Wednesday, June 29, 2005

River of Gods, by Ian McDonald


Read this purely because it was a Hugo or Nebula nominee (I forget which) and they've never led me astray yet (though I had enjoyed McDonalds' Desolation Road, so I wasn't exactly going in blind.)

McDonald tells us a series of stories that all end up crossing over one another, and all are set in a future India. Its a nice mix of cyberpunk and delving into the wierdnesses of the hybrid Indian culture. The big overarching plotline starts out as The Cyberpunk Plot(tm), so its a bit obvious, but it has its own little twist at the end and in any case I never minded a bit because the intricate Indian-ness of the details were so much fun.