The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker

the golem and the jinniI mentioned earlier this week that I was nearing the end of The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker. I actually finished it that very same day, but it’s taken me until now to figure out what I want to say about it. I haven’t read a book like it in a long time (if ever).

First, the basics. A golem (that’s fable speak for clay man [or in this case, woman]) stranded without a master and a jinni recently released from the flask where he spent the last thousand years meet on the streets of New York one night at the turn of the 18th century. As the golem (Chava) and the jinni (Ahmad) form an unlikely friendship, their respective immigrant communities get caught up in the same story. It’s fable, fantasy, and historical fiction wrapped up in one. Continue reading

Alloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson

the alloy of lawI’d already read Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn trilogy when he published the first book of a companion trilogy, The Alloy of Law in 2012. I’d intended to read it right away, but I kept forgetting about it. Fast forward to 2016 when I heard Sanderson talk about the second series on a podcast. He said that he’d intended Mistborn to be an ensemble heist novel, but that it kept working its way back to high fantasy. With The Alloy of Law, he said, he’d written a book in the same universe that captured the tone he was going for originally. I love a good heist story, so I grabbed a copy and finally got to reading.  Continue reading

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

seraphinaTwo months ago, I compiled a list of my favorite books featuring dragons. There we only two books on the list that I hadn’t read myself, and both are books I’ve been meaning to read for a while now. A conversation with a friend Seraphina by Rachel Hartman that same week convinced me to check my local library for a copy. The audiobook was available without a wait, so I immediately downloaded the files and found some laundry to fold.

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12 Dragon Stories for Adventurers of All Ages


My original plan was to highlight six books featuring dragons. Six turned into nine when I remembered a few dragon picture books we love. This book is by no means all-inclusive, but I finally cut myself off at an even dozen. Lest you worry this is still not enough reading, many of these books are just the first in a series. You could read nothing but the books (and corresponding series) on this list and still have books waiting to be read by this time next year. If you and yours are in the mood for dragons, here are twelve books I highly recommend:  Continue reading

6 Books Worth Reading: Magical Amulet Edition

amuletFull warning: this is a silly list, although the books on it really are great. Earlier this week, I made a comment about the superfluous magical amulet in the animated film adaptation of Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH. (For the last time, The Secret of NIMH didn’t need sorcery and magic to be a good movie. The original book is compelling without anything more fantastical than animals that all speak the same language! End of rant.) That got me thinking about books where the magical amulet really does belong in the story. Here are 6 of my favorites: Continue reading