A collection of stories on Islam, love, romance, patience, arranged marriages, racial equality, gender inequality and marital issues. The collection includes:- Fixed Up!- Change of Shoes- The Nanny- Respect The Letters- Freedom Fighter- and Zengi Girls...
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2.5Addition: I won this book on a Goodreads giveaway.First of all, I have to tell that I am no big fan of anthologies, because I always seem to like some stories more than others. In this case, my standout favourite was Freedom Fighter - that one was really eye-opening and an interesting read; it was talking about deeper gender and marital issues while talking about some Muslim customs in a realistic and inherent way. The other stories, on the other hand, were all lacking for me in some sorts. They were either meh, kind of boring (or at least, the characters were not flashed out enough for me to be interested in them), or they had, for me, really unrealistic moments... I am not even talking about the magical elements that may arise, but kind of like that "romcom/Lifetime movie"-type unrealisticness, when things happen all out of a sudden without real preparation or showing the process. I also had some problems with the writing style... the writing was off for me, syntactically. It might be because I learnt Queen's English at the university, and I am used to perfect little British English sentence structures.I liked that element, though, that the last "story" connected all the previous ones somehow and gave some system and order to the stories... so in that sense, it is a really coherent anthology.
It's difficult to review an anthology. Steadfast includes 6 stories and some of them were fun to read and others were so-so. But there was no boring one. This book has some Turkish words and phrases in the stories. And I thank my Saudi friend who translated them into English for me. (According to him, Turkish and Arabic are similar.) Even if you can't understand those Turkish words/phrases in it, it's not a big deal. But I'm sure I started to concentrate on the stories after he gave me the translations.My favorite is "Change of Shoes" that is the second story in this book. It was interesting, exciting and beautiful story. Plus, it dealt with an issue that I often think about these days. (I don't want to spoil its potential readers, so I don't tell what issue it is.)
I have won this book in the Goodreads Giveaways!It really pains me to say this, but this is the worst book I ever read. The text was full of mistakes: spelling errors, grammar errors, interpunction errors, errors in logic... Also, your English is not good at all, I get the feeling.The errors just kept coming. It seems to me like the manuscript hasn't even been read once since writing it. Aside from the errors, it's just really poorly written. There seems to be no logic in it and sometimes it's very hard to follow. Also, the layout is all wrong and there's no consistency, which is a real bother while reading.Writing short stories is much more difficult than writing one bigger story. These short stories have poor beginnings and even worse endings. Sometimes the stories drag on unnecessary, and other times they just end and I was left feeling confused.Another problem is that the stories just seem very unrealistic. Even the fictional ones don't make any sense, basically. I also had issues with all the arabic and islamic words and terms. As a non-muslim, I really don't understand them all, though some made sense in the context of the story, not all of them did. Maybe if it was written better, I'd had taken the time to google these terms. But in my opinion, it wasn't worth my time.One last thing: I think quoting yourself in your own book, is kind of pretentious. Again, if it was written better, maybe it wouldn't have bothered me so much.Sadly, I cannot give the book more than one star, and I'd give it only a half one if that were possible.I'm sorry for my crudeness, I just think an honest opinion is needed here, as I can't possibly imagine how you got an average of four stars on the book.Having said that, I do think you have real potential to be a writer. I also think it's good to get a better perspective of these muslim-issues that were covered in the stories. I would recommend you taking intensive writing classes and also work on your English.Next time you decide to write a book, re-read it, because this is just an insult to the reader. It shows a certain lack of commitment and disinterest in your own work. Consider working with an editor next time, this could help you a lot. If you do, you can always contact me, as I am just starting working as one.Better luck next time.