Discussion: Overlooked & Underhyped Sci-Fi/Fantasy by Black Authors

Whenever I do a discussion post, I aim for Monday and this one is piggy-backing off my TBR  from Wednesday (9/1): Sci-Fi September & Buddy Reads. For this post, I asked a couple of my favorite Booktubers to lend a hand. As far as I’m concerned they are by far the most knowledgable when it comes to Black Science Fiction and Fantasy.

In case you’re unaware, I’m participating in the Sci-Fi September readathon and I made a conscious decision to focus on Black authors with Black protagonists. I feel, in general, literature by BIPOC authors gets overlooked, is underrated, and under-hyped in the book community. We often read, review, and put greater emphasis and value on the same books Continue reading

Day 10: Celebrating Black Authors – A Long Way Gone by Beah

Today’s book is doing triple duty. It’s serving as my celebrating black authors book, Book Beginnings and The Friday 56.

Title: A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier
Author: Ishmael Beah
ISBN-13: 978-0374531263
Publisher: Sarah Crichton Books
Release Date: August 2008
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Summary from Book:

At the age of twelve, Ishmael Beah fled attacking rebels in Sierra Leone and wandered a land rendered unrecognizable by violence. By thirteen, he’d been picked up by the government army, and Beah, at heart a gentle boy, found that he was capable of truly terrible acts. AT sixteen, he was removed from fighting by UNICEF, and through the help of the staff at his rehabilitation center, her learned how to forgive himself, to regain his humanity, and finally, to heal.

cac55-bb-buttonBook Beginnings is hosted over at Rose City Reader. It’s simple to join in the fun. Continue reading

Day 9: Celebrating Black Authors – Phillis Wheatley

In celebration of Black History Month, I’ll be celebrating black authors by sharing a book a day written by a black author and that has a black main character. Some of the authors I’ve read others are new to me and will be added to the ever-growing TBR pile.

Title: Complete Writings
Author: Phillis Wheatley
ISBN-13: 978-0140424300
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Release Date: February 2001
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I am not a huge fan of poetry, especially poetry prior to the Jazz age or the Harlem Renaissance. I read a few of Phillis Wheatley’s poems in college in an American Literature class. I thought interesting, Continue reading

Day 8: Celebrating Black Authors – Alexander Dumas

In celebration of Black History Month, I’ll be celebrating black authors by sharing a book a day written by a black author and that has a black main character. Some of the authors I’ve read others are new to me and will be added to the ever-growing TBR pile.

Title: The Count of Monte Cristo
Author: Alexandre Dumas
ISBN-13: 978-1593081515
Publisher: Barnes &  Noble
Release Date: November 2004
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I was first introduced to him like so many of you through the swashbuckling movie, The Three Musketeers. I remember reading bits of it in a high school English class and always thought I’d come back to it. Well it took some Continue reading

Day 7: Celebrating Black Authors – Zora Neale Hurston

In celebration of Black History Month, I’ll be celebrating black authors by sharing a book a day written by a black author and that has a black main character. Some of the authors I’ve read others are new to me and will be added to the ever-growing TBR pile.

Title: Their Eyes Were Watching God
Author: Zora Neale Hurston
ISBN-13: 978-0061120060
Publisher: Harper Perennial Modern Classics
Release Date: May 2006
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I read Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God some 20 years ago and if I’m being honest with you I didn’t read it. I found the dialogue rather difficult.

One day I was over my grandmother’s struggling through and she heard me and gave a bit of a chuckle. I asked what’s funny Continue reading