Saturday, November 29, 2008

City Of Saints and Madmen - Jeff VanderMeer

A collection of longish stories and associated bits and pieces detailing the fictional weird city of Ambergris. e.g. Letters, research studies, histories, etc. Some of the author-insertion metaness gets eye-rollingly tedious at times and spoils the cleverness of the rest.

A range from horror to humour, and the length of the Glossary at the end is quite impressive.

City Of Saints and Madmen : Dradin in Love - Jeff VanderMeer
City Of Saints and Madmen : The Hoegbotton Guide to the Early History of Ambergris - Jeff VanderMeer
City Of Saints and Madmen : The Transformation of Martin Lake - Jeff VanderMeer
City Of Saints and Madmen : The Strange Case of X - Jeff VanderMeer
City Of Saints and Madmen : Appendix - Jeff VanderMeer
City Of Saints and Madmen : A Letter from Dr. V to Dr. Simpkin - Jeff VanderMeer
City Of Saints and Madmen : X's Notes - Jeff VanderMeer
City Of Saints and Madmen : The Release of Belacqua - Jeff VanderMeer
City Of Saints and Madmen : King Squid - Jeff VanderMeer
City Of Saints and Madmen : The Hoegbotton Family History - Jeff VanderMeer
City Of Saints and Madmen : The Cage - Jeff VanderMeer
City Of Saints and Madmen : In the Hours After Death - Jeff VanderMeer
City Of Saints and Madmen : A Note from Dr. V to Dr. Simpkin - Jeff VanderMeer
City Of Saints and Madmen : Man Who Had No Eyes - Jeff VanderMeer
City Of Saints and Madmen : Learning to Leave the Flesh - Jeff VanderMeer
City Of Saints and Madmen : The Ambergris Glossary - Jeff VanderMeer

Dwarf kill dismemberment horror.

3.5 out of 5


Shock the funghi.

3.5 out of 5


Arist lop off exhibition.

3.5 out of 5


Merchandising madness.

3 out of 5


X bits.

3 out of 5


X-man analysis.

3 out of 5


Behind the door raving.

3 out of 5


No story.

3.5 out of 5


Tentacle research.

4 out of 5


Getting shorter.

3 out of 5


Good idea to keep little monsters locked up.

3 out of 5


Clearly history now.

3 out of 5


Decrypting unreality.

3.5 out of 5


Change the course of funghi rivers.

3 out of 5


Thorny departure.

3.5 out of 5


Comprehensive weird detail.

4 out of 5




3.5 out of 5

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