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Book Review: River of Gods

Imagine George Alec Effinger's classic cyberpunk novel, When Gravity Fails, was set not in an Arab world, but in India. Imagine that the novel is about twice as long as Effinger's, and involves multiple point of view plotlines. You've just imagined River of Gods, by Ian McDonald.

Initially, I really enjoyed the Indian flavor, the great way that AIs are presented here as Hindi incarnations and avatars and the rich culture of partitioned 2047 India, 100 years after independence. Over the long haul, things slowed and declined and none of the POV characters seemed to get enough time on the page. For whatever reason, I'm reading a lot of "culture fiction" right now, where the exotic backdrop is much of the appeal. This book has that in spades, and it kept me fascinated even as the storylines slowed. Only later did I discover there's a glossary of Indian terms in the back.

As for the twists: I totally saw one coming, and was completely caught off guard by the second major plot twist. My take on the book is similar: about half of it really, really works.

River of Gods: ★★★☆☆

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