Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your email address or mobile phone number.
Air: Or, Have Not Have Paperback – September 9, 2004
|New from||Used from|
See the Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
From Publishers Weekly
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
More About the Author
Top Customer Reviews
Don't be fooled. Chung Mae's adventures, while limited to her village and the nearby provincial capitol, are the most mind-blowing emotional, intellectual, terror and sense-of-wonder filled thrill ride since Dan Simmons's Hyperion. And in the same way that Neal Stephenson's 3000 page Baroque Trilogy deals with the previous global social, political, religious, scientific, and economic revolution that gave us our modern world, AIR is a rigorous, visceral, intensely moving and completely convincing portrayal of the next one--all from the point of view of an illiterate, "developing world" wife and mother, who happens to be the most real, engaging and three-dimensional character I've ever encountered in any science fiction book.
Get to know her, care for her, and, yes, worry about her, and by page 200, you'll witness a series of revelations--personal, social, political, biological, and even cosmological--so explosive, you'll think the book cannot possibly top itself--but you'll be only half-way through. There are several plateaus yet to go, on the way to a climax that had me in tears (literally) and at the same time filled me with hope.
This is the year that cyberpunk goes from apocalyptic to revolutionary.
The revolution won't be televised. But it will be AIRed.
Air has the texture, richness, and fantastical complications (ghosts, visions, layering of mythology and folklore and technology and history) of other slipstream Ryman novels. It's a remarkable and magical act of transformation on Ryman`s part, and it's an experience that transforms his reader as well. I fell in love with his characters, and am still carrying them around in my head. The ending is literally transcendent. Air is not only profound, it`s also marvelously written, deeply joyful, and -- even more rare -- optimistic.
Another science fiction novel that touches on the themes of dignity and resiliency of the human spirit is An Audience for Einstein, an intelligent young adult title. I'm far too old to wear that young adult label myself, but still found it enjoyable and highly worthwhile.
This is an amazing novel of ideas about the future of the internet as well as the future of the third world. The characters are diverse, strange, funny, very likeable, and amazingly real. I have no idea how Ryman can write completely convincingly ( and with his usual high degree of eloquence) from the perspective of a middle-aged uneducated ethnic Chinese woman in a fictional far-East country in the near future (whew), but, well, you'll see. Moving, optimistic (which is such a rarity in science fiction these days!), and resonant, Air really may be Ryman's best. Not to be missed!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was an interesting and engaging story to read. An interesting mix of current problems with a fictional future and triumph over adversity.Published 7 months ago by Deb
This was quite an interesting book. It wandered a bit from the topic of "having the internet in your head - Air" but the wandering was educational. Read morePublished 8 months ago by C. Henager
One of the more unusual books I've read. Set in an isolated village in a remote land, where the cultures of China, Islam and smaller tribes converge. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Charles Craig
This is not sci-fi. Low tech fantasy and tribal magic. The story appears to be written as if it was translated from some asian dialect. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Ron Kropp
Boy was this terrible. It's not really much of a SF book, more a book about a woman struggling to bring new technology to her tribal village. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Mark
I really wanted to like this but the nature of the pregnancy is a totally horrible and unscientific plot point that should have been changed or edited out. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book was very hard to get into and follow. I didn't understand the story line and so I didn't really enjoy the bookPublished on October 14, 2013 by Alex
Air is Ryman's response to the question: what happens when remote corners of the globe are plunged headlong into the information age? Read morePublished on September 11, 2013 by Librum
It's too late for me. But you can still save yourself. Don't read this book. It is horrible. It is the story of a woman who gestates a baby in her stomach after an oral sex... Read morePublished on May 4, 2013 by ferrance