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Gwen Ansell

Gwen Ansell

    Nnedi Okorafor's The Book of Phoenix is layers of fantasy rooted in reality
    Nnedi Okorafor's The Book of Phoenix is layers of fantasy rooted in reality
    Power, revenge and metaphors fan the flames in Nnedi Okorafor’s superhuman novel
    Nnedi Okorafor’s novel ‘The Book of Phoenix’ is a fantasy rooted in African reality
    Nnedi Okorafor’s novel ‘The Book of Phoenix’ is a fantasy rooted in African reality
    Power, revenge and metaphors fan the flames in Nnedi Okorafor’s superhuman novel.
    Classic Mieville takes us into a partly known world
    Classic Mieville takes us into a partly known world
    A recurring image in China Mieville’s 140-page novella
    Close encounters with alien sex
    Close encounters with alien sex
    Alien relations served writer Alice Bo Sheldon well as a metaphor for the gender obtuseness and sexual obsessions of dominant human males on Earth.
    Lunar novels in vastly different orbits
    Lunar novels in vastly different orbits
    Frank Schatzing's Limit is a tautly-written blockbuster while Ian MacDonald's Luna - New Moon is a dark fantasy, writes Gwen Ansell.
    Break Damascus bread in Jozi
    Break Damascus bread in Jozi
    A refugee family is producing traditional Syrian Pita bread and pastries for the South African market.
    Salim Washington: Reedman blows fire and tears
    Salim Washington: Reedman blows fire and tears
    Violence and murder – of Marikana miners and foreigners – inspired works by saxophonist Salim Washington
    ‘General’ Liu Cixin deserves highest rank
    ‘General’ Liu Cixin deserves highest rank
    Fascinating arguments and ideas combined with a taut narrative tension make prize-winning novel by eminent author hard to put down.
    REVIEW: Poetry that flays the senses
    REVIEW: Poetry that flays the senses
    Lesego Rampolokeng’s latest collection reveals a poet who is ­adept at harsh, harrowing ­imagery and flights of sonic beauty.
    Cape Town Jazz Fest 2016: Line up promises to dazzle fans
    Cape Town Jazz Fest 2016: Line up promises to dazzle fans
    Some local jazz heavyweights and a clutch of crowd pullers are setting the right tone for next year's festival.
    Tigerman: Escape from the genredarmes
    Tigerman: Escape from the genredarmes
    Speculative fiction, science fiction, fantasy, thriller – who cares about genres when the writing is as good as in the novels reviewed here.