During a quarrelsome journey across India two men in search of very different destinies encounter gods, demons and mythological creatures. The tale is set against a backdrop of animated machines, airships of silk and ancient legends brought to life.
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Science Fiction has suddenly come out of the hinterland of genre-fiction and become respectable, merging into the inventive dreamscapes of magic realism. A new breed of writers, including Canada's Larsen and Britain's Mieville, are breaking down the old barriers with novels like this one. Set in the India of the distant future, it tells of a world where myth and magic hold more sway than ever, where Karma, or destiny, launches young men on bizarre quests and strange mechanized gods employ what's left of a vanished technology. There's dark humour as well as bright adventure, all the breadth of invention we come to expect from fantasy and the subtlety we expect from mainstream literature. An intriguing and colourful debut. (Kirkus UK)
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