READ: The Golem and the Jinni

Golem_and_the_Jinni_book_coverThe Overlords command: READ The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker. The Overlords offer these words of encouragement: MYTHS, HISTORY, IMMIGRANT, HEBREW, ARABIC, NEW YORK

Synopsis on Wikipedia

Max says: As a 2014 Nebula Award nominee, this was automatically added to my reading list. The mix of Hebrew mythology, Arabic mythology and turn of the century immigrant New York make the set for this book pretty rich and unique. It’s slow in parts and light on action, preferring instead to focus deeply on the characters, but in a way that’s still compelling. It’s like a relaxing afternoon with a mix of cardamom tea and Kosher mandelbrot, if that makes sense. I like books that go off in new directions and build on stories and myths from varied cultures. A book that can mix them well, like this one, is a good find. Narration on Audible is done well. I’d slide the attribute sliders as such:

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As always, I’m interested in everyone else’s review, other recommendations, etc. Thanks!

READ: Throne of the Crescent Moon

NOL-READ Cover-Throne of the Crescent MoonThe Overlords command: READ Throne of the Crescent Moon by Saladin Ahmed. The Overlords offer these words of encouragement: ARABIC, SORCERY, GHULS, ALCHEMY, DERVISH, RELIGION, BEDOUIN, POLITICS

Synopsis and whatnot on Wikipedia

Max says: This book is somewhat unique in being a fantasy novel based on Middle Eastern mythologies. In a world of ghuls raised by black sorcery, an oppressive Khalif sitting on the throne, and holy Dervish wielding swords, the main character, Doctor Adoulla Makslood is an aging “Ghul Hunter” who’s on the edge or retirement. He’s trying to get out (and spend quiet days drinking cardamom tea), but they keep pulling him back in! I recommend it for the Middle Eastern mythology, good characters and their relationships, and slower paced but solid and entertaining story. The side story of the corrupt monarchy being fought by the Robin Hood styled ‘Falcon Prince’ seems to be groundwork the future, but I haven’t read any others in the series yet. Great Audible narrator if you go that route. I’d slide the attribute sliders for this one as such:

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As always, I’m interested in everyone else’s review, other recommendations, etc. Thanks!