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March Books 1) A Wind from Bukhara

1) A Wind from Bukhara, by M.J. Engh

More of a political fantasy than an sf novel this. Set in 1976 (when it was written). Central Asian dictator through sheer force of personality takes over the world, setting up his capital in a small town in Illinois. He then sets out to bring about the end of the world as we know it, and finishes off by cultivating his garden. His rather nasty sexual tastes were probably more acceptable fare for a novel in the 1970s than they would be now. Still, it gave me something to read on the plane.

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peteyoung
Mar. 6th, 2005 11:22 am (UTC)
I read this a couple of years ago under the Orb reprint title Arslan. Rather good, I thought. I also reckon it owes somethng to John Steinbeck's The Moon Is Down, which she gives a coded namecheck to at the end of one chapter.
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