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Man Booker Prize winner, Marlon James is working on ‘African Game of Thrones’

Marlon James, author of A Brief History of Seven Killings, is ready for more inclusion and representation in the myriad worlds of fantasy novels.

The Booker Prize-winning author recently told Man of the World that he’ll be “geeking the fuck out” for his next book, Black Leopard, Red Wolf, which he describes as “an African Game of Thrones.” James told the magazine:

“I realized how sick and tired I was of arguing about whether there should be a black hobbit in Lord of the Rings. African folklore is just as rich, and just as perverse as that shit. We have witches, we have demons, we have goblins, we have mad kings. We have stories of royal succession that would put Wolf Hall to share. We beat the Tudors two times over.”

And when James says “geek,” he means it. He’s already promising an almost-excessive attention to detail and multiple appendices on different races and magic techniques.

Well, this I MUST read!


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3 comments

  1. The moment James linked his impending book to George R.R. Martin’s work is the day he set the bar high for himself. If this news gains traction and people actually begin to pay attention to him and anticipate his book, that’s when he’ll know the pressure on delivering something that should read better than Game of Thrones.

  2. The only way to really imitate something is to make it better. If this book isn’t better than GOT, then the joke’s on James. He could have just told us he’s writing a new book that’s going to be great without bringing The Song of Fire & Ice and Lord of the Rings into it.

  3. I must read this book o. If it is not half as good or even better than GOT, I go follow yab the man o!!!

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