17 July 2015

Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley


A book review

I was close not to finish this. And I did skimmed a lot through the last 1/4 of the book. It was less than I expected it to be. There was no lyrical prose about it. There was chaotic wording from Aza's mind, repeating words. Repeating. Repeating even things she could not say.

Aza was too morbid for my liking. Sure she was dying, but how the first whole half of the book was just about death got me a bit down. By the time I reached the middle I was sighing in annoyance at the giant big birds I could not phantom in my mind. I tried to use The Neverending Story movie to imagine some of it. But I failed more than often. If my brain cannot process what I read, I pretty much give up on it.

I still wanted to see how she returns home. Kind of hoping this whole ship and giant birds thing was a whole hallucination of her mind and the story turns out to be some deep life metaphor. Not. Jason's irrational search for her made me go, "UGH!" He is supposed to be a rational genius and here we see him without nay issues immediately looking for Magonia. It would have been more believable if he saw it first.

The plot indeed was all over the place, I won't get into it as I don't want to give out spoilers. But I didn't liked the characters, I did not liked the concept and the whole first half morbid part. It was like reading a dream journal of a teenager with psychosis. Random bits here and there not making sense. I was expecting more of it. It did not lived up to the hype. Hence I don't trust hypes. But I trusted Neil Gaiman. I guess their marketing strategy of having a dear author praising the book worked here. And though Neil Gaiman's books are comparable, they make much more sense because of the writing style. This book was just not well executed with the prose.

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