I’ve read so many great books so far this year, and the most recent is one of my favorites: the graphic novel Cairo written by G. Willow Wilson and art by M.K. Perker (Vertigo, 2008).
Cairo interweaves the stories of six people (well, five people and a jinn) in a tale of magic, adventure, and romance. I found all the main characters likable almost immediately, a pretty amazing feat considering how little dialogue and time on the page each one gets. Once I started reading, I didn’t want to stop. The pace is fast and the Middle Eastern mythology creates a riveting sense of wonder. The dialogue is brisk and funny, and sometimes poignant. G. Willow Wilson, who also writes the fantastic new Ms. Marvel comic, is quickly becoming one of my favorite comic book writers.
I think this book will appeal to both young adult and adult readers, who should all go out and read it immediately.