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tired of only white people books getting recommended so tomorrow i'm gonna hit you clowns with a bunch of POC novels that own, watch this thread

ok here we go, a thread of some great books by POC that i've read or am in the process of reading and very much enjoying :boost_ok:

War Girls, Tochi Onyebuchi

In a war-torn Nigeria, battles are fought using flying, deadly mechs and soldiers are outfitted with bionic limbs and artificial organs meant to protect them from the harsh, radiation-heavy climate. Across the nation, as the years-long civil war wages on, survival becomes the only way of life.

Two sisters, Onyii and Ify, dream of more. Their lives have been marked by violence and political unrest. Still, they dream of peace, of hope, of a future together.

Pet, Akwaeke Emezi

There are no monsters anymore, or so the children in the city of Lucille are taught. Jam has grown up with this lesson all her life. But when she meets Pet, a creature made of horns and colours and claws, who emerges from one of her mother's paintings and a drop of Jam's blood, she must reconsider what she's been told. Pet has come to hunt a monster. Jam must fight to uncover the answer to the question-How do you save the world from monsters if no one will admit they exist?

Escaping Exodus, Nicky Drayden

a story of a woman named Seske Kaleigh, heir to a biological, city-size starship carved up from the insides of a spacefaring beast. It’s all a part of the cycle her clan had instituted centuries ago—excavate the new beast, expand into its carcass, extinguish its resources over the course of a decade, then escape in a highly coordinated exodus back into stasis until they cull the next beast.

course there wouldn’t be much of a story if things didn’t go wrong lol

Children of Blood & Bone, Tomi Adeyemi

look, it's the last airbender for black people okay? do i need to explain further? i don't and i loved it so just read it

The Epic Crush of Genie Lo, F.C. Yee

A girl that's just trying to survive high school finds out that a bunch of demons from chinese folklore are trying to destroy san fransico and also sun goku is a transfer student and oh no he's hot!!!

this one hit real hard in very specific foreign kid ways and also actually does the teen dialogue thing well, which is always a plus

Lightfinder, Aaron Paquette

Aisling is a young Cree woman who sets out into the wilderness with her Kokum (grandmother), Aunty and two young men she barely knows. They have to find and rescue her runaway younger brother, Eric. Along the way she learns that the legends of her people might be real and that she has a growing power of her own.

i'll come back to this later probably but know that this list extends from the fact that if i see one more novel by a white girl named hannah i am going to fucking screech

@roli_skates i'll try but i tend to skew towards afro-futurism so lots of fantasy/sci-fi stuff, lol

@eightbitsamurai omg I don't know any of these authors. onto the list they go!

@eightbitsamurai "the last Airbender for black people" OK I know where I'm starting

@eightbitsamurai not to be gay or something but i'll just drop a couple of recs of wlw poc books written by poc 👀 not your sidekick by c.b.lee (the future with superheroes but make it anti-authoritarian! it's a trilogy) and once ghosted, twice shy by alyssa cole (cute "second chance" romance! also a part of series!)

@eightbitsamurai

Thank you so much. Loads of books to add to my list there!

@eightbitsamurai @eightbitsamurai it's a more obvious rec but if folks haven't read the Binti and Akata Witch series by Nnedi Okorafor they're both real good. Binti is scifi plus folklore, Akata Witch was described by a reviewer as Nigerian Harry Potter, lots of folklore and some current events

@eightbitsamurai can i throw in the broken earth trilogy by n.k. jemisin?

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Fift

The Fifth Season takes place on a planet with a single supercontinent called the Stillness. Every few centuries, its inhabitants endure what they call a "Fifth Season" of catastrophic climate change.

@amphetamine @eightbitsamurai they are sooooo good! Jemisin is the only human ever to have won the Hugo for best novel three years running, for all three books in the trilogy.

@amphetamine @eightbitsamurai Those are great!

Let me also recommend "Trail of Lightning" by Rebecca Roanhorse. Set on Diné (Navajo) land after an apocalypse, it is a strange sort of urban fantasy with a compelling narrator.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trail_of

Hugo finalist, won the Locus award for Best First Novel.

@anne @eightbitsamurai thank you again for this. i have some traumas that i can relate to the protagonist a lot about and it's helping a lot to read. this is very good.

@eightbitsamurai ok all of these sound extremely fuckin good & they're now on my reading list

@eightbitsamurai as soon as I finish some of the fourteen fantasy books I'm currently reading, I'm all over that.

@eightbitsamurai just want to note for folx that last I checked, the book's sequel was coming out next month.. Preorder it, and/or nag your library. READ THIS FUCKING BOOK!!!!

Now, back to your regularly scheduled Mint.

@eightbitsamurai i bought this for my sister for christmas! I keep meaning to borrow it back & read it haha

@eightbitsamurai Also it was partially inspired by Sabaa Tahir's Ember in the Ashes series which is really good and part of the inspiration for my name!!!

@eightbitsamurai Oh em ZOMG. I’ve read other stuff by Dryden, but hadn’t seen this one. I think Prey if Gods is in my To Read Pile. Is this one pretty recent?

@eightbitsamurai Awesome. Exciting!

IIRC, she lives in Austin, too. So… I like supporting a local writer.

@eightbitsamurai can I add An Unkindness Of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon to this list?

@eightbitsamurai Appreciated. Honestly one big problem I have with Western fiction is how any minority representation is always white: a leading trans character is almost always white (Nomi from Sense8, Danny from Dreadnought, etc), and the anarchist fictions are completely dominated by white creators like Alan Moore or Grant Morrison.

@eightbitsamurai Thank you for this thread! I have read a few excellent books by POC, but also some frustratingly bad ones, which just tells me I don't have a way to find the good ones. (Is it Sturgeon''s law that 80% of everything is bad? I've read a few terrible books by any kind of writer you like.) You've just added to my reading list, thank you!

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