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Assassin’s Quest by Robin Hobb #3

Assassin's Quest (Farseer Trilogy, #3)Assassin’s Quest by Robin Hobb

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Reading the Farseer Trilogy, knowing full well that Robin Hobb probably did her worldbuilding before I was even born, is quite a humbling experience to tell you the least. So, before I delve into any diatribe, if it gets to that, or the hurrah, I would like to, first of all, acknowledge the awesomeness that is Robin Hobb, trailblazing the fantasy genre for femen writers the world over in the yesteryears.

Being the self-proclaimed fantasy connoisseur, (wannabe-in-chief) that I am, it came as a surprise to me that I hadn’t heard of, or read this trilogy when I ought to have done so many years ago. It took many listless months of boring taxi rides, after work, stuck in the ever growing Kampala traffic jam to finally get back to reading and boy, am I glad I am back!

Well then, let’s get it on!

It’s clearly apparent that I am spectacularly rusty at this whole book review business. Matter of fact, I haven’t written a single review since the year begun. But, oh well, a man’s got to start from somewhere, no? Well, here goes… Continue reading “Assassin’s Quest by Robin Hobb #3”

the racism behind Kampala

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A short while back I received a message from a young fellow called Benard Acema, requesting that I run an article here on this blog under my own pen name because the content suited me (or words to that effect).

I automatically thought, “Er…no!” but kept an open mind as decency would require, and encouraged him to email the content.

I was both flabbergasted and flattered, and by the time you are halfway you will understand why.

Here it is, by Benard Acema, with only a few mild alterations made since I first received it:

Kampala’s Racist Design and its Mental Effects on Ugandans Today

When politicians blame Uganda’s problems on Colonialism, most Ugandans especially the young people will inevitably (with immediacy and precision) sneer at such “old peoples” comments and say how these politicians simply have failed to move on and are blaming their failures on a “long ago”…

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Book Review: The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater (The Raven Cycle #4)

The Raven King (The Raven Cycle, #4)The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Unfulfilled

“I am a slow-growing creature!” Artemus wailed. “I cannot adapt so quickly!” (My best line in The Raven King)

“I love this tree,” Blue said finally, in English . “You don’t have any claim to it. If anyone could live inside it, it should be me. I’ve loved it way longer than you could have.” (My second best line in The Raven King)

 

The Raven King brings to a close the The Raven Cycle series a friend suggested I read close to half a year ago. And read and I have, but not without my reservations. I could have stopped any time at the first book; frankly I am not gushing about the plot or the characters. I wasn’t pulled into this series as normally I would.
The plot tangent from book one is a long-winding arc which I lost sight of and thereby forgot about altogether. In book 4, where there’s supposed to be some awesome reveal, the bait petters out and dies. In the interim, we have been chasing small fires, and by some trick of the eye, we thought them bonfires when in truth they are just that – small fires. Continue reading “Book Review: The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater (The Raven Cycle #4)”

Our Favorite Books of 2016

BookReview: We Are All Blue, two plays by Donald Molosi

We Are All BlueWe Are All Blue by Donald Molosi

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Motswana Playwright/Actor/Writer Donald Molosi has fascinated me for a while now, with his awe-inspiring one-man act. Molosi is so highly acclaimed, I doubt he has any more lapel real-estate to adorn any more accolades, and unsurprisingly, he keeps breaking new ground with his riveting plays. If only he knew he’d already won me over when he did Today It’s Me, a play about Uganda’s celebrated musician who became the face of the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Uganda in the 80’s. It had not occurred me before that Philly Bongole Lutaaya was as much an African gem as he was Ugandan.

Blue, Black and White

We Are All Blue is a collection of two plays; Blue, Black and White, and Motswana: Africa, Dream Again. The first and more lengthy of the two, Blue, Black and White is a play about the turbulent start of the interracial romance between Sir Seretse Khama, a Prince of Bangwato and Lady Ruth Williams Khama, an English lady and formerly a clerk Sir Seretse met during his studies in London. This was way back in 1948. Life was still black and white back then, much like the TVs at the time and as such, their blossoming love which ended in an unsanctioned marriage was pigeonholed by all sides from the get-go. Continue reading “BookReview: We Are All Blue, two plays by Donald Molosi”

BookReview: Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater (Raven Cycle #3)

Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle, #3)Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I am lying on the floor, hours after reading Blue Lily, Lily Blue, wondering when enough is enough. Surely, why do we need a book 4! I expected the series to be over and done with already but it turns out, we’re just getting started. I am suffering from a serious bout of diminishing returns in the enjoyment department. The author opted for the scenic route to the climax with a lot of fillers in between.

A number of things were quite off:

Gwenllian
I honestly didn’t understand what Gwenllian was all about. Granted she’s batshit crazy, but I didn’t see much of her since she was rescued from her eternal grave and disappeared in the attic at Blue’s place. She’s there and yet she’s not, she gets it and then she doesn’t or plays coy. And suddenly bursts into song. Then she’s not in the picture at all. I don’t know, her character didn’t do it for me. Continue reading “BookReview: Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater (Raven Cycle #3)”

Book Review: The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater (The Raven Cycle #2)

The Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle, #2)The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Raven Boys (#1) ended with Ronan confessing to his buddies Gansey, Adam, Blue and Noah that Chainsaw, his pet raven was in fact a construct of his dreams brought to life when he awoke. And yet there it was alive and kicking as any living creature ought to. The second book in the series, The Dream Thieves, is centered around Ronan’s terrifying magical dreams where ancient trees speak to him in latin (and another strange language). He also talks to a strange girl and battles nightmarish creatures intent on killing him in his sleep. Continue reading “Book Review: The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater (The Raven Cycle #2)”

Book Review: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, #1)The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I picked up The Raven Boys on the advice of a new friend I’d made, who swore by the series. Coming off a shaky start, Maggie Stiefvater soon realises that this whole teenage YA rulebook just won’t do. Matter of fact, the first few chapters of The Raven Boys were nauseatingly cliche, I seriously wondered if there was any benefit to continuing. An excerpt:

“My socially inhibited friend Adam thinks you’re cute, but he’s unwilling to make a move. Over there. Not the smudgy one. Not the sulky one.” Blue, largely against her will, glanced to the booth he pointed to. Three boys sat at it: one was smudgy, just as he said, with a rumpled, faded look about his person, like his body had been laundered too many times. The one who’d hit the light was handsome and his head was shaved; a soldier in a war where the enemy was everyone else. And the third was — elegant. It was not the right word for him, but it was close. He was fine boned and a little fragile looking, with blue eyes pretty enough for a girl…”
(Chapter 6)

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Book Review: Paper Towns by John Green

Paper TownsPaper Towns by John Green

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Methinks John Green might as well have hacked away the first two thirds of Paper Towns. The story had no rhythm. It was tired. And Clumsy. And so Cliche. You want a Magical Negro who’s only role is to help the white kid? You got him. You want your Jock? You got him. You want your issued girl who’s the center of attention? You got her. Name it and check, check check: You got it.
Also, Paper Towns is eerily familiar to Finding Alaska. Only not as awesome for the most part. I only perked up when Quentin and his buddies hopped into the minivan for the ride of their lives. The last bit of Paper Towns should have worked nicely for Finding Alaska instead.
I know John Green writes a mean story when he means to. I don’t care that lots of people have loved Paper Towns. As for me, John Green GO HOME!

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