Prepare to fall in love with Binti Neil GaimanWinner of the Hugo Award and the Nebula Award for Best Novella 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 giving up her place in her family to travel between the stars among strangers who do not share her ways or respect her customs.Knowledge 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 the Meduse, and Binti s stellar travel will bring her within their deadly reach.If 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.The Binti SeriesBook 1 BintiBook 2 Binti HomeBook 3 Binti The Night MasqueradePRAISE FOR BINTIBinti is a supreme read about a sexy, edgy Afropolitan in space It s a wondrous combination of extra terrestrial adventure and age old African diplomacy Unforgettable Wanuri Kahiu, award winning Kenyan film director of Punzi and From a WhisperAt the Publisher s request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software DRM applied....
|Publisher||:||Tor.com 22 September 2015|
|Number of Pages||:||177 Pages|
|File Size||:||793 KB|
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This novella is perfect for anyone who likes Sci-Fi or who maybe just wants to dip their toes into the genre. The world-building is rich without being confusing (which at this length is honestly impressive), I love the main character and though the aliens are reminiscent of other portrayals (but honestly, which aliens are wholly original?), their development was not what I expected and thus liked a lot. There are a few questions left unanswered (which might be in the sequel) but aren't ignored, so it doesn't feel unsatisfying.Overall I can only recommend this novella with a unique voice - and honestly, at under 100 pages there is no reason not to give it a try.
Okorafor creates a story from the point-of-view of Binti, a girl from a very traditional group of people that stand out among others due to their special way of applying to themselves a sort of red clay for cleaning purposes. It is a story of prejudices and distinctions and that open-mindedness is key to get along in a world full of diversity.Despite its great messages, I felt like this should have been a full novel with more explanation about the alien race of Meduse, jellyfish-like beings. However, I was really not expecting the story to go the way it did and I am intrigued to see how Binti's story continues.
This is not the kind of literature I usually read, but for some reason I decided to buy this book.What a pleasant surprise! I liked the character a lot and I really wanted her to make her way. For people who like battle and bloody scenes and fighting, this might not be the right kind of book.I find this much more creative and far less destructive.Well written, a quick read, a refreshing perspective.
The beginning of the story was promising. I was intrigued by Binti's family and their culture. The world was interesting: Binti is part of a reclusive tribe and their way of life features a lot of "mathematics", which stands in for a sort of passive magic. We follow Binti as she chases her dream and leaves all of what she knows behind to do it. This far, I was one hundred percent on board.(Spoilers ahead)Then her journey gets interrupted, some confusion happens, she saves the day without understanding how she did it and she continues to chase her dream. The end.It really felt that abrupt to me. I read the free excerpt and I was interested to see where it went, so I bought the book. It didn't really go anywhere, it just ended. If I'd known how little there was to the story I wouldn't have bothered to make the purchase; especially since the most interesting part to me was the beginning, and we moved away from that too quickly to make room for some mysterious aliens with tendrils.I liked Binti and her culture and tribe and world. What felt severely lacking was the story the author decided to tell with all these wonderful elements, and the jarring imbalance between the free excerpt and the full book, making the purchase a total let-down.
...but also very short, at times confusing (e.g., the way the word "mathematical" is used runs against my understanding of the word), and is concentrated on a single character, about whom we don't even get to know that much. I might get back to it when a Binti collection is realeased.
Super storyline, finde die Idee von der Geschichte brilliant. Jedoch zu kurz. Die Geschichte könnte man so richtig toll ausbauen und auf ein paar hundert Seiten verlängern. Die Geschichte lässt auch viel Fantasie Freiraum und das Ende bleibt offen sodass man den zweiten Teil dann auch lesen will. Auf jeden Fall spannend und lesenswert. Schade dass der Lesespaß zu schnell endet.
The story seems to take place in the far future where space travel and technological artifacts are just mundane objects.So far in the future that people don't even know what some things are anymore. And some of the objects are able to be activated by (mathematical?) thought. Intriguing! I also really enjoyed Binti as a character. I want to read more!!
I'm admittedly biased - I quite adore her writing, so effortless, humane and witty - so, of course, I enjoyed this novella too.It's a short tale of one woman's journey from Namibia into space, admittedly somewhat simple, straightforward and not quite subverting genre tropes as much as I had hoped. Still, this only feels like the beginning of a longer story and I for one hope to read more about Binti's further journey.