The Can’t Wait Wednesday meme is an opportunity to talk about a book you can’t wait to read but (drats!) will have to…you know, until you get it…or finish reading the books you’re actively reading…or find time to read…sigh…but yeah, that book. Also linking this post to WWW Wednesday.
For me right now, that book is America-based, Jamaican writer Marlon James’ Black Leopard, Red Wolf. I did a new book alert about it over on my other blog, so you can go there for more details about it but suffice it to say that it’s fantasy, which is a genre I love; it is genre underpinned by African mythology, which the world needs more of; and it’s by an award winning, universally acclaimed author who four novels in hasn’t told the same story twice (granted I’ve only read two of those stories, the slavery era narrative The Book of Night Women and the late 70s to 90s crime epic A Brief History of Seven Killings) – and in both cases he writes long and it can feel convoluted and confusing (and I personally know people who’ve tapped out) but it’s always interesting and always unlike anything I’ve read before. So, I’m really looking forward to reading this one, like if I got it right now, I’d likely drop everything else I’m currently reading – sorry, Inferno, Fire and Fury, Evolution, Beneath Lion’s Wings, even you The Fire Next Time and Sonny’s Blue, Wartime at Woolworths and the others, but I’m really hyped for this one … okay, I wouldn’t drop them, but I might put them down. Congrats to Marlon for his film rights already being optioned by Michael Bae Jordan (notable roles have included Wallace from The Wire, Oscar Grant from Fruitvale Station, Adonis from Creed, and, oh yeah, Killmonger from Black Panther); and shout out to April Sinclair who also recently had film production news (with Octavia Spencer and Gabrielle Union attached) come out re a book I read and loved years ago Coffee Will Make You Back. That’s the dream, right there.
Also on my, it’s taking me too damn long to get to them radar are books like Come Let Us Sing Anyway by Leone Ross, An American Marriage by Tayari Jones, Barraccoon by Zora Neale Hurston, N. K. Jemison’s The Fifth Season (also sequels The Obelisk Gate and The Stone Sky), and so much more, including quite recently, Milkman by Anna Burns thanks to blogger Claire ‘Word by Word’. So many books, so little…books. In time. In time.