A Stranger in Olondria

Sofia Samatar
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A Stranger in Olondria


I'm a sucker for good prose, but sometimes it can be overbearing, obfuscating the plot and its progression. This book's prose is the latter. There was so much description of people and places that I regularly lost the point of the action or dialogue. It's beautiful but extremely distracting. At times I thought the thin plot was just an excuse to write a poetic travelogue. This book won the 2014 World Fantasy and British Fantasy Awards and was nominated for several others. I have read three of the five other nominees for the WFA and would given this award to any one of them over this bloated book.

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