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William's Book Blog

Mostly book reviews.  Very rarely I'll allow William Campbell Powell (author) to write a blog entry on publishing activity, but he's under orders to keep that stuff over on his Facebook page and on http://williamcampbellpowell.com

Currently reading

Fonda Lee
Fonda Lee
Anansi Boys
Neil Gaiman
Zombie Elementary: The Real Story
Howard Whitehouse
Progress: 99 %
The Angel's Game (The Cemetery of Forgotten Books, #2)
Carlos Ruiz Zafón
Progress: 6/504 pages
The Longest Week: What Really Happened During Jesus' Final Days
Nick Page
Progress: 43/310 pages

Midnight Robber

Midnight Robber - Nalo Hopkinson, Robin Miles

Having read the excellent Sister Mine by Nalo Hopkinson, and with my audible credits needing using up, I took a punt on this older work by the same author.


I'm a good way through, and I'm not sure how to categorise it.  It's certainly science fiction, and I think it would appeal to many YA readers.  Gender and race are very important factors, too.  Tan-Tan starts off aged seven, though, and some YA readers might not push through the early chapters, to get to the grittier kernel of the story, when Tan-Tan reaches puberty and experiences what I will euphemistically call "dark times" solely to avoid the spoiler.  Tan-Tan becomes not a nice person.


In the third (and I imagine final) phase to the book, which I'm just entering, redemption appears - at least, as a possibility.


Oh, and the narrator - Robin Miles - is excellent.  I am not an expert in such things, but I am guessing some entirely credible sounding Louisiana / Afro-Caribbean patois.