The plot is fairly straightforward: There is unresolved business between estranged father and daughter, Daniel and Nell, after he is found dead at his desk
This book takes place in a world similar to ours, around the turn of the 20th century. However, sometimes people have telekinetic powers, including the two main characters of the novel, Nina and Hector. While Hector can demonstrate his powers in front of paying audiences, for a woman like Nina, it’s frowned upon.
The Hidden Palace is the sequel to the wonderful The Golem and the Djinni, and is itself, utterly delightful.
This book was recommended by a work colleague and I’m so glad he did! The book’s full title is Out on your feet: The Hallucinatory World of Hundred-Mile Walking. As it says, it’s a book about very long distance walking. But also walking that all in one go, so within 48 hours. People don’t sleep …
mining system orbiting Jupiter. However, after a battle with ‘aliens’ it is captured and everything it thinks it knows slowly unravels throughout the course of the novel.
I should probably be a bit more careful when picking books, as I didn’t realise this was Young Adult when I bought it.
he book outlines that most of the way we think are like a ‘soldier’, we determine whether or not something fits into an existing pattern or belief, and try to rationalise away those that don’t. The Scout, does the opposite, they attempt to find out whether or not something is true.
So for the uninitiated, which was me prior to reading this book, the main actions focusses around the Transcontinental race, which is a self-supported, long distance bike race across Europe.
The central arc of the story is about the millennium and the fears / expectation of the second coming of Christ, even though official doctrine (from Augustine) said that it couldn’t be predicated.
For those of you not familiar with the world, it’s set in the early 20th century, in a world where the veil between the world of Djinn and other supernatural beings, and the world as we know it, as been breached. Egypt has become a world power and Djinn incorporate into Egyptian life.