This weeks theme:
“How sweet to be a cloud, floating in the blue” – A cover that is predominantly blue
The book that attracted me solely because it was blue was The Golem and the Jinni. The cover is gorgeous and I like fantasy and magic, only the story wasn’t all that great IMO.
What attracted me was the colour of the cover and the title. I love reading about supernatural creatures but I’d never read a book like this before. I thought the characters were boring and it had nothing to do with the Jewish and Arab elements. It lacked dialogue.
I will be going over this book in October. It took me near a week to finish since most times I fell asleep while listening to it. I missed a few chapters. At first, the story was captivating enough and I wanted to know what would happen to the Golem but as the story progressed it kinda got boring and sidetracked too much. I didn’t care for the Jinni’s past with Fadwa al-Hadid [missed a lot of it] I think because I felt nothing for the characters I didn’t enjoy it as much as I wanted to. It’s sad. I also didn’t enjoy how it ends.
Religion is a touchy subject area and unless you have a good understanding it’s hard to please everyone. I don’t know about what Muslims believe a Jinn to be but I was under the impression that Jinns were evil. In this story, I’m not so sure what to think about the Jinni. He didn’t appear to be all that ‘evil’ to me even though the author infers him to be hot, dark, and fallen. He was selfish though, but Boutros Arbeely was just irritating. Nobody’s perfect not even the Golem. I would’ve liked to see the Jinni show us what he was made of rather than blurring the lines of good and evil. Yehudah Schaalman, who created the Golem is the one who paid the price for being the ultimate evil one. I suppose for who he was, he deserved it. coward.
¶ Here are some other ones published in various languages and styles, however, I prefer the one I own in paperback for which I wrote my review above.
Which one do you like best?