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Budayeen Nights Hardcover – September 1, 2003
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Here's what critic/reviewer/editor/author Claude Lalumière had to say about BUDAYEEN NIGHTS on the Locus Online website ([...]) in his feature article on the Best of 2003:
"The book that wowed me more than any other in 2003 is BUDAYEEN NIGHTS (Golden Gryphon) by the late George Alec Effinger. BUDAYEEN NIGHTS serves as a beautifully evocative postscript to Effinger's trio of Budayeen novels (WHEN GRAVITY FAILS, etc.). The stories featuring the novels' protagonist, Marîd Audran, are the most effective, but the whole book is wondrously sensuous, seductive, witty, and thrilling. Effinger's creation, the Muslim underworld of the Budayeen, is one of my favourite settings in SF, and revisiting it for this final outing was a moving experience."
And I quoted Claude because I agree -- this book is wondrous, seductive, witty, thought-provoking -- just what one would expect from the writings of George Alec Effinger. If you're a fan of GAE, of the Budayeen novels, this book will not disappoint.
According to the story notes (which precede each story, and were written by Effinger's ex-wife, author Barbara Hambly), one story, "Marîd Changes His Mind," is actually the first two chapters of the planned fourth Budayeen novel, but unfortunately this is all Effinger ever wrote of that book before his death. Also, according to the story notes, the story entitled "The World As We Know It" actually takes place after the proposed FIFTH Budayeen novel. In this story, Marîd is in hiding from Friedlander Bey's enemies, the same enemies who caused Bey's untimely demise. So there is some consistency between the stories, and, of course, you'll see a lot of the same characters from the novels in these stories as well.
The story that leads off the collection, "Schrödinger's Kitten," won the Hugo Award, the Nebula Award, the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award, and the Japanese Seiun Award (Japan's equivalent of the Hugo Award), all for best short story of the year. Not too shabby . . . And a couple other stories were nominated for these same awards. So you will certainly be entertained with the quality of the writing in this collection.
Please don't let Mr. Starrett's disappointment in not finding the non-existent fourth Budayeen novel dissuade you from reading and experiencing these wonderful tales of the Budayeen.
The first story is completely unlike the Budayeen novels. Indeed the Budayeen is barely mentioned and a lot of it takes place in pre-world war 2 Germany. As such it is also in a completely different time to Auran. This isn't sci-fi or cyberpunk but more philosophy via physics about the uncertainty and endless possibities of the future. Jumping forward and back between various possibilities it's a little confusing but an interesting start to the book.
Marîd Changes His Mind
This was an odd inclusion. It's the first 6 chapters of the second Marîd Audran book and I wouldn't expect people who hadn't read that to be reading this. As I only just recently read that book I will skip over it this time.
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In the world of moddies and daddies one name stands out above any other. The most desired, the most adored, the most experienced - Honey Pílar. The star of the top-selling "erotica" moddies Pílars' name is on every street and every shelf but who she really is has never been explored til now. In her mid-forties and on her fourth marriage she is like Howard Hughes, rich beyond all belief but eccentric and rarely does she leave her home. Her husband Kit is growing tired of this dumb, dull woman whose only good point is her body and what she does with it and this isn't the paradise marriage others think it should be. But there seems to be something more. Is Pílar really as stupid as she seems?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It is really sad to read the posthumous book of a great author, especially if, as in this case, it is a collection of works mostly unfinished, and that will never be... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Anakina
There are some good stories in here, but I wasn't over-awed. 3.5 Stars. After reading this I'd say to stick with the Budayeen Novels.Published 23 months ago by J. Glove
When I say that this book left me wanting more, what I mean is that I really only bought this book so I could read the portion of what was going to be the 4th novel in the Budayeen... Read morePublished on December 16, 2013 by Matt
Just be grateful that there are more Budayeen stories, and not resentful that there are so few. I was not particularly interested in an Arab setting for a world of the future; I... Read morePublished on July 22, 2013 by Scarlett
I remember when I first read Effinger's "When Gravity Fails" way back in my college days, lo, these many years ago. Read morePublished on May 12, 2010 by Rodney Meek
George Alec Effinger's BUDAYEEN NIGHTS comes from one of the founders of the 'cyberpunk' movement and provides a collection of nine writings - seven stories, the first part of an... Read morePublished on October 9, 2008 by Midwest Book Review