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Budayeen Nights by George Alec Effinger
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Dec 12, 2011

really liked it
read count: 1

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 works, made me appreciate Hambly's commentary and her insights into Effinger's relationship to his protagonist, Audran. She also highlights his fascination with things Islamic and Arabic when such were rarely considered by authors of speculative fiction.

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