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Jay Lake
Date: 2012-01-27 05:30
Subject: [books] Throne of the Crescent Moon by Saladin Ahmed
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A couple of days ago, I finished reading Saladin Ahmed's debut novel, Throne of the Crescent MoonPowells | BN ]. This is Arabian-inspired fantasy, a subgenre that Saladin appears to share almost exclusively with Howard Andrew Jones, and it's a lot of fun.

The book's been getting considerable critical buzz, and justly so. What I particularly love about Throne of the Crescent Moon is the degree to which the individual characters are beset by their own flaws and insecurities. Ahmed has not given us Heinleinian Competent Heroes; rather he has given us people who feel very familiar, perhaps even ordinary, even in the midst of having extraordinary skills and powers. Another striking thing about the book is that, rooted in a non-European tradition, both the fantastic tropes and the everyday life portrayed within the narrative have a fresh, lateral feel.

Ahmed's writing is deft and graceful, and his characters move through a world of real stakes and significant consequences, much to their cost. Combine this with glorious setting and his careful mastery of craft, and you have a lovely fantasy read on your hands.

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Steve: Anton Ego (Ratatouille)
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Date: 2012-01-27 13:54 (UTC)
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I must confess to much juvenile giggling when seeing that title in your "now reading" list... not anything about the book itself, which sounds excellent, but rather past familial use of the title as a euphemism for "outhouse".

-- Steve is tempted to give that novel a look this weekend, assuming that the weather isn't steady freezing rain as it is currently threatening...

Edited at 2012-01-27 01:55 pm (UTC)
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C.S.E. Cooney
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Date: 2012-01-27 15:36 (UTC)
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Very cool. Loved this book.
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User: trektone
Date: 2012-01-27 17:51 (UTC)
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Looking forward to reading this book.

Years ago I read a couple of Arabian-ish fantasy novels by Robert Irwin and recall liking them.
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