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Bombay Ice

3.07 of 5 stars 3.07  ·  rating details  ·  176 ratings  ·  21 reviews
In Bombay, the brutal murder of a transvestite with links to Bollywood leads to events that eerily threaten two sisters, in this thrilling novel of alchemy, murder, and violent weather.
Hardcover, 417 pages
Published June 1st 1998 by Farrar Straus Giroux (first published January 1st 1998)
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Meghan
This is one of my FAVORITE books, which is funny because the first time that I read it, I just couldn't get into it and half threw it back into its space on my bookshelf. Before heading out on a road trip, I picked it up and stuffed it in my bag - and I am so glad that I did. Reading it in the car while almost everyone else was asleep really gave me the chance to get into it and I loved it. That was a few years ago - and it sits on my bookshelf, it's special place being next to other ones that I ...more
Tuck
a genius of a novel integrating monsoon historical maps and theories along with chaos theory to help explain the more unexplainable motives of people and their jealousies, hubris, and evils. so lots of atmosphere of mumbai, movie world, underworld, libraries and cops, food and politics, color of skins, slum living, megarich, hirjas and their lovers/murderers, the power and powerlessness of women in india. a beautiful and perverse mystery that seems impossible to figure out with all the lies and ...more
Magdelanye
Generally I choose not to read thrillers but this book called to me and I am glad I listened;it's filled with odd facts and great characterization. It gave me a real feel for modern India and filled in a lot of blanks.

I totally adored the gutsy heroine, such a bad girl but so endearing to someone of my experience;
and the writing is brilliant and often hilarious.
Heather
Okay. This is kind of a difficult book to get into. It is very densely crafted with tidbits (some unsavory) about India, Indian poetry, lore of the gods, intricate and moving back stories for characters, and probably some other stuff I'm forgetting. It's a pretty long book, but the information-heavy chapters are fairly short, making them more easily digestible. Be warned: there aren't any "clean" characters in this book, except maybe Thomas, who drives the protagonist all over the city. That doe ...more
Dhali
Once I started this book, I couldn't put it down. At the beginning it was because everything was all over the place and I kept getting confused so I had to go back and re-read. It's all very mysterious and layer by layer, together with the heroine, I came to see how everything fell together. I really enjoyed this book, it felt like a journey from insanity.
Szasza
Started May 21st...ugh...this is taking far too long...I'm on page 100 (of 570) after two weeks. Gawd. I seriously don't like crime novels all that much. But I hate hate hate not finishing a book after I've started it. *sigh* I'll just try and read faster.
June 18th: ...still reading...on page 143...43 pages in nearly a month? Seriously, this book is killing me.
July 3rd: Okay fuck this book. This will be the second book in my life that I haven't finished. It's dreadful.
Belinda Elizondo
I love books that take the reader to India, and in this instance, it transports the reader to modern day India with a step into the seamy side. As you enter this mystery thriller, you'll encounter interesting characters, the Indian cinema, the poor, the powerful, journalism and the science of weather. Strangely enough, the author successfully manages to tie it all together in a beautiful fragrant package. Really enjoyed this one.
Mary
A murder mystery set in ... and it draws you in with its authenticity. Unusual in its description of Bombay but the story was difficult to follow. The review that inspired: �a massive eclectic triumph... cynically hard-boiled and acutely satiric�
Carolyn
Did not finish it. I liked the write's style, but the plot was convoluted, not compelling.
Angie Swain
Not my cup of tea. Although I do like some books about India, I also like an explanation of words, names, terms etc even when I can guess them particularly when they have more than one meaning.
Kristi
I didn't finish it. It's just not my type of book, and the main character to me is so unlikeable.
Kristin Lee Williams
Set in Bombay. That's really all I have to say. You know I love books set in India.
Rachana
This book left me a little disturbed..maybe I didn't have the stomach for it..
Peter
Nice mystery thriller set in India in the world of Bollywood.
Jen
Strange book, but I wanted to finish it once I started reading.
Kathy
This was an interesting mystery / tale set in modern India.
Alexandra
I liked this, but it's never going to be my favourite...
Elly Wendy
horrible killings. depressing. too much for me.
Laura
More creepy, mysterious goodness.
Rebekkila
I had trouble getting into it.
Linda
Good intrigue in India
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