Wife of the Gods, by Kwei Quartey – Book Review

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  1. Very thoughtful review, Nicole. I had to laugh at your reference to Donnie Darko…I wonder if that came into the author’s mind at all?

    I really like flawed protagonists, and I like mysteries and foreign countries are always interesting, so I know I should be picking this up! The marijuana thing makes me giggle, too. 🙂
    .-= trish´s last blog ..Portland anyone? =-.

    1. It was a little distracting, the Donnie Darko thing. I remember taking a fiction writing class in college and they warn against naming your characters for other really familiar characters or figures in history. I didn’t think too much about it at the time, but now I can really see how that could be problematic.

  2. that’s funny that you keep wanting to call him Donnie Darko…that’s something I would totally do.
    .-= J.T. Oldfield´s last blog ..Words to the Wise by Michael J. Sheehan =-.

  3. I just started this one last night and found it really interesting! I thought your review was terrific, and I can’t wait to see what happens! I have read almost all of the No.1 Ladies Detective Agency books and enjoyed them, but I have to admit that I think the main reason for comparison is that it is a detective story that takes place in Africa! I have a feeling that WIFE OF THE GODS might be a “deeper” read, but maybe I’m wrong.
    .-= Julie P.´s last blog ..Review: Best Friends Forever =-.

    1. It was just the right set-up Margot. Just enough in this books to have a lot of good stuff unfold in the next one. I hope you enjoy if you read.

  4. I loved this book (review and interview coming 8/21 and 8/22) … the setting was truly unique. Like you, I want to see what happens with Darko and his family …
    .-= Dawn – She is Too Fond of Books´s last blog ..Now hear this! Thoughts on *Law of Connection* audiobook by Michael Losier (guest post) =-.

  5. I wonder if Ghana was one we guessed when we were trying to list all the African countries? I’ll have to check! I’ve been meaning to read more lit set in Africa so I might want this one.

    1. Sure we must have gotten Ghana. I think at least I would have mentioned because that’s one country that I actually know people.

  6. I’ve read so many great things about this one and now I can add your wonderful review to that!! I can’t wait to read this one. My library has it but it’s still a 14 day loan book and I’m trying to get caught up with my pile!!! I’m reading this before the year is out!!

    1. I think it will be a good one to follow because there are so many of the personal pieces that you want to unfold. I am looking forward to reading the next book.

  7. What a great review. Like you, I haven’t yet read McCall Smith’s series yet (the book has been in my tbr since forever, and I recently got the audio version – I’m not sure why I haven’t read it yet, since I love all of McCall Smith’s books set in Edinburgh.). I’m very tempted to give this one a go before I get into the Ladies No. 1 Detective Agency series.
    .-= Belle´s last blog ..The Art of the Insult =-.

  8. This is a wonderful review, Nicole! I really enjoyed this one, I’ve read most of the No. 1 LDA series and I do see why the comparisons are made. But this (hopefully) series is somehow grittier and a bit darker. I loved the way the author described Darko’s ability to “feel” voices, it added an interesting layer to the character.
    .-= Carey´s last blog ..Saturday Suggestions: The Dutchman Series by Maan Meyers =-.