Kabu Kabu by Nnedi Okorafor

Kabu Kabu Nnedi Okorafor

Rating: 4 Stars ★★★★☆

Lance the Brave stood on the edge of the cliff panicking, his long blond hair blowing in the breeze.

About

Kabu Kabu – unregistered, illegal Nigerian taxis – generally get you where you need to go, but Nnedi Okorafor’s Kabu Kabu takes the reader to exciting, fantastic, magical, occasionally dangerous, and always imaginative locations.

Review

Kabu Kabu is a collection of fantasy (and some sci-fi) short stories set mainly in Nigeria. There are some creepy stories in there, some with a contemporary feel and some that feel very fairy-tale-ish.

Her cab driver had shifted into a slightly faster interior lane. As he drive on they were surrounded and hemmed in by thousands, by millions of spirits and ghosts and specters.

Some had many legs, some bounced, some drove, some sat inside things that drove. Others crawled or tumbled, flew or dcragged themselves along. Shrieking madly, a skeleton woman rode by on a skeleton ostrich. A ghostly man with feet facing the wrong way sprinted swiftly backwards past the cab.

And almost all of them are great. Usually, with short story collections there’s a couple of great stories and some that are average but here, the majority of the stories are great.

There are a few story elements that wind their way throughout the collection, the windseekers of example, people born with the ability to fly. However, for the most part, each story can be enjoyed independently.

I loved the atmosphere of these stories, I loved the characters and I loved the Nigerian setting. It’s a great collection and it evokes all the emotions. It’s funny, heartbreaking and full of tension.

Conclusion

A collection of some amazing short stories.

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