Black Leopard, Red Wolf

Black Leopard, Red Wolf

Marlon James / Aug 21, 2019

Black Leopard Red Wolf Tracker is known far and wide for his skills as a hunter He has a nose people say Engaged to track down a mysterious boy who disappeared three years earlier Tracker breaks his own rule of always wor

  • Title: Black Leopard, Red Wolf
  • Author: Marlon James
  • ISBN: Black Leopard, Red Wolf
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  • Page: 328
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Tracker is known far and wide for his skills as a hunter He has a nose, people say Engaged to track down a mysterious boy who disappeared three years earlier, Tracker breaks his own rule of always working alone when he finds himself part of a group that comes together to search for the boy The band is a hodgepodge, full of unusual characters with secrets of their own, Tracker is known far and wide for his skills as a hunter He has a nose, people say Engaged to track down a mysterious boy who disappeared three years earlier, Tracker breaks his own rule of always working alone when he finds himself part of a group that comes together to search for the boy The band is a hodgepodge, full of unusual characters with secrets of their own, including a shape shifting man animal known as Leopard.As Tracker follows the boy s scent from one ancient city to another into dense forests and across deep rivers he and the band are set upon by creatures intent on destroying them As he struggles to survive, Tracker starts to wonder Who, really, is this boy Why has he been missing for so long Why do so many people want to keep Tracker from finding him And perhaps the most important questions of all Who is telling the truth, and who is lying Get A Copy Kindle Store StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Hardcover, 640 pages Expected publication February 5th 2019 by Riverhead Books More Details Original Title Black Leopard, Red Wolf ISBN 0735220174 ISBN13 9780735220171 Edition Language English Series The Dark Star Trilogy 1 Other Editions 15 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about Black Leopard, Red Wolf, please sign up Popular Answered Questions Is this book YA 1 likelike 16 days ago Add your answer Richard Sheild Nope, it s definitely adult fantasy Marlon James has written some fairly brutal stuff and has compared the book to Game of Thrones flag See 1 question about Black Leopard, Red Wolf Lists with This Book Can t Wait Sci Fi Fantasy of 2019 452 books 1,030 voters Anticipated Literary Reads For Readers of Color 2019 236 books 87 voters More lists with this book Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Feb 04, 2018 karen marked it as to read so, when penicillin came round, and everyone was all stunned and grateful and, ohhhhhh, we didn t realize how badly we needed this that s me right now wanting this with a fierceness flag 109 likesLike see review View all 13 comments karen SO CLOSE NOW Feb 01, 2019 11 19AM Amy Other Amy Clear the decks Feb 01, 2019 11 21AM Feb 01, 2019 marked it as to read Shelves 2019 releases, adult, fantasy book is an epic fantasy me hm okbook is set in a fantasy version of Africa and is deeply rooted in African mythology, complete with vampires, witches, necromancers, shape shifters and double crossing ex boyfriends while on a mercenary job me oh shit ohgh fuck flag 86 likesLike see review Megan White I ve already placed a hold on this through my library with the Libby app my library doesn t seem to stock as many new physical reads as they do on L I ve already placed a hold on this through my library with the Libby app my library doesn t seem to stock as many new physical reads as they do on Libby so I ll take it even tho I prefer physical books 20 hours, 31 min ago Maia I can t wait for it too 18 hours, 2 min ago Oct 29, 2018 BookOfCinz rated it it was amazing Shelves 2018 reads, all the feels, believe the hype, cant shut up about this, edge of your pages, marathon read, series, bookofcinzshelf Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James is the first book on the Dark Star Trilogy This trilogy has already been dubbed in the publishing world as the African Game of Thrones and I will tell you why soon The publication date for this is January 2019 but thanks to those amazing people over at Riverhead Books I get an early peek into this enthralling tale We meet the main character Tracker, a hunter who is know for his nose once he catches the scent of a person he cannot let it go until Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James is the first book on the Dark Star Trilogy This trilogy has already been dubbed in the publishing world as the African Game of Thrones and I will tell you why soon The publication date for this is January 2019 but thanks to those amazing people over at Riverhead Books I get an early peek into this enthralling tale We meet the main character Tracker, a hunter who is know for his nose once he catches the scent of a person he cannot let it go until that person is found, dead or alive It is because of this specific skill Tracker is commissioned to look for a boy who disappeared under very mysterious circumstances three years ago Tracker finds out he is not the only person looking for the boy, and the search turns into a team effort, but not everyone on the team can be trusted The group that accompanies Tracker on his search is filled with mysterious characters all with secrets and hidden agendas Tracker and his team move from one city to a next, through enchanted forests and magical doors Their journey is filled with curveballs and mythical creature intent on killing them The group ends up getting divided, mistrust surrounds them, and Tracker cannot help but question why he decided to find this boy and who he can trust to help him complete his mission To be fair, it took awhile for me to get into the book but after the first 70 pages it was smooth sailing I think with the numerous characters and interwoven storylines of each character is becomes a bit hard to keep track of who is who In true Marlon James fashion the book is filled with very graphic scenes both sexually and in the description of how persons died If you can push through these scenes without your stomach turning, then you are good to go Honestly, Marlon James did not disappoint with his first installation of the Dark Star Trilogy I was kept guessing the entire time I cannot wait for the next installation in this series I am hoping this series makes it to the big screen, I want to see these characters come to life This is a must read for me Full review on bookofcinz flag 52 likesLike see review View all 5 comments Jan 18, 2019 Eric Anderson rated it it was amazing What a wholly immersive wild adventure this novel is Going into it I knew Marlon James has a talent for writing intricate sweeping tales from having read his previous novel A Brief History of Seven Killings That book greatly enhanced his international prominence having won the Booker Prize in 2015 That same year I was one of the judges of The Green Carnation Prize and we also selected his novel as a winner not just for the magnificence of his storytelling but the meaningful inclusion of g What a wholly immersive wild adventure this novel is Going into it I knew Marlon James has a talent for writing intricate sweeping tales from having read his previous novel A Brief History of Seven Killings That book greatly enhanced his international prominence having won the Booker Prize in 2015 That same year I was one of the judges of The Green Carnation Prize and we also selected his novel as a winner not just for the magnificence of his storytelling but the meaningful inclusion of gay characters and gay sex in this Jamaican story about the attempted assassination of Bob Marley and drug trafficking Black Leopard, Red Wolf is very different from that previous book yet still retains James unique style, sensibility and alluring mischievousness Touted as an African Game of Thrones , it describes a fantastical medieval adventure involving warring kingdoms, witches, giants, shape shifters and a quest for a missing child But it s all firmly rooted in African mythology, language and history There have been significant examples recently of storytelling whose narratives aren t wholly based in an Anglo Saxon past but draw instead upon traditions in African culture From Tomi Adeyemi s Children of Blood and Bone to Akwaeke Emezi s Freshwater to the phenomenally successful film Black Panther, these tales insist upon the presence of African lore and pay respect to its cultural history whose influence has largely been absent from Western narratives Marlon James does the same while creating a riveting journey that has all the marks of a fantasy novel but also explores sophisticated ideas about the meaning of storytelling and explicitly adult themes about ambition, relationships, sex and violence Read my full review of Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James on LonesomeReader flag 46 likesLike see review Jan 28, 2019 Ron Charles rated it it was amazing Shelves spooky creatures, special needs fiction Stand aside, Beowulf There s a new epic hero slashing his way into our hearts, and we may never get all the blood off our hands.Marlon James is a Jamaican born writer who won the 2015 Man Booker Prize for A Brief History of Seven Killings, his blazing novel about the attempted assassination of Bob Marley Now, James is clear cutting space for a whole new kingdom Black Leopard, Red Wolf, the first spectacular volume of a planned trilogy, rises up from the mists of time, glistening like visc Stand aside, Beowulf There s a new epic hero slashing his way into our hearts, and we may never get all the blood off our hands.Marlon James is a Jamaican born writer who won the 2015 Man Booker Prize for A Brief History of Seven Killings, his blazing novel about the attempted assassination of Bob Marley Now, James is clear cutting space for a whole new kingdom Black Leopard, Red Wolf, the first spectacular volume of a planned trilogy, rises up from the mists of time, glistening like viscera James has spun an African fantasy as vibrant, complex and haunting as any Western mythology, and nobody who survives reading this book will ever forget it That thunder you hear is the jealous rage of Olympian gods We tell stories to live, says Tracker, the indefatigable narrator, who tells a lot of stories but doesn t let many people live When the novel opens, Tracker is rotting in a dungeon where he recently stabbed, crushed and blinded his five cellmates They had it coming or most of them did and in any case, it s a perfect introduction to To read the rest of this review, go to The Washington Post https washingtonpost entert flag 42 likesLike see review View all 5 comments Robin As always, a brilliant review I loved A Brief History of Seven Killings This must be wonderful Must consume Jan 29, 2019 08 38AM Andrew Unger This is such a perfect review of this book Jan 29, 2019 10 46AM Feb 17, 2018 Meike is currently reading it Shelves usa, jamaica It s here, it s finally HERE flag 31 likesLike see review View all 28 comments Will Oh, good I was concerned I knew you had to be feeling really poorly to not even be able to start the novel I know how much you have looked forward Oh, good I was concerned I knew you had to be feeling really poorly to not even be able to start the novel I know how much you have looked forward to it 15 hours, 26 min ago Meike Will wrote Oh, good I was concerned I knew you had to be feeling really poorly to not even be able to start the novel I know how much you have l Will wrote Oh, good I was concerned I knew you had to be feeling really poorly to not even be able to start the novel I know how much you have looked forward to it Thanks so much, Will I m really looking forward to discussing the book with you 15 hours, 19 min ago Dec 08, 2018 Dax rated it really liked it Shelves giveaways, 4 stars, fiction I received an ARC from Riverhead Books through the giveaway program.This has a chance to be an impactful book Black Leopard Red Wolf feels raw gritty even It is graphic in its violence and sexuality and is far removed from the romanticized fantasy of Tolkien, Jordan or even Rothfuss Maybe like Martin, although I have not read A Song of Ice and Fire Gaiman s blurb was spot on when he called it hallucinatory several events drift between the real and surreal James new wor I received an ARC from Riverhead Books through the giveaway program.This has a chance to be an impactful book Black Leopard Red Wolf feels raw gritty even It is graphic in its violence and sexuality and is far removed from the romanticized fantasy of Tolkien, Jordan or even Rothfuss Maybe like Martin, although I have not read A Song of Ice and Fire Gaiman s blurb was spot on when he called it hallucinatory several events drift between the real and surreal James new work could lead to a darker sub genre of fantasy.Character diction took a while to get used to and the argumentativeness of the characters particularly our main protagonist Tracker is overdone, but the characters themselves are all wonderfully unique I will remember this novel for many reasons, but I don t think I will ever forget the scene with the monkey in the Darklands James is good at setting your skin in motion.This is not a spoiler, but one thing I wanted to point out was that James actually wraps up the thread in this book rather well We are not left with a cliffhanger This is significant for two reasons 1 it makes the wait for the second installment less miserable and 2 I m thinking we will have a completely new story thread in book 2 Overall I thought it excellent flag 28 likesLike see review View all 8 comments Dax KenyanBibliophile wrote In an interview he said that the next installments will be the same story, but narrated by a different character I reckon i KenyanBibliophile wrote In an interview he said that the next installments will be the same story, but narrated by a different character I reckon it will be Sologon s voice It will be interesting to see how the same events differ from another point of view Thanks for passing that along Jan 14, 2019 11 43AM Winnett I am thankful you called it grittier and compared it to the SOFI because I m not into grittier So, this was helpful to me Jan 29, 2019 08 19AM Jun 13, 2018 Sana marked it as to read so bad it hurts review of another edition But to write this book I had to unlearn everything about how language works, character works, story works, even how truth works The trade off is that I also ended up with Werehyenas, children made of air and dust, and vampires who have no problem hunting you in broad daylight I MEANNNN Can t wait to read this 720 page behemoth of a bookSource flag 26 likesLike see review View all 16 comments Jan 04, 2019 Dave rated it liked it Shelves edelweiss books, read have, fantasy Black Leopard, Red Wolf is a novel unlike any I have ever read before both in content, in structure, in attitude, and its uniqueness is both a blessing and a curse James offers us a fantasy adventure story that takes place in Africa perhaps in the mid 1500 s among numerous West African kingdoms, set around lakes, rivers, mountains, swamps, and dark forbidding fantasylands that many would prefer to travel around than to go straight through It is a world peopled by were hyenas, shapeshifting t Black Leopard, Red Wolf is a novel unlike any I have ever read before both in content, in structure, in attitude, and its uniqueness is both a blessing and a curse James offers us a fantasy adventure story that takes place in Africa perhaps in the mid 1500 s among numerous West African kingdoms, set around lakes, rivers, mountains, swamps, and dark forbidding fantasylands that many would prefer to travel around than to go straight through It is a world peopled by were hyenas, shapeshifting talking leopards, vampires, carnivores, witches, warlocks, slavers, date feeders, and all manner of sexual fetishes and deviants In contrast to fantasy novels about elves, dwarves, gnomes, hobbits, and the like, which apparently are sourced from Norwegian, Celtic, and other Northern legends, this novel is a fantasy sourced from African folktales and legends It is thus at times fascinating and strangely foreign and unfamiliar It is also structured unlike many adventure novels in that it is told in narrations that don t necessarily follow a clear cut path and often deviate onto paths less traveled It is not a story that feels linear so much as it circles around and meanders from one tall tale and one campfire legend to the next with often barely a rhyme or reason why A rather unorthodox presentation told as folk tales around the campfire are with fits and starts and random forays into things almost forgotten and such For some readers, that is enough and a tour guide is not needed, but others, like myself, find ourselves lost in the thick jungle of myths, fantasies, and bawdy tales As thick, rich, and multilayered as much of it is, it was a difficult treacherous and lengthy read and a bit like walking the high wire without a safety net flag 21 likesLike see review Jan 14, 2017 Bara marked it as to read January 2017Please, don t be one of those books that sound absolutely awesome but turns out to be dull Please August 2018It has a cover now Pretty I m intrigued December 2018Added summary and release day it will come out in February 2019 That s sooner than expected James is no Martin flag 18 likesLike see review View 1 comment Jan 13, 2019 wanderer Para rated it liked it Shelves 3 stars, fantasy, arc, good prose, historical, literary, read in english I received an ARC of this book from the publisher Riverhead Books on Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.This has been one of the most hyped and anticipated fantasy releases of 2019 Literary fantasy set in Africa Yes please I wanted it so much and couldn t believe my luck getting an early copy The first few pages were wonderful But, ultimately, as a long time fantasy reader, I was left underwhelmed and disappointed I saw that I was still a boy There were men stronger, and women t I received an ARC of this book from the publisher Riverhead Books on Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.This has been one of the most hyped and anticipated fantasy releases of 2019 Literary fantasy set in Africa Yes please I wanted it so much and couldn t believe my luck getting an early copy The first few pages were wonderful But, ultimately, as a long time fantasy reader, I was left underwhelmed and disappointed I saw that I was still a boy There were men stronger, and women too There were men wiser, and women too There were men quicker, and women too There was always someone or some two or some three who will grab me like a stick and break me, grab me like wet cloth, and wring everything out of me And that was just the way of the world That was the way of everybody s world I who thought he had his hatchets and his cunning, will one day be grabbed and tossed and thrown in with garbage, and beaten and destroyed I am the one who will need saving, and it s not that someone will come and save me, or that nobody will, but that I will need saving, and walking forth in the world in the shape and step of a man meant nothing. quote taken from the ARC, subject to change upon publication The worldbuilding is, without a question, amazing and seems well researched The tribes kingdoms, different mythological creatures it definitely stands out in the sea of mostly European inspired fantasy Anyone looking for African inspired specifically, for non standard, or for books with a cast that includes multiple gay and bisexual men will likely find it a treat.The prose, no complaints there either It s somewhat dense, stylistic, and requires slower reading, but to me, that s not unexpected with epic fantasy, so it didn t bother me The perspective is first person throughout, with a framing device of the protagonist, Tracker, telling the story of the search for the lost child to an unknown inquisitor This works rather well, and the ending is conclusive to the point of making me wonder if the sequel will switch to a different character, different style.But while the book tries to combine litfic and fantasy, it doesn t really succeed as either The pacing is disjointed and uneven there were a few chapters I enjoyed and couldn t put down, but a lot of the time, it dragged The quest itself doesn t start until nearly a third in, it generally meanders, and especially near the ending, the pacing was a mess It s batshit, and while I usually use what the fuck did I just read as a positive descriptor, I m not so sure here The main plot twist was very predictable odd in a book that otherwise doesn t as much defy as ignore convention and the secondary characters flat.Tracker himself reminds me somewhat of Karsa from The Malazan Book of the Fallen, with a similar immunity to magic and a similar arrogant attitude, with the addition of mouthing off at people and disliking it when they fire back And a dash of misogyny if it helps, he is eventually called out on that, multiple times All of this did not exactly endear him to me I liked that he was a clearly unreliable narrator, narration filtered through and coloured by someone s subjective perception rather than having a glass window of a protagonist is always interesting, but Tracker s simply not very likable, and his motivations seemed unclear For most of the book, it seems he decided to go on the quest and did the things he did just because Because he had nothing better to do, because the plot required it, because why the hell not It does turn out it s not quite so eventually, but it s quite hard to see and never really spelled out.Part of why I didn t like it is entirely a matter of taste, too I dislike dark books And this is probably one of the darkest books I read, both in terms of bleakness and violence The world is quite a shit place, especially for women the book is very male oriented, there aren t many female characters in the first place and it took quite a long time before a woman who wasn t beaten or raped or killed appeared though the male characters don t exactly have it easy either People die early and marry young There s a lot of what I can only describe as weird sex if I want to avoid spoilers, a few very disturbing scenes, rape, gang rape, borderline bestiality, murder, graphic violence of all kinds, and I wasn t aware what exactly I m getting into, so it took me a bit by surprise It s not entirely humourless, there were moments where I had to laugh out loud as well, but the general impression is far from sunny.Will it one handedly save the fantasy genre as some other early reviewers say Honestly, no Apart from the setting and the style, it falls apart in too many places and never quite reaches its potential Neither is it the first book of its kind But 1 if it leads to African inspired fantasy, all the better, and 2 if you like grimdark, unreliable narrator, and have a good stomach, it could be worth a try Maybe.Enjoyment 3 5Execution 3.5 5Recommended to grimdark fans, literary fantasy fans, those looking for original settings but mostly to grimdark fansNot recommended to those who want likable protagonists and female characters, anyone looking for a smooth read, content warning everything from rape to abuse to kind of bestiality to scenes involving parasites, etc More reviews on my blog, To Other Worlds. flag 16 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Dec 01, 2018 Will rated it it was amazing Shelves giveaways I would like to thank GR giveaways and Riverhead Books for this ARC You made me very happy and several of my GR friends envious I wish I could pass my copy on to all of them.A new Marlon James Yes, yes I am a huge fan of James and was thrilled when the publication of a new novel was announced Not only am I fan of his work, but I was lucky enough to attend a very special author event at Harvard where I found him so smart, so funny and so likeable that my respect and admiration only increased I would like to thank GR giveaways and Riverhead Books for this ARC You made me very happy and several of my GR friends envious I wish I could pass my copy on to all of them.A new Marlon James Yes, yes I am a huge fan of James and was thrilled when the publication of a new novel was announced Not only am I fan of his work, but I was lucky enough to attend a very special author event at Harvard where I found him so smart, so funny and so likeable that my respect and admiration only increased I knew that this novel was a fantasy and, to be honest, I am not a fan of the genre, but I thought this is Marlon James writing, this will be so good that it will override my usual dislike of the genre Well mostly true I had read it described as an African Game of Thrones and thought, again, well I really like Game of Thrones the TV series, I haven t read the Martin books and, although some might find a comparison there, I did not and was disappointed I thought it like Tolkien, but since I don t read fantasy it is silly for me to offer up any valid comparisons and, well, I hated The Hobbit, the only Tolkien I ve read That doesn t make for a good comparison, does it Whatever comparisons one might choose to make, James has also created something different and original He doesn t exactly turn the fantasy novel upside down, but he certainly knocks it on its side There are all the elements one might associate with the genre an arduous journey, fantastical settings, magical creatures, monstrous creatures, witches, bloody battles, etc That felt traditional to me but that is where the traditional ends Here is a fantasy that is set in Africa or a fantasy Africa with major characters whose race and sexual identity I assume are rarely, if ever, depicted in other works of the genre two very major game changers Soit is established that I m not a big fan of the fantasy novel and I should get around to what I thought of it all and why my high rating The rating I ve given was hard earned and not without some internal conflict The novel was a bit of a tough go for me initially Here were all the fantasy elements that don t appeal to me and I was worried I wasn t hating it, but I also wasn t loving it either and I wanted to love it I had spent a long time in anticipation and with high expectations It was a slow fitful start, but gradually this changed I decided to just go with it or, probably, James managed to not only captivate me with his story, but win me over with the emotional elements, particularly the themes of love that are explored James had things to say beyond the action, beyond the magical creatures which is not to imply other fantasy novels don t Finally, I was loving it That is not to say that I m ready to call this a perfect novel or that I don t feel there aren t a few small missteps I was torn between 4 and 5 stars I wasn t going lower than 4 it was too good I went with 5 stars 4.5 rounded up because I believe James has done something different with the fantasy novel and I believe that, overall, he did it exceptionally well don t think that my being a big fan didn t play into my rating too I must be honest James has created a world and characters that upend the norms of the genre while also staying true to it He even left me reconsidering if I just might not want to try another fantasy novel That is quite the feat I ll certainly be reading the next two of the trilogy Now I offer up my jacket blurb superlatives The novel is beautifully written and fast paced Highly entertaining, a real page turner Masterful story telling Epic, filled with twists and turns, love and betrayal The main character and narrator, Tracker, is complex and richly conceived and the majority of the other characters are equally well developed The dialogue is witty and caustic and a delight There are only a few GR reviews available as I write this, mostly positive if not downright raves, but I m interested in how this novel will be received when available to everyone James fans, fantasy fans, and non fantasy fans, the critics I look forward to that time and, most importantly, to what my GR friends will think About midway through my reading I received a blog post from Louise Erdrich another author I love and respect She only wrote one line regarding this book but I have to steal quote it it is a whirlwind fantasy, violently strange, gorgeous, outrageous, brutal, slippery, and even funny. Yes, all of those things a much better and concise description than I can offer up in this long review Listen to her flag 20 likesLike see review View all 19 comments Ace Great review Will, my copy is only a few days away now 17 hours, 37 min ago Will Thank, Ace I got a little too verbose in the I don t like fantasy aspect but I hope you enjoy the book Although I ve already read it or is it Thank, Ace I got a little too verbose in the I don t like fantasy aspect but I hope you enjoy the book Although I ve already read it or is it because I ve already read it , I ve found myself totally caught up in all the hype over the last few days I m so excited to see James in Cambridge this Thurday and pick up my hardback copy updated 15 hours, 20 min ago Dec 07, 2018 Billie rated it liked it That wasa lot It took me a week to get through and, even at than 600 pages, it shouldn t have taken that long It was very much not for me I want books to barrel along, to compel me to keep reading and this one just didn t It was good and will probably work excellently well for a lot of readers I, sadly, was just not one of those readers, much as I wanted to be flag 12 likesLike see review Dec 19, 2018 Krista rated it really liked it Shelves 2018, arc You, with your eye of a dog, me with my eyes of a cat We are quite the pair, are we not, Tracker One of the things I most admired about Marlon James Man Booker winning A Brief History of Seven Killings was how authentic every shifting voice was each section could have been written by a different author Now with Black Leopard, Red Wolf, James has given us something totally different once again a Tolkeinesque epic fantasy set amongst the kingdoms of precolonised sub Saharan Africa, complet You, with your eye of a dog, me with my eyes of a cat We are quite the pair, are we not, Tracker One of the things I most admired about Marlon James Man Booker winning A Brief History of Seven Killings was how authentic every shifting voice was each section could have been written by a different author Now with Black Leopard, Red Wolf, James has given us something totally different once again a Tolkeinesque epic fantasy set amongst the kingdoms of precolonised sub Saharan Africa, complete with that continent s diverse folklore, monsters, and politics In this interview James explains the inspiration for and beginnings of what will eventually become The Dark Star Trilogy, and the idea of bringing traditional African stories and storytelling into the Fantasy mainstream seems a natural and overdue project This was maybe too long for me but should one really complain about an epic stretching to epic length , and it felt a bit anachronistic for characters to focus so much on feminism, gender and sexual diversity but I acknowledge that bringing these themes into the mainstream is overdue as well , but at its core, this is a compelling and surprising quest tale that immersed me in a world I knew very little about I would definitely pick up the next volume in the trilogy Note I was fortunate to receive an ARC and the quotes here may not be in their final forms The child is dead, what is left to know Truth Is truth only one thing in the South Facts carry no color or shape, facts are just factsSo let me give you a story Hear me tell you that I am just a man, whom some have called a wolf, and others worse Did the old woman bring you different news I know you have spoken to her A soothsayer said the child s head was infested with devils It was no devil, it was bad blood I can describe his death In its framing device, Black Leopard, Red Wolf opens with the main character known only as Tracker answering questions from an inquisitor known also as the fetish priest in a prison in the Southern Kingdom Tracker s is the only voice we hear although he does sometimes repeat the inquisitor s questions , and so what follows has the feel of traditional oral storytelling than a written history We immediately learn that Tracker had been one of a small group of mercenaries hired to find a child who had gone missing years before, and before the time of his capture, Tracker had witnessed this child s death Starting somewhere in the middle of the tale, Tracker will eventually describe his childhood, his early friendship with a leopard who can shapeshift into a man, his uncanny ability to follow a person s scent across time and space, and his fantastical experiences with vampires, trolls, ogres, and witches in pursuit of the missing boy Tracker often tells the inquisitor that he won t recount the story as expected, but in the end, he answers every question tells every story of his life It was interesting for me to learn from that interview with James that the next volume will be the same quest told from the point of view of another of the captured mercenaries and that her first words will be, Everything you read before is not true And that is all and all is truth, great inquisitor You wanted a tale, did you not From the dawn of it to the dusk of it, and such is the tale I have given you You said you wanted testimony, but you wanted story, is it not true Now you sound like men I have heard of, men coming from the West because they have heard of slave flesh, men who ask, Is this true When we find this, shall we seek no It is truth as you call it, truth in entire What is truth when it always expands and shrinks Truth is just another story In addition to bringing to life so many fantastical creatures, James fills this story with grit and gore Killings are frequent, brutal, and graphically described Tracker loses some of his companions along the way and I had to wonder if some of the tension of peril is lost when the main character is recounting the story after the fact we know he survives , and some of these losses are heart wrenching There are also plenty of graphic mostly male on male sex scenes, and these range from aggressively playful to touching And in addition to a mostly combative tone throughout the tales, there is also much clever and funny repartee especially between Tracker and Leopard With frequent shifts in chronology, subject matter, and tone, this novel reads like The Arabian Nights than a straight narrative, but it all serves the greater story very well even with magic, epic fighting skills, and the aid of godlike creatures, the affairs of men are brutish and banal Maybe this was how all stories end, the ones with true women and men, true bodies falling into wounding and death, and with real blood spilled And maybe this was why the great stories we told are so different Because we tell stories to live, and that sort of story needs a purpose, so that sort of story must be a lie Because at the end of a true story, there is nothing but waste Like with The Lord of the Rings, the quest in this book serves a larger political structure, and it is useful to be reminded that Africa knew great civilisations, kingdoms and citystates long before the Europeans came along But like I said before, while I do appreciate the diversity of the characters, it felt a little overt to have all the main characters be gay men Tracker himself, being uncircumsised, is sort of nonbinary and for the women to all decry the patriarchy in a way that felt too modern for me Men and their cursed arrogance You curse, you shit, you wail, you beat women But all you really do is take up space As men always do, they cannot help themselves It why they must spread their legs when they sit Overall, however, this is a truly epic novel I reckon it will take some years for James to complete the trilogy, but I ll be looking for it flag 9 likesLike see review Jan 23, 2019 Simone rated it liked it Shelves 2019, diverse reads, fantasy I finally finished BLACK LEOPARD, RED WOLF Took me over a week to do it and I ll be honest, I skimmed the last 100 pages.Im a little gun shy about reviewing it In the end, I realized I m not a fan of Marlon James s writing style The story should have ended around the 400 page mark and there s too many lulls where I was kindabored The language was kind of circular and the intentionally bad grammar really bugged meEVER, I gave it three stars because the story itself is super tight, well I finally finished BLACK LEOPARD, RED WOLF Took me over a week to do it and I ll be honest, I skimmed the last 100 pages.Im a little gun shy about reviewing it In the end, I realized I m not a fan of Marlon James s writing style The story should have ended around the 400 page mark and there s too many lulls where I was kindabored The language was kind of circular and the intentionally bad grammar really bugged meEVER, I gave it three stars because the story itself is super tight, well described, and the action adventure is enough to push you along I absolutely loved his use of African history and mythology from all over Africa I googled A LOT of things I felt a lot for the characters There s themes of gender identity, LGBTQ, the measure of a man , emotionally fueled battles, slavery, the color of your skin, the frustrations with politics, and family Tracker isn t just a bloodthirsty hunter only looking to find a boy and make his money He s looking to save children from a world that wants to buy, sell, destroy, and alienate them.The best part has got to be the use of African mythology and history You can google pretty much any of the monsters and words used and find out they come from somewhere in Africa And when I say somewhere, I mean everywhere From the northern borders to the south From east to west, this book is a historical and mythological journey across a country I know nothing about this book makes me want to learn And what I love about it is that it s not your typical fantasy with lovelorn faeries and princes with magical powers This book is on the ground, blood driven, mad, and maniacal Gosh, there s legit so much potential in this story SO MUCH You can t compare this book to Game of Thrones This is so much than that silly story I m just not a fan of writing like this which makes it tough to enjoy I hate it when technical aspects of storytelling take away from my experience Personally, I won t be reading the rest of this series But I strongly encourage all fantasy folks to read this one and just fall in love with a world so brilliantly built and described Fall in love with Tracker and his experiences Hope for the best in his endeavors as noble as they can be It s beyond anything I ve ever read or imagined and the world itself is a cutthroat existence where you ll never know which side is the right one I received a copy of this book from Riverhead Books in exchange for an honest review flag 10 likesLike see review Nica Im a bit concerned about the writing style for the reasons you mentioned I m so intrigued though, so I think I ll borrow it from the library tr Im a bit concerned about the writing style for the reasons you mentioned I m so intrigued though, so I think I ll borrow it from the library try a few chapters before I decide to buy my own copy Thanks for reviewing Jan 26, 2019 08 11PM Winnett I don t like dark either, so thanks for the warning Jan 29, 2019 08 20AM Oct 16, 2018 Kay added it Shelves rwlchallenge 2018 RWLChallenge A book inspired by traditional African beliefs flag 10 likesLike see review View all 3 comments Jan 14, 2019 Hiu Gregg rated it really liked it Shelves 2019 releases Review to come in Feb flag 9 likesLike see review View all 3 comments Nov 09, 2018 Nicholas Scarpone rated it it was amazing Shelves favorites Black Leopard, Red Wolf is the one of the most original books I have read in my life I had previously read Marlon James s A Brief History of Seven Killings and absolutely loved it I have also always been a big fan of the fantasy genre, so when the news announced the publication of this book, I was very excited and very lucky to be given an advanced copy This book had so many complex characters in it, likable and certainly unlikable ones The narrator was especially well rounded and was such a Black Leopard, Red Wolf is the one of the most original books I have read in my life I had previously read Marlon James s A Brief History of Seven Killings and absolutely loved it I have also always been a big fan of the fantasy genre, so when the news announced the publication of this book, I was very excited and very lucky to be given an advanced copy This book had so many complex characters in it, likable and certainly unlikable ones The narrator was especially well rounded and was such a unique voice James really crafted a one of a kind world with this book and the story was unbelievably energizing It had everything that a fantasy novel demands and it took those criteria and flipped them on their heads While Black Leopard, Red Wolf was of course very fictional and an epitome of a fantasy world, this book certainly has many parallels to present day issues The book in many ways is a social commentary and presents conflicts and politics that we can recognize from the very world we live in As soon as I finished I wish I did not have to wait for the next installment in the trilogy I also cannot wait to reread the first book again Black Leopard, Red Wolf would be a book so many people would enjoy because it takes the reader on an exotic literary journey and Marlon James is a world class storyteller flag 9 likesLike see review Oct 18, 2018 Caleb Masters rated it it was amazing Marlon James Black Leopard, Red Wolf is a shot across the bow of fantasy literature bold, fresh, filled with brutal wonder and endless imagination James tale in a fantastical ancient Africa follows a hunter known only as Tracker as he follows the scent of a lost boy, meeting the shape shifting Leopard along the way At turns hallucinatory, dreamlike, and nightmarish, Black Leopard, Red Wolf s world envelops the reader in its stink, grime, sweat, and blood Never has a magical world felt quit Marlon James Black Leopard, Red Wolf is a shot across the bow of fantasy literature bold, fresh, filled with brutal wonder and endless imagination James tale in a fantastical ancient Africa follows a hunter known only as Tracker as he follows the scent of a lost boy, meeting the shape shifting Leopard along the way At turns hallucinatory, dreamlike, and nightmarish, Black Leopard, Red Wolf s world envelops the reader in its stink, grime, sweat, and blood Never has a magical world felt quite so otherworldly and yet frighteningly tactile all at the same time Literary fantasy as you ve never encountered it before and a truly original tale of love, loss, power, and identity Can t wait to see where James takes his story next flag 9 likesLike see review Jan 30, 2019 Ellen Gail added it review of another edition Shelves edelweiss, unfinished, no rating It s extremely rare for me to read a book finished or not and just leave it unrated But that s what I m going with this time.I honestly think I might not be smart enough for this book Whether or not that s true, it s the feeling it invokes in me The language is rich and dense, but it also isn t very accessible It s like this gorgeous, lush garden but there s an insurmountable brick wall that keeps me from enjoying it.Quite a few people will love this one, but I think I m better off putting It s extremely rare for me to read a book finished or not and just leave it unrated But that s what I m going with this time.I honestly think I might not be smart enough for this book Whether or not that s true, it s the feeling it invokes in me The language is rich and dense, but it also isn t very accessible It s like this gorgeous, lush garden but there s an insurmountable brick wall that keeps me from enjoying it.Quite a few people will love this one, but I think I m better off putting it down for good Thanks to Riverhead Books and Edelweiss for the arc flag 9 likesLike see review Dec 11, 2018 Eleanor rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves work heywood hill This outrageously good looking book is also outrageously long well over 600 pages in proof It is also only the first in a projected trilogy, entitled Dark Star, focusing on African mythology Neil Gaiman s puffed it as an African Tolkien with flashes of Angela Carter, which actually doesn t seem too far off It focuses on a mercenary known only as Tracker, whose prodigious gift for finding and following scent is mostly used to hunt down debtors and shiftless husbands until he is recruited to f This outrageously good looking book is also outrageously long well over 600 pages in proof It is also only the first in a projected trilogy, entitled Dark Star, focusing on African mythology Neil Gaiman s puffed it as an African Tolkien with flashes of Angela Carter, which actually doesn t seem too far off It focuses on a mercenary known only as Tracker, whose prodigious gift for finding and following scent is mostly used to hunt down debtors and shiftless husbands until he is recruited to find a missing boy who might just be the rightful heir to the throne of the kingdom James frames most of the narrative as a story told under interrogation, presumably to keep us in suspense about how Tracker comes to be imprisoned as a result of his quest, but for long stretches of time it s easy to forget about that Chronological leaps, a profusion of characters, and the aforementioned sheer length of the book meant that for a fair fraction of its pages maybe a fifth to a quarter I was reasonably confused about what was happening and whose side we ought to be on Luckily, I think that s exactly the reaction James intends he wants people to need to read Black Leopard, Red Wolf over and over again And for all that it s baggy, it s also intense and immersive I read it over six days and could barely stand having to do other things like sleep and go to work The book is rich in brilliant imagery a city built in the trunks and branches of enormous baobab trees a fish the size of an island murderous spirits who walk on the ceiling and much of that is imagery that white readers won t be automatically familiar with James also does Tolkien one better by making gasp explicit sex, and explicit queerness, part of his world Black Leopard won t be for everyone, but it s an incredible experience flag 8 likesLike see review Nov 24, 2018 Lauren rated it liked it Shelves did not finish, fantasy and sci fi Taking a step back from this book because I m just not feeling it I m having a lot of trouble with the writing it s confusing both in organization and chronology I can tell it s a really interesting concept, very dark, but unique I just can t get past the writing It prevents me from really seeing and appreciating the odd and colorful characters, the actual plot, and a host of other things.I ll pick it up again later flag 6 likesLike see review Feb 01, 2019 Bethany rated it it was amazing Black Leopard, Red Wolf is the first in a new fantasy series by Marlon James It is a dark, gritty fantasy set in an ancient, mythological Africa Loosely, it is the story that Tracker tells about his life and about what happens when he is asked to locate a missing child It is being billed as an African Game of Thrones and while I kind of see the connection in the later part of the book, I m not sure it s a very helpful comparison Fair warning this will be one of my longer reviews and so I Black Leopard, Red Wolf is the first in a new fantasy series by Marlon James It is a dark, gritty fantasy set in an ancient, mythological Africa Loosely, it is the story that Tracker tells about his life and about what happens when he is asked to locate a missing child It is being billed as an African Game of Thrones and while I kind of see the connection in the later part of the book, I m not sure it s a very helpful comparison Fair warning this will be one of my longer reviews and so I am breaking it up into sections CONTENTThis is a much darker tale with a major theme of illuminating the violence enacted on the bodies of those without power This can and should be defined in a multitude of ways, all of them brutal, raw, but also important This includes rape, slavery, female genital mutilation, torture, dismemberment, the killing of children and infants, mistreatment of gay men, forced marriage, sexual abuse of children and For this and other reasons, this is a book that I suspect will get a lot of well deserved attention and praise, but it is definitely NOT going to be the book for everyone While I think this is an important and well executed book, the reader should be aware of what they are picking up because the author does not shy away from the gruesome reality of violence.It is also important to know that this is a book written by a gay man about a main character who is also a gay man, and that framework features heavily in the story Part 1 of the book is largely the coming of age and sexual awakening of our main character Tracker and throughout the book we see various kinds of homophobic prejudice as well as different relationships he and those around him enter into, sexual and otherwise And in all things this book is quite explicit be it sex, profanity, crude humor, or violence, there is plenty of it and it is graphic I do think this book offers a unique and important perspective but again, this may not be the right book for everyoneRUCTURE PACINGThe book is divided into several parts and covers a lot of ground Tracker is in prison being interrogated and is telling his story Stylistically, the first half of the book feels quite different from the second half As I stated earlier, the first section is really just backstory on Tracker from the time that he leaves home as a young teen The first half of the book is VERY dark and the difficult to read material feels nearly constant It also follows a non linear pattern of storytelling which can make it a bit slower to get through And this can get quite meta, since our MC is telling the story to an interrogator and in the story he might be telling a story to another character and then divert to yet another mythological tale WITHIN that story At the same time, despite the length of this tome, very little feels like throwaway additive Everything is meaningful, either to the plot, world building, character development, or making a point about one of the major themes So you really have to pay attention.The second half of the book still has plenty of dark material in it, but with some breaks for lighter moments It also tends to follow a linear plot structure and in my opinion is when the plot element of the story really gets interesting Because of that, it is much engrossing and easier to readEMESSo this is where I think Black Leopard, Red Wolf really does something significant It offers an intersectional look at race and gender and manages to brilliantly tackle a number of heavy themes Like I said, a consistent thread you see running throughout is violence enacted on bodies by those with power And interestingly, in the character of Sadogo, we also see this intersect with toxic ideas of masculinity when large, strong men are expected to be violent, dumb brutes and are not allowed to become anything else This is the perfect example of a gentle soul being forced to enact violence and the damage that can do Violence takes many forms throughout the book and is experienced by men, women, and children, but can also be enacted by or abetted by men, women, and children in positions of power There is a queen who rapes men and we get a fantastic yet brief discussion of the fact that male physical response to sexual stimuli is NOT the same thing as consent in this same story we get a reversed look at the problem of exoticizing skin color And while the author and the main character are both male, there was clearly a great deal of thought put into unpacking how women are subject to systems of violence and oppression in ways that men are not, even men who face oppression on other fronts While this book is quite dark, the one bright spot is this theme of growth in the MC who starts out being solitary and unconnected to people or things as he learns that love is valuable, even with the possibility of loss CONCLUSIONTruthfully, much of this book was not enjoyable to read It was difficult, as it should have been Despite that, it is a brilliant and important work that illuminates issues that must see the light of day It also deftly weaves together ancient African mythology and culture with imaginative and fully fleshed out world building, and demonstrates an impactful arc of character development I suspect it will be one of the biggest books of the year and it is well worth reading if the content isn t a problem for the reader I received an advance review copy of this book from the publisher All opinions are my own flag 4 likesLike see review Jan 10, 2017 Madeline marked it as to read I didn t love BH7K, but I m not an idiot flag 4 likesLike see review Jan 29, 2019 Faroukh Naseem rated it it was amazing Excuse me while I try to make sense of this book and my thoughts around it which not only I, but many others who have read it will remember for a lifetime theguywiththebookreview presents Black Leopard, Red Wolf.BLRW is an adventure fantasy which keeps moving across its massive size, there are not many pages where you don t find Marlon James building the world around us Crazy good part is that the places and characters he has created are not over defined and he leaves a lot to our imagination Excuse me while I try to make sense of this book and my thoughts around it which not only I, but many others who have read it will remember for a lifetime theguywiththebookreview presents Black Leopard, Red Wolf.BLRW is an adventure fantasy which keeps moving across its massive size, there are not many pages where you don t find Marlon James building the world around us Crazy good part is that the places and characters he has created are not over defined and he leaves a lot to our imagination The descriptions are part of the story and he doesn t pause the story line to build the environmentSecond thing or probably the first thing that will come to your mind is the richness of the characters There are almost no two similar main characters The ease with which he introduces new types of characters is something I have not seen beforeWith BLRW, MJ has blurred the lines between X Men and Game of Thrones, mashing them together to give an experience unlike any other The inclusion of Giants, Shape Shifters, Siamese twins, Smoke girl, Witches and many is done with expert precisionThis has a very interesting effect of the era in which it takes place seeming to stand still, which was mastered by George RR Martin in A Song or Ice and Fire MJ does the same and you get a sense of stillness in the world he takes you toThe biggest challenge for me was trying to keep track of the names as well as type of the characters It gets much easier halfway through once you re acquainted to most of them The other thing which might take a little effort is keeping track of the slangs and unique style with which many characters speakI think there are a lot of African references and styles used in the book which were lost to me, but I think would be much appreciated by people having roots there.Overall, I m going to be recommending this to everyone If you re looking for a book which will take you to places you probably could never imagine yourself, this book is for you Also, it s the first in the Dark Star Trilogy, better read it now.Thank you PenguinUKbooks for sending me a copy flag 3 likesLike see review Jan 10, 2019 Uriel Perez rated it it was amazing Black Leopard, Red Wolf is a gargantuan achievement a finely wrought piece of literature forged in the high fantasy spirit a tremendously challenging but rewarding read.The first installment of Marlon James Dark Star Trilogy places us in a mythic realm populated by false kings, shapeshifting mercenaries and beasts of African folklore Through shadow lands of the dead and futuristic tree cities Tracker and his cadre of bounty hunters search the continent for a lost boy, the rightful heir t Black Leopard, Red Wolf is a gargantuan achievement a finely wrought piece of literature forged in the high fantasy spirit a tremendously challenging but rewarding read.The first installment of Marlon James Dark Star Trilogy places us in a mythic realm populated by false kings, shapeshifting mercenaries and beasts of African folklore Through shadow lands of the dead and futuristic tree cities Tracker and his cadre of bounty hunters search the continent for a lost boy, the rightful heir to a usurped throne Except the plot s not that cut and dry stories change and nightmarish enemies reveal themselves along the way It s not the easiest sell The book clocks in at a weighty 600 pages, requires and index maps to help you keep track of characters and navigate the world and makes some interesting linguistic choices Some might shy away from this, others attune to the fantasy genre might pick it up easily Regardless, readers should really try to give this one a shot I guarantee, this one s going to be cause for a literary event flag 4 likesLike see review Nov 16, 2018 Timothy Moore rated it it was amazing Such a dark so dark epic fantasy like nothing I ve ever read Loved the world that was built and the characters, especially Tracker and the Leopard also loved Mossi and the poor Sadogo and many others It s extremely violent and, dear reader, it gets rather bleak But I was hooked, on the adventure, and this world and on Marlon s writing and his ability to voice characters and bring even the most fantastic moments to life Warning There are parts that inevitably drag, and some may be sh Such a dark so dark epic fantasy like nothing I ve ever read Loved the world that was built and the characters, especially Tracker and the Leopard also loved Mossi and the poor Sadogo and many others It s extremely violent and, dear reader, it gets rather bleak But I was hooked, on the adventure, and this world and on Marlon s writing and his ability to voice characters and bring even the most fantastic moments to life Warning There are parts that inevitably drag, and some may be shocked at some of the darker, gruesome moments But, again, I loved it Marlon James has another hit on his hands flag 3 likesLike see review Oct 20, 2018 Martin rated it it was amazing Shelves fantasy One of the best books I ve read this year And a game changer for the fantasy genre Absolutely top shelf Highly recommended flag 3 likesLike see review Dec 17, 2018 Jillian Doherty rated it really liked it review of another edition The 200 pages I read were incredibly illustrated his writing capacity, and literary flair finds a new home in epic fantasy The rich detail and character development is a keystone in Marlon s writing It s refreshing to see so many diverse, and flushed out characters with varied ethnicities and sexual orientation, this first in a trilogy, offers a deep and dark into a new world If you enjoy densely detailed world building, and a flair for sultry characters and scene play then you ll love t The 200 pages I read were incredibly illustrated his writing capacity, and literary flair finds a new home in epic fantasy The rich detail and character development is a keystone in Marlon s writing It s refreshing to see so many diverse, and flushed out characters with varied ethnicities and sexual orientation, this first in a trilogy, offers a deep and dark into a new world If you enjoy densely detailed world building, and a flair for sultry characters and scene play then you ll love this too Partial galley borrowed from the publisher flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 29, 2019 Paul rated it really liked it But I definitely liked it The last page brought feelings of realization, wonder, and achievement With echos of Shakespeare, Achebe, and Tolkien, Black Leopard, Red Wolf is a challenge that should be accepted, especially if you want to see the full reach of epic fantasy s capabilities.For my full review all my reviews flag 2 likesLike see review previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 next new topicDiscuss This Book topics posts views last activity SciFi and Fantasy Feb 5 Black Leopard, Red Wolf Buddy Read 13 29 Feb 01, 2019 08 35PM More topics Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Marlon James 1,696 followers Marlon James is a Jamaican born writer He has published three novels John Crow s Devil 2005 , The Book of Night Women 2009 and A Brief History of Seven Killings 2014 , winner of the 2015 Man Booker Prize Now living in Minneapolis, James teaches literature at Macalester College in St Paul, Minnesota.James was born in Kingston, Jamaica, to parents who were both in the Jamaican police his mo Marlon James is a Jamaican born writer He has published three novels John Crow s Devil 2005 , The Book of Night Women 2009 and A Brief History of Seven Killings 2014 , winner of the 2015 Man Booker Prize Now living in Minneapolis, James teaches literature at Macalester College in St Paul, Minnesota.James was born in Kingston, Jamaica, to parents who were both in the Jamaican police his mother who gave him his first prose book, a collection of stories by O Henry became a detective and his father from whom James took a love of Shakespeare and Coleridge a lawyer James is a 1991 graduate of the University of the West Indies, where he read Language and Literature He received a master s degree in creative writing from Wilkes University 2006.James has taught English and creative writing at Macalester College since 2007 His first novel, John Crow s Devil which was rejected 70 times before being accepted for publication tells the story of a biblical struggle in a remote Jamaican village in 1957 His second novel, The Book of Night Women, is about a slave woman s revolt in a Jamaican plantation in the early 19th century His most recent novel, 2014 s A Brief History of Seven Killings, explores several decades of Jamaican history and political instability through the perspectives of many narrators It won the fiction category of the 2015 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature and the 2015 Man Booker Prize for Fiction, having been the first book by a Jamaican author ever to be shortlisted He is the second Caribbean winner of the prize, following Trinidad born V S Naipaul who won in 1971 from Readers Also Enjoyed

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        Marlon James is a Jamaican born writer He has published three novels John Crow s Devil 2005 , The Book of Night Women 2009 and A Brief History of Seven Killings 2014 , winner of the 2015 Man Booker Prize Now living in Minneapolis, James teaches literature at Macalester College in St Paul, Minnesota.James was born in Kingston, Jamaica, to parents who were both in the Jamaican police his mo Marlon James is a Jamaican born writer He has published three novels John Crow s Devil 2005 , The Book of Night Women 2009 and A Brief History of Seven Killings 2014 , winner of the 2015 Man Booker Prize Now living in Minneapolis, James teaches literature at Macalester College in St Paul, Minnesota.James was born in Kingston, Jamaica, to parents who were both in the Jamaican police his mother who gave him his first prose book, a collection of stories by O Henry became a detective and his father from whom James took a love of Shakespeare and Coleridge a lawyer James is a 1991 graduate of the University of the West Indies, where he read Language and Literature He received a master s degree in creative writing from Wilkes University 2006.James has taught English and creative writing at Macalester College since 2007 His first novel, John Crow s Devil which was rejected 70 times before being accepted for publication tells the story of a biblical struggle in a remote Jamaican village in 1957 His second novel, The Book of Night Women, is about a slave woman s revolt in a Jamaican plantation in the early 19th century His most recent novel, 2014 s A Brief History of Seven Killings, explores several decades of Jamaican history and political instability through the perspectives of many narrators It won the fiction category of the 2015 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature and the 2015 Man Booker Prize for Fiction, having been the first book by a Jamaican author ever to be shortlisted He is the second Caribbean winner of the prize, following Trinidad born V S Naipaul who won in 1971 from


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    3. Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James is the first book on the Dark Star Trilogy This trilogy has already been dubbed in the publishing world as the African Game of Thrones and I will tell you why soon The publication date for this is January 2019 but thanks to those amazing people over at Riverhead Books I get an early peek into this enthralling tale We meet the main character Tracker, a hunter who is know for his nose once he catches the scent of a person he cannot let it go until Black Leop [...]


    4. What a wholly immersive wild adventure this novel is Going into it I knew Marlon James has a talent for writing intricate sweeping tales from having read his previous novel A Brief History of Seven Killings That book greatly enhanced his international prominence having won the Booker Prize in 2015 That same year I was one of the judges of The Green Carnation Prize and we also selected his novel as a winner not just for the magnificence of his storytelling but the meaningful inclusion of g What a [...]


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    6. I received an ARC from Riverhead Books through the giveaway program.This has a chance to be an impactful book Black Leopard Red Wolf feels raw gritty even It is graphic in its violence and sexuality and is far removed from the romanticized fantasy of Tolkien, Jordan or even Rothfuss Maybe like Martin, although I have not read A Song of Ice and Fire Gaiman s blurb was spot on when he called it hallucinatory several events drift between the real and surreal James new wor I received an ARC from R [...]


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