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City of Saints and Madmen: The Book of Ambergris

by Jeff VanderMeer

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Dradin in Love - 7.5 : Very strange and cool. Great characters.

The Hoegbotton Guide to the Early History of Ambergris by Duncan Shriek - 8.0 : Very cool format, funny as hell, mysterious, scary, original, cool.

The Transformation of Martin Lake - 8.0 : Again very cool format, complete vermisilitude, and great irony between real story and what the critics think. Scary, strange and original.

The Strange Case of X - 7.5 : Some meta-writing going on here, very cool, darkest of the 4. Confusing (on purpose). ( )
  ragwaine | Jan 12, 2015 |
*note to self. Copy from A.
  velvetink | Mar 31, 2013 |

City narratives are always great (China Miéville being the most recent specialist; I finished reading this book in Vienna, home of The Drawing of the Dark and The Third Man) but VanderMeer plays all kinds of fascinating mind games with the reader here - the fact that Ambergris boasts a bookshop called Borges is clue enough. ( )
  nwhyte | Jan 26, 2008 |
A set of novellas set in an iconic, somewhat unreal city (weird fiction seems to have strong urban tendencies). The novellas hold together so well that it's hard to believe they were ever published separately. Has a truly outstanding fictional history stuck in the middle. There's supposedly a new edition with even more content, but I haven't the money to buy a book I already own. ( )
  selfnoise | Sep 14, 2005 |
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"City of Saints and Madmen: The Book of Ambergris" (ISBN 1587154366) is a different work from "City of Saints and Madmen".

"City of Saints and Madmen: The Book of Ambergris" is the earliest edition of this collection and only contains four novellas, while the later editions have a large amount of extra content.
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