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A purposeful decision for symbolic reasons because it feels very conscious However I did really like this on reread Score one for the teamBlog Twitter Instagram Spotify Youtube About Nnedi Okorafor s Binti is a beautifully written and engaging science fiction tale which despite its length has the feel of an epic in the the feel of an epic In the Binti leaves her tribe in Namibia to go off planet to study at the Oomza Uni Binti s people are obsessed with knowledge however they do not travel they stay on their original homelands on Earth Binti bringing her people s culture with her into the galaxy will prove to be a notable exception Before they make it to Oomza Uni though their ship is attacked and her shipmates are murdered by humanity s dread enemy the Meduse With this attack things become even interesting My only real complaint from this novella is that I finished reading it too ickly 45 stars This was one of the most creative books I ve read in a whileVery interesting concepts but I wanted will definitely pick A White Slave in Turkey Book 1 - A BDSM Novel up the next one when it s out This is cute I guess Imaginative Fresh But yet lacking so much of what makes a cohesive seamless narrative that I am indeed surprised to see that it won the Nebula Award I hate to call this one childish for the one reason good stories aimed at the youngsters should possess the wonderful level of imagination and complexity And this one has all the foundations so wonderfully laid out in its strong beginning promising the strangeness of mathematical reasoning weaved together with the tribal culture rites But sadly the promising startickly disintegrates into a story that blithely speeds along to the conclusion it desires while ignoring character building logic and any resemblance to the actual complexity in the interpersonal interspecies here I guess relationshipsI guess I must call this story despite the imaginative and fresh initial premise just simplistic and naive Because this is how we wish the world would work forgiving any murder or war and accepting your enemies once a miscommunication of sorts has been cleared or magically covered with magical mud if you so wish and harmoniously living ever after in a wonderfully harmonious niverse And about that mass murder that was just shrugged off Well sorry but now we are cool I guess and even participate in a sort of a student exchange program UghAcceptance does not work like this It really does not SorryAnyway I m not sure how this ended p getting such accolades Okorafor has written much better stories but this SorryAnyway I m not sure how this ended p getting such accolades Okorafor has written much better stories but this sadly lacking But yes cute25 stars WINNER 2015 nebula for best novella shows what i knowand now hugo winner too i cannot be trusted to speak about books i know nothinghaving been gleefully freeloading off the free tor shorts for years now i absolutely want to support tor in their buy some novellas cheapskate endeavor especially since the first one i read Every Heart a Doorway was one of the best things #I HAVE EVER READ EVER BUT EVEN THOUGH BINTI #have ever read ever but even though Binti nominated for a billion awards it was only medium enjoyable for me i d read Lagoon by this author with the same general reaction even though I KNOW everyone tells me Who Fears Death is incredible and i believe them and i will read that one because every author gets three chances with methis is the first book in what i expect will be a trilo. O not share her ways or respect her customsKnowledge comes at a cost one that Binti is willing to pay but her journey will not be easy The world she seeks to enter has long warred with the Meduse an alien race that has become the stuff of nightmares Oomza University has wronged.

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Gy and it s only 90 pages so it s hard to be hypercritical of it although just now reading the synopsis for part 2 it takes place a year later so i guess the synopsis for part 2 it takes place a year later so i guess part of it is over and i can be as critical as with any other book so first the good things i really like the character 16 year old binti comes from the isolated himba region whose desert community holds fast to its customs and where the emphasis is on family science and a connection to the land so deep that no one ever leaves their homeland however binti despite the privileges of her family cannot refuse the nprecedented opportunity to study at the oozma Lay My Burden Down university which offer has never before been granted to a himba I was sixteen years old and had never been beyond my city let alone near a launch station I was by myself and I had just left my family My prospects of marriage had been 100 percent and now they would be zero No man wanted a woman who d run away However beyond my prospects of a normal life being ruined I had scored so high on the planetary exams in mathematics that the Oozma University had not only admitted me but promised to pay for whatever I needed in order to attend No matter what choice I made I was never going to have a normal life reallyon her journey towards the terminal binti feels her outsider status acutely because her people never leave their land because they are so insular other people assign characteristics to them through lack of contactexperience they are assumed to be backwards primitive and filthy in part because of the himba custom of smearing their bodies and hair with a fragrant paste made from the clay of their land as well as their darker skin and fuzzy haironce binti makes it to the ship which is actually a living creature closely related to a shrimp surrounded by other prospective students she has an easier time acclimating and even makes friends and develops a crush on a boy and then the meduse arrive and everything goes sidewaysfor the characters and this reader both again binti is a remarkable character she s plucky brave resourceful and supersmart but she s notnrealistically heroic and capable she s never experienced life beyond her home and family and her discomfort and awkwardness are appropriate for someone with her background i also appreciated the attention to detail given to the customs of her people and her memories of her life among them but from the meduse part on there seemed to be a motivation to reach a desired ending without respecting the conseuences of certain actions which brad addresses admirably in his review to which i can add nothing because it speaks to every single but wait objection i had while reading this and i don t wanna be a plagiarist like him i appreciate the message but the delivery of the message was a bit trite and slapdash however i like the character enough and i owe tor enough that i will likely read the second part of this this novella is completely appropriate for a YA audience and i think it would be #better received by younger readers who tend to #received by younger readers who tend to for plot and enjoyment than old folks like me who suck all the joy out of books with too nitpicky dissections resulting from too much academic training in joy suckingi still love you tor and i will continue to love you both for free and for cahnot actual name of programcome to my blo. The Meduse and Binti's stellar travel will bring her within their deadly reachIf Binti hopes to survive the legacy of a war not of her making she will need both the gifts of her people and the wisdom enshrined within the University itself but first she has to make it there alive. ,
Binti by Nnedi OkoraforWhen I first read Binti in 2017 I enjoyed it fine but I don t think I Vérité (Love at Center Court, understood it as being particularly Good Reading it again in 2019 after reading far fantasy and science fiction and a significant amount of postcolonial literature I think I got a lot from these 85 pages Binti is a young black woman on her way to the premier institution in the galaxy her peoplenlike their sometime rivals sometime allies the Kush almost never leave She has broken this tradition an absolute first generation college student through being extremely smart and she has done something perhaps revolutionary she has chosen to take her chance and leave home Though #Her Parents Love Her They #parents love her they t approve of her choosing to go somewhere where she will not continue their traditions She knows from the time she leaves that she may very well be disowned She herself isn t entirely confident either she self doubts multiple times in the first twenty pages despite her joy On her journey to her new niversity however her ship is attacked by a race known as the Meduse These creatures are murderous of course but Binti and the audience eventually learn to look at them with Empathy Their Stinger Has Their stinger has stolen and placed in a Kush museum in something akin to the colonial appropriation perpetuated by the British museum today The Meduse have been violated and thus they want to recapture and reclaim their lost territoryThe growth of the friendship between Okwu and Binti is at the center of Binti and the ensuing novella series though to a lesser degree and though it forms due to necessity the strength of this relationship comes in their mutual nderstandings of each other Their hair like her hair is considered alien their bodies like hers are considered other Their friendship is always what resonates with me the most when thinking about this series Binti s journey however is what is most revolutionary about this book Instead of following traditions she breaks boundaries she has a place in the Daniels Pet universe and yet she steps out into a whole new world In a subversion of the typical outsider leaves to find themselves narrative she is not in any particular way an outsider to her initial community she is simply brilliant andietly ambitious and brave enough to risk all she has ever known for a future she hopes will be for her Throughout the story as a harmonizer she must symbolically give Losing Control up pieces of her old identity yet she keeps her old rituals as a part of herself Her strength comes in her ability to embrace both her old identity and her new identity and build herself into a whole person stronger than ever A black woman and a young black woman is front and center and she is front and center because of her inner strength and her empathy And that s just really neat I really struggled to engage with this the first time around something that I attributed to not liking novellas which I thought I struggled to be engaged in before the end I am no longer a boring sad person who dislikes everything she doesn t get I was 16 let me live and I now love novellas However this problem of lacking engagement persists and it is because of the lack of description I love this world the ideas of sentient ships and Oomza Uni both slap so hard but I don t feel like I have any perception of what it looks like I believe this must have been. Her name is Binti and she is the first of the Himba people ever to be offered a place at Oomza University the finest institution of higher learning in the galaxy But to accept the offer will mean givingp her place in her family to travel between the stars among strangers who