Cory Doctorow reviews The Mirage on Boing Boing

…and gives me a wonderful publication day present:

So goes this extraordinary novel, which transcends a gimmicky exercise in Arabifying America and vice-versa and becomes a top-rate war novel, a thoughtful and sly commentary on the war on terror, and a scathing critique of religious partisanship, all at once. This is no doubt partly due to Matt Ruff’s extraordinary wife, researcher Lisa Gold, the best researcher I know (she was Neal Stephenson’s researcher on The Baroque Cycle and other books). But it’s also due to Ruff’s sure and steady hand, able to steer a course through a narrow strait with mere parody on one side and tedious exercise on the other, finding the sweet spot right in the middle and coming through with a head of steam that’s unstoppable.

This is one of those books that you read while walking down the street and long after your bedtime, a book you stop strangers to tell about.

Thanks, Cory! Full review here.

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