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Black Leopard Red Wolf
« on: February 20, 2019, 11:32:59 PM »

Is anyone reading this?  In the 90s I never would have imagined GQ doing a piece on a fantasy author!

https://www.gq.com/story/marlon-james-black-leopard-red-wolf-is-an-african-fantasy-epic-for-the-ages

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Re: Black Leopard Red Wolf
« Reply #1 on: February 21, 2019, 10:27:09 AM »
It has been getting A LOT of publicity, and the cover is *beautiful* - so I've also been curious to hear thoughts on it. Looking forward to some fantasy faction insights on this  ;)
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Re: Black Leopard Red Wolf
« Reply #2 on: February 21, 2019, 12:14:59 PM »
 I really liked 'A Brief History of Seven Killings' and I was ecstatic to hear about this. I'm really hoping to get my hands on it when I have more money.

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Re: Black Leopard Red Wolf
« Reply #3 on: March 04, 2019, 08:42:02 AM »
I ended up buying the book when I saw it at my local independent SFF bookshop. I'm reading something else at the moment but will share my thoughts once I get to it!

(The cover is really gorgeous though.)
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Re: Black Leopard Red Wolf
« Reply #4 on: March 04, 2019, 08:23:56 PM »
The Guardian were pretty damning, I think? Will give it a try at some point.

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Re: Black Leopard Red Wolf
« Reply #5 on: April 02, 2019, 09:42:24 PM »
About 80 pages in.I'm enjoying it but can imagine a lot of readers being mislead by the African Game of Thrones advertising (it really isn't) and if you are more of a 'rollicking good adventure with straight forward prose' fan you will probably struggle with it.  I would probably compare it to say Ishiguro's The Buried Giant - in that you have characters travelling across a mythical, dream like landscape -however with an African setting and a great more sex and violence.
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Re: Black Leopard Red Wolf
« Reply #6 on: April 04, 2019, 11:22:32 AM »
Your description sounds much more appealing to me than the African GoT one, actually. I still haven't picked it up, will probably do so now after I finish my current read.
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Re: Black Leopard Red Wolf
« Reply #7 on: April 04, 2019, 04:59:43 PM »
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The Guardian were pretty damning, I think? Will give it a try at some point.

Yeah I tend to look at the guardian reviews for tech and buy stuff they never consider, for writing there is some crossover but I never reject a read just because they do.

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Re: Black Leopard Red Wolf
« Reply #8 on: April 04, 2019, 05:20:58 PM »
Your description sounds much more appealing to me than the African GoT one, actually. I still haven't picked it up, will probably do so now after I finish my current read.

The writing is incredible. Marlon James does short sentences for action brilliantly effectively.
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Re: Black Leopard Red Wolf
« Reply #9 on: May 15, 2019, 07:36:46 AM »
@Saraband did you ever get around to reading this?

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Re: Black Leopard Red Wolf
« Reply #10 on: May 15, 2019, 08:19:05 AM »
Bought it but still on the shelf, as I dig through my TBR pile. I'm a slow digger  ;D
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Re: Black Leopard Red Wolf
« Reply #11 on: May 15, 2019, 01:45:32 PM »
Just got it from the library, will start it in a week or so.
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