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  • Published: New York : Grove Press, 2012.
  • Year Published: 2012
  • Edition: 1st ed.
  • Description: 433 p. : map ; 22 cm.
  • Language: English
  • Format: Book

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  • 0802120202

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Alif the unseen

by Wilson, G. Willow, 1982-

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Call number: Fantasy

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Map on endpapers.

In an unnamed Middle Eastern security state, a young Arab-Indian hacker shields his clients, dissidents, outlaws, Islamists, and other watched groups, from surveillance and tries to stay out of trouble. He goes by Alif, the first letter of the Arabic alphabet, and a convenient handle to hide behind. The aristocratic woman Alif loves has jilted him for a prince chosen by her parents, and his computer has just been breached by the State's electronic security force, putting his clients and his own neck on the line. Then it turns out his lover's new fianceé is the head of State security, and his henchmen come after Alif, driving him underground. When Alif discovers The Thousand and One Days, the secret book of the jinn, which both he and the Hand suspect may unleash a new level of information technology, the stakes are raised and Alif must struggle for life or death, aided by forces seen and unseen.

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Unusual Arabic Sci-Fi Fantasy

This book is a strange blend - it's a fantasy based on Arabic folklore (like "Thousand and One Nights" stuff), with a cyberpunk story going on at the same time. It's an adventure and a love story, but it stops to question interesting philosophical and religious questions (if you violate the rules of your religion, say by eating a banned food, in a virtual reality game, are you or are you not committing a sin?). Evaluated as a simple adventure/romance book, it's only average good, but there shear interestingness of the stuff in it makes it rank higher in my opinion.

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