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The Gurkha and the Lord of Tuesday

The Gurkha and the Lord of Tuesday

Book - 2019 | First edition
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"When the djinn king Melek Ahmar wakes up after millennia of imprisoned slumber, the world is vastly different from what he remembers. Arrogant and bombastic, he comes down the mountain expecting an easy conquest: the wealthy, spectacular city-state of Kathmandu, ruled by the all-knowing, all-seeing tyrant Al Karma. To his surprise, he finds that Kathmandu is a cut-price paradise, where citizens want for nothing and even the dregs of society are distinctly unwilling to revolt. Everyone seems happy, except for the old Gurkha soldier Bhan Gurung. Knife saint, recidivist, and mass murderer, he is an exile from Kathmandu, pursuing a forty-year-old vendetta that leads to the very heart of Karma. Pushed and prodded by Gurung, Melek Ahmar finds himself in ever deeper conflicts until they finally face off against Karma and her forces. In the upheaval that follows, old crimes come to light and the city itself may be forced to change forever."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Tor, 2019
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250209115
Call Number: FICTION HOSSAIN 2019
Characteristics: 167 pages ; 21 cm
Alternative Title: Gurkha & the Lord of Tuesday


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"Fun, funny and fast. In far-future Kathmandu, all are content. Until the djinn Melek Ahmar, the Lord of Tuesday, awakens." --Provided by My Librarian Rachael S.

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Mar 14, 2021

So much fun!

This novella is a mash-up of fantasy/sci-fi in a post-climate-change world with the mythology of djinns tossed into the mix. Basically, you have Karma operating as an AI running the city of Kathmandu. Add a cranky, grandiose-minded djinn king who has woken up after thousands of years of sleep along w/ an off-the-grid Gurkha with an ax to grind & you have a fun, fast-paced story as they face off.

Definitely recommended.

Mar 02, 2020

I like that this book didn't waste time. The author is working with sci-fi and fantasy tropes that you already know, and why build a deeply detailed world when you can bring your readers along without all that?
It's a short and funny romp. Sometimes uneven with the character development, but good on the revenge tip. Yes, there's a good thread of revenge in the book, and I like revenge as a theme.

Nov 24, 2019

On my for later list because James Nicoll Reviews says, "There are horrific mass murders lurking in the background, but, notwithstanding, this is a delightful light comedy. The stakes may be high but much of the action, from the frustrated djinn’s attempts to foment revolution to Hamilcar’s relationship with the ferocious Colonel Shakia, is endearingly absurd. Terrible things happen but mostly off-stage. And like the best of fantasies, in the end the righteous (for loose definitions of righteous) are suitably rewarded, while the seeming invincible villains get fairly just rewards."


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