(Descriptions from Goodreads)
The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker, review at The Oaken Bookcase
A marvelous and absorbing debut novel, an enchanting combination of vivid historical fiction and magical fable about two supernatural creatures in turn-of-the-century immigrant New York.
An immigrant tale that combines elements of Jewish and Arab folk mythology, Helene Wecker's dazzling debut novel tells the story of two supernatural creatures who arrive separately in New York in 1899.
Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life to by a disgraced rabbi who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic. When her master-the husband who commissioned her-dies at sea on the voyage from Poland, she is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York harbor in 1899.
Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire, born in the ancient Syrian desert. Trapped in an old copper flask by a Bedouin wizard centuries ago, he is released accidentally by a tinsmith in a Lower Manhattan shop. Though he is no longer imprisoned, Ahmad is not entirely free-an unbreakable band of iron around his wrist binds him to the physical world.
I have listed these titles in earlier SSS posts: check out my SSS Books Page for links to more reviews:
Every Day by David Levithan, review at Annette’s Book Spot
The Lives of Tao by Wesley Chu, review at Staffer’s Book Review
Promise of Blood by Brian McClellan, review at Pat’s Fantasy Hotlist
River of Stars by Guy Gavriel Kay, review at The Ranting Dragon
Grail of the Summer Stars by Freda Warrington at Bookish
The Lives of Tao by Wesley Chu at The Book Smugglers
Guest Posts By Authors
Wesley Chu at The Book Smugglers
Freda Warrington at Bookish
Fifty Shades of Grey: A Male Perspective
Paul Beimers at Cuddlebuggery presents his thoughts about this bestseller. Warning: do not read if you actually liked the book.
Women in SF&F Month at Fantasy Cafe
Special Needs In Strange Worlds at Bookworm Blues