Set in a mildly different alternate world, Pashazade is a thriller with a solidly imagined mystery at its core; it is also a novel about a man finally and belatedly growing up. Ashraf's sense of responsibility for an orphaned girl and for the woman with whom he has refused an arranged marriage are part of what makes him admirable; he has learned the hard way not to treat people as disposable. The details of this alternate near future--an Arab world that remained Turkish after a 1914 war that never quite became important, and into which some slick cybertechnology and genetic gadgetry have slotted without changing anything fundamental--are effectively imagined, but never more important than the people. --Roz Kaveney
Thank heavens, someone else (letraix from Jo'burg) who doesn't rate this book. Even in a nice relaxed holiday mode, I found this book very dull, and hard to read. Read morePublished on 22 Nov. 2003 by iatethepies
Maybe I can't enjoy this "noire" genre, or maybe this is just long-winded, trashy and bland. It also shows an unbelievable lack of insight into the mechanics of "alternate... Read morePublished on 24 Feb. 2003 by "letraix"
Never having succeeded in reading all the way through any of the so called Cyber-punk greats I am pleased to have finished this one. Read morePublished on 10 Jun. 2002
The characters in this book are beautifully crafted and are totally believable, and the storytelling is complex but easy to undrstand. Read morePublished on 10 May 2002
I can't believe that so many people thought that this rather lazy Chandler/Casablanca pastiche was original. Read morePublished on 19 April 2002 by Mrs. Anne C. Kirtley
Full of just-over-the-cutting-edge tech this is essentially a pretty fine thriller. I did lose the plot in some places as the story started from at least three of the characters... Read morePublished on 26 Feb. 2002
I picked up this book just before the end of my summer term and I needed to chill. This did it. Not only is this book about the murder, it looks at all sorts of aspects of the... Read morePublished on 21 Feb. 2002 by Donald.J.Makin (firstname.lastname@example.org)
THIS IS THE FIRST BOOK BY J.C.G THAT I HVE READ. IT WAS AMAZING. I WAS TOTALLY GRIPPED FROM PAGE ONE. Read morePublished on 18 Sept. 2001 by "coztheboss"
Jon courtenay Grimwood is the man... for bleeding edge technology filtered through mystical ancient texts and fed through amphetamine pumped characters, no one else comes close... Read morePublished on 16 Aug. 2001