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Budayeen Nights

(Marîd Audran Short stories)

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  406 ratings  ·  32 reviews
George Alex Effinger's first short-fiction collection in nearly 15 years, these nine tales are set in Budayeen, the walled city in the sand, a city of dark shadows and even darker inhabitants, where a Raymond Chandleresque vision has been created -- hardboiled, noir, futuristic -- but with a twist. The sights, smells, and denizens of Budayeen are brought to life -- from th ...more
Hardcover, 245 pages
Published September 1st 2003 by Golden Gryphon Press
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Dec 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
Caution! Those who gave it 2 stars are right. This is like the cherry on the top of an ice cream sundae - much more enjoyable there than when its sitting by itself on a plate.

Effinger has the credentials to be considered ahead of William Gibson as the father of cyber punk fiction. Effinger's When Gravity Fails introduces us to this world and to the Budayeen which becomes embellished as we move along Effinger's trail of Marîd Audran novels.

Reading this a long time after I completed his other work
This book is the final piece in the Marîd Audran/Budayeen series. A collection of stories, both published and unpublished, included fragments of books that were never finished. Effingers' last wife, Barbara Hambly, wrote the forward as well as an introduction to each of the stories.

Schrödingers Kitten
The first story is completely unlike the Budayeen novels. Indeed the Budayeen is barely mentioned and a lot of it takes place in pre-world war 2 Germany. As such it is also in a completely different
Jan 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Very inconsistent collection. I skipped a number of these based on poor reviews, but of those I read the Hugo & Nebula award winning novella Schrödinger's Kitten, as well as Marîd Throws a Party, were clear standouts. The former, about a young Arab girl as she considers, with fear and trepidation, the divergent futures she's seen for herself through a series of visions, I'd recommend to all sci-fi fans.

The latter, which forms the beginnings of Effinger's never published fourth Marîd Audran b
Rita Monticelli
Jan 06, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: ebook, sci-fi
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La malinconia dell’addio

È davvero triste leggere il libro postumo di un grande autore, tanto più se, come in questo caso, si tratta di una raccolta di lavori per lo più incompiuti, e che mai verranno terminati.
“Budayeen nights” solo in parte ci riporta alle atmosfere della magnifica trilogia del Budayeen, il quartiere malfamato di una non precisata città del mondo arabo del futuro. La raccolta contiene lavori spesso molto diversi tra di loro che hanno in comun
A must-read for Effinger and/or Marîd fans. I found it satisfying but also utterly sad. The timing of reading this at the same time that Whitney Houston died and then watching her funeral underscored the tragedy of what addiction can do to someone. Barbara Hambly, Effinger's third wife (they were divorced several years before his death), wrote the forward to the book and an introduction to each story, and it added a great deal to the book. She clearly still loved and admired him. She said he suf ...more
Pedro García
Sep 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gran colección de relatos relacionados con la trilogía cyberpunk del mismo autor, que comienza en "Cuando falla la gravedad". Muy interesantes las introducciones de la esposa de Effinger, Barbara Hambly.

Schrödinger's Kitten: como su nombre insinúa, un relato "cuántico" donde aparecen de forma secundaría imágenes del Budayeen de las novelas

Marîd changes his mind: los que debieron ser los primeros capítulos de "Un fuego en el sol". De hecho, si no recuerdo mal, la edición de Gigamesh los incluía c
Oct 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this. Some of the terminology in it could have been better, but it was refreshing reading stories based in an African continental city (never quite stated where), where the majority of the characters were Muslim. Definitely science/future fiction, with the stories set at least 200 years from now.

The book is a collection of short stories, often about the same characters, but not always, and always interesting. Each story features an introduction from Barbara Hambly, who knew Geor
Diese Anthologie, größtenteils um Marid Audran, hat mir insgesamt gut gefallen, obwohl dies mein erster Kontakt mit der Reihe ist. Nicht jede Geschichte hat mir gleich gut gefallen, die Werke um Audran selbst haben mir allerdings allesamt zugesagt. Besonders beeindruckt hat mich, mit welcher Finesse die islamische Kultur mit Cyberpunk verknüpft wurde. In jedem Fall hat die Anthologie so weit mein Interesse geweckt, dass ich mir auch die Hauptreihe zu Gemüte führen möchte.
Mike Franklin
Oct 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Budayeen Nights is a collection of stories all set in or derived from the setting of Effinger’s Marid Audran books which all centre around the Budayeen – the sleazy old quarter of a fictitious North African Arab city – and whilst there are a couple of excellent stories I’d suggest it is mainly for Marid Audran completeists. The thing to appreciate about this set of stories is that Effinger died when he had only a few chapters of the fourth Audran book written and only a very short passage of a f ...more
Jul 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
I already regretted that Effinger's death meant he couldn't finish the Audran series as intended, but the snippets of future, unfinished novels included in Budayeen Nights just made that regret keener. There's the first two chapters of a fourth novel, a short story set after the intended series where Audran is a washed-up detective whose tech has become obsolete, and the beginning of a book about Audran's lost brother. I really wish we'd gotten to see those completed. Effinger was an immense tal ...more
Lucy Takeda
Jan 12, 2019 rated it liked it
I’d actually rate this a 3.5. Effinger demonstrates some fabulous use of vocabulary that creates vivid imagery. I became quite fond of Marid. Marid Throws a Party was my favorite of the collection. Slow,Slow Burn was a fascinating read. I wasn’t enthralled with Schrodinger’s Kitten.
Jul 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Background on the Budayeen Cycle

Some entertaining background stories for Effinger's famous Budayeen Cycle. A definite mixed bag, but some of these stories really work and fill in some of the backstory of the world along with further adventures of Marid Audran.
Kimmo Makinen
Feb 08, 2015 rated it it was ok
While there's no doubt Effinger was an interesting and even successful science fiction author (one of the short stories in this collection did actually win both the Nebula and Hugo awards), this collection as such is an uneven one. Concise, clear and with purpose in parts (namely the stories "Schrödinger's Kitten" and "Marîd and the Trail of Blood"), but hopelessly overblown and aimless in others ("The World as We Know It" and the autobiographical philosophical introspect piece "The City on the ...more
Jul 04, 2012 rated it liked it
Probably essential reading for anyone who loved the Marid Audran books (When Gravity Fails, A Fire In The Sun and The Exile's Kiss) but not a collection that will ensnare new readers the Effinger's cyberpunk/Islam mashup. Sadly the best work is Marid Throws a Party which, as explained by editor Barbara Hambly, is the first two chapters of the planned fourth book in the series. Unfortunately Effinger passed away before finishing the book, leaving us with just a taste of what could have been. Also ...more
Feb 07, 2013 rated it liked it
I had put off returning to the Budayeen for years, feeling that George Alec Effinger's trilogy should stand on its own. However, after re-reading the original series recently, I felt that it was time.

Maurid, the original trilogy's protagonist, figures prominently in many of the stories, and Barbra Hambley's introductions add context to what in many cases were snippets of stories or introductions from larger pieces that went unfinished at the time of Effinger's death. Most stories stood well on t
Lord Humungus
Sep 19, 2010 rated it it was ok
The best material in this collection are the excerpts Effinger was going to use to in future Budayeen books. Overall it was pretty much in the same vein as the Fire In The Sun series. I've read a good deal of Effinger at this point and I have to say the Budayeen stuff was his best material.

Included in this collection is a progenitor story for the Budayeen saga ("City In The Sand"), containing some of the same characters and elements. Written in 1973, the writing isn't bad but the story is so inc
Dorian D-W
Sep 21, 2014 rated it liked it
What I liked most about Budayeen Nights was the setting: cyberpunk in the Middle East.

To me the Budayeen really felt like a foreign city, and I enjoyed exploring a new place. The short stories in this book are great little tastes, and the characters in them are lots of fun.

As much as I enjoyed parts of it though, I didn't particularly fall for the book or the city. The stories were meant to be about the underbelly of a particularly seedy area, but it felt like the city had been polished up and
Dec 21, 2014 rated it did not like it
This was a bit of a mess.

Set in an Arab-Bedouin city along the southern coast of the Mediterranean, the first few storiues do feature small technological advances amidst a general decline suggesting the near future where some unspecified catastrophe has ovetaken mankind. No reference is ever made to Western civilisation or Europe either. The latter stories however seem set in pre-war times and nothing in them would suggest the future. Instead, anachronistic references littered throughout the sto
Apr 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
As a fan of the Marid Audran cyberpunk trilogy I was already quite keen to get stuck in to this collection of short stories set in the same 23rd Century Middle Eastern world. There was an eclectic mix of topics, from porn actresses to guerilla cyber-soldiers to histrionic poet-wannabes to a couple of stories about Marid himself. All in all an entertaining anthology. I can see Effinger's influence on George R.R. Martin, too. The 'Stone that Speaks' as a prototype for the 'Mountain that Rides'?
Aug 06, 2011 added it
some of his writing is beautiful. sometimes his plots don't seem to go anywhere, it's just like an impressionist painting. Short stories about the Budayeen, a Muslim city on the edge of the desert. characters are plugged in to modules that change their personality or clean out too much alcohol from their bloodstream. Interesting. Barbara Hambly, who wrote the introduction, says the Budayeen is Effinger's impression of New Orleans.
Nov 09, 2007 rated it it was ok
I really liked the Marid Audran trilogy and had been looking forward to reading this book for some time, but I'm not terribly surprised that I wasn't that enthusiastic about it once I finished.

Much of the book is snippets of works which were never finished. I think that they would have had great promise once complete, but in general i found the stories to be rambling and a bit overblown. The extra editing that would have gone into a finished product was really needed in this case.
Grahm Eberhardt
There are some good ideas about implantable personality tech and the writing is mostly good, occasionally great, throughout. But, this is a collection of stories, excerpts and unfinished snippets of things that take place in a world defined by a series of novels I've never heard of and I feel like I missed lots of necessary background to fully enjoy these stories.
Ricardo Signes
Jul 18, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: literature
I'm glad I picked it up, but it's pretty light stuff. Quite a lot of it is a reprint of material from When Gravity Fails. There are a few short stories set in the same world, and some previously unpublished bits that were interesting but frustrating because of their incompleteness. It's sad to know that they'll never be finished, either.
Jul 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
The book is a number of semi-related cyberpunk stories set in a not-so-nice section of a city in Northern Africa. George Alec Effinger marries Islam society with a future of plug-in personalities. Many of the stories express confusion and despair on the part of the protagonists. The mixture of Islam and cyberpunk made the book interesting to me.
Aaron Coleman
May 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Actually really enjoyed this, and I'm not entirely sure why. One of the short stories, though, has one of the more annoying/self-absorbed protagonists in recent memory. Kinda Holden Caulfield-esque.
Israel Laureano
Mar 25, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Este ebook no ha sido traducido al español. Son cuentos relacionado al mundo del Budayén, la matoría ya publicados en algún lugar, otros inéditos, publicados en forma póstuma a la muerte de Effinger.
Jan 15, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Cyberpunk w/ a middle-eastern bent
Brad Wheeler
Apr 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Thinking about Altered Carbon reminded me of this anthology I read a few years ago. Speaking of great sci-fi noir, Effinger's Marid Audrian series is one of the best.
A good introduction to Marîd Audran series, which I now want to read, but not very interesting in itself.
Kevin Coleman
Jul 24, 2010 rated it liked it
This had some great short stories, some were just so-so, but still a great book for fans of the Budayeen!
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