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The Desert of Souls by Howard Andrew Jones
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I'm really wavering between three and four stars for this "Arabian Nights" fantasy set in the Baghdad of Harun al-Rashid. The setting and the description are wonderfully well done in this "Arabian Nights" fantasy (in fact, I could easily see this particular story being one of Scheherazade's. My only quibble is that I think it succeeded a little TOO well at being Arabian Night's-ish, because like those stories, I never felt an emotional connection to the narrator or the characters, so when deeply sad things happened to them, I wasn't particularly moved. Still, it's a lovely first novel; Howard Jones is really excellent at world-building and I thoroughly enjoyed the story and am hoping for further adventures from Dabir and Asim.
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March 2, 2012 – Started Reading
March 2, 2012 – Shelved
March 2, 2012 –
page 59
19.09% "So far, this is a delightful Arabian Nights adventure (even set in the Baghdad of Haroun al-Rashid, just as the original Arabian Nights were.) From the afterword, it looks like the author is really fascinated by this time & place, which is awesome b/c I share that fascination too! (Just saw some of the Abbasid artifacts at the Met a couple of weeks ago, so I've got the visuals in my head.)"
March 3, 2012 – Finished Reading

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