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Kirinya [Hardcover]

Ian McDonald
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Book Description

18 Jun 1998
In this sequel to "Chaga", Gaby McAslan, who was once a hungry reporter, is now living in the Chaga zone in an artists' colony. But the massive political and military upheavals that are rocking the world are about to drag her back into action.


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  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (18 Jun 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575060778
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575060777
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14.6 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,569,807 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ian McDonald was born in Manchester in 1960. His family moved to Northern Ireland in 1965. He now lives in Belfast and works in TV production. The author of many previous novels, including the groundbreaking Chaga books set in Africa, Ian McDonald has long been at the cutting edge of SF. RIVER OF GODS won the BSFA award in 2005.

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Ian McDonald has been putting his own glittering, poetic spin on SF themes and styles since his 1988 magic-realist novel debut Desolation Road. His 1995 Chaga described the first repercussions of an alien biotechnology that spreads from a meteor-strike in Kenya, transforming Earthly ecosystems into something frightening and wonderful. Kirinya is the sequel, with Chaga's reporter heroine Gaby McAslan stranded with her now grown daughter in what ought to be an African utopia of freedom from want, indefinitely extended life, and magical new abilities ... but which is poisoned by the politics of fear. First World powers, terrified by these changes, want to seal off and forget the mutated southern hemisphere: the equator is a new Berlin Wall, murderously defended. Meanwhile benevolent alien processes continue in space, in the "Big Dumb Object" now balanced between Earth and Moon, and the ongoing transformation of Venus into something that cannot be predicted. Gaby is uniquely placed to follow the tortuous, bloody path through political compromise, complex African factionalism, aggressive US imperialism and a cluster of shocking new weapons and surprises--all eventually leading to the hope of a new, sane world order. It's finely written and uncompromisingly knotty, with no easy answers. Though there's room for another sequel, Kirinya ends satisfyingly. Recommended. --David Langford --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Ian McDonald was born in Manchester in 1960. His family moved to Northern Ireland in 1965. He now lives in Belfast and works in TV production. The author of many previous novels, including the groundbreaking Chaga books set in Africa, Ian McDonald has long been at the cutting edge of SF. RIVER OF GODS won the BSFA award in 2005, BRASYL won in it in 2007 and THE DERVISH HOUSE in 2010.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Good but not near his best 14 Jan 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Sometimes provocative, sometimes too clever for his own good, but always relentlessly stylish, Ian McDonald's sequel to 'Chaga' find him re-examining his heroine Gaby McAslan, and her daughter, Serena. The plot could have done with some tighter editing, and there are times when the prose is simply too verbose, but hey, it's a small price to pay for McDonald's outrageously ornate but lyrical prose. The first third meanders a bit, but things start getting kicking somewhere around midway. The end is a little wimpy though.
Overall, an enjoyable read from this gifted author, though still not quite near his recent brilliance. Go check out 'Necroville' (novel) or 'The Days of Solomon Gursky' (novella) for some really great reading.
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This is McDonald's sequel to Chaga. Kirinya is a metropolis within the Chaga, with a population of 12 million. The arrival of the Chaga has split human society beyond recognition or reconciliation. The South, the third-world countries infested with the alien bio-tech, embrace the new developments. The North, specifically the USA's military-industrial complex, is scared of the empowered third-world anarchists.

The book casts the USA as Imperialist villains. However, the third-worlders are as violent and manipulative towards each other as the Merkins are.

The first half of the book focuses on Gaby's friend, Oksana the Siberian pilot-cum-shaman, and her quest to find herself and her friend.

The second half concerns Gaby's daughter Serena, and her quest to find herself and her father.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Continuing the Chaga Story 19 Sep 2008
By Hactar - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
While not as good as the amazing Evolution's Shore, this sequel is still a 5-star book. McDonald turns from looking at how a world would react to seemingly non-intelligent aliens landing on earth to how those who survived would live their everyday lives. The story and the world are both fascinating, even if there are some moments that are uncomfortable. If you enjoyed Evolution's Shore, this book is worth getting.
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed 7 May 2013
By Johanna Preiszner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The story continues 15 years later after the first book ended. I started reading it with anticipation but that soon disappeared. The story is convoluted, choppy and feels like it was written just to produce another book. Some parts of it are really good and coherent, but others are just a mess. I could not find a character that was worth rooting for..The "heroine" of the story, Gaby, was even less likeable than in the first book.
Pity.
4.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the first in series 14 Nov 2012
By dbbd - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
A good read. First half of the book very hectic.
I liked the first in series (Chaga or Evolution's Shore) better, but I liked this one too.
It is written with a next in series in mind, so it seems, but there is none yet...

I definitely like Ian McDonald.
1.0 out of 5 stars Thoughts on Kirinya 10 Jun 2012
By Evan Leybourn - Author of Directing the Agile Organisation - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Stopped reading Kirinya half way through. While I loved the concepts in Chaga, I did not enjoy the sequel at all.
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