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Old 02-14-2011, 04:09 PM   #1
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Great fantasy books set in India?

I'm trying to expand my horizons and I'm really interested in the history and cultures of India.

Can anyone recommend fiction (particularly genre fiction like fantasy) set in India, or by Indian authors?
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Old 02-14-2011, 05:42 PM   #2
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River of Gods and Cyberabad Days by Ian McDonald.
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Song of Kali by Dan Simmons. Classified as horror, IIRC, but it felt more like fantasy to me.
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Old 02-14-2011, 05:52 PM   #4
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I read and enjoyed Ian MacDonald's Vishnu at the Cat Circus novella which was nominated for last year's Hugo Award. It's set in an interesting future India and apparently it's part of some sort of series which consists of one novel and a short story collection. Here's Ansible's review of the lot, which apparently has had multiple Hugo noms over the years.

I've also bought but not yet read Dan Simmons' Song of Kali, which is said to be a horror fantasy classic. Simmons' other work is highly spoken of elsewhere in Reading Recs and this particular novel won a World Fantasy Award and is available in DRM-free MultiFormat via Fictionwise, which currently has a 55% off coupon in the Deals forum.

If you like murder mysteries, there's Canadian author Don Hauka's Jinnah series, which is Indo-Canadian but travels back and forth. I haven't actually read the books myself, but I enjoyed the CBC's televised adaptations and they had pretty good plots and interesting characters, in my opinion.

(If you don't mind film recs, Indo-Canadian director Deepa Mehta does excellent work.)

Hope this helps.
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Old 02-14-2011, 06:28 PM   #5
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Life of Pi by Yann Martel. Only a third of the book takes place in India.
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Old 02-14-2011, 09:33 PM   #6
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I read and enjoyed Ian MacDonald's Vishnu at the Cat Circus novella which was nominated for last year's Hugo Award. It's set in an interesting future India and apparently it's part of some sort of series which consists of one novel and a short story collection.
I think I saw a reference to that somewhere.

Oh-- it was 2 posts above yours.
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Old 02-14-2011, 09:35 PM   #7
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Something else that crossed my mind-- I came across a couple of hundred issues of a magazine called Chandamama in a torrent. Also viewable on the official web site:

http://www.chandamama.com/archive/storyArchive.htm
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I think I saw a reference to that somewhere.

Oh-- it was 2 posts above yours.
Sorry, I kind of type slowly and new replies sometimes pop up while I'm doing so.
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Old 02-15-2011, 05:56 AM   #9
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Lord of Light comes to mind, though it may be somewhat a stretch. But it's a great book
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lord_of_Light
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Old 02-15-2011, 09:14 AM   #10
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I second River of Gods. Really enjoyed that book - haven't read the next one though.

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Old 02-15-2011, 03:41 PM   #11
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The White Tiger - Aravind Adiga
A very interesting story told in a very appealing way.
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Old 02-15-2011, 06:58 PM   #12
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Thanks for all the great suggestions, I appreciate it!

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Just read about THIS one that recently came out. I want to get it, but my list is getting way too big.
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Old 02-23-2011, 08:21 PM   #14
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That's looks pretty good too, I think I'll add it to my list.
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