So much happens in this book that it’s hard to parse out which events to talk about. I guess the most interesting to me was probably the dominance struggle over the werewolf pack, with Richard trying to figure out how to take over without killing Marcus. It was also interesting for me to see the parallel relationships develop between Anita/Jean-Claude and Anita/Richard, because it was unclear for much of the book how that would resolve itself.
Not only is this the final book in the series, but it’s also the only book in which Vicki is a vampire. Plus, the setting isn’t Toronto anymore. It’s a whole new ball game!
One of the things that I didn’t expect, and this may be a positive or negative factor in you deciding whether or not to read the book, is that there’s barely any focus on religion in this book at all. Rather, Habibi is mostly a cross between typical “coming of age” and “fish out of water” narratives, with a little bit of discussion of the conflict, but almost completely focused on ethnic rather than religious identities.
I’ve been having a mini-conversation on twitter today about my current dilemma: how do I review a book that almost everyone in the English-speaking book world has already read?
Covering Islam was originally published in 1981, and it really shows in Said’s focus throughout the book. Most of the examples are related to the Iran hostage crisis, including a rather large section using it as a case study. There is other emphasis on such events as the first Gulf war, and – seemingly added in to later editions – analysis of events up until the early-mid 1990s, but no later than that. Because of this, the book is a rather specific look at how Islam and the Muslim World were portrayed pre-9/11 and all of the other things that have gone on since then.