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Re: SF/F set in the Middle East
« Reply #15 on: March 02, 2015, 06:05:30 PM »
Just brought The City of Silk and Steel by M.R Carey,Linda Carey and Louise Carey or is it called The Steel Seraglio   :D

I've read a few of M.R Carey UF Felix Castor novels and enjoyed them so its about time I started to read this novel from my TBR pile  :)

Finished The City of Silk and Steel fantastic novel

Got this one from the library on Friday after seeing all the recommendations here - will be reading it after I finish the current trilogy :D
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Re: SF/F set in the Middle East
« Reply #16 on: July 01, 2015, 06:32:15 PM »
Hi I've came across this

The Immortals of Meluha (Shiva Trilogy #1) by Amish Tripathi

Does this count? if not just ignore me, I've added it to my ever growing  tbr pile looks interesting  :)

Just started reading this, I know it's not Middle East but it's different to what I normally read in my fantasy reading habits
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Re: SF/F set in the Middle East
« Reply #17 on: July 01, 2015, 08:03:31 PM »
Late to the party again, all my suggestions and many more given. Can't see anyones patience wearing thin on this one. There are of course tales of this mad Iranian dude whose stories seem to be the root of lots of western heroes from myth and legend but his name escapes me for the moment.

Not really middle eastern but told from the perspective of the an Ottoman army invading Albania in the 15th Centuary The Siege by Ismail Kadare is a fantastic, if horrific read.
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Re: SF/F set in the Middle East
« Reply #18 on: July 02, 2015, 07:00:35 AM »
Not sure if this is the right vein or not, but isn't The Alchemist by Coelho largely set in the Middle East? 

Some of Mercedes Lackey's works have a distinctly Egyptian or Middle Eastern feel to them, in spite of being set in alternate worlds.  The Dragon Jousters series is what I thought of first, but then I also remembered that she did a similar thing in her Valdemar universe, though I honestly can't remember which books feature that particular country.  I want to say Karse?  Don't quote me on that.  :) 


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Re: SF/F set in the Middle East
« Reply #19 on: July 11, 2015, 07:12:08 AM »
The greater diaspora of a region is wherever the population and/or culture have spread beyond the original borders.

So in this case, for the Middle East, the diaspora would include parts of Africa (particularly north Africa but also a few parts south of the Sahara), Spain, the former Ottoman Empire, and even certain neighborhoods in, say, London or NYC.

With this in mind, I remembered The Golem and the Jinni, by Helene Wecker. Haven't read it yet, but heard good things about it. It draws on both Islamic and Jewish mythologies, which is great.

"Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a disgraced rabbi who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic. When her master, the husband who commissioned her, dies at sea on the voyage from Poland, she is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York in 1899.

Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire, born in the ancient Syrian desert. Trapped in an old copper flask by a Bedouin wizard centuries ago, he is released accidentally by a tinsmith in a Lower Manhattan shop. Though he is no longer imprisoned, Ahmad is not entirely free – an unbreakable band of iron binds him to the physical world.

The Golem and the Jinni is their magical, unforgettable story; unlikely friends whose tenuous attachment challenges their opposing natures – until the night a terrifying incident drives them back into their separate worlds. But a powerful threat will soon bring Chava and Ahmad together again, challenging their existence and forcing them to make a fateful choice."


Yes good point. It's not only about the setting but about the people.
I'm happy to find this thread, and to see other non-european fantasy out there. I recently finished Who fears death, by Nnedi Okorafor, set in African in the future. The story is largely about sorcery and genocide and it's pretty full on sometimes, but refreshingly different, and with strong characters.

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Re: SF/F set in the Middle East
« Reply #20 on: July 11, 2015, 07:13:21 AM »
Does anyone know of alternate world fantasy rooted in India? (in the same way that much alternate world fantasy is rooted in medieval Europe). Thanks!

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Re: SF/F set in the Middle East
« Reply #21 on: July 11, 2015, 07:33:27 AM »
Does anyone know of alternate world fantasy rooted in India? (in the same way that much alternate world fantasy is rooted in medieval Europe). Thanks!

How about Jani and the Greater Game by Eric Brown

Jani and the Greater Game is the first book in a rip-roaring, spice-laden, steampunk action adventure series set in India and featuring a heroine who subverts all the norms...

It's 1910 and the British rule the subcontinent with an iron fist and with strange technology fuelled by a power source known as Annapurnite discovered in the foothills of Mount Annapurna. But they rule but at the constant cost of their enemies, mainly the Russians and the Chinese, attempting to learn the secret of this technology... This political confrontation is known as The Greater Game.
Into this conflict is pitched eighteen year old Janisha Chaterjee who discovers a strange device which leads her into the foothills of the Himalayas. When Russians spies and the evil priest Durja Das find out about the device, the chase is on to apprehend Janisha before she can reach the Himalayas. There she will learn the secret behind Annapurnite, and what she learns will change the destiny of the world for ever...
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Re: SF/F set in the Middle East
« Reply #22 on: July 12, 2015, 01:39:01 AM »
Gail Carriger's Prudence is partially set in India, but it helps if you understand the odd alternate Victorian steampunk world that Gail created for the books in The Parasol Protectorate.
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Re: SF/F set in the Middle East
« Reply #23 on: May 28, 2019, 10:12:46 PM »
Any more  books to be added on here?

I  never did read Jani and the greater game .The low score on goodreads put me off maybe I should give it a go.
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Re: SF/F set in the Middle East
« Reply #24 on: May 29, 2019, 02:09:15 AM »
This is more of a alternate version to Indian mythology rather than a true fantasy, but still a wonderful read. If you can identify the intelligently woven parallels, then all the more fun.

Shiva trilogy - Amish Tripathi

1. The Immortals of Meluha
2. The Secret of the Nagas
3. The Oath of the Vayuputras

I'd give these a solid 8/10. Probably more. Been some years, but still I have fond memories.

The only drawback I think is that this is written in simple modern English lacking the fancy wordplay associated with Fantasy novels.
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Re: SF/F set in the Middle East
« Reply #25 on: May 29, 2019, 03:44:58 AM »

City of Brass was pretty good.
All about the magical cities of the djinn

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Re: SF/F set in the Middle East
« Reply #26 on: May 29, 2019, 07:31:58 AM »

City of Brass was pretty good.
All about the magical cities of the djinn
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Re: SF/F set in the Middle East
« Reply #27 on: May 29, 2019, 07:37:58 AM »
Very happy to see you back @Eclipse. Just dropping in to mention the two books of the Sarantine Mosaic by Guy Gavriel Kay.  Sailing to Sarantium and Lord of Emperors. Set in Kay's fictional equivalent of The Ottoman Empire.
Two of my favourite GGK books, highly recommended but only a little very subtle magic that intrigues and has effect.
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Re: SF/F set in the Middle East
« Reply #28 on: May 29, 2019, 10:50:01 AM »
Very happy to see you back @Eclipse. Just dropping in to mention the two books of the Sarantine Mosaic by Guy Gavriel Kay.  Sailing to Sarantium and Lord of Emperors. Set in Kay's fictional equivalent of The Ottoman Empire.
Two of my favourite GGK books, highly recommended but only a little very subtle magic that intrigues and has effect.

Thought it was the Byzantine Empire, not the Ottomans? Slightly different kettle of fish.
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Re: SF/F set in the Middle East
« Reply #29 on: May 29, 2019, 02:31:12 PM »
A couple of SF examples:

The Arabesk trilogy by Jon Courtenay Grimwood is set in an alternative Egypt. I think he has a fantasy series that might count, too.

The Budayeen books by George Alec Effinger are set in an unspecified part of North Africa.