Saturday, December 23, 2006

Pashazade - Jon Courtenay Grimwood

An ex-low level triad involved gangster ends up back in his native Arabic city, that is pro free trade and a little more cosmopolitan than your usual Islamic joint, not that that is saying much, and he has high caste status.

His aunt has been murdered, he is a suspect, and he was to work out what is going on.

Something of an alternate reasonably near future novel - people have phones in their watches with ear pieces, and the protagonist appears to possibly have cybernetic implants. His niece has a fancy robot dog.

Genetic anti-aging treatments are mentioned in passing, that sort of thing.

It is ok, not enough to make me want to read more I think. It gives some of the flavour of Budayeen, and a touch of Neuromancer, but doesn't appeal as much as either of those.

3 out of 5

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