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The city of brass
2017
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  New York Times Review

CARTOON COUNTY: My Father and His Friends in the Golden Age of Make-Believe, by Cullen Murphy. (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $27.) Murphy's graceful tribute to his father, John "Jack" Murphy, the artist behind the majestic "Prince Valiant," knows comics creators are among the most dimly perceived of celebrities. WHY COMICS? From Underground to Everywhere, by Hillary L. Chute. (Harper, $40.) Chute offers a tour de force of the world of comics, from high-minded graphic novels to Superman, analyzing what exactly makes them a unique and relevant art form right now. THE KITES, by Romain Gary. Translated by Miranda Richmond Mouillot. (New Directions, $27.95.) Rendered in English for the first time, Gary's last novel before committing suicide tells a story of the French Resistance as it was lived in the Norman countryside while also capturing the themes of identity and reinvention that obsessed the celebrated French author. GO, WENT, GONE, by Jenny Erpenbeck. Translated by Susan Bernofsky. (New Directions, paper, $16.95.) This timely novel brings together a retired classics professor in Berlin and a group of African refugees. The risk of didacticism is high, but the book's rigor and crystalline insights pay off, aesthetically and morally. THE TRADE: My Journey Into the Labyrinth of Political Kidnapping, by Jere Van Dyk. (PublicAffairs, $28.) Van Dyk was held captive by the Taliban for 45 days, yet focuses less on his imprisonment than his effort to unravel precisely who ensnared him - and the dangerous lack of a global policy on ransom payments. THE DIARIES OF EMILIO RENZI: Formative Years, by Ricardo Piglia. Translated by Robert Croll. (Restless Books, paper, $19.99.) Before dying of A.L.S. in January, Piglia prepared his 327 notebooks for publication in a trilogy. This splendidly crafted first installment covers 1957-67, the salad days of a whip-smart, arrogant, ambitious young man determined to forge himself as a writer. THE VANITY FAIR DIARIES: 1983-1992, by Tina Brown. (Holt, $32.) A brave, self-revealing, real-time history of the mania and despair of a particularly bipolar decade. Brown is fundamentally covering herself, setting a bonfire of her own vanities. Journalists will feast on the book, but so will anyone interested in media. THE CITY OF BRASS, by S. A. Chakraborty. (HarperVoyager/HarperCollins, $25.99.) The first of a projected trilogy, this fantastical adventure novel riffs on the imagery of Islamic folklore. I'M JUST NO GOOD AT RHYMING, by Chris Harris. Illustrated by Lane Smith. (Little, Brown, $19.99; ages 6 and up.) This debut collection joins the pantheon that includes Shel Silverstein - short, clever, funny poems written specifically for children, with rhythm and rhyme that deliver jolts of happiness to all ages. The full reviews of these and other recent books are on the web: nytimes.com/books

  Обзор Publishers Weekly

The familiar fantasy theme of a young person learning of a hidden supernatural legacy is given new life in this promising debut novel, set in late-18th-century Egypt. Twenty-something Nahri, who has the ability to sense illness in others and to heal some ailments, supports herself as a fortune-teller and con artist in Cairo. Her routine, if precarious, existence, is shattered when a girl she is trying to help is possessed by an ifrit. Nahri only avoids being killed through the intervention of Dara, a djinn, who reveals that Nahri is from a family of magical healers. Chakraborty combines the plot's many surprises with vivid prose ("The cemetery ran along the city's eastern edge, a spine of crumbling bones and rotting tissue where everyone from Cairo's founders to its addicts were buried"), and leavens the action with wry humor. There is enough material here-a feisty, independent lead searching for answers, reminiscent of Star Wars's Rey, and a richly imagined alternate world-to support a potential series. Agent: Jennifer Azantian, Azantian Literary. (Nov.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

  Обзор School Library Journal

Nahri, a common Cairo thief who can sense sickness in others and sometimes heal them, is thrust into a magical world when she accidentally summons a powerful djinn. The handsome Dara insists that he escort Nahri to the magical hidden Daevabad, the City of Brass, where Nahri will be protected by Prince Ali's family, who have the power of Suleiman's seal. Never sure whom to trust, Nahri must rely on her street smarts to survive the dangers of the beguiling city and the duplicitous natures of those who surround her. Chakraborty's compelling debut immerses readers in Middle Eastern folklore and an opulent desert setting while providing a rip-roaring adventure that will please even those who don't read fantasy. Though Nahri is in her early 20s, young adults will recognize themselves in her. The other narrator, Prince Ali, is an 18-year-old second son who doubts the current class structure of his kingdom. Chakraborty's meticulous research about Middle Eastern lore is evident, but readers won't be bogged down by excessive details. VERDICT A must-purchase fantasy for all libraries serving young adults.-Sarah Hill, Lake Land College, Mattoon, IL © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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<p>NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY Library Journal | Vulture | The Verge | SYFYWire</p> <p>Step into The City of Brass, the spellbinding debut from S. A. Chakraborty, an imaginative alchemy of The Golem and the Jinni, The Grace of Kings, and Uprooted, in which the future of a magical Middle Eastern kingdom rests in the hands of a clever and defiant young con artist with miraculous healing gifts.</p> <p>Nahri has never believed in magic. Certainly, she has power; on the streets of eighteenth-century Cairo, she's a con woman of unsurpassed talent. But she knows better than anyone that the trades she uses to get by--palm readings, zars, and a mysterious gift for healing--are all tricks, both the means to the delightful end of swindling Ottoman nobles and a reliable way to survive. </p> <p>But when Nahri accidentally summons Dara, an equally sly, darkly mysterious djinn warrior, to her side during one of her cons, she's forced to reconsider her beliefs. For Dara tells Nahri an extraordinary tale: across hot, windswept sands teeming with creatures of fire and rivers where the mythical marid sleep, past ruins of once-magnificent human metropolises and mountains where the circling birds of prey are more than what they seem, lies Daevabad, the legendary city of brass--a city to which Nahri is irrevocably bound.</p> <p>In Daevabad, within gilded brass walls laced with enchantments and behind the six gates of the six djinn tribes, old resentments run deep. And when Nahri decides to enter this world, her arrival threatens to ignite a war that has been simmering for centuries. </p> <p>Spurning Dara's warning of the treachery surrounding her, she embarks on a hesitant friendship with Alizayd, an idealistic prince who dreams of revolutionizing his father's corrupt regime. All too soon, Nahri learns that true power is fierce and brutal. That magic cannot shield her from the dangerous web of court politics. That even the cleverest of schemes can have deadly consequences. </p> <p>After all, there is a reason they say to be careful what you wish for . . .</p> <p> </p>
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