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  • Title: Imaro: Book I
  • Author: Charles R. Saunders
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  • Page: 463
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Saunders novel fuses the narrative style of fantasy fiction with a pre colonial, alternate Africa Inspired by and directly addresses the alienation of growing up an African American fan of Science Fiction and Fantasy, which to this day remains a very ethnically homogonous genre It addresses this both structurally via its unique setting and thematically via its alienaSaunders novel fuses the narrative style of fantasy fiction with a pre colonial, alternate Africa Inspired by and directly addresses the alienation of growing up an African American fan of Science Fiction and Fantasy, which to this day remains a very ethnically homogonous genre It addresses this both structurally via its unique setting and thematically via its alienated, tribeless hero protagonist The tribal tensions and histories presented in this fantasy novel reflect actual African tribal histories and tensions, and provide a unique perspective to current and recent conflicts in Africa, particularly the Rwandan genocide and the ongoing conflict in The Sudan.
    Imaro Book I Saunders novel fuses the narrative style of fantasy fiction with a pre colonial alternate Africa Inspired by and directly addresses the alienation of growing up an African American fan of Science Fic

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    1. In the hands of its most talented practitioners, Sword Sorcery can be thrilling, scintillating, and deeply ironic which makes it all the regrettable to see just how thoughtless and cliche depictions of race and sex tend to be in the genre Part of what excited me about the prospect of reading this hard to find series was that it is very much about race, a self aware deconstruction of one of the genre s historic failings.It is that as well as a dip into African History, a fascinating and vast sli [...]

    2. Quality Adventure with Legendary ContextStyle Legendary Motivations This unique blend of Lovecraft African mythology features a Conan like hero It s pulpy style storytelling may merit 4 stars its uniqueness place in literature boost it to 5 Imaro is adventure in the vein of vintage, pulp periodicals Expect heavy doses of sorcery horror at a brisk pace Unlike traditional pulp stories, these chapters are slightly less episodic and chronological In other words, Imaro is of a continuing character [...]

    3. Imaro s mother surrendered her five year old son so that he could become a great warrior of the Ilyassai tribe His mother s people treated him with disdain and ridicule Through it all, Imaro grew to be the biggest and strongest of the Ilyassai children When he reached manhood and the time had come for him to truly become an Ilyassai warrior and be accepted by his mother s people, an evil magician strip him of that reward, spiraling Imaro s life into a world of slavery, murderous thieves, and bla [...]

    4. Never before has a man of the Ilyassai slain Ngatun as you did, Masadu said And never before has an Ilyassai done what you have this night Warrior my weapons are yours Imaro remained impassive Take them, Imaro, Mubaku urged.Imaro still neither moved nor spoke Mubaku s next words came haltingly, as if at great cost The wrongs we Ilyassai have done to you are greater than any you have done to us, the ol arem said If killing Muburi and Kanoko, and stampeding the ngombe, were part of what you had to [...]

    5. I just read Imaro and it was rewarding reading experience I ve had in quite some time.I loved the Conan novels as a teen and imagined at some point writing a story with a black protagonist Imaro is something like what I had in mind, but I ve got to admit, much better It s obvious Saunders immersed himself in African culture to create this world The culture of the Masai like Illassai is depicted so realistically and the story seems so grounded in reality that by the time the paranormal raises its [...]

    6. Not a Conan or an anti Conan in concept, but it is interesting how Saunders takes the basic principle of an outcast, a warrior who has left his homeland, and made it work for him The violence that Conan wields and Robert E Howard seems to worship is here a sour and unsettling thing, borne of anger and alienation and other psychic poison Imaro might be a noteworthy warrior and possibly a talented leader of men, but those who follow him will eventually turn from loyalty and admiration to fear.I wa [...]

    7. Very inventive sword sorcery set in an Alternate Africa Virtually unique at the time it came out in introducing a hero who was black into a heroic fantasy setting This is the first of three books in a series, although the three don t make a trilogy in the standard sense Each book stands on its own.

    8. An enjoyable collection of interlocking tales about Imaro I enjoyed how the menace throughout the stories evolved into a world encompassing evil leading up to the next book.

    9. Very enjoyable sword and sorcery novel, Howardian in its excitement, and a bit above and beyond in terms of characterization Though Imaro is the kind of superman that slashes his way through this genre, he s also capable of three dimensional thought and feeling, which is how I like to think Howard might have progressed had he lived.Saunders does not limit Imaro or himself to a historical or prehistoric world, but instead fashions a fantastic Africa that never was, crawling with demons and magic [...]

    10. , , Imaro Revisited, , The Slaves of the Giant Kings The Afua , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , .

    11. I picked this up with the intention of reading a single story as a break from a long, demanding read, and ended up reading this exclusively to its end I am now struck by a mixture of feelings both happy and sad the former, because these stories were great fun and a wonderful discovery to behold the latter, because Saunders is a lost and yet living light in adventure fiction to the extent that this book, and its immediate sequel, are no longer in print.I came across this title in a post about fic [...]

    12. In the thirty plus years since the stories in this book first appeared, the writer has matured, and rewritten major segments that he felt no longer worked for him, or his intended audience This creator revisionism annoyed me a bit, but his goal was to remove aspects of the story that were too close to tragic events that had since occurred in the real world.Written as a response to the earlier Eurocentric trends in Sword Sorcery fantasy, the Imaro stories create an Africa every bit as mythical as [...]

    13. I ve seen better writing on fanfiction Livejournals There are no words to express how extremely disappointing this was One of the few Africa inspired fantasy epics out there and it was just dreadful Important in the grand scheme of the history of fantasy as a genre I suppose, but only because it exists I guess somebody had to go first.

    14. It s really hard to talk about Imaro without mentioning the Conan stories, not least becasue that s how it was originally sold to me, as What if the Conan stories were written by a black man and based on African culture instead of European and American culture and a European understanding of South Asia and Africa in Ghulistan and the Black Kingdoms And it s true that this book is rooted in Conan style sword and sorcery Imaro is a warrior from a warrior culture, massive in size yet cat like in re [...]

    15. 3.5Fairly standard SS, although the African influences lend a bit interest than I normally would have with the genre Decent book, but not really my type of story, so I probably won t continue with it.

    16. Inspired by Robert E Howard s sword and sorcery stories but disappointed by the lack of fantasy stories set in Africa, with black heroes and with an appreciation of the rich diversity of the continent s cultures, Saunders decided to write his own And I have to say, what a fantastic job he did.We follow Imaro from his mysterious and humble beginnings through his coming of age and his travels across a semi mythical Africa as he meets friends, lovers and enemies, as eventually he discovers that he [...]

    17. well this one is a challenge Highly regarded author and character, very much wanted to read this bought it and started reading it over a year ago picked it up to continue reading about 2 weeks ago and finished strong obviously the first half of the book did not hook me in fact I was rather disappointed interestingly enough, now that I finished the book and the afterword and reread the author s forward, I see it is the newest story of the collection the one Saunders had to rewrite for modern time [...]

    18. Great and original Sword Sorcery set in ancient alternate africa Imaro is inspired by Robert.E Howard but Charles.R Saunders is his own man with his taut prose,fascinating alternate Africa,he can also write action scenes as well as the best in this kind of fantasy.A hidden gem A must for every fan of SS Heroic fantasy.

    19. Even after reading the Imaro series I enjoyed listening to the audio book narrated by Mirron Willis Definitely recommended

    20. I wanted to like this book I really did After reading an uncollected Imaro story, Death in Jukun , in a fantasy anthology and hearing so many great things, it seemed like a done deal Alas, it was not to be I found my enthusiasm floundering by the third story For the uninitiated, IMARO is a collection of stories originally published in the Gene Day fanzine, DARK FANTASY, during the mid 1970s Saunders wrote them as a reaction to the Conan tales of Robert E Howard, which were proving popular at the [...]

    21. Another edge case that I wish for a 1 2 star option If I could, I would say 3.5 however, the simple reading pleasure makes me round up versus down This might be a bit off topic, but I sometimes enjoy not having a 1 2 star rating I simply ask myself, did I enjoy this book enough to round up, or should I round down It s economical Imaro is a work of Sword Sorcery that I have been meaning to get to for some time It s easy to say this is Black Conan, but it s not Yes, both are barbaric Both are migh [...]

    22. Fantasy is practically synonymous with its typical medieval European setting, with a lot of exoticized external cultures That s a shame, because that terrain has nearly lost its power to excite our imaginations, and requires a fair bit of talent to pull off in a way that feels creative at this point Nor does the faux historical Eurocentric worldview the geography invokes hold up in a world with a very different cultural and political landscape and a much substantial exposure to non Western cult [...]

    23. Charles Saunders Imaro was the start of something new, the Afrocentric fantasy adventure sword and soul as Saunders dubbed it Taking inspiration from what he loved about Robert E Howard s Conan, discarding what he hated and adding what he needed, Imaro was made for black readers who wanted a hero they could better identify with while showing that a magical Africa was just as viable a setting for fantasy as a magical Europe Bad luck and poor sales prevented Imaro from becoming better known though [...]

    24. I go but I leave a warrior, so says five year old Imaro s mother as she leaves him with the Ilyassai Masai to train him But wherever he goes, whenever he accomplishes something there are magicians, shamans and witches to take all his accomplishments, girlfriends and sense of community Over and over in his life he must battle not only his community, but magic After the Ilyassai s savannah he crosses all of Nyumbani home in Swahili, or Africa here to the forest and river of Mtumwe Once he gets com [...]

    25. I was initially very interested in the premise of a sword and sorcery tale inspired by pre colonial Africa, drawing on non European mythological roots Unfortunately, Imaro is ultimately a disappointment Apart from an overabundance of African names and italicized Swahili, the narrative is depressingly straight forward Destiny Warrior is stronger than everyone else, suffers endless persecution, mistreats women, becomes king, is conspired against, suffers persecution Conan is Saunders clear model [...]

    26. Not impressed so far see how I use ellipses Like Saunders Anyway, the story is okay but the writing is amateurish, and not in a good way I can see why this book has had a rocky past You really have to believe in it, and I just didn t Too many clumsy constructions and confusing action scenes left me considering about re reading a passage to try to get what was going on, but then I thought that it really wasn t worth the effort, and I moved on Especially spoiler when Imaro faces himself It s all I [...]

    27. A great set of stories I love how each story flowed right into the other This particular edition contains the story The Afua which takes the place of the Slaves of the Giant Kings from the first edition of the Imaro stories and some revisions to the rest of the stories Charles Saunders Imaro stories are a must have on ones sword and sorcery shelf, hands down.

    28. Easily one of the greatest Fantasy series available Imaro I introduces the reader to the Sword and Soul genre A must read This book is filled with all of the tragic and heroic exploits expected of a seasoned imagination coupled with a mastery of the pen Read everything by Charles Saunders

    29. Refreshingly good This is the gold standard of African influenced fantasy An epic sword and sorcery tale that ranks with the great classics of a bygone era This is the first part of an ongoing series and I will be reading the next one.

    30. A fantastic fantasy series set in ancient africa These stories have all you need lost cities and races for the hero to battle Very recommended

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