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Alif the Unseen

de G. Willow Wilson

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In an unnamed Middle Eastern security state, a young Arab-Indian hacker shields his clients, dissidents, outlaws, Islamists, and other watched groups, from surveillance and tries to stay out of trouble. He goes by Alif, the first letter of the Arabic alphabet, and a convenient handle to hide behind. The aristocratic woman Alif loves has jilted him for a prince chosen by her parents, and his computer has just been breached by the State's electronic security force, putting his clients and his own neck on the line. Then it turns out his lover's new fianceé is the head of State security, and his henchmen come after Alif, driving him underground. When Alif discovers The Thousand and One Days, the secret book of the jinn, which both he and the Hand suspect may unleash a new level of information technology, the stakes are raised and Alif must struggle for life or death, aided by forces seen and unseen.… (més)
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I love this book. With the excitement of intrigue, the imagination of sci-fi, Wilson has woven a fabulous story. This is a page turner. ( )
  JRobinW | Jan 20, 2023 |
Thoroughly enjoyed the book. Wilson did a good job of making a modern, fearful, realistic teenage boy protagonist (and growing him through out) without making me dislike him. Dina was a great character, realistic, strong, and refreshing. The descriptions of the jinn and their world were awesome and I'd happily spend more time there. ( )
  ajhackwith | Jan 3, 2023 |
This book ate my brain. So good! It’s like Harry Potter and the Arabian Nights had a love child raised by Jason Bourne.

I read this for a book club and the discussion was fascinating. I seemed to be on the extreme on one side, loving the book while others liked it with reservations, with a few having serious problems with it. Though the issues others had with the book, I was able to explain away because I saw the story and the characters as a series of allegories. Alif et al represented different parts of a modern Arab society, and I appreciated how Wilson wove the different threads together to show that the culture was at once both a melting pot of the old and new, as well as a renunciation of the old.

There was a bit of handwavium going on with the coding (Willow is obviously not a programmer) which I was able to suspend disbelief for, for the most part. And it was interesting that of all the characters, the convert was never named.

I enjoyed it. ( )
  wisemetis | Oct 9, 2022 |
A very cleaver novel that truly helps non-Muslims understand the faith better. It was interesting to learn that jinn are in fact mentioned in the Quran as a third race created by God among the Angels and the Humans. Reading religious fiction makes me, at least, realize we are all one faith interpenetrating it in different forms and believing the common belief that good conquers evil. ( )
  Jazz1987 | Aug 27, 2022 |
While I would love to give this a better rating I can't because I absolutely hated the main character. I have rarely read any books where I loathed the main character as much as this one. Alif (the protagonist) is a whiny, moody, angsty, sexist little sh**. I got tired of his bruised man ego, temper tantrums and his crying and wailing real quick. It was ridiculous how he couldn't get one single thing right even when he had a ton of other characters helping him out. If the book had made Dina (side character) the protagonist this would have made for a much more interesting read as she was the most intelligent, realistic and courageous character in this story but that didn't happen. To be honest at times even she annoyed me by acting like a doormat for Alif. The only positives was the setting and the introduction of the djinn (and even the djinn could have been fleshed out a lot more). The attempt at technobabble was pathetic. I am rarely leave this scathing of a review but I am upset because this could have been a GREAT READ, the setup was there, but it crashed and burned and that is really disappointing. ( )
  awesomejen2 | Jun 21, 2022 |
Es mostren 1-5 de 105 (següent | mostra-les totes)
...as with the work of many of the best young writers today, it is both a book written with a love of the fantastic in all its genres and a serious work of fiction.
afegit per melmore | editaThe Guardian, Damien Walter (Dec 13, 2012)
 
For all its playfulness, “Alif the Unseen” is also at times unexpectedly moving, especially as it detours into questions of faith.... For those who view American fiction as provincial, or dominated by competent but safe work, Wilson’s novel offers a resounding, heterodox alternative.
afegit per melmore | editaNew York Times, Pauls Toutonghi (Aug 10, 2012)
 
It’s difficult to convey how outrageously enjoyable “Alif the Unseen” is without dropping names — the energetic plotting of Philip Pullman, the nimble imagery of Neil Gaiman and the intellectual ambition of Neal Stephenson are three comparisons that come to mind. Yet I’d hate to give the impression that the novel lacks freshness or originality.
afegit per melmore | editaSalon, Laura Miller (Jul 1, 2012)
 

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“Be careful with this one," said Dina, bending down to greet the cat. "All cats are half jinn, but I think she's three-quarters.”
“These are not the banu adam you're looking for.”
Society didn't mind if you broke the rules; it only required you to acknowledge them.
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In an unnamed Middle Eastern security state, a young Arab-Indian hacker shields his clients, dissidents, outlaws, Islamists, and other watched groups, from surveillance and tries to stay out of trouble. He goes by Alif, the first letter of the Arabic alphabet, and a convenient handle to hide behind. The aristocratic woman Alif loves has jilted him for a prince chosen by her parents, and his computer has just been breached by the State's electronic security force, putting his clients and his own neck on the line. Then it turns out his lover's new fianceé is the head of State security, and his henchmen come after Alif, driving him underground. When Alif discovers The Thousand and One Days, the secret book of the jinn, which both he and the Hand suspect may unleash a new level of information technology, the stakes are raised and Alif must struggle for life or death, aided by forces seen and unseen.

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