The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker is the story of two mythological characters who find that they are more alike than different and who find acceptance in each other. Within this structure, this book can be read at so many different levels and interpreted for so many different themes – fantasy, love story, immigrant experience, misfits & outsiders, and common ground. This character-driven book is unique and leaves me thinking.
Read my complete review at Memories From Books - The Golem and the Jinni
I heard so much about this book that I couldn't wait to read it. I was expecting a lot of magic and wonderful things, but it wasn't really what I expected. It was an okay story and an interesting concept, but the characters didn't really appeal to me enough to get wrapped up in the story.
The premise is a female gollum is left without a master and has to try to learn to survive in old New York, while keeping what she is secret. A separate thread runs about a djinn who is also hiding his supernatural nature from the humans of the city. Eventually, they inevitably meet.
This part of the story took too long in my opinion. It was like two separate stories running concurrently that has little to do with each other. Then when they did meet, the dynamics between them were interesting, but not interesting enough to salvage the story.
I'm glad I read it, but it's not something I would read again.
I finished some books this month, Yay!
Okay it's only 5, when some people manage to read 25 in a month, but I enjoyed them all and why not? They all came off my top level tbr!
There are more on that list to read soon. I seem to have half a dozen books on my 'currently reading' at the moment. Two of those are things to take my time and read slowly: A Dickens non-fiction that I'm reading about a chapter a week and a collection of short stories on the theme of Lava, which I'm reading one story at a time as and when.
Meanwhile I'm sort of keeping up with my samples. I still need to reduce the collection, but I keep catching myself reading too many Fantasy books at a time and that's what a lot of the samples are, so I'm spreading my efforts around other parts of my reading backlog.
Soon I will attack the free books slush pile, but I have to be prepared to get sucked in on those and I don't want to have too many going at once!
I'm enjoying my reading much more now. I just have to make sure that at least half my current reads include stuff from my A-list from now on! The rest is sort of random.