Brenda Cooper

Reading Recommendation: Nnedi Okorafor’s “Who Fears Death”

While finishing up as much Nebula Awards reading as possible, I ordered and then devoured Nnedi Okorafor’s powerful novel “Who Fears Death.”  Interestingly enough, her story that I recommended a few posts ago, “The Book of Phoenix” fits into this novel.  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.  Who Fears Death is a beacon.

It’s also a lush and fabulous story; brave and magical.  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.  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.  Now if I could only figure out how to have each of them walk away with both a Hugo and a Nebula.

2 Responses so far

  1. 1. Alex

    Sounds like I have yet another book to add to my “I want this one” list for reading. Thanks for the info!

  2. 2. Brenda Cooper

    Hi Alex. I liked this a lot.