Ordered Imaro II: The Quest for Cush a few days ago, should be here soon. I am getting the NS reprint, and I hope there aren't too many typos, as I had heard about some other NS books. I cannot believe I have not collected all four of these books a long time ago...
Just finished "Turkhana Knives". Man that was good stuff.
I thought it was interesting how Saunders focused on just how valuable the Ilyassai held a single cow. It makes sense, given the milk and beef each one can provide. This is clearly a well researched series.
The Maasai, the culture the Ilyassai are based on, herd cattle on foot and hunt lions in manhood rituals. Sound familiar? Imaro's mother was an Ilyassai, but not his father. His father's people are ethnically disinct. Imaro looks more like his father.
Post by Jason Aiken on Dec 23, 2016 3:02:53 GMT -5
Finished the first Imaro collection from Nightshade...from what I can tell this and the original DAW collection are quite different.
They have some stories in common (The Prologue, Turkhana Knives, The Place of Stones,and Horror in the Black Hills), but the Nightshade collection replaces not one, but TWO stories from the DAW collection.
I mentioned "The Afua" from the Nightshade collection being inferior to "Slaves of the Giant Kings" from the DAW collection but can't vouch for which of the final stories is best, "Betrayal in Blood" from the Nightshade collection or "The City of Madness" from the original DAW collection.
I've heard mixing and matching DAWS and Nightshade collections is a nightmare, as Imaro meets different people and has different adventures depending on what version you read. I can attest to that first hand now, just from reading this first collection. I wish I'd just read the original DAWS at this point but since I'm already into the Nightshade continuity, I'll keep trucking and go back and read the DAWS later maybe.
Mr. Saunders has been going through some rough times. Things are looking up, though:
Hello, everybody. This is to let you know I have returned from something of a personal Phantom Zone. I apologize to everyone with whom I've fallen out of contact over the past few years. I will be getting back in touch with each of you soon. In the meantime, my friend Milton Davis has just released my latest book, Nyumbani Tales, a collection of some of the first of my African-based fantasy stories -- stories I wrote while also writing my Imaro and Dossouye novels. You'll find a review and image of the cover below.
Post by Jason Aiken on Sept 3, 2020 20:55:35 GMT -5
Evidently Mr. Saunders passed away back in May of natural causes. No other information to include why people are just now hearing about this, but it's just started making the rounds on Facebook. One post I saw quoted Milton Davis with the above information, so the source is fairly reliable. This is a real shame and a real loss. Rest in peace, sir.