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FREE READ î The Sorcerer of the Wildeeps ´ Critically acclaimed author Kai Ashante Wilson makes his commercial debut with this striking wondrous tale of gods and mortals magic and steel and life and death that will reshape how you look at sword and sorcerySince leaving his homeland the earthbound demigod Demane has been labeled a sorcerer WA sorcerer With his ancestors' artifacts in hand the Sorcerer follows the Captain a beautiful man with song for a voice and hair that drinks the sunlightThe two of them are the descendants of the gods who abandoned the Earth for Heaven and they will need all the gifts those divine ances. i liked the style and the energy of this book very much it’s an appealing mash up of traditional fantasy adventure tropes peppered with harlem renaissancejazz age cadence The horseman pulled up short Breeze blowing northwesterly still Fat Man’s bowels let goand others modern and hip hop rambunctious”You almost got him That was gold my nigga Not fake not fool’s not dross GOLD Nigga it was some official shit you just did almost beating the captain like that That my nigga was straight up gold plated LIKE SHIT”there’s also some nice work with different accents written phonetically and multi lingual utterances usually untranslated which along with those instances of playful cadence gives the prose a musicality that is very pleasing to readi’d heard great things about this one and even better things about its seuel A Taste of Honey and since i’d really liked both of the free tor shorts i’d read by this author The Devil in America and Super Bass i decided it was time to pay for my play and give a little to tor to show my appreciation for all the freebies they’ve given us all over the years on their sitei’m glad i read this one and i’m excited to read the follow up although i did get a bit confused in places all the TSIMTSOA stuff went right over my head and i wasn’t always clear who knew what about whom in terms of powers and romantic relationships this is most likely my own failing i get lost a lot whenever i attempt to read fantasy and i freely admit that i rushed the ending a bit desperate to dive into the unexpected pre release gift of Down Among the Sticks and Bones which is also a tor title so i feel less guilty than i would otherwise the adventure parts were great and i loved the ending despite my less than ruminative attention to it and any stuff i didn’t understand was just detail stuff that didn’t affect my overall positive feelings about the story and the characters i already bought A Taste of Honey to YOU tor and i'm looking forward to reading it and i promise i will give it all the attention it deserves because even if i'm dumb at fantasy i love the way this man writescome to my blogMerged reviewWELCOME TO DECEMBER PROJECTlast year i carved out my own short story advent calendar as my project for december and it was so much fun i decided to do it again this year so each day during the month of december i will be reading a short story and doing the barest minimum of a review because ain't no one got time for that and i'm already so far behind in all the things however i will be posting story links in case anyone wants to read the stories themselves and show off how maybe someone could have time for that here is a link to the first story in last year's project in turn links to the whole monthlong project in case you wanna do some free short story reading of your own links to the stories in this year's advent ure will be at the end of each review enjoy and the happiest of decembers to you allDECEMBER 4 You know your better when you see herthis is so short i'm not even sure it ualifies as a story so much as just another blink in this world but honestly i am growing to love his writing and this world and so even though this is just a brief moment in the world i am intrigued and left wanting give to me the read it for yourself here 1DECEMBER 2DECEMBER 3DECEMBER 5DECEMBER 6DECEMBER 7DECEMBER 8DECEMBER 9DECEMBER 10DECEMBER 11DECEMBER 12DECEMBER 13DECEMBER 14DECEMBER 15DECEMBER 16DECEMBER 17DECEMBER 18DECEMBER 19DECEMBER 20DECEMBER 21DECEMBER 22DECEMBER 23DECEMBER 24DECEMBER 25DECEMBER 26DECEMBER 27DECEMBER 28DECEMBER 29DECEMBER 30DECEMBER 31


Critically acclaimed author Kai Ashante Wilson makes his commercial debut with this striking wondrous tale of gods and mortals magic and steel and life and death that will reshape how you look at sword and sorcerySince leaving his homeland the earthbound demigod Demane has been labeled. DSKLSJDL#NRK#JNFLKNGSNKMNCJNKS#FJNSRKJWR ARGHOkay Vexation voided frustration exfoliatedSo I’m gonna lay into this mafa I gonna take a machete upside this beyotch gonna show you guts some shock of white bone a little bit o critiue hoodooBut before I do allow me to expound on why I must needs wage this figurative war I believe in the ‘Challenging’ book exhibits A B C A disparaging of the easy pleasure read being not my intent I nevertheless offer the following thesis the most worthwhile and memorable reading experiences usually involve a level of difficulty These books by the hammer and chisel of structure language and character reshape our preconceived notions on race gender culture history epistemology or even basic story telling The shattering of long held beliefs is a beautiful cataclysm and I might state with no ualification that human experience contains no greater sublimity than the upward transformation of a mindAnd yet the same key which unlocks heaven can also unlock hell It’s often difficult to distinguish between literature whose challenge is a function of its complexity and literature whose challenge is a function of obscurity or bad writing These latter lesser uality doppelgangers can be uite the malediction I would posit that indeed they can weigh the entire readership down They can lead to anti elitism nihilism and ennui I have witnessed first hand their effect on young readers especially who get turned off literature as a result of assignments by undiscriminating English teachers As such I’m a regular assassin of the pseudo challenging exhibits A B C a class of literature which alas contains The Sorcerer of the WildeepsWhich I regret real hard This bro Kai Ashante Wilson got some srz writing chops Bones ‘n cojones a plenty this g thug gangsta masta flash blaster gots He can chalk a wicked storm when he wanna Slash the first hunnered fitty pages and you got a mad killer story here Stone cold uality and ain’t that a shameBecause the obvious talent of the author and my enjoyment of the final 50 pages notwithstanding the first hundred fifty are a bore and a chore and I shall lay before thee on the altar of your consideration my ruminations on whyThe first failing an incongruous interweaving of two disparate dictions On one hand the unknown narrator writes in a sophisticated and antiuated style that I have herein attempted to replicate This juxtaposed with dialogue replete with urban slang the type of whipsong back n’ forth you might encounter in a rap battle between two gangs in the hood There IS a deeper literary purpose for this in that it approximates the dual nature of the book’s protagonist Demane who is a demi god containing both mortal fallibilities ie the ‘lower’ diction of the dialogue and divine powers ie the ‘higher’ diction of the narration You could even argue it serves as a sort of implicit societal commentary a check against racial preconceptions – after all why am I calling this diction ‘lower’ What makes it ‘lower’ exactly Unfortunately this duality of diction is one of those conceits that doesn’t uite work in application In actuality the checkerboard language constantly pulls the reader out of the story reminding us over and over of the artificiality of the work in our hands It’s like a kung fu movie where the wires are obvious on the actors’ backs Does it MATTER how beautiful their choreography how magnificent their palikinesis given it’s so obviously manufacturedThis book also contains the style gimmickry of footnotes Here's mine I invented the word palikinesis because I have long sought a word to mean ‘the motion of a warrior’ and found none So palikinesis – ‘the motion of battle’Problemo numero duo This bae be one big oozy blob o structureless guano Just cuz ima use my bro Orson Scott Card’s structures He throw down uatro categoricals Milieu – in this story some regular negro enter a cray cray land and be all what up with this cray cray land Sorcerer Demane ain’t no regular negro – he FROM the cray cray land So it ain’t no exploration of the cray cray Character – in this story some negro get all fed up with his shit and be like eff the po po imma change my life Sorcerer Demane ain’t like that he chill as a caravan guard He ain’t gon’ change a dayum thang and dun wanna anyway Idea – in this story there be some wild n crazy mystery some hollah mystery like who dun killed this bro or like in 2001 Space Odyssey what up wit dat black stone and dem monkeys Ain’t no mystery here tho Mebs wat this lion creature wizard ‘jukiere’ doin killin’ folk on the Road the caravan gotta traverse but it ain’t much Event – in this story some crazy shit be going down in the fabric of the universe like dat cray mafa Sauron be knockin some tall ass pointy eared crackas left n right or that white bruh Emperor Palapatine be unbalancing the force like crackas always doin But ain’t no imbalance in this story And dems the uatroIn other words the Sorcerer of the Wildeeps appears blind to story telling structure Plot remains elusive throughout the first three fourths of the book which find not their home in the Wildeeps but in a waystation called the Station In fact the events of the first 150 pages are completely inconseuential to the ev

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The Sorcerer of the WildeepsTors left to them to keep their caravan brothers aliveThe one safe road between the northern oasis and southern kingdom is stalked by a necromantic terror Demane may have to master his wild powers and trade humanity for godhood if he is to keep his brothers and his beloved captain alive. On the surface The Sorcerer of the Wildeeps is a story about Demane a sorcerer accompanying the Captain he loves in a dangerous journey across the desert and then the Wildeeps where he'll have to face something powerful and horrible It's not necessarily always linear and there's very little plot because its heart is elsewhereI want to point out that I can't do this novella justice This is a book whose very structure and use of English is a commentary on language and what's considered respectable portraying the experience and struggles of a multilingual protagonist with that I know I missed half of it because I'm ESL and don't recognize the nuances of different forms and registers of the English language that well The irony isn't lost on me and I'm not sure how I feel about itThat's far from the only thing this novella did with language however Code switching is part of its structure on multiple levels and language is used to lay down the worldbuilding which even holds a sci fantasy twist inside One of the things I look for the most in short fiction is the unraveling of genre boundaries so I really appreciated what I understood of this book There are pieces of dialogue written in other languages as well not something I often see in fantasy stories that don't seem to be directly tied to the Earth we know currently I think this choice might have been made to use how these languages are coded in American society to translate the situations in terms an American might understand which I have mixed feelings about There are some let's say puzzling choices made with Italian words but this is an American book and I don't have it in me to have expectations anyIt's also really gay You might want to know though that this is a view spoilersomewhat ambiguously tragic gay story hide spoiler