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27 May 2013 @ 01:40 pm
The Golem and the Jinni  
Making my way through my library requests: two down, but the other two might need to go back unread; my brain keeps bouncing off of one of them especially.

But I did read The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker, which I enjoyed. (It feels to me like this book has gotten a lot of press compared to the average fantasy novel, especially for a debut author. But what do I know?) The title kind of tells you what it's about: thanks to various waves of immigration, a golem and a jinni wind up in late 19th-century New York, and have to figure out how to survive (and in the case of the golem, how to control herself so that she doesn't hurt anyone). The book has a colorful cast of characters and a matter-of-fact way of dealing with the supernatural, which I appreciated; it was a fun way to spend a Sunday.

(I sort of wish I'd enjoyed it more - that I'd fallen in love with it - maybe because the idea of non-humans trying to learn about humanity is a favorite topic of mine. And whenever I read a fantasy novel, I'm always holding out an especial hope that I'll find a book to add to my collection of best beloveds. But that's my own personal issue, not a slight on the book.)
 
 
 
pink for pterodactyl: p:cherry blossomsignificantowl on May 27th, 2013 10:40 pm (UTC)
Ah, cool, I've had an eye on that one - good to hear your thoughts!
tempestsarekindtempestsarekind on May 27th, 2013 11:08 pm (UTC)
I spent all day reading it - so I liked it! (I'm worried I sound a bit too negative in the post.)