Alif The Unseen

Paperback | June 25, 2013

byG. Willow Wilson

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Justly compared to the works of Neil Gaiman, Philip Pullman, and William Gibson, Alif the Unseen is a tour-de-force, an addictive blend of classic fantasy with the 21st-century reality of imperilled young hackers in a repressive security state in the Arabian Gulf, now at a very friendly price point.

Alif is a brilliant young superhacker in an unnamed Gulf state, and his computer has just been breached. While he scrambles to protect his clients (dissidents, outlaws, Alif doesn't discriminate), he and his friends realize that they've been found by 'the Hand' -- maybe a person, maybe a program, but definitely terrifyingly powerful. Alif, with the help of his childhood friend Dina, an ancient book, and a bizarre protector who almost looks human, must find a way into the hidden world of the djinn if he has any hope of saving the world of mortal beings.

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Justly compared to the works of Neil Gaiman, Philip Pullman, and William Gibson, Alif the Unseen is a tour-de-force, an addictive blend of classic fantasy with the 21st-century reality of imperilled young hackers in a repressive security state in the Arabian Gulf, now at a very friendly price point.Alif is a brilliant young superhacker...

G. WILLOW WILSON was born in New Jersey in 1982 and raised in Colorado. She is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir The Butterfly Mosque and the graphic novels Cairo, Air, and Vixen. She divides her time between Cairo and Seattle. Visit her at www.gwillowwilson.com.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 8 × 5.18 × 1.25 inPublished:June 25, 2013Publisher:McClelland & StewartLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0771089090

ISBN - 13:9780771089091

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wonderfully imaginative. A refreshing take on a topic most authors should really avoid. The Jinn in most stories are treated like glorified faeries who somehow must grant wishes despite being ridiculously overpowered. This book does them and another culture a service by not being grossly misinformed. And for the programming geek it's actually really fascinating.
Date published: 2015-04-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from True Fairy Tale This book was filled with a mastery of fiction that kept a good pace and action. Alif's character was real and understandable--he was believable in his motivations. It did a good job of integrating modern technology and belief with fairy tales.
Date published: 2014-04-11

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 • "Brilliant. . . . Witty, imaginative and unorthodox in all senses." - The Observer (UK) • "Wilson enchantingly creates the parallel universe of the jinn, living among us but unseen by most "children of Adam." . . . Richly rewards believers in the power of the written word." - Seattle Times • "Wondrous. . . . Outrageously enjoyable . . . 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." - salon.com • "Delightful. . . . Wilson's geography is mapped out beautifully. . . . [Her lucid writing includes minute and lyrical details in every scene and moment . . . . This book is both timely and prescient." - rabble.ca