Shriek: An Afterword

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Pan, 2007 - Brothers and sisters - 400 pages
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Narrated with flamboyant intensity by one-time society figure Janice Shriek, and presenting a vivid gallery of strange characters and even stranger events, this is an account of the adventures of her brother Duncan, a historian obsessed with a doomed love affair and a dark secret that may kill or transform him. It involves, too, a war between rival publishing houses which threatens to change Ambergris forever, and rivalry with a marginalised race known as the ‚eoegrey caps‚e who, armed with advanced fungal technologies, wait underground for their chance to recover the city that was once theirs. This story of the family Shriek is an exotic and colourful novel of love, life and death which brings to fruition the author‚e(tm)s genius for capturing the truly weird. ‚e~Unsettling, erudite, dark, shot through with unexpected humour. Ambergris is one of my favourite haunts in fiction‚e(tm) CHINA MI√%VILLE, author of Perdido Street StationJanice Shriek, ex-society figure, narrates this tale with flamboyant intensity and under increasingly urgent conditions. We follow the adventures of her brother Duncan, an historian obsessed with a doomed love affair, and learn of a secret that may kill or transform him. We witness a war between rival publishing houses that will change Ambergris forever. And we‚e(tm)re introduced to the gray caps, a marginalized people armed with advanced fungal technologies, who‚e(tm)ve been waiting underground for their chance to mould the future of the city. Shriek: An Afterword is an epic yet personal look at life, love and death in the vividly imagined city of Ambergris. And, through this tumultuous story of the family Shriek, the author shows his genius at capturing and displaying the bizarre.

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A fictional biographical account written about a fictional person by his fictional sister which also includes history and anecdotes about the fictional city of Ambergris in the form of an afterword to ... Read full review

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I just started this book. I've been waiting to read it, and finally checked it out from the library. I love libraries... for other people... but i've got this thing about owning books in addition to ... Read full review

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Jeff VanderMeer is a two-time winner of the World Fantasy Award, and author of Veniss Underground and City of Saints & Madmen .

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