Luka and the Fire, a sequel of sorts to a children's book the man formerly known as Cat Stevens penned in 1990, seems a classic adventurer's tale of magic, gods, talking animals and a heroic quest.
Its primary influence isn't in classic literature, mythology or film, however; it's in video games, Rushdie telling the Associated Press that the "classical quest format" of video games "mixes well" with the other fantastical elements of the book.
Why base a book on games? Well, aside from the fact Rushdie is actually quite a fan of the medium, he wrote the book for his 13 year-old son.
I wish my dad had written a book for me when I was 13. It would have been called Star Wars vs Dune vs Wing Commander: Quest for SPACE.