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    Quote Originally Posted by abetterday View Post
    Phillis Wheatley's Poems on Various Subjects, religious and Moral. The first african american to write a book.

    "Great Sire of verse, before my mortal eyes
    The Lightning blaze across the vaulted skies
    And, as the thunder shakes the heaven'nly plains,
    A Deep felt horror thrills through all my veins
    when gentler strains demand thy graceful song
    The lengh'ning line moves languishing along
    When great patroclus courts achilles' aid
    The grateful tribute of my tears is paid"
    I have a copy of that on my Kindle, too, but I haven't read it yet. That excerpt you posted looks like I should do it sooner than later.
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    Latest Kindle read: Peter the Brazen (1919) by George F. Worts.

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    I received an advance copy of the Elizabeth Breck mystery DOUBLE TAKE. It is the second book in her Madison Kelly P.I. series and it is fantastic! I wrote my review over on Goodreads and shared the link with the author. She was pretty happy with what I wrote and messaged me to say so. She retweeted the link and I found out that my review is the first one that has been done for the October releasing title.
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    New books: The Collected Short Stories of Louis L'Amour: Volume 3 (2005) by the great western writer.



    Tomorrow, I'll be reading on my Kindle The Heckler (1960), the twelfth 87th Precinct series novel by Ed McBain.

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    A few years back, I bought an artbook, showing off fantasy illustrations by the great Boris Vallejo. One of the paintings really captured my imagination, and that was titled "Nubian Warrior":

    (I took the liberty of censoring a bit of side boob for this message board. If you want to see the uncensored version, it's very easy to find online, just search "Boris Vallejo Nubian Warrior")

    Now, the reason it stimulated me so much was the idea of Sword & Sorcery based on black African cultures and myths. I really hadn't encountered a lot of fantasy fiction based on such concepts. Most of the genre is based on European myths, there is some based on ancient Egyptian culture (mostly European and Euro-American horror fiction), with the closest maybe being the Arabian fairy tales and legends like Aladin or Sinbad.

    So, I did some research, knowing Boris probably did the painting as a commissioned illustration. I'm still not a hundred percent sure about it, but I think now that it was most likely done for a series of African-based Sword & Sorcery stories around the hero Imaro, written by Charles R. Saunders. From what I found out in my research, this was exactly the kind of fiction I had imagined from the painting. Saunders was a black American writer and fantasy fan and enthusiast of African history and cultures, who created the character of Imaro and his world of Nyumbani in response to the racist stereotypes of black people used in fantasy fiction like Tarzan or Conan. Originally written as short stories published in fanzines of the 1970s, Saunders collected five of the stories for publishing as a novel simply titled "Imaro" for DAW Books in 1981, followed by two sequels, "The Quest for Cush" and "The Trail of Bohu".

    Now, my enthusiasm got a big damper when I realized the books are out of print. Even a new edition of the first two novels from 2009 is only available through the secondary market. Now, for E-Book enthusiasts, the series is available in that form. Personally, I never really got into E-Books, and currently don't even have a portable device on which to read them on.

    Recently, I finally found an afordable copy of the 2009 version of the first novel:

    and this week started reading it. And thus far, this is an amazing read. Saunders not only is capable of presenting his world in a fascinating way, but is also quite talented as to creating suspense and action prose. So much so that I'm now even more on the hunt for the other books in the series, as well as keeping an eye out for any other stories Saunders has written. And I'm kind of wondering why this series isn't a bigger deal. And I kind of decided I needed to spread the word, because this totally deserves to be a bigger deal.

    At least, in its niche, Saunders has inspired a new subgenre of Sword & Soul fiction. Sadly, Saunders passed away last year. He did manage to do a couple more novels and stories set in the world of Nyumbani, though.
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    I finished reading the Daniel Silva thriller THE CELLIST. I got a copy of the finished book early and will be reviewing it for Mystery Scene magazine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kai "the spy" View Post
    (I took the liberty of censoring a bit of side boob for this message board. If you want to see the uncensored version, it's very easy to find online, just search "Boris Vallejo Nubian Warrior")
    Right, because she's not hot enough as it is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Darknight Detective View Post
    Right, because she's not hot enough as it is.

    It's a Boris piece, after all.

    I wouldn't have made the effort to put a black bar over the sensitive area, but I also didn't want to break any forum rules. I also posted that on another message board which is funded through Google Ads, and they'd actually get in trouble with Google Ads had I posted the uncensored image.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kai "the spy" View Post
    It's a Boris piece, after all.

    I wouldn't have made the effort to put a black bar over the sensitive area, but I also didn't want to break any forum rules. I also posted that on another message board which is funded through Google Ads, and they'd actually get in trouble with Google Ads had I posted the uncensored image.
    In all seriousness and as a moderator elsewhere, I think you did the right thing, Kai.
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    The Essential Ginsberg, by, you guessed right, Allen Ginsberg
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    I finished reading the R.G. Belsky mystery novel The Last Scoop.
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    Latest kindle book: Maria: Or, The Wrongs of Woman (1798) by the pioneer feminist and grandmother of the Frankenstein Monster. Mary Wollstonecraft.

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    I'm finishing up a re-read of Dune through Children of Dune (almost done with Children of Dune) and reading the books after that because I never read them before.

    I am thinking of taking a break though, and reading something else I've never read.

    Wheel of Time!

    Thoughts on that? I have not had a great track record with modern fantasy lately (probably because I've been reading Japanese historical fiction & fantasy and ASoFaI bombed out for me near the end of book 3). Anything I should know past this?



    I'm also leaning towards Red Rising.
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    Newest Kindle eBook: The Brighter Buccaneer (1933), the tenth Simon Templar/Saint book by Leslie Charteris.

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