I sometimes choose a yearly goal for my reading: this year it's to read a bunch of 2019 releases in my genre(s), science fiction and fantasy. So I'd already bought the audiobook of Marlon James's sprawling, African-inflected dark fantasy Black Leopard, Red Wolf when this terrifying review came out. Notable pull quote: "Reading Black Leopard, Red Wolf was like being slowly eaten by a bear, one inviting me to feel every pressure of tooth and claw tearing into me." Amal, the reviewer, is someone I trust! And I was going to pour this into my poor defenseless EARS?
I forged on regardless. It's thick and challenging and a lot like a gory fever dream, but it's very well written and interesting. It's only ripped out my heart and jumped on it once so far. However, it's early days: I have only been one-fifth eaten by this bear.