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Binti (Binti, 1) de Nnedi Okorafor
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Binti (Binti, 1) (2015 original; edició 2015)

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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 customs. Knowledge 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 reach. If 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.… (més)
Membre:mstruck
Títol:Binti (Binti, 1)
Autors:Nnedi Okorafor (Autor)
Informació:Tordotcom (2015), Edition: 1, 96 pages
Col·leccions:La teva biblioteca
Valoració:****
Etiquetes:sci fi, Afro speculative fiction

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really cool worldbuilding and I think it had a good message. I like the shrimp ship ( )
  jooniper | Sep 10, 2021 |
Summer 2019 (Hugo 2019 Catch-Up);

This was rompy and fast, and it almost made me want to give it a higher grade when I first finished it than when I let it sit with me even an hour. This book falls apart so fast both while reading and on any introspective thought about it afterward.

I was very happily drawn into the story of the girl running away from her insular community to be the first one who was offered and (was running to become the first who had) attended an off-world prestigious university. I am all for girl protagonists, and especially girl persons of color and non-America/English/European culture, who get to grab life by the horns and run off into space to follow their mathematical dreams. I am all for sprawling sci-fi space operas with cultures, societies, races, and species both in peace and at war with each other.

But. This book was so convenient.

The main character made friends so fast. She lost all of her friends so fast. The saving grace of the edan was magical (and never explained). The saving grace of her claw was magical (and never explained). The interest of her murderer in her was so fast. The ending was insanely too fast.

No one forgives a race instantly for showing up with a fully slaughtered space ship of bodies, just because they are being strong-armed into peace. That fact that peaces shored up instantly, and the murderer was invited to come attend college with Binti was too convenient and, also, too fast. ( )
  wanderlustlover | Aug 21, 2021 |
It’s probably more of a 3.5.

I’ve obviously known about this novella for a long time because it’s won so many awards and accolades. But it’s also set in space and sci-fi isn’t my thing, so I never planned on reading it. But our Stars and Sorcery book club decided to pick it up as our last BOTM of the year and I was finally intrigued enough to give it a try. And I’m glad I did.

First thing I have to mention is that I didn’t understand most of the scientific terminology used in the book, but that’s ofcourse my shortcoming and should be easier to comprehend for seasoned sci-fi readers. But the overall writing and the themes were easier to grasp. It packs a lot of feeling in less than 100 pages and I could feel all of it. It’s also understandably very fast paced and kept me on my toes, especially the middle portion of the story. We only get to know Binti and a couple of other characters but what I saw of them, they were fascinating and complicated. I love the found family aspect of it and hope it gets more fleshed out in the later novellas.

It’s evident from the beginning itself that the underlying theme is about prejudice - how we “other” people just because we don’t understand them or they look different from us. Binti understands this well and even in an environment where she is gawked at or called out, she holds her head high. She is intelligent and ambitious and wants more for herself than what her traditions allow, allowing her to change parts of herself, but she never lets go of her traditions. This story also dips a little into commentary about colonial exploitation but never goes deep into it.

Overall, this is an interesting story featuring a fierce and smart young Black woman and I loved getting to know her. While the world building isn’t too extensive, it’s written just well enough for us to truly feel it’s message of empathy and acceptance. ( )
  ksahitya1987 | Aug 20, 2021 |
Wow.

This was pretty interesting. I want to read more in this setting, but the story stands powerfully well on its own.

This novella is the kind of contact story that harkens back to the best of classic scifi. It's also about chasing your dreams in opposition to your family, about leaving the culture you grew up in and facing one that treats you with an aggressive and dismissive curiosity.

And wow, does this story work. It moves fast and strong from the start, and holds attention riveted throughout.

The fast pace does lead, unfortunately, to a glossing over of certain emotional realities. The conclusion feels like it ignores the trauma that came before, or if not ignores it, is at least too... too clean to feel like a wholly human reaction. But then again, the human ability to compartmentalize is astounding, so maybe this too works. I'd like to have seen the aftermath explored if this were longer, but for the length it is I'm satisfied with how it worked out.

This story left me with a strong need to read more by this author, and I think there's no better sign of success than that. ( )
  MCBacon | Aug 2, 2021 |
This is one of the worst science fiction books that I have ever read. The logic of the story has significant lack of logic. A good science fiction story should use a scientific logic with expansions beyond that known or limited addition of different technology. The injection of Binti by the alien that allowed communication and tentacles coming from her head is ridiculous. The selective effect of her orb depending on the author’s whim is illogical. It either protects her or does not and its range should not change. The psychology of the motivation and actions of the aliens is also illogical. Although creative, this simple book is of poor quality. ( )
  GlennBell | Jul 17, 2021 |
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Miles, RobinNarradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
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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 customs. Knowledge 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 reach. If 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.

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