"The Golem and the Jinni" by Helene Wecker is about desires, passion, selfishness and in the end what truly makes a person happy...maybe a mixture of"The Golem and the Jinni" by Helene Wecker is about desires, passion, selfishness and in the end what truly makes a person happy...maybe a mixture of selfish desires and the desire to help others through service or kindness.
This book is full of twists and tangles of different stories that in the end lead down a road to a single story of simpleness, it is a delight to read.
A story about a Jinni trapped in an oil lamp and a story about a Golem without a master. Also a story about many humans that come in contact with these two fantastical creatures.
The journey for eternal life, the journey for love, the journey to find one's God, the journey for a companion, the journey for redemption...all these journeys are focused on in this book.
A well done first novel, a book that makes one think....more
This series is enormous in its scope...so many characters, scheming plots, political intriques and pages to read. I definitely give a nod to George M
This series is enormous in its scope...so many characters, scheming plots, political intriques and pages to read. I definitely give a nod to George Martin and his intellect and ability to pull this series together, a task most could not complete.
All this said, I found the book tiring and kept wishing it was a few hundred pages shorter. I feel that the book could benefit from less rape and less focus on sex, seems like every chapter brings up buggery, rape, incest...seriously please provide more character development. The book has enough entertainment, but it contains little wisdom or insight into what motivates the people in the story.
I need a break from the series, so the other three books will have to wait, I have better offerings to read. ...more
Daniel reads a book that has an profound influence on his life and he sets out to find other works by the author. This should be an easy task for theDaniel reads a book that has an profound influence on his life and he sets out to find other works by the author. This should be an easy task for the son of a book seller to accomplish. Instead of finding other works by Julian Carax, Daniel finds murder, love, madness and mystery.
"The Shadow of the Wind" takes place in Barcelona and it starts in the year 1945, but it spans from before 1933 to 1966. The plot take numerous twists and turns and has lots of characters to follow.
This is a book that tells a good fantasy story, that is interesting, but not soul changing or educational or edifying...just a good yarn of a story....more
“Fire” by Kristin Cashore is a companion novel to “The Graceling”; they are loosely connected, with “Fire” occurring before “The Graceling”.
Fire has r“Fire” by Kristin Cashore is a companion novel to “The Graceling”; they are loosely connected, with “Fire” occurring before “The Graceling”.
Fire has red hair with streaks of gold and pink in it. She is a monster who can control and read people’s minds; she also has the ability to talk to people’s minds. Strikingly beautiful, she is almost impossible to resist and as a result she must live a life of solitude; people who see her have a great desire to possess her. Only the strong minded have the ability to control themselves around her. Even though she is a monster she is human and has all the emotions and needs of a human.
Raised by a cruel monster father, who she has to destroy, and live with the scarring effects of that event, this seventeen year old girl has lived a long cruel life in such a short time. She is intimate with Archer who is her friend and lover, but not the soul mate Fire needs or wants. The casual relationships in this book and the anti-marriage attitude is a bit hard to digest, definitely not a way to build a strong society. Also the fact that Archer being Fire’s first lover and considerably older than her is disturbing.
Fire’s abilities are needed to help the royal family uncover a plot against the king. Fire travels far from home to help the king, but she has a hard time using her powers and faces many difficult challenges. She does find true love and loses loved ones along the way.
I found many things difficult in this book. The story of the monsters and where they came from and how they came about goes no where, we are told nothing about their origins and why Fire is supposedly the last surviving one. Archer who is intimate with Fire and supposedly her lover is also intimate with any other willing lady; he is not a good role model for the young adult audience that this book is intended for. He fathers two children and basically leaves them to fend for themselves and his disregard for Fire is horrific. Fire’s having her cycle and having to be guarded does not add anything to the story and just seems weird.
The story tends to lag and bounces around and I found the people from the different kingdoms to be confusing. I never bonded with anyone and actually did not even care much for Fire.
The love story between Fire and Brigan does not have much substance and therefore it is hard to tell why they really do fall in love.
I found this a difficult and long read, I would not recommend this book to “Graceling” fans; the two stories are not connected and one could definitely live without reading this book.