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I really liked this book. It is rare to read or listen to an adventure story set in classical Africa, in which the main protagonist is African! This book also does a good job at adding to African/Afro-Diaspora fantasy. It provides a fun way to grow in understanding about the continent of Africa and its people.
I finally read this Africanized sword & sorcery tale (or, "Sword & Soul" tale, if you will). Here's the bullet points:
• Capable if not overly-impressive writing that sometimes gets mired in the protagonist's semi-believable viewpoint. I'm pretty sure I would like these stories better if the main character's ideas were more hidden and more time was spent on dialogue and description/atmosphere.
• Cool enemies that felt part Lovecraftian, part African folklore, and all demon. Honestly, these were by far my favorite bits of the stories. The best was a kind of equally gross and voluptuous many-breasted hippo demon who wants to "love" the hero to death beneath the waters of its pool.
• A heavy Burroughsian influence, to the story's detriment I think. Men fall into three camps: the mighty-thewed and invincible protagonist, yes-men, and traitors. Women are of a single type: voluptuous, clever, slavishly devoted, and generally either capable, victims, or invisible as the plot and their hero-lord-husband needs them to be.
• I don't know if I can expertly speak to the Africanized nature of this, but my impression is that a) it does a great job of incorporating African tropes, but b) they feel like Westernized versions - not like an insider treatment. That's just my impression.
I should add that the novel is from a collection of stories written in the 1970's and the author is an African American currently living in Canada.