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Luka and the Fire of Life by Salman Rushdie
In Luka and the Fire of Life, Salman Rushdie follows up Haroun and the Sea of Stories by placing at the center of the new novel, Haroun's younger brother, Luka. Luka's father succumbs to a deep sleep from which he may never wake, and he's replaced by a doppelganger. Luka must travel to the World of Magic where he must find the Fire of Life to save his father. His journey through the magical world comes in the style of a video game, where he can mark his progress through levels and earn extra lives. Salman Rushdie's novel has received mostly positive reviews with The Guardian saying, "Luka and the Fire of Life zings along with a palpable sense of Otter-like excess: its exuberance is inextricably linked to its profligacy with puns, rhymes, one-liners and snippets of nonsense. And although one would be amazed at the prodigious child who could follow to the letter its snaky progress, it captures brilliantly that moment when adults enrapture children by behaving like children themselves."