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Luka and the Fire of Life by Salman Rushdie
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Apr 26, 2011

it was amazing
Read in April, 2011

hooray! rushdie's sequel to HAROUN (while maybe not as fun or engrossing as the original) is a whole lot of fun to read. just like HAROUN sets out to create a sort of neo-pastiche origin story of all stories, LUKA creates a new mythology for the 21st century. reminiscent of neil gaiman's AMERICAN GODS, Luka's adventures lead him through a video-game-based mythological realm - Luka collects extra lives, faces a series of level bosses, and even is allowed a trial and error approach to problem solving. so while i don't think it's up to the level of HAROUN nor AMERICAN GODS, and while rushdie's (at times) heavy-handedness in creating the nintendo-reality/fantasy seemed forced, this is still a great follow-up and i'm confidently recommending it to fans of the original

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