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5.0 out of 5 stars Unexpectedly atmospheric..., 17 Jun. 2013
This review is from: The Golem and the Djinni (Hardcover)
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To be honest this wasn't a book that immediately appealed to me. I am a fan of both fantasy and science fiction, and yet the sub-genre of magic reality books tends to leave me cold. I am however rather glad I picked it up.

The plot involves the arrival of two supernatural but human seeming beings (the golem and the djinni,) and their struggles to fit into society without revealing their true natures. The story is well written and plotted episodically with the narrative moving between the different characters.

For me the star of the show is turn of the century New York. Lovingly brought to life. It's almost as if you can hear the babble of multiple languages and feel the crowds moving past you whilst you read.

I find it hard to believe that this is the author's first book to be published, as the writing here seems much more accomplished than is the case with certain writers who have many more credits to their name. All I can say is that this book deserves to be a hit. Only time will tell if it is one.
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