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The Mortal Instruments

As an answer to this post, yes, I finished “City of Heavenly Fire” first. That means a closure of “The Mortal Instrument Series”, which always left some sense of loss.

I read the first book of the series, “City of Bones”, years after I bought it. You know I have this habit of keep buying books even though I haven’t finished all I’ve bought before. And there’s always so much books I want to have and so little time to read them. This first book seems to keep being overlooked, lost the competition against the never ending list of what I found as more interesting books.

There are time for every book. So one day came the time for the first book to come to my attention. My sister said that it’s an okay book. She doesn’t seems to be interested enough to read the next books of the series. With that low expectation, I start reading the book.

It was not as intriguing as “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins (I know, this one is dystopia, so it might not be an apple to apple comparison) or as enchanting as the legendary “Harry Potter” by J. K. Rowling (but what does, right? And again this is not a YA, so again maybe is not a very fair comparison). But, I think, especially “The Hunger Games” effect, had its contribution on my sister’s less interest on this book.

However, I found the book interesting enough that I want to read the rest of the series. Thankfully, each book keeps getting better.

Clary (the main character of the series), her boyfriend/ brother Jace (you have to read the book to find out), her best friend Simon, The Lightwoods, and other interesting character ini this book, will bring you to another side of New York, where shadowhunters (warriors with angels blood in their vein that protect the world from demons) and the Downworld (with warlocks, vampires, fairies, and werewolves) exist. The side that a regular human being, of course, can not see.

If you’re into romance there’s some dose of it in this series (obviously, since it’s a YA Urban Fantasy).  There are many interesting character in this book and I enjoyed being introduced to each kind of creatures with their unique character and how they interact with each other.

Again I reminded that no one can live by their own. We need the help and cooperation from other people.. or creature. And differences is not to be destroyed, make us feel superior or inferior. It just there so we could learn from each other, to create great things together.

I’m sorry that I made a fantasy novel sounds so serious. It just that I always learn so much from them.

There’s a prequel to this series and another series based on one character in it. It’s in my book-to-buy list. Here are the covers of the sixth books of the series that are published in Indonesia. If you decided to read them, I hope you enjoyed it as much as I do.

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Malcolm X

The original title was “The Autobiography of Malcolm X: As Told to Alex Haley”. I read the translated version.

I heard his name for quite a long time but know very little about him. He’s an African American, he’s a moslem, and the Indonesian version title said that he “revolutionized the world of Islam and humanity”. That’s what made me interested to know more about this man.

Malcolm X (May 19, 1925 – February 21, 1965) were born in the time when racism was in a horrific condition. His entire life was basically influenced by it and was then dedicated against it.

Before Malcolm was born, his family had to move out of their house because the threat of the Ku Klux Klan, since Malcolm’s father was an activist of UNIA (Universal Negro Improvement Association).

Malcolm X

His father was killed when he was six, his mother was placed in a mental hospital seven years after. In his teenage years, he started to spent most of his life on the street, get involve with alcohol, drugs, became a thief and trafficker, until he got into jail.

As he grew, he watched and experienced how the black people were treated differently by the white people. Not always in a ruthless way, but even the nicest white people (sometimes maybe without realizing that it was some form of racism) doesn’t seems to see black people equally as human being. Yet, not until heard about Elijah Muhammad and his teachings, he realized how terrible racism has and still destroying black people.

I learn from this book how oppression and negligence could grow inferiority in someone. That when a human being treated less than he should be all his life, he would be eventually think less of himself. He would started to believe that he deserved it.

In this case, racism had led the African American to forget who they really are. The oppression and in equal treatment they got since the first time they arrived at the country as slaves had effecting them mentally, spiritually, socially, and economically. It was led them into low self esteem, the helpless feeling, and self destructive attitude. They got to believe that they were lower than the white people and the only way they could succeed was by their mercy or by following their way. The worst part of it is that most of them didn’t even realize this.

MAlcolm X Quote

This self esteem and the pride of being black men was what Elijah Muhammad with his Nation of Islam tried to revived. The movement want black people stand on their own feet and began to fight for their success. Malcolm who was born as Malcolm Little changed his last name into X like the other member of the religious movement. He became National Representative of the Nation of Islam, second in rank after Elijah, before he found the real Islam, that gave a new perspective in his fight for the rights of blacks and about racism itself.

Trough his speech and his own journey to find the truth, Malcolm woke a lot of people, black or white, about the racism problem in America and how it was the roots of lots of problem in the country.

Malcolm was stating the truth that was making people, white or black, uncomfortable. His passion and frankness might also made some people feel threaten. But I think that’s also how he inspires even more people across races in different countries, even long after he died as El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz.