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review 2018-11-16 19:29
Ultimate Freudian SF: "Golem-100" by Alfred Bester
Golem 100 - Alfred Bester

(Original Review, 1980-08-15)

Some months ago I made the mistake of purchasing a copy of Alfred Bester's GOLEM-100. I quickly found out that the only redeeming feature of this book is the art inside, and you can get that for free by simply opening the book at the bookstand. I have never finished GOLEM-100, I got 150 pp or so into it, gave up, and went back to reading ATTACK OF THE ANT MEN (don't ask....) which, by comparison, is almost decent reading.




If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.

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review 2018-11-15 03:29
The Golem and the Jinni (Audiobook)
The Golem and the Jinni: A Novel - Helene Wecker,George Guidall

They say there are no new stories and only seven basic plots, and that is certainly true. Trying to find new ways to retell stories and spin those plots has been the tasks of authors and storytellers since the moment right after the very first story was ever told, and every once in a rare while an author comes along who can bring something truly fresh to the scene. This is such a book. 


It's been a long time since I've been this impressed by a book. Maybe it helps that I'm not especially familiar with golems or jinnis, though the mythology used here is on point with what I do know of them. The magic comes in putting these mystical creatures in turn-of-the century Big Apple and putting them both in positions that require them to examine and test their very natures. The supporting cast is equally as fascinating, from Ice Cream Selah, Maryam Faddoul, Arbeely, Rabbi Meyer and Michael Levy, to name a few. They're all trying to figure out life, figure out their place in it - even when they think they know what that place should be - and watching as the author weaves their various storylines together like the Fates at their loom. 


This was enrapturing, made even more so because I couldn't figure out where the story was going or how it would all be resolved. For every thread I managed to tie together, there were several others that I couldn't see how they connected. And I really didn't want to. I was happy to just sit back and allow the story to unfold in its own time, and it didn't disappoint.


The narrator, George Guidall, does a wonderful job capturing the many characters and bringing their cultures and neighborhoods to life. 

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review 2016-09-29 00:00
Golem in My Glovebox (A Monster Haven Story)
Golem in My Glovebox (A Monster Haven Story) - R.L. Naquin Road Trip. Ok so this road trip is not all fun and games actually it is no fun but lots of games. Head games. Someone is killing all of the Aegis. Its up to Zoey Donovan to stop the killer and save her mother. oh yea and not end up dead herself.

The road trip comes in ans her and Riley are headed to the Hidden's Headquarters. once they arrive there they are sent to investigate a murder of an Aegis, from there they end up pretty much touring the country investigating other Aegis murders all while trying to track down her mother before she ends up on the list of murdered. Will it be a funeral or a happy ending?

I love this series and cannot wait to get started on the next book in this series. Zoey can really get herself into a lot of messes but between her Friends who are also her family she always seems to come out on top.
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review 2016-09-26 19:00
Golem - Ceccotti Lorenzo,Ceccotti Lorenzo

[I got a copy through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.]


Some pretty good artwork in places, although I expected something more original, especially considering the length of this volume.


The basic idea in itself is, I'd say, typical enough of dystopian stories: country (here, Italy) in the not-too-far future, dominated by an apparent benevolent ruler (president Oudeis) who's actually a tyrant, with "the masses" living day to day in blissful ignorance, smothered with all the latest technological toys and gizmos they could desire. Also a "terrorist"/"freedom fighters" group, because dystopian stories need that. All in all, terra cognita here, not bad, and not exceptional either.


The world depicted in this comics is interesting, and chilling, too, however it gave a strong Japanese vibe, and this felt a little strange. Lots of Japanese-sounding names (the Yoko brand, the Shorai "terrorist group"), aesthetics that clearly reminded me of quite a few cyberpunk/futuristic manga... Again, not bad per se, yet I couldn't reconcile this vision with Italy. Not to say I expected stupid clichés here (nope, I didn't want to see pasta everywhere, that's just as bad as the French baguette as far as clichés go!), just... something that would've felt more European-centric?


The art was pretty good in some parts, though average in others, and most often dynamic: the fights looked and felt like fights, bodies in movement giving an impression of speed. As a work of art, as in painting/drawing, it was definitely interesting to look at.


The characters in general were sympathetic. Not unexpectedly at all, the rebels all have their quirks and cool tech and moves (cooking, hooked on computers, a sort of probabilities-projecting technology allowing them to predict their enemies' moves by a couple of seconds...). However, I never got a real feeling for them, especially the two kids at the centre of it all.



Conclusion: In general, my impression was that of a story with good foundations, but not told as it would've deserved—both too long and too crammed considering its conspiracy aspect. The bland characters didn't help.

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review 2016-08-25 00:00
The Golem and the Jinni: A Novel
The Golem and the Jinni - Helene Wecker This is amazing writing. I have never read a story quite like it. It brings so much in to question, beliefs, faiths, religions, etc. It takes place during a time when people had to go between Europe and America by ship and women didn't go around unchaperoned. It mostly has a realistic feel with a few big exceptions. The two main characters aren't human. There are also magicians and such. It's pretty low on the low fantasy scale, but at the same time those fantastical elements are what the whole plot is about.
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