The Golem and the Jinni & Black Creek

First off – guys, I would like to make an announcement!!

I actually read one of the books that appeared on my Shelf Control! That’s right. It worked! The review for Casualties will come out next Monday!Casualties Review

Shelf Control #5

Now that I have that out of the way (and isn’t that gif almost hypnotic and annoying at the same time??), on to this week’s Shelf Control! (Shelf Control is brought to you by Bookshelf Fantasies.) This week we’ll be looking at:  The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wrecker and Black Creek by Gregory Lamberson

The Golem and the Jinni

Golem and Jinni

Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life 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 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 binds him to the physical world.

The Golem and the Jinni is their magical, unforgettable story; unlikely friends whose tenuous attachment challenges their opposing natures – until the night a terrifying incident drives them back into their separate worlds. But a powerful threat will soon bring Chava and Ahmad together again, challenging their existence and forcing them to make a fateful choice.

Published in 2013, The Golem and the Jinni has a 4.09 rating from 59,932 ratings total on Goodreads.

What attracted me to it? The golem portion of the title. I mean, I can’t remember a single book I’ve ever read where a golem was anything other than a mindless construct.

Why haven’t I read it yet? I have it as an audio book and just have never given it a proper chance. No real excuse.  Kind of an “ooh, shiny” person, and this didn’t immediately shine.

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Black Creek

Black Creek

In 1979, the US government relocated more than eight hundred families from Love Canal, New York, after decades of toxic contamination. Not all of the residents left: some remained in their homes on the outskirts of the disaster area. Others went underground. Hiding. Changing. Breeding.

Almost four decades later, Love Canal has been renamed Black Creek Village and restored for inhabitation. The residents there and on neighboring Cayuga Island remember the tragedy of Love Canal but have no knowledge of the monsters living below the surface. When the worst snowstorm in forty years isolates all of western New York, the forgotten inhabitants of Love Canal emerge from hiding to reclaim what once belonged to them.

And they are hungry.

Published March 2016, Black Creek has a 3.32 rating from 19 ratings total on Goodreads.

What attracted me to it? The plot of humans mutating and then wrecking vengeance. It appeals.

Why haven’t I read it yet? Because it literally just got on my TBR today!!

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3 thoughts on “The Golem and the Jinni & Black Creek

  1. That is a very entrancing gif. I’ve got the Golem and the Djinni on my shelf too – it’s a rather chunky paperback, which has had me think twice about picking it up a number of times so I’ve finally got round to picking up a cheap Kindle copy in the hope of finally getting stuck in.

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