River of Gods Paperback – 4 Apr 2005
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'A staggering achievement, brilliantly imagined and endlessly surprising ... A brave, brilliant and wonderful novel' -- GUARDIAN
A re-issue of the novel that secured McDonald's reputation as one of the most exciting voices in global SF. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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Great characters, who generate the story, rather than get pushed around by it, and a cosmic-scale denoument that is perfectly set up, but I for one didn't see coming.
Not the easiest book I ever read, but you come out of it with your head reeling and our world seems dull and pale by comparison.
Oh, and there's cricket too!
The plot is layered and keeps us guessing to the very end. I can't discuss it much here whithout giving too much away, but it's as satisfying and twisty-turny with the same mythic ties as the original Desolation Road, only the mythos here is Indian, not African, and a great deal more interesting. There are occasional passages where he holds up a latter-day mirror to the current-day West, but it's done stubly and doesn't interfere with a read as tightly plotted as a thriller.
In short, a very rewarding read.
The book consists of the lives of several seemingly unconnected individuals all gradually colliding into a crescendo finish.
It takes a little effort to get into the story, especially as the book is littered with Indian terms mixed with future technology. The Glossary at the back was helpful, though even without it the general context of the phrases can be understood. But pretty soon I was hooked.
An excellent read.
The Nutes were an interesting idea. A bio-engineered third sex. Speaking of which, the sex in here is appalling, as was the attempt to set up a "cool" Music/Club Scene.
The most interesting parts were the 3rd gen A.I's and the Artifact. Underdeveloped threads and wasted opportunities. The thrust of the book lay elsewhere, however.
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