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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Saga Press; Reprint edition (February 2, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1481440888
  • ISBN-13: 978-1481440882
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,266 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was super excited to read Lagoon. I've read Akata witch and heard good things about Nnedi's other novels, plus the idea of aliens in Lagos was very intriguing. And for the most part, the story was good and interesting, mainly due to its setting, but there were many letdowns.

My main issue was with the language. A lot of the dialogue was stilted. For example, in one of the earliest scenes with Adaora,
Agu, Anthony and Ayodele, it was difficult follow who was speaking because there was nothing distinctive about their voices. And in some of the other pidgin conversations, the flow just seemed unnatural. The writing itself was not that fluid either and that detracted somewhat from the story. The opening chapter was beautiful, but when the same style was used repeatedly afterwards, it just seemed overdone.

Also, there was a lot going on that just wasn't pulled together well. There was some experimentation with different perspectives, even using the second person, but this mainly detracted from the story. There were three consecutive chapters when we were plunged into the first person perspective of three random people we didn't know and didn't care about.

Character development was sacrificed for unnecessary plot elements. By the end of the novel, I didn't really see how the protagonists grew as a result. When it came to characters we were more often told than shown. And there was serious bias against Christians and anyone religious really. Any Christian character was depicted as unenlightened and ignorant and sometimes psychotic even. The author does this with a broad stroke, making no attempt to describe churches and different denominations with any accuracy. For example, a Pentecostal woman is described as going to mass.
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I really loved this book. I had so much fun reading it and it made me smile.

I don't quite know how to describe it other than First Contact. But instead of the aliens landing on the White House lawn (because that trope is so overdone) or blowing up New York City (been there, done that) or involving the US Air Force beneath Cheyanne Mountain, the aliens land offshore of Lagos, Nigeria, the biggest city in that country and one of the biggest in the entire world.

And that is what makes this book so great.
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This was a bit of sci-fi with some mystical, magical stuff thrown in. Personally, I would have preferred just an alien story, without making it about a aliens landing in a place with already magical people and things. The writing was ok, but focused too much on extraneous bits, like what people wear or eat (these people only show briefly. I have no idea what the main characters wore). If you have a hard time with the pidgin English it's ok to just gloss over it since it doesn't end up being critical to the story. The main premise of aliens landing in Africa, why, and what would happen was interesting and refreshing. The bits from the point of view of a spider and road weren't. Overall I enjoyed it but not sure if I would recommend.
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Lagoon is a love letter to the Nigerian city of Lagos and its inhabitants, both good and bad. Through the lens of an alien first-contact story, Nnedi Okorafor gives us an unflinching look at a broad swath of Lagos's population and their reactions to discovering they are not alone. While the concept and locale was intriguing enough to draw me in, the execution was not and I was ultimately left fairly ambivalent about the work as a whole.

While Lagoon has a fair amount of promise, the story choices Okorafor made just did not work for me. I completely dug the idea of the shape-shifting aliens making first-contact with the aquatic life and helping those sea creatures evolve, before approaching the city's human inhabitants on a mission of peace. But because humans, particularly when confronted with the unknown, are typically a scared, cowardly lot, things quickly go awry.

When the alien ambassador dubbed Ayodele makes her presence known, the sense of wonder is quickly overcome with one of two reactions by the population at large. The first reaction is how the alien can be used and manipulated for profit (one armed gang wants to kidnap her and hold her for ransom; another unarmed gang of Christian faithful led by Father Oke wants to bring her into Christ's salvation so that the BMW driving prosperity preacher can use Ayodele in his plans to extort the community), and the second is to meet her with violence. Aside from Ayodele's three human cohorts - a marine biologist, a rap star, and a disgraced soldier - much of the story reflects on humanity's pettiness and selfishness. The story here, though, is not one of hopelessness - indeed, there's a thick veneer of hope and betterment throughout - but it is remarkably, and thankfully, honest.
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I really thought I could get used to the thick accents in the dialog. I really, really tried!

The narration itself is great and I love the accents there, but the thicker accents in the dialog are throwing me for a loop and even after slowing down the speed, I still can't understand about 10%-20% of the dialog... And I think I'm missing a little too much because events aren't making quite as much sense as they should.

So, the audiobook is getting returned but the story (what I understood of it) is good so far, so I definitely am going to finish this up in print... But I'll have to wait for this to be released in print in the United States first.

(I can't submit a review without a rating, and I don't want to drag the rating down just due to my inability to understand the narrators, so I'm guessing at what my rating might be if I can ever get this in print.)
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