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

[Book Review] The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

Title: The Handmaid’s Tale
Author: Margaret Atwood
Format: Paperback, 311 pages  
Genre: Science Fiction; Distopia; Feminist Sci-Fi; Speculative Fiction
Publisher: Anchor Books a division of Random House
ISBN: 9780385490818
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Rating: ⭐ 1/2

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I read, or rather attempted to read, for my banned books book club.  I always take anything rated as a classic and a must read with a grain of salt.

The Handmaid’s Tale was excruciatingly boring.  I’m usually a pretty fast reader, but I found myself taking at least an hour to read 20 pages.

Our protagonist and main character, Offred, is as static as they come and the other characters are flat.  Along with the lack of character development there is also a lack of plot development.  Atwood does a wonderful job of giving the reader descriptions of various places throughout the novel (i.e.the former Harvard Yard, the Red Center, the market, and the handmaid’s costume). Continue reading