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Lagoon de Nnedi Okorafor
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Lagoon (2014 original; edició 2014)

de Nnedi Okorafor (Autor)

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"It's up to a famous rapper, a biologist, and a rogue soldier to handle humanity's first contact with an alien ambassador--and prevent mass extinction--in this novel that blends magical realism with high-stakes action. After word gets out on the Internet that aliens have landed in the waters outside of the world's fifth most populous city, chaos ensues. Soon the military, religious leaders, thieves, and crackpots are trying to control the message on YouTube and on the streets. Meanwhile, the earth's political superpowers are considering a preemptive nuclear launch to eradicate the intruders. All that stands between 17 million anarchic residents and death is an alien ambassador, a biologist, a rapper, a soldier, and a myth that may be the size of a giant spider, or a god revealed"--… (més)
Membre:ImaginarySpace
Títol:Lagoon
Autors:Nnedi Okorafor (Autor)
Informació:Hodder & Stoughton (2014), 320 pages
Col·leccions:Read, La teva biblioteca
Valoració:****
Etiquetes:science fiction, africa, creatures-from-outer-space, to-the-sea, nigeria, aliens

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This book was an experience that has left me spinning, mentally. It's an interesting story, filled with aliens that feel honestly alien in their psychologies and humans that feel honestly human.

It's just a hard story to define. It's a contact story, a bit of sci-fi and superpowers, with some old magic thrown in to the mix. There's moments of both tragedy and altruism, and the whole time the narrative is shrugging at you, smiling, and asking "Well, what would you do? How would you feel?"

I don't know. Confused, intrigued, sad, eager for more. I think the part I liked best was the way the story gave character to everything, from swordfish to bats to dangerous roads. And even when lives ended in sadness, it was obvious that this was connected to the web our narrator is spinning. (And btw, spiders are a personal phobia, so it's a sign of my enjoyment of the book that having a CITY SIZED SECRET SPIDER show up didn't make me immediately nope out. But I totally dug the meta-fictional bits, so that's okay.) ( )
  MCBacon | Aug 2, 2021 |
Well, if I was going to miss the initial outpouring over Prince's death this morning, I'm glad it was to finish this book. Lagoon was superb. I was fascinated with each scene. It totally feeds my love for futuristic/techno/Africa-is-the-next-world-power novels. I especially liked the interludes from other POVs and seeing some of our old friends from previous works by Okorafor. And the sea creatures. Oh, the sea creatures. I will forever be a sucker for a marine novel. She did a good job with balancing such a heavy cast of characters, though I did get a little lost somewhere in the middle trying to keep track of what was happening to whom. But that got clearer by the last third of the book. I am also simultaneously happy that this seems to be a stand-alone novel and bummed that I won't get to see all the crazy, wonderful stuff that happens past the close of the novel. This would make a brilliant graphic novel if it were given to an artist prepared to go all-out in psychedelic brilliance. ( )
  LibroLindsay | Jun 18, 2021 |
Lagoon is an absolutely wild ride and I loved every bit of it.

I'm not big on comparisons, but "Doctor Who in Africa" is a really good one for this book, because of the wild mix of themes that you'd never think would go well together, and that Nnedi Okorafor pulls off anyway. It's funny, entertaining, deep, informative, hopeful, sad and every once in a while it rips your heart out. For me, the best kind of science fiction is one with a base deeply routed in reality, and that's what Lagoon is. I feel like I learned a lot about Lagos and Nigeria in general, and at the same time I've enjoyed a very original and inventive science fiction story.

What other book makes you cry over the death of a side character and then laugh about the president of the country meeting an alien that takes the form of Karl Marx to make a point about his political aspirations?

But although I enjoyed the diverse cast of characters, I would have liked the three main characters to be a bit more fleshed out, especially Anthony. Some of the side characters get more complexity, which I loved. Towards the end I think the scope got too big, the POVs too many and it all felt a bit rushed, although I do think I understand why the author made that choice. The book would have been a 5 star read for me it more of that time was dedicated to the charaters. ( )
  ImaginarySpace | May 14, 2021 |
Agu, Anthony, and Adaora never knew each other before the fateful night an alien ship landed in the water off the coast of Lagos, Nigeria, and a wave brought them out to the ocean. Now back on land with the ambassador, Ayodele, they need to attempt to get in touch with the president. Will this first contact be peaceful, or tear the country apart?

Really inventive science fiction from one of my go-to authors. I enjoyed the premise, and the writing style incorporating a lot of points of view including a spider, a road, and a swordfish in addition to several human characters. I read impatiently to find out what would happen to the characters, and found this an all-around satisfying read. ( )
  bell7 | Apr 2, 2021 |
What would happen if aliens landed in Lagos, Nigeria? How would the government handle it? The army? The people? Okorafor suggests that the aliens are there not only to dialogue with humans, but with all living creatures. The aliens select three people from completely different backgrounds as their liaisons with the Nigerian government. The alien ambassador is a telepathic shape-shifter named Ayodele who primarily takes the shape of a beautiful Nigerian woman, but who will shift to look like people from the lives of those she encounters, such as an aunt or father. Some of the people of Lagos fear the aliens, others see only their own gain. All of them together create the perfect recipe for utter chaos. It’s going to be far more difficult to bring Ayodele to the President than expected.
The three main characters, Agu, Adaora, and Anthony, served as wonderful point of view characters for the chaos enveloping their town. I especially enjoyed those instances when animals or inanimate objects served as the point of view. Even though there is a ton of action in this book and a surfeit of plot, I felt as though it dragged a little. In fairness, some of the characters were also impatient with the progression of things, so I’m not alone there. Still, if you enjoy science fiction and stories about alien invasions in particular, you won’t want to miss this book.
  Jessiqa | Feb 6, 2021 |
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Nnedi Okoraforautor primaritotes les edicionscalculat
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Kern, ClaudiaTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Onwukwe, BenNarradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
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"It's up to a famous rapper, a biologist, and a rogue soldier to handle humanity's first contact with an alien ambassador--and prevent mass extinction--in this novel that blends magical realism with high-stakes action. After word gets out on the Internet that aliens have landed in the waters outside of the world's fifth most populous city, chaos ensues. Soon the military, religious leaders, thieves, and crackpots are trying to control the message on YouTube and on the streets. Meanwhile, the earth's political superpowers are considering a preemptive nuclear launch to eradicate the intruders. All that stands between 17 million anarchic residents and death is an alien ambassador, a biologist, a rapper, a soldier, and a myth that may be the size of a giant spider, or a god revealed"--

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