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Should You Skip Book Reviews About Your Favorite Authors?

If you love an author, should you skip reading book reviews about their books?

Critically acclaimed novelist Barbara Kingsolver (pictured) reviewed Karen Joy Fowler‘s We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves this week at the New York Times’ Sunday Book Review. In her essay about the book, she opened with a thoughtful paragraph about literary spoilers:

To experience this novel exactly as the author intended, a reader should avoid the flap copy and everything else written about it. Including this review. The last writers to be unscathed by spoilers were probably the Victorians, who pounded out the likes of “Great Expectations” in weekly, serialized installments. No reviewer could blow the surprise of a convict benefactor or Miss Havisham’s cobwebby cake when these were yet unwritten.

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Nnedi Okorafor Wins World Fantasy Award

Novelist Nnedi Okorafor has won the World Fantasy Award for her novel, Who Fears Death.

Author Jeff VanderMeer described the book: “[The novel] is a powerful combination of science fiction, fantasy, African folklore, and stark realism. It tells the story of Onyesonwu, a woman of extraordinary powers in a post-apocalyptic West Africa, a world of perils and mysteries, of lost technologies and brutal wars. Onyesonwu’s name means “Who fears death?”, and her birth is the result of rape used as a weapon in battle; this legacy affects the woman she becomes, and the novel portrays her education as a sorceress and her quest to bring order and peace to her life and world.”

The announcement was made at the World Fantasy Convention in San Diego. We’ve included the other award winners below…

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