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Muezzinland Paperback – 15 Oct 2002

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  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Brownstone Books (15 Oct. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1587154501
  • ISBN-13: 978-1587154508
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.6 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,984,106 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Stephen Palmer is the author of nine novels: Memory Seed (Orbit 1996), Glass (Orbit 1997), Flowercrash (Wildside 2002), Muezzinland (Wildside 2003), Hallucinating (Wildside 2004) and The Rat And The Serpent (Prime Books 2005). In 2010 PS Publishing published Urbis Morpheos. In 2014 Infinity Plus Books published his surreal slipstream steampunk novel Hairy London, then in 2015 the cyberpunk-influenced Beautiful Intelligence. Ebooks of Muezzinland, Hallucinating and The Rat And The Serpent are available from Infinity Plus, who have also published the ebooks of Memory Seed, Glass and Flowercrash. His short stories have been published by Wildside Press, Spectrum SF, NewCon Press, Mutation Press, Eibonvale Press, Solaris, TFQ, Unspoken Water, Kraxon Publishing, Tickety Boo Press and Boo Books. Further short stories will appear in 2015 and onwards. Stephen lives and works in Shropshire, UK.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J Toon on 19 Dec. 2002
Format: Paperback
'Muezzinland' is a tale of pursuit across 22nd-century Africa (or "Aphrica" as it's known in the story), and the struggle for control of the world. American and European civilisation has fallen into decline, and the most powerful person in the world is the Empress of Ghana. Her daughter, Mnada, has gone mad and fled north across the Sahara desert in search of a place called Muezzinland. Mnada's sister Nshalla, with her friend Gmoulaye, sets off on foot to find Mnada and help her, while the Empress tracks them both, hoping to recapture her daughters and seize control of Muezzinland for herself.
This takes place against the backdrop of the aether, an ambient information network that is becoming a part of the natural environment itself. A sort of living, interactive Virtual Reality. To call this novel cyberpunk would be misleading - the emphasis is on humanity more than technology, and on African tribal culture and folklore, something not often found in science fiction. "Tribalpunk", maybe? Ghanaian village life, nomadic oasis culture and the bustling cities of Morocco are all here. Several times the plot meshes with West African folk tales, due to the cultural feedback of the aether, and this ends up playing a large part in the plot.
Several major revelations are exposed quite early on, which leaves 'Muezzinland' a little lacking in suspense, but the impetus of the characters and the story itself maintains the interest, and the ending is neither blatantly obvious nor pulled out of a hat. Stephen Palmer's lyrical prose is a highlight of the book, sometimes lending it the feel of a folk song, appropriately enough. Moreover, he's clearly done his research into the culture and wildlife to be found in Western Africa, which also helps to anchor the story.
'Muezzinland' is an unusual and highly enjoyable work of future folklore.
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Africa and the future ! 22 Jan. 2003
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Format: Paperback
Muezzinland had me gripped from the first chapter !
the future world of Africa was exotic and strange with enough technological detail to convince but not so much as to overwhelm. This image of the future has its roots in cyberspace but with a neat twist - global comunication
has broken down to the point where even knowledge of local geography is limited. Apart from the main characters (all female) there are very interesting A.I., hybrid and mystic
inclusions, in fact the way the mystic element to the story is handled is its main strength giving a neat new angle on the subject of architypes, deities etc. - the way Stephen Palmer
has woven these elements in to an exciting storyline is great
leaving me on the look out for more of his work.
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