World Fantasy Award 2013, John W. Campbell Memorial Award nominee 2013, Locus Award nominee 2013.
Alif has encountered three strokes of bad luck. The aristocratic woman he loves has jilted him, leaving him with only a mysterious book of fairytales. The state censorship apparatus of the emirate where he lives has broken into his computer, compromising his business providing online freedom for clients across the Islamic world. And now the security police have shown up at his door. But when Alif goes underground, he will encounter a menagerie of mythical creatures and end up on a mad dash through faith, myth, cyberspace, love, and revolution.
“Surpasses the early work of Stephenson and Gaiman.” — io9.com
“Outrageously enjoyable.” — Laura Miller, Salon.com
“Open the first page and you will be forced to do its bidding: To read on.” — Gregory Maguire, author of Wicked and Out of Oz