A soul brother at heart, who feels that the 1970s is the greatest decade of all time in terms of music, movies and entertainment. Specifically, Blaxploitation movies, Funk/Soul music and Urban Fiction novels.
With a specific passion for reading and a love of Blaxploitation movies, I have a Jones for urban fiction novels from the 70s. When thinking of books from that genre, the primary authors that come to mind are Donald Goines and Iceberg Slim. And while they can be considered the Godfathers, I started doing research and found that there are many other authors (Black and White) who wrote in the genre. So I set out to find and read as many of these books as possible. This site is born out of my desire to share as many of these AWESOME Blaxploitation paperbacks with you as possible.
To answer that, we have to first define Blaxploitation. Here are two of the best definitions I’ve run across:
So I’m defining a Blaxploitation paperback as: a fiction novel, written between 1970 and 1979 where the primary character(s) are black, the plot(s) are urban centered and/or adventure focused, and the dialogue is very hip and rich with slang from that era.
Surprisingly, you won’t find reviews of the novels (unless I link to one someone else wrote). I’d rather let you have your own take should you decide to read the book yourself. Instead, to help you decide if you want to read a particular book, I’ll give a quick overview of the plot, a personal rating (see scale below) and maybe throw in a few extra tidbits you might enjoy. Where possible, I’ve tried to include the cover art from the original printing, since some of these were reprinted in later years with covers that were aimed to be more reflective of the times in which they were reprinted.
If there are ever any questions, suggestions or recommendations, definitely let me know. Thanks for stopping by!