"A tour-de-force of a debut that blends classic fantasy -- the fascinating, frightening, sometimes-invisible world of the djinn -- that's genies to some of us -- with the 21st-century reality of a super-hacker in mortal danger in a repressive security state on the Arabian Gulf."
A sequel of sorts to "The Stress of Her Regard". Years later, the Rosettis and others are attempting to save themselves and London from the plots of the Nephilim. Powers writes another beautiful novel.
"In Vientiane, a booby-trapped corpse has been delivered to the morgue. In Dr. Siri's absence, only Nurse Dtui’s intervention saves the lives of the morgue attendants, visiting doctors, and Madame Daeng. On his way back from a communist party meeting in the north, Dr. Siri is kidnapped by seven female Hmong villagers under the direction of the village elder so that he will exorcise the headman’s daughter whose soul is possessed by a demon, and lift the curse of the pogo stick."
"This is a layered story set against the backdrop of ecologic disaster 50 years in the future. On the surface it is the quest of a professional skydiver to rescue his girlfriend from the clutches of addiction and corporate greed. ... the author presents a fascinating prediction about how we'll interact with the internet in the future. But this book also explores other big issues: addiction,..., exploitation, the nature of love and sacrifice"
"Amazon Best of the Month, June 2009: The city is Beszel, a rundown metropolis on the eastern edge of Europe. The other city is Ul Qoma, a modern Eastern European boomtown, despite being a bit of an international pariah. What the two cities share, and what they don't, is the deliciously evocative conundrum at the heart of China Mieville's The City and the City." Also an interesting murder mystery.
"One cold autumn night, a woman is found hanging from a beam in her summer cottage. At first sight it appears to be a straightforward case of suicide; the woman, María, had never recovered from the loss of her mother two years earlier and had a history of depression. But when Karen, the friend who found her body, approaches Erlendur and gives him the tape of a séance that María had attended, his curiosity is aroused."