Review: The Golem and the Ginni

Novel by Helen Wecker

9/10

Short: Two mythological creatures hang around and wreak havoc in 19th century New York

Long: This novel is extremely complex, with multiple layers of different story lines that neatly come together at the very end. It takes place in New York, at a time when a flux of new immigrants are coming to the United States to start a new life. The two main characters are magical creatures named Chava and Ahmad. Chava is a golem and Ahmad is a genie. Chava’s master died at sea and now she has no where to go and Ahmad finally frees himself from a lamp that he was imprisoned in for several years. These two unique beings happen to stumble upon each other in New York. They each go through emotionally intense struggles as they try to conduct themselves in the modern world and battle with their innate powers and weaknesses.  Even the minor characters in this book leap off the pages with life and all have background stories that could fill an entire novel by themselves.

The overwhelming and exciting nature of turn of the century New York was captured perfectly in this novel and  it was a fascinating world to delve into. Wecker makes clever use of Jewish and Middle Eastern mythology to show that immigrants all brought their unique and rich histories with them when they came to the States. The book is a mixture of legends and modern day society and it shows how the two intertwine on a day to day basis.

 

Thanks for reading! Give the book a try, it will not disappoint.

 

 

Rough Poem Draft

I wrote this today and it’s not completed yet. I may make it longer or I may rephrase some lines….

 

There is poetry in your blood

And music in your soul 

Immersed yourself in the flood

Allow it to swallow you whole

 

Its fruitless to fan away the flames

That burn through your bones

Do not play the world’s games

For they are meant to create clones

 

You are not a porcelain doll

But a goddess of immense worth

Do not make yourself small

But embrace the rebirth

 

©Grusha Singh

Harry Potter and The Cursed Child: A Review

Just finished the play this morning! I had mixed feelings about it all the way through, but the ending made it all worthwhile. I’ll give it a 7/10. 

(A shorter review here: http://literaryqueen20.tumblr.com/post/148366764408/harry-potter-and-the-cursed-child)

The Main Review: (contains minor spoilers)

The play focuses on Albus Severus Potter and how he feels about being Harry Potters son.  He gets sorted into Slytherin, becomes friends with Scorpius Malfoy (who’s a really sweet kid!) and becomes kind of angsty. I loved reading about him, but I wish we got more info about the other kids, like James, Lily, Hugo…etc. Teddy Lupin wasn’t mentioned at all, which was rather disappointing. Another major aspect of the play was time travel. I won’t give away too much, but it was fascinating and confusing at the same time. Some of the things that happened in alternate timelines seemed ridiculous and highly u uncharacteristic. It was like reading bad fanfiction.

When I first started reading this, I was thrown off a bit by the tone and the stiffness with which certain characters spoke. It seemed unnatural, but I kept in mind that a play script reads very differently than a book. Also, we’re seeing Harry, Ron, Hermione, Ginny…etc, twenty years later, so of course they’ve changed a bit. Speaking of that, Draco Malfoy is actually civil! My favorite thing about this play is that Draco actually  interacted with everyone in a mature way and managed to become a kinder person. There was even some light banter between him and the trio, which was surprising .

Despite the negative points, it was an entertaining story!  It was a lot of fun to enter the wizarding world again. It’s not what a lot of fans were hoping for (me included) but there was enough in it to satisfy me. I’m actually hoping for a sequel.

Has anyone else finished it? Thoughts?

Harry Potter Birthday 

It seems that all I do on this blog is post about authors birthdays and death days,  but oh well.  (Some writing will be up here soon,  I promise!) 

It’s JK Rowlings birthday today!  July 31st is also the birthday Rowling gave to her character Harry Potter, so it’s a cause for double celebration. Also,  today is official release date of Harry Potter And The Cursed Child!  I am SO excited to read this screenplay and will post a lot about it once I get my hands on the book.  

So: Happy Birthday to my favorite childhood author,  whose tales of a boy wizard will never die. And happy birthday to one of my favorite fictional characters.  Live on forever. 

Honoring Jane Austen

Jane Austen died on this day ( July 18th) in 1817. In recognition of her death date, here are some of my favorite quotes by her I wanted to share:

“I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! — When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.” -Pride and Prejudice 

The more I see of the world, the more am I dissatisfied with it; and every day confirms my belief of the inconsistency of all human characters, and of the little dependence that can be placed on the appearance of merit or sense.” -Pride and Prejudice 

“If adventures will not befall a young lady in her own village, she must seek them abroad.” -Northanger Abbey

“Why not seize the pleasure at once? — How often is happiness destroyed by preparation, foolish preparation!” -Emma

Austen isn’t something I can read all the time (her books can get a bit repetitive) but she’s still wonderful her commentary on society, courtship, and youth are important. (Also, Pride and Prejudice was one of the first “grown up” books I ever read, so it’ll always be a favorite.)
 

PR