“Following Vikram with downcast eyes, Alif found himself in the entranceway of an apartment on the tenth floor – how, he was not entirely sure; Vikram had entered without appearing to produce a key.”
Alif the Unseen, by G. Willow Wilson, p.120
“I may be able to do as much,” mused Vikram, stroking his goatee. “But it would involve taking you someplace you shouldn’t really go.”
“Where’s that?” asked Alif, suspicion roused.
“The Immovable Alley. There is an entrance to it in the City, but I haven’t used it in years – it’s probably moved by now.”
“But…”Alif attempted to collect his thoughts. “Alleys don’t move. S how could the entrance be somewhere other than it used to be?”
“But it’s called the Immovable Alley!”
“The alley is stationary. That’s the whole point. The world moves around it. So entrances and exits can pop up anywhere.” Vikram smiled, evidently pleased with himself.
Alif the Unseen, by G. Willow Wilson, p. 148
Alif the Unseen was written by G. Willow Wilson. It was published in 2012 and it is the first book I choose to share with you.
Parallel worlds, magical creatures, ancient mysterious books, modern computer programming, villains, good guys, struggle, love, friendship – the author managed to wrap it all up together. She set it against the background of a Middle Eastern city and made a great quest out of it.
I loved its energy, the originality of the narrative, the settings, and above all the clearcut prose used by the author. Her writing flows on the page effortlessly. You never need to read a sentence twice.
Willow Wilson’s characters enter your mind, and inhabit it for as long as it takes you to scan through the pages, and even after. I could not put it down.
Responding to Ananya‘s challenge, I am sharing with you quotes from three books I have read and enjoyed thoroughly. This was my first pick. Two more will follow shortly.