Homer's Travels: Book: Helene Wecker's "The Golem And The Jinni"

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Book: Helene Wecker's "The Golem And The Jinni"

My latest read on my way to meet my goal of reading twenty-four books this year was a nice piece of fantasy fiction by Helene Wecker: "The Golem and the Jinni".

The book started out slow as Wecker first spun the fibers of several characters into more substantial threads in the first half of the book.  If I'd written the review at this point I would not say that I liked it.  It seemed slow and meandering.

This changed in the second half of the book when Wecker weaves the threads into an unexpected tapestry.  Everything that didn't quite make sense, now fell into place.  In the end I really enjoyed the story of the golem and the jinni.

The book is Wecker's first and the originality of the main characters - two very different creatures that, in most fantasy novels, would probably be the bad guys - and taking place in early 20th century New York was a refreshing change from the usual sword, sorcery, and mystical land fantasy I have read in the past.

I will have to keep my eye out for more of Helene Wecker's works in the future.

On to the next book.

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