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Binti pdf Binti, ebook Binti, epub Binti, doc Binti, e-pub Binti, Binti ef8977e752a 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 CustomsKnowledge 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 ReachIf 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

10 thoughts on “Binti

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    I enjoyed the novella s grounding in cultural differences and the twist of a strong math Harmonizer tech, and while I also appreciate the fundamental message of acceptance, I had a really hard time with the message s the execution here.Don t get me wrong, the writing was good and I loved the firm opening leading to a great horror tale set in a well imagined SF universe, complete with a reverse fish out of water twist It s what happened afterward that I take umbrage.I like tales of acceptance It is a core trope of SF, for heaven s sake.What I don t like is a completely insane turnaround in a plot firmly rooted in terrorism and attempted mass murder of view spoiler a whole university after the aliens killed almost everyone on Binti s spacecraft And it was all done because the chief lost his stinger hide spoiler

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    WINNER 2015 nebula for best novella shows what i know and now hugo winner, too i cannot be trusted to speak about books i know nothing having been gleefully freeloading off the free tor shorts for years now, i absolutely want to support tor in their buy some novellas, cheapskate endeavor, especially since the first one i read Every Heart a Doorway was one of the best things i have ever read ever but even though Binti won was nominated for a billion awards, it was only medium enjoyable for me i d read Lagoon by this author, with the same general reaction even though I KNOW everyone tells me Who Fears Death is incredible, and i believe them and i will read that one, because every author gets three chances with me this is the first book in what i expect will be a trilogy, and it s only 90 pages, so it s hard to be hypercritical of it, although just now reading the synopsis for part 2, it takes place a year later, so i guess this part of it is over and i can be as critical as with any other book so first, the good things i really like the character 16 year old binti comes from the isolated himba region whose desert community holds fast to its customs and where the emphasis is on family, science, and a connection to the land so deep that no one ever leaves their homeland however, binti, despite the privileges of her family, cannot refuse the unprecedented opportunity to study at the oozma university, which offer has never before been granted to a himba I was sixteen years old and had never been beyond my city, let alone near a launch station I was by myself and I had just left my family My prospects of marriage had been 100 percent and now they would be zero No man wanted a woman who d run away However, beyond my prospects of a normal life being ruined, I had scored so high on the planetary exams in mathematics that the Oozma University had not only admitted me, but promised to pay for whatever I needed in order to attend No matter what choice I made, I was never going to have a normal life, really.on her journey towards the terminal, binti feels her outsider status acutely because her people never leave their land because they are so insular, other people assign characteristics to them through lack of contact experience they are assumed to be backwards, primitive, and filthy, in part because of the himba custom of smearing their bodies and hair with a fragrant paste made from the clay of their land, as well as their darker skin and fuzzy hair.once binti makes it to the ship which is actually a living creature closely related to a shrimp , surrounded by other prospective students, she has an easier time acclimating, and even makes friends and develops a crush on a boy and then the meduse arrive, and everything goes sideways.for the characters and this reader both again, binti is a remarkable character she s plucky, brave, resourceful, and supersmart but she s not unrealistically heroic and capable she s never experienced life beyond her home and family, and her discomfort and awkwardness are appropriate for someone with her background i also appreciated the attention to detail given to the customs of her people, and her memories of her life among them but from the meduse part on, there seemed to be a motivation to reach a desired ending without respecting the consequences of certain actions, which brad addresses admirably in his review, to which i can add nothing because it speaks to every single but wait objection i had while reading this and i don t wanna be a plagiarist like him, i appreciate the message, but the delivery of the message was a bit trite and slapdash however, i like the character enough and i owe tor enough , that i will likely read the second part of this this novella is completely appropriate for a YA audience, and i think it would be better received by younger readers, who tend to read for plot and enjoyment than old folks like me who suck all the joy out of books with too nitpicky dissections resulting from too much academic training in joy sucking.i still love you, tor, and i will continue to love you both for free and for ca h not actual name of programcome to my blog

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    I like originality and I also like a story told economically and writer Nnedi Okorafor gets my high praise in both categories for her 2015 novella Binti.Okorafor has created in Binti a speculative fiction gem where a reader is led along a culturally alien yet approachable thrill ride At once fascinating and hair raising, Okorafor has crafted a dynamic tension that grips the reader throughout this short work.Binti is a student who has been accepted into a far future academy and chooses to attend the university over the protests and prohibitions of her traditional and isolationist family Being the first of her family from a rural area of Earth, itself described as something of a planetary backwater, to go to this school is difficult enough for Binti, but Okorafor then introduces a far dangerous cultural conflict through which Binti must survive.Told with an intensity found in the horror or thriller genres, this speculative fiction work blends elements of science fiction and fantasy into a very entertaining whole that is reminiscent of Octavia Butler or Ursula K Le Guin I also considered a comparison to China Mieville Okorafor s use of cultural distinctions, probably inspired from her Nigerian heritage, further separates this very unique novella from the pack of contemporary fiction.I have long heard her name and knew that I would need to explore her writing Binti is likely only the first of Okorafor s work I will enjoy.

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    This is cute, I guess Imaginative Fresh But yet lacking so much of what makes a cohesive seamless narrative that I am indeed surprised to see that it won the Nebula Award I hate to call this one childish for the one reason good stories aimed at the youngsters should possess the wonderful level of imagination and complexity And this one has all the foundations, so wonderfully laid out in its strong beginning, promising the strangeness of mathematical reasoning weaved together with the tribal culture rites But, sadly, the promising start quickly disintegrates into a story that blithely speeds along to the conclusion it desires while ignoring character building, logic, and any resemblance to the actual complexity in the interpersonal interspecies here, I guess relationships.I guess I must call this story, despite the imaginative and fresh initial premise, just simplistic and naive Because this is how we wish the world would work forgiving any murder or war and accepting your enemies once a miscommunication of sorts has been cleared or magically covered with magical mud, if you so wish and harmoniously living ever after in a wonderfully harmonious universe And about that mass murder that was just shrugged off Well, sorry, but now we are cool, I guess, and even participate in a sort of a student exchange program Ugh.Acceptance does not work like this It really does not Sorry.Anyway, I m not sure how this ended up getting such accolades Okorafor has written much better stories but this is sadly lacking But yes, cute.2.5 stars.

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    I expected darkness to envelop me as I read this, but instead, I was introduced to a world that, as unwelcoming as it may seem, does actually understand human and alien suffering and is open to creating alliances with presumed enemies Binti is gifted so gifted that she was accepted to the Oomza University, the first of her community to study there From the moment she steps foot outside of her home, she realizes how unwelcome and misunderstood her group the Himba people is.But she doesn t let that affect her What does affect her, quite quickly, is the Meduse, who can kill human beings in less than a second When she comes in contact with them, she doesn t expect to live till the end of the hour So far it looks very intense, doesn t it And indeed it is, but it is the sort of intensity found in books that are written not to shock, spook or terrify, but to show that change can be achieved if one is courageous enough to attempt it, and Binti certainly is Except, she s also young I don t remember her age being mentioned, but I would assume she s between 18 and 20 And it shows She may be bold and smart, but she can also be overdramatic, silly and impertinent at times Read this All you do is kill I opened my eyes Energy that I didn t know I still had rippled through me and I was so angry that I couldn t catch my breath Like like you Killed my friends I coughed and slumped down, weakly My friends, I whispered, tears welling in my eyes Oooh, my friends Don t you just really, really want to roll your eyes right now I do I m incapable of reading that passage without shaking my head and directing my eyes skyward, because that s the kind of passage I m expecting to find in a soap opera, and this novella is not that In conclusion, the story could have used some editing, seeing that this does not read like it was written by a professional author In fact, the author mentions her daughter helping her come up with the plot, and all I can think is, How old is she But look, I do love a world filled with people that are able to put the past behind and accept the help of enemies, so this world is one I want to read about It is in no way perfect, but perhaps that s what makes it interesting Blog Youtube Twitter Instagram Google Bloglovin

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    Binti is a curious little novella by Okorafor, an author who has been my radar for bringing winds of Africa into science fiction and fantasy, and it does not disappoint A sixteen year old woman of the Himba tribe has been accepted into the prestigious Oomza University on a mathematics scholarship The trouble is, we Himba don t travel We stay put Our ancestral land is life move away from it and you diminish We even cover our bodies with it Here, in the launch port I was an outsider I was outside An auspicious, classic beginning, one that captures the uncertainty of an unusually talented woman stretching beyond her tightly knit culture to experience something larger No matter what choice I made, I was never going to have a normal life, really Okorafor deftly creates Binti s character, bringing to mind the old days when I was seventeen and heading off across the country to college Binti also faces all the prejudices that come from those unfamiliar with her culture However, once she gets to the transport ship, she meets other young people also heading to the University and begins to find a kind of equilibrium and friendship Until the Meduse come, five days before they are supposed to arrive at Uni.Once the alien Meduse attack, it evolves into first a survival story and then an alien outreach, with the plotting and writing less deft as the themes shift Another incomprehensible alien artifact becomes a deux ex machina until rapport can be developed Actually, I suppose that is very normal for the fantastical young adult discovery tales some magical object that gives them an unusual edge or specialness In this case, I rather felt like it diminished the focus on Binti, who earlier was in the process of trying to recognize and honor her personal uniqueness.The ending didn t quite work for me I felt like it dismissed early losses for the greater good, the satisfactory resolution of the idealistic ethical issue, and I m not sure that was the message meant More significantly, like Lagoon, I wondered if there was a bit too much attempted in such a limited format There s a galaxy of other beings, unknown alien artifacts, a future Earth that has technologies unusual to our own, living ships, and then the very fascinating concept of mathematical harmonics I would have thought either expanding , so organic integration of information could occur ie, no pseudo technology info dumping , or limiting the scope would service the complexity of the story better.The overall verdict is that one should read it, if you are interested in diving into fresh voices in science fiction, and in stories where cultural and ethnic issues are woven into genre traditions Okorafor is worth trying.Cross posted

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    This was one of the most creative books I ve read in a while Very interesting concepts but I wanted will definitely pick up the next one when it s out

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    Nnedi Okorafor s Binti is a beautifully written and engaging science fiction tale which, despite its length, has the feel of an epic In the story, Binti leaves her tribe in Namibia to go off planet to study at the Oomza Uni Binti s people are obsessed with knowledge however, they do not travel they stay on their original homelands on Earth Binti, bringing her people s culture with her into the galaxy, will prove to be a notable exception Before they make it to Oomza Uni, though, their ship is attacked and her shipmates are murdered by humanity s dread enemy, the Meduse With this attack, things become even interesting My only real complaint from this novella is that I finished reading it too quickly 4.5 stars.

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    I previously rated this book 4 stars but now that I think of it, its not worth 4 stars so I am removing 1 star.Binti is a Himba She lives in a city and crafts astrolabes with her father She got selected for the Oomza University that is on another planet She is the first one to be selected from her tribe as well as her city Her family is against her going to the university so she flee to the town in the dark of night On her way to the other planet, their spaceship got attacked by the aliens Aliens with tentacles..I loved the world building The description of how their spaceship is built and all that However I managed to find few plot holes in the story view spoiler How did the folks from another planet managed to steal from the head of aliens if they were so fierce and have super powers hide spoiler

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    But deep down inside me, I wanted I needed it I couldn t help but act on it The urge was so strong that it was mathematical Nnedi Okorafor, BintiI can t believe this won a Hugo and a Nebula award Apparently this is supposed to be a science fiction novella, offering a protagonist from an African background who is a genius at mathematics and who leaves her tribe to go to Oomza university on another planet Unfortunately i found this book to be tiring and boring, the writing bland Also Binti wasn t some kind of a badass main character since all she did besides chatting with the enemy was talking about her otjize , making otjize , applying otjize to her hair and trying to explain it s nature to other people throughout THE WHOLE FUCKING BOOK

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