The Peshawar Lancers

December 16, 2008

Author: S. M. Stirling
Copyright: 2002
Publisher: ROC

Started: 12/16/08
Completed: 12/25/08

My brother Matt loaned me this book. It is an alternative-history novel based on the premise that a natural disaster in the latter half of the 19th Century interrupted history. The novel is set in a 21st century that is still using steam-based technology. It is a good adventure story and an interesting sorta-science-fiction story.

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A Good Indian Wife

May 12, 2008

Author: Anne Cherian
Copyright: 2008
Publisher: W.W. Norton

Started: 5/12/08
Completed: 5/17/08

I didn’t know much about this book when I started it. It did represent a complete sea change from the previous book I had read, though.

A Good Indian Wife follows the story of a modern Indian couple who find themselves living in California in an arranged marriage. There is a culture clash between the Indian diaspora and society back on the Indian subcontinent. It makes for an interesting examination of marriage, relationships, culture, and tradition.