Shiva 3000 by Jan Lars Jensen
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Jan Lars Jensen weaves a magical, mythical narrative with a modern sensibility, present-future technology, and a dark humor strongly reminiscent of Terry Gilliam's Brazil and Time Bandits. Two quarreling friends travel across India together, following their very different destinies. Along the way, young Rakesh and the Royal Engineer, Vasant, encounter the giant god of wood, Jagannath, who carves a swath of destruction; the Pragmatic Monks, who live in a carved-out mountain and perform miracles of meditation; demon cranes, who reduce life to counting; battles where the weapons are spices; and numerous other wonders. This cinematic Sinbad dreamscape, filled with animate machines, airships of silk, and legends brought to life, evokes an ancient time but also points a finger at our modern age. Jensen's prose fascinates, amuses, and haunts as he presents vivid scenes of India and in the process examines Hinduism, Buddhism, intolerance, and the awful power of faith.

About Jan Lars Jensen

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Jan Lars Jenson was born in 1969 in Yarrow, British Columbia. His short stories have appeared in Canada, Great Britain, and the United States. He works for the Fraser Valley Regional Library in Chilliwack, BC.
Published July 22, 1999 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 336 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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After discovering that the Jagganath is a dung-fueled wooden construct, Rakesh and Varent crawl inside it, learn to operate it and smash their way through India, meeting strangers and swapping yarns until each realizes an enlightened goal quite different from his original obsession.

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Goddess Kali the Destroyer revealed his dharma to him on the dark, sad, night Rakesh's betrothed Shanti was taken away by the Baboon Warrior: Rakesh must kill the Baboon Warrior.

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India Today

Rakesh wants to kill the Baboon Warrior, the hero of India, who has the form of a man and the head of a monkey, and who is apparently the physically altered son of the monkey god, Hanuman.

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Nevertheless, although the characters are more plot puppets than rounded beings, the descriptive set-pieces are genuinely wonderful, the incredible entities, from serpent goddess Naga in her deep-down den, Sheloblike, to the destruction-dancer Shiva and, most overwhelming of all, the foreve...

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