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Luka and the Fire of Life (Khalifa Brothers #2)

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With the same dazzling imagination and love of language that have made Salman Rushdie one of the great storytellers of our time, Luka and the Fire of Life revisits the magic-infused, intricate world he first brought to life in the modern classic Haroun and the Sea of Stories. This breathtaking new novel centers on Luka, Haroun’s younger brother, who must save his father fr ...more
Hardcover, 1st American, 223 pages
Published 2010 by Random House
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Elsie Not really. The main character (luka) is the younger brother of the main character in the 1st book and this book is about Luka's adventure.
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Feb 17, 2011 Steven rated it it was ok
Shelves: novels, youngadult
Luka and the Fire of Life was disappointing. Clearly Rushdie loves words. It is full of puns. Clearly he knows his myths and theology. There are all kinds of god and minor deities across many societies and races.

So Luka is off on a quest to save his father. As I read I ws reminded of The Wizard of Oz, The Hobbit, and even the Percy Jackson series. The quest is loosely structured around a gaming paradigm.

Doesn't all of that sound like it should be great fun? It is for a while. But after a bit, i
Ana  Vlădescu
when i embarked on this, i expected to like it just as much as i did "Haroun and the Sea of Stories", which was a solid 3 stars rating, due to it being a children's book and its kind of messy absurdness. i do like things to be absurd in a book, but not chaotical. there's a difference.

so, i had an already formed opinion about this. it was going to treat on about the same subject, continuing Haroun's story with that of his brother, Luka, in a magical world of their father's creation. Rashid is a s
Megan Baxter
Nov 08, 2013 Megan Baxter rated it it was amazing
I know I have written before about books that just fit. Books that snuggle into crooks and crevices of your mind, that nest as though they had been born there. Books that hit themes and subjects and loves in just the right ways. This is one of those books. In Luka and the Fire of Life, Rushdie has created a modern fairytale, weaving together myths modern and ancient in a glorious mishmash of energy, shot through with meditations on mortality and storytelling.

Note: The rest of this review has bee
Rajat Ubhaykar
Jun 22, 2011 Rajat Ubhaykar rated it really liked it
I couldn't put this one away for long. Soon, my mind would begin to wander, curiosity would get the better of me and I simply had to know how far and in what direction Rushdie would choose to take this hyper-imaginative exercise in children's fantasy.

The book is set in a video-gamesque alternate reality (Luka can see the number of lives he has left in the form of a running counter in his field of vision and has to save his progress after clearing every level, for God's sake) interspersed with wi
Aug 12, 2015 Nikki rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I’ve been meaning to try something by Rushdie for a while, and the idea of trying something I hadn’t heard of by him sounded appealing. Especially since it’s a fable-like story set mostly in a fantasy world; that’s the sort of setting that most appeals to me. I actually don’t know much about the plots of Rushdie’s other books — just that there were a lot of objections to The Satanic Verses.

Luka and the Fire of Life is a fairly traditional fable in one way: a boy, seeing his father dying, must qu
Nabilah Firdaus
Although I'm not a fan of fantasy genre, I think Luka and the Fire of Life is a well written novel with highly creative language and it is full of puns! (omg who doesnt love puns!) A very creative and dreamlike piece.

This book may appeal kids because it's some sort of video games, where Luka embarks on a journey to the magical world in order to save his father's life. However, how childish and imaginative this may seem, it is also kind of heavy as the author weaves the story together with philos
Deanna Drai Turner
Apr 02, 2013 Deanna Drai Turner rated it it was amazing
Take your grandmother's Oster blender out of the attic. Mix in:

a dash of Shel Silverstein's imagination +
a pinch of Vyasa's circumspection +
a tablespoon of Roald Dahl originality +
a dollop of Joseph Campbell's mythological mastery +
a sliver of the Dalai Lama's life wisdom...

stir it gently in a rue of John Steinbeck's fantasmagorically-simple storytelling prowess...

bake it onto a paper plate...and you get Salman Rushdie! HOLY TOLEDO what a brilliant mind.

I hardly know anything about this man.
Nov 07, 2013 Daren rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The second of Rushdie's childrens fantasy stories, set in an alternative reality in a video-gamesque style.

Luka is the younger bother of Haroun (of Haroun And The Sea Of Stories fame), and the son of Rashid Khalifa - famous story-teller. He harbours some jealousy that his brother had an adventure, and now his opportunity is here.
With his friends Bear the dog, and Dog the bear, recently escaped from a circus, Luka crosses the frontier into the World of magic. His task - to steal the fire of life
Le Matt
A feel-good Disneyesque romp that is replete with witticisms and wordplay, this book is as different from Midnight's Children as night and day in terms of content and delivery. More importantly, it lacks the depth of an adult novel and the levity of a children book. Where is the character development? While it's meant to be an adventure into a magical world, you never quite feel the peril or excitement that accompanies it - everything flashes and dances like a video game on fast forward. One alm ...more
Harun Harahap
Ini adalah buku kedua lanjutan dari Harun dan Samudera Dongeng, dan gue sudah punya buku ini sejak tahun 2013. Ya, butuh waktu 3 tahunan buat gue memulai buku yang sudah bertumpuk dengan buku lainnya. Kenapa tiba-tiba gue baca buku ini? Mungkin karena sudah takdir saja kali ya.

Buku ini sama dengan buku sebelumnya, masih seputar dongeng. Tapi menurut gue sepertinya lebih seru yang ini. Karena bentuknya seperti petualangan untuk mencari sesuatu demi menyelamatkan ayahnya. Yah mirip buku-buku fanta
Feb 01, 2016 Tania rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Aceasta carte m-a distrat .
Neeraja S
Apr 19, 2011 Neeraja S rated it really liked it
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Jun 30, 2011 Marika rated it it was amazing
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Mar 10, 2017 Sheri rated it liked it
I had NO IDEA this was a kid's book until I opened it. Hah. Very Allegorical with a capital A...all Passage of Time and taking the correct Path; everything is a Proper Noun and all the Gods come to life. Clearly follows the heroic quest paradigm. Rushdie reminds me of Jester's Phantom Tollbooth at times and the ending felt Gaiman American Gods. Overall it was fine, but a bit wordy at times. He loves his lists.
Birgitte Bach
Feb 25, 2015 Birgitte Bach rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Tænk at en far kan skrive og forære sin søn, så fantastisk et eventyr som gave. Det er en historie, der kombinere den klassiske eventyrfortælling med moderne computerspil. Forfatteren er glad for at bruge sproget og historien er fyldt med kåd leg med sprog og ord. Nu kunne jeg bare rigtig godt tænke mig, at læse den anden roman "Harun og eventyrhavet", som han har skrevet til sin ældste søn.
Jul 22, 2015 Blake rated it really liked it
it was good some parts were a little long but it made u think about things like immortality
Coral Davies
Well written but absolutely tedious.
Christopher Weil
May 28, 2017 Christopher Weil rated it it was amazing
A wonderful tale. Many book leave the ending in a awful place. I loved the end of this story. It was beautifully finished. I recommend this masterpiece.
Jun 29, 2013 Maria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, fiction
This is a lovely, quick read, a sequel of sorts to Haroun and the Sea of Stories. It follows Haroun's younger brother, Luka, on a quest through their father's magical world of stories to find the Fire of Life and bring it back to save his father's life. He is accompanied by Bear, the Dog, and Dog, the Bear, as well as the beautiful, powerful, and thoroughly irreverent Insultana of Ott, a pair of elephant birds, and a doppelganger of his own father — the specter of his father's death. Along the w ...more
Jul 08, 2015 Lauma rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: precīzi
Mana pirmā iepazīšanās ar slaveno autoru, kurš ir tik slavens un tādā veidā slavens, ka ir gan ziņkārīgi, gan arī jau bail ķerties klāt. Manuprāt, ārkārtīgi veiksmīga izvēle.

"Lūka un dzīvības uguns" ir kaut kas pa vidu starp Endē Bezgalīgo stāstu, Geimena Par laimi piens un Eko daudzslāņainajiem atsauču pārbagātajiem romāniem. Šīs šķietami nesavietojamās lietas veido ne sevišķi garu, bagatīgu piedzīvojumu stāstu, kas veltīta autora jaunākajam dēlam, tātad savā veidā šī pat ir uzskatāma par bērnu
Sep 25, 2012 Tung rated it liked it
Haroun and the Sea of Stories was one of my top reads from three years ago: I found it a charming fantasy fairy tale with Lewis Carroll-like wordplay. So I was looking forward to Luka and the Fire of Life, which is a sequel. The book takes place years after the events of the first, and its protagonist is Haroun’s younger brother, Luka. Luka is looking for his own special adventure after growing up and hearing about his older brother’s adventure. Luka gets his chance when his father Rashid sudden ...more
Alex Telander
Oct 30, 2010 Alex Telander rated it really liked it
Sir Salman Rushdie really needs no introduction, as one of the most renowned authors of the last thirty years after the success of Midnight’s Children and the infamous Satanic Verses, he has gone on to delight and entrance readers across the globe. In 1990 he published Haroun and the Sea of Stories for his first son who’d asked him to write him a book that he would enjoy. Rushdie admits to needing to take time to find the right voice for a children’s fantasy book, but certainly achieved it with ...more
Jul 06, 2013 Travis rated it liked it
“You’ve reached the age at which people in this family cross the border into the magical world. It’s your turn for an adventure—yes, it’s finally here!”

The topic discussed is life and death through a fable, Luka(who is our hero) explores in an antic fashion, things most of us have thought about; the relationships between the world of imagination and the "real" world, between authoritarianism and liberty, between what is true and what is phony, and between ourselves and the gods that we create.

Dec 04, 2010 Vanessa rated it liked it
Okay. So. I was all ready to trash this book after, well, most of it. It is too cute by half. A dog named bear! A bear named dog! Like, shut up! I don't know. I really was finding it more silly and self-regarding than profound. And really, I think that is probably the right conclusion, ultimately. Especially as it enrages me when Rushdie reheats his old books to write a worse version of them. Like, why does he do this? I suppose this is why I am not a fiction writer. It seems like a tough gig. B ...more
Euisry Noor
Setelah membaca Luka and the Fire of Life dan Haroun and the Sea of Stories (dua-duanya versi terjemahan Serambi) saya jadi tahu bahwa Salman Rushdie adalah Raja Omong Kosong itu sendiri. Di antara keunggulan tulisannya adalah dia pintar sekali bermain-main dengan kata-kata (ya iya laahh), dan karena itu sepertinya bakal lebih mantap kalau baca sendiri versi Inggrisnya (banyak plesetan kata2 bahasa Inggris). Dia juga bagus dalam menjejalkan arti-arti tersembunyi yang bisa jadi multi-tafsir dalam ...more
Apr 22, 2013 McKenzie rated it really liked it
Though I just purchased Midnight's Children, I decided to read Luka and the Fire of Life for my first Salman Rushdie experience, since I had no expectations or even idea what it was about. Though this apparently is a sequel to Haroun and the Sea of Stories, I did not feel lost starting with Luka, especially since this is a children's book with a relatively simple plot. Luka's father is ill, and Luka must save him by entering the world created by his father's stories as if it were a video game - ...more
Dec 06, 2010 Cheryl rated it liked it
This novel is kind of the sequel to "Haroun and the Sea of Stories". Once again Rashid (the father) finds himself in trouble and his son must journey to a magical land in order to save him. However, the son this time is Haroun's younger brother Luka. First off, those driven nuts by the rhyming in "Haroun" (you know who you are) will be pleased to find it is absent from this book. However, it is replaced with something I found even more annoying. The quest is set in the context of a video game. L ...more
Nicki Markus
Aug 30, 2011 Nicki Markus rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-children-s
Let me say first off that I am not usually a fan of Rushdie's writing. I found Midnight's Children dull and for a while I put off reading anything else of his. Finally I picked up Satanic Verses. I enjoyed this one more, but was still not completely convinced. When I saw this book come up on NetGalley, I figured I'd give him one last chance.

I think it must be a case of third-time-lucky, as I really enjoyed this book. The story is deceptively simple on the surface, like a fairytale adventure, but
Archit Nanda
This is the kind of book I have always longed to read, a story about stories, and who could have written it better than Mr Salman Rushdie. Set in the fictional town of Kahani (Stories) in which the master storyteller, the Shah of Blah, falls asleep with a smile on his face, a banana in his hand and a twinkle on his brow and didn't wake up the next morning. A few days later his child, Luka, accidentally lands up in the magical world. A magical world which follows the rules of contemporary gaming ...more
Jaan  Sõmermaa
Jul 01, 2013 Jaan Sõmermaa rated it really liked it
Recommended to Jaan by: My mother
I had real trouble rating this book. In a way it was perfect for what it was but on the other hand it still lacked a certain something indescribable something.
This is not to say it was not a great book. Overall it was well written never boring me, especially the last three chapters which in particular were very awesome. Rushide references so many pop culture phenomena from videogames to ancient mythology and ties it all together with a well built Magical world (By the way if you are a fan of al
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Sir Ahmed Salman Rushdie is a novelist and essayist. Much of his early fiction is set at least partly on the Indian subcontinent. His style is often classified as magical realism, while a dominant theme of his work is the story of the many connections, disruptions and migrations between the Eastern and Western world.

His fourth novel, The Satanic Verses, led to protests from Muslims in several coun
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