While finishing up as much Nebula Awards reading as possible, I ordered and then devoured Nnedi Okorafor’s powerful novel “Who Fears Death.”Â Interestingly enough, her story that I recommended a few posts ago, “The Book of Phoenix” fits into this novel.Â The world-building is phenomenal, full of symbolism and magic and yet close enough for a reader to feel the grains of sand.
At it’s best, fantastic fiction sheds at least some light on humanity.Â Who Fears Death is a beacon.
It’s also a lush and fabulous story; brave and magical.Â When I read or listen to Nnedi’s stories, I am absolutely transfixed not only at how far she reaches, but at the strength of her reach.Â One of the best fantasy novels I have read in years.
Between Nnedi Okorafor and N.K. Jemison, we are being treated to two wonderful new voices in fantasy.Â Now if I could only figure out how to have each of them walk away with both a Hugo and a Nebula.