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The Gurkha and the Lord of Tuesday Saad Z Hossain Continues To Blow Through The Flimsy Walls Of Genre Like A Whirlwind With The Gurkha And The Lord Of Tuesday, Sweeping Science Fiction, Fantasy, Myth, And Satire Into The Wildly Imaginative Vortex Of His Ever Expanding Fictional Universe Of Alternate Djinn History And Futures Hossain S Wit And Wry Compassion Create A Vision Of Humanity S Hurtling Path Through Time And Space As Both Farcical And Epic, Leaving A Blazing Trail Of Casualties And Wonders Indra DasWhen The Djinn King Melek Ahmar Wakes Up After Millennia Of Imprisoned Slumber, He Finds A World 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 AI 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 RevoltEveryone 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 Ahmer Finds Himself In Ever Deeper Conflicts, Until They Finally Face Off Against Karma And Her Forces In The Upheaval That Follows, Old Crimes Will Come To Light And The City Itself Will Be Forced To Change

10 thoughts on “The Gurkha and the Lord of Tuesday

  1. says:

    Oh my GOD this was so much fun A crazed mash up of djinn, nanotech, and detective story full of fantastic lines it s literally laugh out loud funny, I was howling The curse of reading a lot of genre fiction is that it s very often obvious where a story is going from early on This is never the case with Saad Hossain At all I may never recover from Djinn City, in a good way The plot, settings, and concept all screech round unexpected turns, and occasionally plough through solid walls, and the reader just has to hang on for the ride Bonkers enjoyable fantasy, and an absolute autobuy author for me I will note that, not for the first time, Tor s strong covers game and excellent acquisitions policy is not matched by the editing proofing, and I wish they d put a bit into that because they are otherwise one of the most exciting and innovative publishers out there.

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    I received an ARC of this book from the publishing company Tor.com in exchange for a fair and honest review.In the heart of the Himalayas, Melek Ahmar, the Lord of Mars, the Red King, the Lord of of Tuesday, Most August Rajah of Djinn, awakens after millennia of slumber He finds that everyone s forgotten about him Humans have their own problems climate change has ravaged Earth and humans can t survive without nanobots scrubbing the air clean enough to breathe Most therefore live in giant cities, the closest of which is Kathmandu Incorporated, governed by the god like AI Karma Of course, now that Melek Ahmar is awake, he has no interest in staying a forgotten king with no subjects With the prodding of an old soldier who has his own grudge against Kathmandu, Melek Ahmar decides to conquer the city.This is my second book by Saad Z Hossain the first being Escape from Baghdad and honestly, hot damn Escape from Baghdad deserved its exclamation mark, and I d add an honorary exclamation mark to The Gurkha and the Lord of Tuesday too This novella is a very wild, very fun ride.The setting is great I always really enjoy cyberpunk mixed with traditional magic, and it s especially fun to see this mixture not in the usual suspects New York, Tokyo but in Nepal The city Kathmandu itself is something like a paradise within a climate change ravaged hell Money has been abolished everyone has basic food, shelter, and entertainment Even in paradise, some people do have though people receive Karma points by contributing to society and can spend them on luxuries or favours from Karma And of course even in paradise, not everyone is content and not everyone believes that being governed by an AI is best By the end, I still couldn t make up my mind as to whether Kathmandu is worth it.The characters are all fun to follow, though Melek Ahmar was by far my favourite He s all powerful, arrogant, and grandiloquent And aside from conquering the city, what he really wants is a really good party For an ancient all powerful djinn, he s very relatable His irritated ruminations on humanity also never failed to make me laugh, e.g What good were humans without their habitual dissatisfaction It was their defining trait Acting as his foil is the other half of the book s title, the Gurkha soldier Bhan Gurung Well, he is sort of the foil, being a lot calmer and strategically minded But his perpetual smile and attachment to his knife alarms even the Lord of Tuesday In fact, all the characters are a little nuts, in all the best ways.This cross between depressing setting and outrageous characters keeps the book s tone light Some of the themes raised the dullness of a paradise where all your needs are met justice and exploitation in a money less, good deeds based society the morality of AI government in general will definitely bounce around my head a while But the book itself is just plain funny I mean, it s about an all powerful djinn who doesn t think the party s really started if there s no goat sacrifices, hanging out with a perpetually smiling old man with murder hole eyes , trying to ferment revolution in a city where people quite like how things are, thanks It s all pretty absurd, in the best way.The Gurkha and the Lord of Tuesday comes out on August 13th, 2019 and I can t wait for everyone else to check it out In the meantime, I m definitely going to explore of Hassain s older work, and hope that this stand alone novella spawns some sequels.

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    Melek Khamar, the Lord of Tuesday, has been asleep for 3000 years and wakes up to a world where humans have salted the earth or accurately, the air and require nanotech implants to survive It doesn t take too long for Melek Khamar note he always refers to himself using his full name, the first indications of his self importance to begin his plans to take over again because why not That s what he does This might be shallow reasoning elsewhere but the entire novella is so self aware, the read and author are acutely aware that it s the childish plan of a magnanimous ruler.The Lord of Tuesday a very prestigious title we re told, there s only seven days after all receives help from the mysterious very disturbing outcast Bhan Gurung who likes nothing than a good genocidal night out and a bag of pistachios Together they try to take over Kathmandu which has become one of the most advanced cities worldwide I really like that the story is set here rather than the traditional settings of London Tokyo etc It makes sense that a djinn would wake up in Southeast Asia Too often an author will try to force the location to be their hometown understandably so it s very cool to see a city be used organically.Kathmandu is ruled by an AI called Karma which freely provides basic needs food, water, shelter etc to everyone Money has been abolished, replaced with a karma system good deeds build up one s karma count, letting them use it as a currency It s an interesting depiction of a utopian post capitalist society while deconstructing why the concept didn t work as perfectly as its designers intended A serious critique of this situation a la Brave New World would be fascinating but it s a mistake to think this book is that Extremely tongue in cheek, The Gurkha and the Lord of Tuesday mocks the vain, hyper masculine warrior god trope in a gonzo, crackpot, lightning fast story It parodies and exaggerates sword and sorcery heroes, but does so affectionately.With characters like Gurung, who keeps pushing towards the goal of conquering the city by playing on an immortal, all powerful djinn s insecurities pride, and ReGi, the teenage djinn who grants wishes read sells weed and listens to classic kpop, the book is impossible to take seriously It s absurd, hectic, and hilarious while prodding the redaer along with just some light commentary on the dangers of utopian society and AI controlled decision making Immediately after finishing the book, Escape to Baghdad jumped straight to the top of my TBR and perhaps that s the simplest and most effective endorsement of the book I can give.

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    Perfection.Imagine an arrogant djinn waking up in a brand new world run by an artificial intelligence system called Karma Melek Ahmar, the Lord of Mars, the Red King, the Lord of Tuesday, Most August Rajah of Djinn wants a city to rule, good parties, plenty of booze and great companions to drink, fight and carouse with Accompanied by a Gurkha named Bhan Gurung who lives off the grid, he plans to conquer Kathmandu At least he says so, but his actions suggest parties and heavy drinking appeal to him than ruling I like good satires, the ones that don t try desperately to be funny but make you laugh anyway Saad Z Hossain delivered a compact and entertaining blend of sci fi, thriller, comedy, and heist He even has a cheeky teenage djinn girl who sells weed for karma points And it works Moments of sheer joy mix with clever twists that reveal dark secrets of seemingly perfect Kathmandu of the future At this point, human characters hijack the story,I loved it It s probably my favorite novella published by Tor in recent years.

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    A fast and furious race through a vividly imagined futuristic utopia Or is it a dystopia The Gurkha and the Lord of Tuesday is a novella and so doesn t have the plotty heft of Saad Hossain s other, longer novels, Escape from Baghdad and Djinn City, but it does have his signature combination of cynicism, wisecracks, likeable yet wildly amoral characters, and a plot that hurtles to the finish And some of the most badass female characters I have come across in the genre So good Highly recommended.

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    A novella that is quite jolly but promises than it keeps at least for me What I liked the setting of Kathmandu, the collision of magic djinn with futuristic nanotechnology and surveillance AI the djinn Melek Ahmar, quickly used to the magic of the age, was unimpressed , the snarky tone What didn t really quite come together for me the characterisation, the dialogue a tad too snarky so that it became knowing , the lack of emotional heart.There are two women characters in this book and one AI gendered as she One of them is a kind of manic pixie dream girl she is a snarky teenage Goth djinn The stereotype wore thin after a while The other is the badass warrior woman, familiar as token woman from countless action movies Again, to me she seemed a male wish fulfilling cardboard cut out I did not warm to her at all The most vivid character is the old goatherd gurkha but he, too, is driven by a one dimensional motivation.The premise is clever The AI named Karma dispenses karmic points that function as currency It raised the question can there be an economy of moral good Value is determined by what people want chapter 9 , and what happens when the people want murder and mayhem As the AI says My job is not to assign value I merely ensure a true fair market So there is an interesting exploration of free market capitalism embedded in this story somewhere For a truly awesome exploration of the same topic, though, I suggest Ursula LeGuin s The Dispossessed Format Kindle Good, clean formatting, and I spotted only two typos Vasco de Gama miniscule my personal bugbear.

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    Tor.com novellas continue to be the platform giving voice to diverse thought experiments in science fiction and fantasy that we just wouldn t get anywhere else, and Saad Hossain s The Gurkha and the Lord of Tuesday is a fine example It s also, I must add, a thought experiment pitting magic versus the machine, the artificial versus the natural, and the ordered versus the chaotic as systems of governance The agent of chaos is a djinn, the agent of order is an artificial intelligence, and the battleground is the city of Kathmandu, rising from the ashes of a future so terrifying I honestly don t really want to think about it for long The djinn stumbles across a former Gurkha soldier who becomes his companion and confidante, while the artificial intelligence Karma keeps a human failsafe nearby to be our access point to its inner workings.Early on, I was on the verge of finding myself annoyed at Hossain s use of stereotypes the uncontrolled, ravaging and sexually ravenous djinn, the stoic ex soldier without a war to fight, the private investigator desperate for a case to distract himself from his own bleak introspection, the amoral and unfeeling artificial intelligence guiding human affairs without dispensing justice to the citizens under its care And one of these stereotypes does persist throughout, but the others are thoroughly dispatched by the novella s conclusion, the characters grown into rich and round personality I enjoyed the denouement, the author s final stance on matters of human nature and destruction, as well as the characters themselves For someone who felt uncomfortable with them even halfway through, that s a stunning reversal and worthy of my respect.A wonderful addition to the entire science fiction and fantasy continuum

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    A fantastic novella featuring a djinn in a future cyber utopia in Kathmandu The author does a great job painting a picture with the amount of space he has available This definitely makes me want to read by Hossain.

  9. says:

    Absolutely amazing Blending futuristic sci fi with very ancient stories of djinn Plus, it s hilarious Would trade a lot of Karma credits to read in this world.

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    A SIMPLE MAN S REVIEW How is this the first A.I vs Djinn book I ve read It s funny, thoughtful, and just a bit bigger than a bite sized nugget perfect for a quick, weekend read.The story is a simple one a Djinn wakes up to find the world a much different place, but then he meets a guy and is taken on quite the trip There s hilarious elements to the story that will keep you chuckling, but there s also commentary on society and the idea of utopia Plus, since it all takes place in the future, you get a fun, sci fi slant Read it

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