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Kabu kabu - unregistered, illegal Nigerian taxis - generally get you where you need to go. Nnedi Okorafor's Kabu Kabu, however, takes the listener to exciting, fantastic, magical, occasionally dangerous, and always imaginative locations you didn't know you needed. 

This debut short-story collection by an award-winning author includes notable previously published material, a new novella cowritten with New York Times best-selling author Alan Dean Foster, six additional original stories, and a brief foreword by Whoopi Goldberg.

©2013 Nnedi Okorafor (P)2019 Tantor

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The perfect cocktail of Afrocentric sci-fi stories

I occasionally dabble into sci-fi.
I was intrigued by this collection of Africa-themed sci-fi
short stories written by a young female author.

I was not disappointed.

There was never a dull moment. Every story moved
rhythmically and pulsated with emotion and imagination.

It moved me. It stirred me. It made me feel alive!

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I wished this book would never end

I wish I could rate this book 100/10. Really enjoyed everything about the book.
I hope the author will make more like it or even develop one of the stories further.

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Funny, powerful and generally wonderful

This series of short stories made me laugh and cry. I love how Nnedi offers so many perspectives and as a female lover of sci-fi it was so refreshing to hear authentic women in this genre.

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  • Rita
  • 14-11-19

FANTASTIC!

I adore fantasy and this collection of tales is marvelous! The characters feel full and developed. The elements of magic and mysticism range from subtle to fantastic. I was worried that I wouldn't understand the book or the characters because the setting and culture in the book are so different from me. Okorafor has created such vividness that my own personal background or experience didn't matter. I was transported into the world of the book. I stayed up way too late because I couldn't ever stop a tale midway and then I always wanted one more tale. This is hands down one of the best pieces of fantasy fiction I have experienced in YEARS.

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  • ElizOF
  • 17-07-21

Fascinating. Unexpected

This is science fiction mixed with fantasy mixed with mystery and more. Some of the stories are familiar because of the cultural background I share with the author. Others are suprising even disturbing yet all well told. Give it a go.

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  • Christopher
  • 11-03-21

A wonderful short story collection

NNedi Okorafor is one of those authors whose works I will read at every opportunity. This short story collection of connected narratives is a fine example of her work, though I find I slightly prefer her longer form work. Yetida Badaki's narration makes this work sing.

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  • Charissel824
  • 01-11-20

very fun read

Loved it , reading folklore/fairy tales with African twists was enlightening. I'm intrigued to read more . I'm a big fan of Greek gods/goddesses, nephalim, and wicken. was very fun to read the myths and 1/2truths as all myths are ...of African descent.

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  • Nihon-Ga-ru!
  • 29-07-21

So many great stories...

Some of these stories tied back to Nnedi's other works in lovely ways. Some stood alone in their greatness. This was genuinely a great find.

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  • M. McGregor
  • 29-07-20

Good but not mind blowing

Some of the stories were better than others, and as a fan of Nnedi Okorafor, I've actually heard some of these shorts in fully developed books, with some changes here and there. I made sure to finish it to the end.

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  • Mejean Cline
  • 30-03-20

Just what A Magical Negro needed 💕

As an aspiring author, someone who longs for more stories where my people are the main, this was refreshing. I enjoyed every minute.