasion scenarios I have come across..." Aliette de Bodard, Nebula and BSFA award-winning author of THE HOUSE OF SHATTERED WINGS "This thrilling, ambitious novel offers a deftly woven and incisive blend of science fiction, psychology, action, and mystery. Highly recommended." Kate Elliott, author of BLACK WOLVES and COLD MAGIC Between meeting a boy who bursts into flames, alien floaters that want to devour him, and a butterfly woman who he has sex with when he enters the xenosphere, Kaaro's life is far from the simple one he wants. But he left simple behind a long time ago when he was caught stealing and nearly killed by an angry mob. Now he works for a government agency called Section 45, and they want him to find a women known as Bicycle Girl. And that's just the beginning. An alien entity lives beneath the ground, forming a biodome around which the city of Rosewater thrives. The cities of Rosewater are enamored by the dome, hoping for a chance to meet the beings within or possibly be invited to come in themselves. But Kaaro isn't so enamored. He was in the biodome at one point and decided to leave it behind. When something begins killing off other sensitives like himself, Kaaro defies Section 45 to search for an answer, facing his past and comes to a realization about a horrifying future. Cover art by Igor Vitkovskiy
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catsuit_mango
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This book was in my trl for some time (highly recommanded by friends I trust) and it just won the Julia verlanger price in Nantes. So it jumped up a bit in the queue... Hoping to finish it before Friday as I want to travel light for the weekend...
#bookandtea

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bookishlyblessed
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Started this one on audio last night! #scifiseptember #tomeinfinityandbeyond #currentlyreading

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Carolyn11215
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Loved this sci-fi novel (1st in series) about Nigerian sensitives (psychics) who develop their talents after an alien invasion and the slow discovery by one of the sensitives of what the aliens are after and how they intend to get it. Also love the embedded critique of some of our current political reality. A great mash-up of sci-fi, psychology and mystery.

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Schlinkles
Rosewater | Tade Thompson
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Really interesting premise and novel take on an alien invasion. I‘m curious to see where the story goes in the next two books and if he explains what happened to America further. I like the jumping back and forth in time for the narrative, but not sure I really care for Kaaro as a protagonist.

DrexEdit Looks like a terrific read! Stacked! 4mo
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Schlinkles
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About 100 pages in and loving this month‘s Sci-fi book club pick. I was worried about getting it finished it time for discussion on Sunday, but it‘s been a fast read so far.

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rkeo
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A speculative sci-fi story about an alien invasion, alien-enabled psychic abilities, and (so much) more set in futuristic Nigeria? There wasn't a lot of room to go wrong. There were so many layers to this story, and it was so well written (and often hilarious). The plot was unique, the characters were great, and the science behind everything was so well researched that it made the crazy world seem plausible. My expectations were exceeded tenfold.

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Owlizabeth
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Snagged this one off the new shelf when I was picking up a hold at the #library. It has some mixed reviews but that cover! 😍

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B.Reader
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Mehso-so

Not quite sure what I think of this one. Some parts were brilliant and fascinating, like the history of Rosewater and the science of the situation. Other parts were consulted and a little too weird for me. Overall I would recommend with some big caveats. 🤷‍♀️

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readingjedi
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The 1st of the Wormwood trilogy, this one took a little while to endear itself to me but when it did it made the sometimes frustrating & confusing work of understanding the timeline totally worthwhile. The premise is original & imaginative & the writing is utterly engrossing. The MC is a dislikeable anti-hero & the female characters of Femi, Nike, Oyin-Da & Aminat are strong, have agency & steal the show. The plot is ... cont. in comments ⬇️⬇️⬇️

readingjedi ...intelligent, complex & provides many a satisfying whoa WTF moments. There's also a pretty sly dig at Trump! I will definitely be checking out the rest of this trilogy. With thanks to Netgalley for this book. 6mo
readingjedi Have to add that as impressed as I am by this book, I have a slight issue with the MCs constant erections, ejaculations & copulations. It's all a bit icky .... 🤢🤢🤢 6mo
suzisteffen @readingjedi yes to literally everything you said! 6mo
B.Reader Reading it now, liked to hear your perspective. I think the female characters are definitely 🔥 and steal the show like you said! 6mo
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readingjedi
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About to start this one. Not sure it's right for my current mood but will give it a go. With thanks to #netgalley for this book.

AutumnRLS Have only heard great things about this! 6mo
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Mitch
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Arthur C Clarke 2019 shortlist. Not a bad place to start for summer reading rec‘s!

https://fivebooks.com/best-books/summer-reading-2019-the-best-of-sci-fi-tom-hunt...

speljamr Two of these are already on my summer TBR list. 7mo
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SkeletonKey
Rosewater | Tade Thompson
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Finally starting on this one. Sci fi set in future Nigeria? Yes please.

#scifi #poc

Eggbeater I loved this one! 8mo
SkeletonKey @Eggbeater - It sucked me in real fast 😆 8mo
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shanaqui
Rosewater | Tade Thompson
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Hmm. I still don't really get it. There's a lot of buzz about this book, and I get the impression it's really wowed people whose tastes I normally share, so it's probably a me-problem. Possibly I am overly bothered by the protagonist's constant thing about sex. Every time I might've got into the story, the narrator got an erection or climaxed for no apparent reason. Ooookay then.

Clare-Dragonfly That does sound really annoying! 10mo
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SkeletonKey
Rosewater | Tade Thompson
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I flipped open this book while shelving it at the library yesterday and the first thing I read was:

“I fucking hate Ayn Rand.”

...and I must say I‘ve never been so jazzed to read a book so quickly. My reading has been invigorated, lol.

#slump #readingslump

Erinreadsthebooks 😂😂😂 10mo
jmofo 🖤🤘 10mo
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SkeletonKey @jmofo 🖤🖤🖤 10mo
jmofo @SkeletonKey that synopsis, tho 10mo
SkeletonKey @jmofo - I‘m not sure what to expect, lol. 10mo
jmofo @SkeletonKey I think you‘re safe expecting anything and everything 10mo
ohyeahthatgirl I've heard great things about it, but now I have to read it! 10mo
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shanaqui
Rosewater | Tade Thompson

There's so much random sex driving everything the narrator does in this book, I feel totally disconnected from and mildly disgusted by it. As an asexual person, I just don't get it.

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Lucy_Anywhere
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Set in near-future Nigeria, Rosewater is a slow-burning and absorbing scifi that tells the tale of one man affected by the mysterious alien presence that sits at the heart of the city of Rosewater.

A vividly evocative setting, an intriguing protagonist, and an alien whose intentions are never clear - great stuff and an unexpected find!

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BarbaraTheBibliophage
Rosewater | Tade Thompson
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1. This was the first one that grabbed me in my Kindle shelves.
2. Guess I should get on that ... last year we went to our fav Barbecue joint.
3. Chartreuse
4. Maybe William, it‘s a family name from both sides. But I‘m not sure of my memory on that. 🤷🏼‍♀️
5. On my way!

#friyayintro @howjessreads

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Kryckett
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Late start to #24in48 because ... life.

But I did some #audiocleaning and finished Rosewater. Which was great. Loved that it is set in Nigeria. The protagonist is ... complicated, which can sometimes be code for annoying, but not in this case. And the narrator was excellent. A strong pick. Very much looking forward to the second book of the trilogy.

mommyincolor Dont feel bad, I barely broke 4 hours of reading and I started this morning. Good luck! 11mo
Kaye 🌟 11mo
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Bookboss
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I was absorbed in this first contact story set in Nigeria. The story shifts in time with each chapter. The present day is set in 2066, and alternating chapters tell the backstory of the main character and the arrival of alien life. The first in a series, this is an excellent beginning.

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Bindrosbookshelf
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Book 2 finished!
I am pretty new to sci-fi so I wasn‘t sure if I would like this one but it was amazing! It‘s such a complicated book to explain but you will get it if you read it, trust me.
#24in48 #24in48ausnz

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Bindrosbookshelf
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Book 2 for #24in48

So far I‘m enjoying this one with an alien biodome, xenosphere, sensitives and a past that is being discovered at the same time as a lot of action in the current day with jealous ex-husbands and secret govt divisions.
#24in48 #24in48ausnz

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Kryckett
Rosewater | Tade Thompson
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#LitsyWalkers

Managed a decent walk with the puppy last night. We got rained on, but made it home before the legit monsooning (totally a real word) started. Bracing for the 50 mph winds expected this afternoon.

Stay safe everyone!

Kaye Good job ! 11mo
DarcysMom Glad you got your walk before the weather came in. 11mo
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BridgetteM
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1. A poke bowl from a restaurant owned by a friend. YUM!
2. Tagged. Rosewater by Tade Thompson
3. 13, I think.
4. Not really.
5. No international travel planned this year.

#humpdaypost @MinDea

rachelk That poke bowl looks delicious! 11mo
BridgetteM @rachelk Thank you! It was almost too pretty to eat. 11mo
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Eggbeater
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This book blew me away! It takes place in the future in Nigeria and reminded me of my surrogate mother's tales of growing up there. Because of Ogbomosho and akara, not the aliens and psychics also present in the story. I don't know that I've read anything quite like it before. I loved the main character because he hated Ayn Rand and liked Virginia Woolf. 5⭐s for my 1st finished #24B42019 @TheReadingMermaid @Andrew65

Andrew65 Well done, a great start. 👏 11mo
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Eggbeater
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#24B42019 @TheReadingMermaid @andrew65 #dogsoflitsy
I'm off to a good start. 1 hr 30 min Rosewater Kindle book 45 pages and 45 minutes listening to The Female Persuasiin with Odie who likes to snuggle and listen to audio books too. 2 hrs 15 minutes total. I figure if I can read 5 hours per day then I've got this.

Andrew65 A good start 👏 11mo
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ReadingEnvy
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Reading Envy Podcast 139: Stocking Stuffer. ~*BONUS EPISODE!*~ This episode features Jenny's best reads of 2018, and the top reads of a bunch of friends of the podcast. Familiar voices here! (Books pictured are not comprehensive!) https://tinyurl.com/ReadingEnvy139

Ruthiella Can‘t wait to listen 😍 12mo
BestDogDad Yes! Can‘t wait to listen. 12mo
Prairiegirl_reading Can‘t wait!! I see some all time faves right away! 😄 12mo
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moarbookspleaze
Rosewater | Tade Thompson
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Had a holiday dinner out tonight with my very best friend. Restaurant was conveniently located near a local indie I don‘t get too often which was totally unplanned.

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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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Digital presents for ME today!!! If no one can see them except me, are they still exciting? #hellyes

When I used to read primarily SFF, I‘d live for these Kindle sale days. I‘m excited to have my own copy of the Joe Hill—I read it from the library. The others are so highly rated and look amazing!

#kindledeals #whoreadssff #Scifi #fantasy #sff #iregretnothing

coffeenebula I love how all those covers go together! 🖤❤️🖤❤️ 12mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @coffeenebula They do, don‘t they? I didn‘t see that until you mentioned it. 👏🏻👏🏻 12mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa The Blade Itself series has been on my TBR list for awhile now. 11mo
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Kryckett
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I have been listening on my commute to/from work. The narrator is great, and I am completely hooked.

Purrsistently Already on my tbr, glad to know the audio is great too! 12mo
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shanaqui
Rosewater | Tade Thompson

I was so annoyed there's been a reissue right after I bought the original version, but I've finally picked this up. I'm a bit put off by all the sex, though. If I count out the scenes with sex it's not actually that much, but somehow it sticks in my head as one of my major impressions so far.

I actually read this on my phone on the treadmill, haha. I can't run at the moment, but can manage a brisk walk while reading. 😆

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Bindrosbookshelf
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My library stack just keeps getting bigger. Welcome new library books, come and wait to be overdue with the others...

Library wins again
#libraryhaul

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Ashley_Nicoletto
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Current status:

Slippers are life.
All of my favorite foods can be eaten out of bowls.
Trying SO hard to finish this book.
Listening to film scores.

Librariana Your life sounds 😍😍😍📚 faboo!! 12mo
Mitch I love bowl food! 12mo
RadicalReader @Ashley_Nicoletto if that‘s not a sign books are meant to be enjoyed by the bowlful I don‘t know what is 12mo
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Ashley_Nicoletto @RadicalReader 🤣🤣 Yes. 12mo
teebe I‘m going to send you an email about this later, but hold off on sending any #NightmaresAhead books you have (or will soon receive). 12mo
Ashley_Nicoletto @teebe Will do! I have mine ready to go out. I‘ll hold it until I hear from you. 12mo
teebe @Ashley_Nicoletto Great, thanks! What book do you currently have? 12mo
Ashley_Nicoletto @teebe I have The Haunting (I believe this is what it‘s called). 12mo
Ashley_Nicoletto @teebe hey! Any word on this? 12mo
teebe @Ashley_Nicoletto I‘ll be catching up on emails this weekend. Was the last book you sent 12mo
Ashley_Nicoletto @teebe Yes, I believe so. I just got the newest package from Jen out of my mailbox yesterday and it contains The Exorcist. 12mo
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Vinjii
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#firstlines and now to try and catch up with my Goodreads goal. Rosewater by Tade Thompson has been highly recommended by friends. Let‘s see.

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JessReads
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I‘m working the late shift at the library today, so I can linger over my breakfast a bit before I head out on my morning run! I‘m reading Rosewater because SFF Yeah! chose it as their first book club book. I‘m not entirely sure what I think of it yet, but I am intrigued.

Ashley_Nicoletto I‘m reading this so I can listen to that episode too! It‘s so weird and there‘s not much background given in the beginning. But I‘m like 30 percent through and it‘s pretty good! 12mo
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Ashley_Nicoletto
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Best part of today - taking off my work clothes, putting on my soft clothes and slippers, and heating up leftovers.

I had a great day, but there‘s something about PJs in winter time.

Burghbookaddict That sounds like the best time ever! 12mo
GingerAntics That sounds like perfection. 12mo
kstadt929 Love this part of the day so much 😍 cute slippers! 12mo
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Ashley_Nicoletto @kstadt929 Thanks! Found them at scheels for $20. 🙌🏼 12mo
AlaMich Changing clothes when I get home from work is literally the first thing I do. It‘s the best feeling!! 12mo
Ashley_Nicoletto @AlaMich Same! As soon as I walk in the door I change clothes. Sometimes I even shower. 🤣 Anything to feel comfortable. 12mo
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Ashley_Nicoletto
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I‘m just over 15 hours into the #24B4Monday readathon. I will most likely read til I fall asleep, but it‘ll be soon. 😴 Below is my wrap up:

Books finished:
Becoming
Circe
Everything Was Goodbye

Books Started and Finished:
Asking For It
Finding Baba Yaga

Books Started and In Progress:
Rosewater
The Warmth Of Other Suns
Elevation

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Great job! 13mo
Beckys_Books Wow! 13mo
Nute Wow! That‘s fabulous. 13mo
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valeriegeary Nice work! 👏 13mo
NatalieR Great job! 🥳 13mo
TheReadingMermaid You did great sweetie congrats! 🥳🎉🎉 13mo
Redwritinghood Wow! Impressive! 13mo
Emilymdxn Well done! I adored the warmth of other suns I hope you like it 13mo
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Lauredhel
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InLibrisVeritas
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Mehso-so

I wanted to like this one but it was so hard to follow the timelines. It is a story that builds up mystery until the last third, so it is slow moving but intriguing. The MC is unlikable but is surrounded by strong and immensely interesting people. I think if I had went with then hardcopy of this instead of audio I would have enjoyed it more. #rrscifimonth

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Decalino
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Set in Nigeria in the not too distant future, Rosewater revolves around a seriously flawed protagonist named Kaaro, a "sensitive" who works at a bank defending clients from psychic attacks. It quickly becomes clear that Rosewater is not a typical town and telepathy has received a serious boost from an unexpected source. This intriguing novel is the first book in a planned trilogy--I am definitely in.

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Wattrat
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"Bola knows I am single and has made it her mission to find me a mate. I don‘t like this because … well, when people match-make they introduce people to you whom they think are sufficiently like you. Each person they bring is a commentary on how they see you. If I‘ve never liked anyone Bola has introduced me to does that mean she doesn‘t know me well enough or that she does know me, but I hate myself?

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BookAlongBlog
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🌟🌟🌟🌟/5
I dont normally read sci-fi but this sounded too intriguing to pass up! And it didnt dissapoint. Very creative start to a trilogy.
#bookreview #bookreviewer #bookblogger #bookblog

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Lisaw13
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Mehso-so

While I liked this quote, overall the book was a bit confusing and had a lot of gobbly gook words to try and explain something unexplainable. It was a so-so. Don't think I'll continue with the series.

RaimeyGallant I'm totally going to blow up the text for my next ereader pic. 1y
Lisaw13 @RaimeyGallant that's actually my normal font size! It keeps me from having eye strain 👀 1y
RaimeyGallant Ah! Maybe I should try it. 1y
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Angitron
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This was a great one and totally scratched my itch for more Afrofuturism! The plot is almost indescribable, but the gist of it is that an alien presence suddenly appears in Nigeria. What it wants and what its connection is to the deaths of a particular group of people is the thrust of the narrative. Really wonderful world-building, great writing, and a fantastic, funny anti-hero in the lead character of Kaaro.

Yeah_I_Read I saw an article about this in a fall book preview! It looks interesting 1y
Angitron @Yeah_I_Read I really really enjoyed it! My only complaint is having to wait for the next book in the series! 😊 1y
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2BR02B
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If you're like me, you read Who Fears Death and realized you needed more afrofuturism in your life, stat. This novel of first contact set in Nigeria sounds like the perfect follow up. #kindledeal

Angitron Oooh thanks! Buying it now! 1y
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taraWritesSci
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I'm starting Rosewater today. I'd not heard of Tade Thompson's work until the day I came across his tweet. I bought his book immediately. The publishing world is an awful mess of subjectivity and market whims that excludes so many great writers already, but there's no room for the bigotry described above.

Jennick2004 😱😱😱 1y
Jennick2004 And automatic add for me! 1y
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JenP
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Moray_Reads
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I loved this complex, clever sci-fi from Nigerian author Tade Thompson. It's a brilliantly original take on first-contact, full of rich detail and a future that feels fully-formed. The way the narrative switches between several points in the MC's story is controlled to perfection and the story unravels slowly and with building unease. The prose itself isn't as baroque but the world-building and the play of ideas reminded me of China Miéville

Jokila Stacked!! ❤️ 2y
2BR02B Great cover + Miéville comparison = stacked 2y
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Asktheletters
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The set-up: a future Nigeria over a non-chronological, twenty year period following the arrival of an alien life form that seals itself inside a biodome and releases microscopic fungal spores into the atmosphere, which infect some of the population with telepathic abilities that a secret government organisation wants to control. Whew. Fungal sci-fi is totally a thing 😁

MayJasper 😱 2y
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