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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 2016-08-25 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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review 2016-05-23 01:08
The Golem and the Jinni
The Golem and the Jinni - Helene Wecker

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

 

 

 

Source: www.memoriesfrombooks.com/2016/05/the-golem-and-jinni.html
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review 2016-05-10 14:01
Not enough magic
The Golem and the Jinni - Helene Wecker

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.

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text 2016-03-01 13:29
February Wrap Up
A Darker Shade of Magic: A Novel - V.E. Schwab
Wolf Hunt - Jeff Strand
A Reaper of Stone - Mark Gelineau,Joe King
Horns - Joe Hill
The Golem and the Jinni - Helene Wecker

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.

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