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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Orb Trade; Reprint edition (1 Nov. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765313588
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765313584
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.6 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By D. J. Dubery on 16 July 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is a Sam Spade style future crime novel set in the refreshing distinctive world of Arabic North Africa in the not too distant future. Some very interesting characters and quirky pieces of technology- all with an Arabic twist. I'd recommend it most highly to any fans of William Gibson et al. Jon Courtenay Grimwood has tried a similar setting more recently but with far less style in my opinion. There's three novels in this Effinger series and sadly he's now no longer with us, so they'll be no more.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Haydies on 12 Jun. 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Quite simply this is one of the best books I have ever read, and I have read hunderds. I loved this book it was first brought as a present for my birthday. I spent years trying to find the sequal, I went all the way to america and looked for it. In the days before amazon. Thats how good this book is. I can't think of a single bad thing, the story is exciting, the use of hardware imaginitive and well thought out. Even the characters are engaging.

The plot line is a murder mystery, the out come wasn't all that predictable and it kepts you wondering all the way to the end. It also has one of the greatest characters in any book, and they are just a cab driver.

If you want some thing good then this book is more then worth a look. So good is it that I even hunted down a first edition :-)
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Cyberpunk is a genre with which I have never had great affinity. My previous attempts to read it (“Virtual Light” by Gibson and “Feersum Endjinn” by Banks) failed in impressing me, though, ironically, I have ventured into writing (also) this sub-genre of science fiction. In short, I suspected that the problem wasn’t the sub-genre in itself, but that I had come across the wrong titles, at least for what concerned my personal tastes. In fact, I have always had a lot of fun in reading more recent books in which the cyberpunk element was important but not dominant (as the Void Trilogy by Hamilton).
Luckily, when I started reading Effinger’s books I had no idea of being in front of one of the fathers of cyberpunk in its period of greatest development, the 80s. This shows how the labels sometimes do more harm than good. I had only two books of the series, which I got at different times, without even knowing that they were connected. As soon as I started reading the first, and I was captured by it, I immediately strove to find a copy of the third, because I knew I would’ve needed it very soon.
Having read all of them in a row, I decided to review them together, because it’s hard to judge them separately without being influenced by previous or subsequent readings.

The Budayeen trilogy (it would be more correct to call it a series, since the author had planned at least two more books, which unfortunately he had no time to write before his death) is not only cyberpunk. The story is set in two centuries, in a rough neighbourhood, the Budayeen, in an unspecified city in the Arab world. In the future imagined by Effinger people get their brain “circuited” to be able to insert some modules that provide the individual with new knowledge, skills, and even personalities.
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This was my first George Effinger novel and, yes, I have enjoyed the experience. It is the first in a series of three, known as The Audran Sequence. The novel is set somewhere indeterminate on Earth, sometime in the future. There is a murder-mystery theme to the story that plays out to a slightly disappointing conclusion. But it's the author's creation of a community within a supposed Middle-Eastern city that is the star of the book. The main characters are well-developed with whom the reader can fully identify. Mr Effinger's idea of the course that society has taken between now and whatever future time the story is set is very natural. Technological developments in the period seem plausible - remembering the book was written 25+ years ago.

I say the mystery theme to the story is disappointing and, in truth, I'm not exactly sure of the point of it all. Strange people are being murdered by other strange people, with the hero being employed by the City's authority's authorities to find out why. By the end of the book, I can't say that I was any the wiser on the matter. But don't let this little negative opinion put you off. The book is an enjoyable read with moments of humour and darkness. I am certain that, like myself, you will go on to enthusiastically read the next in the series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy on 30 Jun. 2008
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One of the best cyberpunk science fiction novels ever written. The story follows a character known as Murid Audran as he tries to solve a series of murders in a futuristic arab getto.

Very good story with a thick plot and lots of suspence. Audran struggles with lots of issues and lots of drugs through out the story making it feel real, but at times rather depressing.
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