I hadn’t heard of this series until I saw a preview for the movie before seeing Catching Fire with Amy in a theatre over the winter break. And to be honest, the preview looked kind of cheesy, but since Amy said that the books weren’t that bad, I thought I’d give them a shot.
I feel like this book ties in with the previous installment much better than some of the other books do with the ones immediately surrounding them. The characters of Quinn and the Queen of Louisiana both figure prominently in All Together Dead – as they did in the previous book – and I appreciated the opportunity to get to know them better, rather than switching off to a new focus so soon.
It’s entirely different in content, form, and theme, so don’t be scared away because of the dark undertone of Donoghue’s most famous book. Don’t overlook Landing either, though, as fluff. There’s something touching about the book, particularly as it reflects the reality of so many people who are in long-distance relationships today.
It took me a while to get around to finally reading The Silent Minaret, and I have to admit that it was a difficult read. For one, it was difficult because of the style of the narration itself. The point of view for the narration changes, and it sort of Danvers around the character of Issa; the reader never really gets to know him through his own voice. That’s the great mystery of the book – where is Issa and what happened? but it still makes it feel a bit confusing, and possibly a bit contrived.
I have to admit to being mildly disappointed by this book.
Maybe it was because I had built up El Saadawi’s writing so much in my head from hearing her speak and reading articles of hers, but it just wasn’t quite as good as I had thought it would be.