This collection of four stories of Tzaddick, the Rat, and the Rabbi are incredibly imaginative and well told. It seems obvious that the author had a great time writing these stories. The characters are uniquely Jewish. The stories are urban tales steeped in the past.
The reader gets a cool dose of Jewish myth and religiosity. On the whole, HebrewPunk is a good read.
Really just a very well imagined story. The style used to tell the tale of a potential Jewish settlement in Africa is to take the story from multiple sources, each with holes filled by the other. It feels less like fiction and more like a History Channel episode. I got a sense that the story was a consequence of having the characters portrayed; that the characters were more important. Heck, even the drugs were more important.
But overall, just a great collection. Mar 08, Charles rated it it was ok. I like the idea of urban fantasy with a Jewish bent, so for that basis alone, this slim collection gets props. That being said, the individual stories were 'meh.
The final story was lame, as if Tidhar forced an interest in folktales and mysticism to merge with an interest i I like the idea of urban fantasy with a Jewish bent, so for that basis alone, this slim collection gets props. The final story was lame, as if Tidhar forced an interest in folktales and mysticism to merge with an interest in cocaine without any real motivation. Thankfully, this was a quick read - I don't think I could have finished it if it wasn't. Dec 28, Nicole rated it really liked it.
Hebrew Punk was a fun, quick read. I don't know much about Hebrew Myths but that's what made this book fun. I like having something interesting to read that makes me want to research a subject more. The Heist was my favourite story and I'd love to know more about the world that it was set in. The three main characters, the Tzaddik, the Rat and the Rabbi were well formed in just a few pages.
Worth the read for sure! Aug 13, ladymurmur rated it really liked it Shelves: One of the more unusual collections that I've read in a while.
Very engaging, and a fascinating mix of more standard western mythos urban fantasy vampires, werewolves, etc. Golems, wandering jew, the quirks of a Jewish vampire. Definitely looking for more by this author. Sep 28, Pierre Mare rated it really liked it. A quick, satisfying read for lovers of spec fiction. The four stories are told in different styles, for instance, 'Uganda' which tells the story of nascent Zionism through diary extracts and scraps of documents. The main characters come together in the first story and then feature in individual stories. Jul 12, Rebecca rated it liked it.
Brevity abounds throughout this interesting collection of short stories. They were simply too short for this reader- I couldn't get drawn into them as they plunged rapidly through the abbreviated plots. Really cool premise, the author has so much on the ball. I will look for other works to get into. Nov 29, Shauna rated it really liked it.
As so often happens, the most original books are put out by small presses. This collection of short stories features original characters based on Jewish folklore. The best story was the first, "The Heist. Jun 02, Jim Phillips rated it liked it Shelves: This is the first Tidhar I've read, and I was really hoping it would be better than it is.
There are the makings of a few different and quite entertaining stories in here, but on the whole they are far too disconnected and rambling to be compelling. Apr 24, Kris rated it liked it. I'll definitely read more from him, though some of the stories here were kind of weak.
Feb 02, David rated it liked it. A good, short little collection that live up to the premise. Some of the stories are dumb fun but one is surprisingly arty. Sep 19, Nerdycellist D rated it really liked it Shelves: I really liked the stories in this book for the fresh perspective they gave on European horror tropes.
I'd love to read more fantasy and horror with traditional Jewish underpinnings. Aug 21, Carmelo Rafala rated it really liked it. A solid collection of stories, connected by a Hebrew mythos created by Lavie himself. He weaves together genre tropes with his Jewish faith to create an interesting genre all unto itself.
Apr 15, Edmund Lester rated it really liked it. A re-imagining of vampires, werewolves, zombies and more - told from a background of Jewish mythology. You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Twitter account. You are commenting using your Facebook account.
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