Freshwater (Akwaeke Emezi)

Freshwater is Akwaeke Emezi‘s debut novel.
Finished on: 17.6.2020

Content Note: rape

When Ada is born, the door to the spirit world doesn’t close properly and so Ada is not alone in her body; she is ogbanje. She grows up in Nigeria, but moves to the USA to attend college. Things are not easy for her and as she encounters traumatizing events, the different parts of herself become more pronounced and develop personalities of their own to cope with everything.

Freshwater is a fascinating, difficult book. Albeit very readable, you need to put in some work – but if you do, you will be rewarded with a complex character or characters in an interesting setting.

The book cover with the following quote in capital letters:
I have lived many lives inside this body. 
I lives many lives before they put me in this body.
I will live many lives when they take me out of it.
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Fantasy Magazine 47

Fantasy Magazine 47 is the February 2011 issue, edited by Cat Rambo and Sean Wallace. It contains four short stories.
Finished on: 19.11.2018

The stories here are very different in tone, setting and style. I fell in love with one of them and enjoyed the other three, so I’d say, it is a very successful collection that introduced me to some good new authors.

The magazine cover showing a mermaid with a magic wand hovering over the small figure of a person walking.
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Behind the Mask: A Superhero Anthology (Ed. by Tricia Reeks and Kyle Richardson)

Behind the Mask is an anthology of superhero stories edited by Tricia Reeks and Kyle Richardson.
Finished on: 29.1.2018
[I won this book as an uncorrected ARC in a Librarything Early Reviewer giveaway.]

Behind the Mask is a very entertaining anthology. Of course, there are stories that worked better for me than others, but overall, I had a lot of fun with the various takes on superheroes in this, stretching from origin stories to questions of inheritance, from every day obstacles to big fights.

After the jump, there’s more about each of the stories separately.

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