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Shriek: An Afterword: A Novel (The Ambergris Trilogy Book 2) by [Jeff VanderMeer]

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World Fantasy Award winner VanderMeer introduced Ambergris in City of Saints & Madmen (2001), five intertwined tales set in the paradoxically disturbing and wondrous urban domain. Framed as an elaborate afterword to The Hoegbotton Guide to the Early History of Ambergris, this novel-within-a-novel is narrated by the sister of the guide's author, famed Ambergris historian Duncan Shriek, who is also the obsessed victim of a failed love affair. With frequent sardonic asides (in brackets) by Duncan himself, the story line ambles through the Shriek clan's scandal--ridden past while unearthing the minutiae of Ambergris' haunted, eccentric history. Here we meet the elusive, subterranean gray caps, who yearn to transform the city with a -mushroom-based technology. Ritualistic monks rub elbows with the mercantile heirs of the city's embattled founding fathers. The result is a compulsively readable collection of odd anecdotes, character studies, and inventive, pseudohistorical detours that place Ambergris on the literary map beside both Gotham City and the Emerald City as one of the most memorable metropolises in speculative fiction. Carl Hays
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Praise for Shriek: An Afterword: “World Fantasy Award-winner VanderMeer makes a triumphant return to Ambergris, the fungus-shrouded metropolis he first chronicled in City of Saints and Madmen, in this masterful if difficult fantasy novel.... Fans of Mark Z. Danielewski, Angela Carter and Borges will be well rewarded.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
 
“Certainly Nick Cave would be right at home in Ambergris, the setting of this novel.... less Hitchhiker’s Guide than Brazil, but more Requiem for a Dream than anything else.” —Bookslut
 
“VanderMeer’s fantasy vision is a hallucinatory incantation not just of mushrooms but also of literature.” —Peter Bebergal, The Believer
 
“With literary stylings, a complex, riveting plot, and ideas that lesser writers could not imagine, Shriek: An Afterword further establishes Jeff Vandermeer as the finest fantasist of his generation.” —The Austin Chronicle
 
“It is, in short, exactly the sort of book which ought to be in contention for major literary prizes—except that it is set in an imaginary city beset by malevolent fungus, and non-genre award panels tend to get scared of such books. In this case, such fears are misplaced; Shriek is a fantastic book, and a fantastical one. For lovers of the uncomfortable and slightly unhealthy work of a Will Self, or the fractured cityscapes of M John Harrison, Shriek is a delight.” —Birmingham Post
 
“Five stars! A stunning and very different fantasy novel from an author who should be turning heads in the 'serious' literary world. VanderMeer concerns himself with the life of a notorious historian whose investigations into a subterranean race known as 'grey caps' may hold the key to an ancient mystery. In reality, however, the book cleverly plays with the ways in which an author can manipulate an audience. But it's far less heavy and more entertaining than that makes it sound.” —BBC Focus Magazine
 
“In the telling, Shriek: An Afterword is an exceptional novel, a tapestry of fine writing, deep psychological insight, and acute narrative excitement.... a dark fantasy of tremendous distinction.” —Locus
 
“An enthralling book which takes you into the vivid and superbly-realized world of Ambergris. It is in turn unsettling, moving and thrilling—with passages of writing that can be dryly funny on one page . . . and beautiful on the next.” —Clare Dudman, author of 98 Reasons for Being
 
“Bloody brilliant.” —Hal Duncan, author of Vellum
 
“There's a madness in Jeff VanderMeer's literary eye, and I would be a liar if I didn't admit it seems intimately familiar. VanderMeer envisions an outlaw literature of shrieks and shouts and a screaming across the sky, worth a thousand polite and respectable mutterings. I, for one, am listening.” —Steve Erickson, author of Our Ecstatic Days and editor of Black Clock
 
“Political, philosophical, many-textured, and multi-layered, the history of fantasy's most intriguing city, Ambergris, is brought vividly to life. The perfect balance of conscientious invention and subtle, comic irony. VanderMeer fearlessly walks a tightrope to deliver an enthralling read.” —Jeff Ford, World Fantasy Award-winning author of The Girl in the Glass
 
“Jeff VanderMeer is a realist of the surreal, a chronicler and bibliographer of the impossible city of Ambergris, which could only have been constructed in a collaborative dream between Charles Dickens and E.T.A Hoffman. It is a city of Dickensian scope and intricacy whose inhabitants are the lovers, the artists, the grotesques of German romanticism, and I sometimes suspect that VanderMeer himself is a fragment of the same dream. Shriek is a beautiful and maddening, and beautifully maddening, book. Go to Ambergris: lose yourself among its labyrinthine streets and the fabulous, deadly secrets that lie beneath them.” —Theodora Goss, author of In the Forest of Forgetting
 
“Jeff VanderMeer's work opens a trapdoor in the world we think we know, into a realm as unforgettable and compelling as an opium dream, and as seductive. Shriek: An Afterword is a sinister and bewitching tour-de-force.” —Elizabeth Hand, bestselling author of Mortal Love
 
“Here is a desert island book, a tale you can lose yourself in for days, a novel of character in which the setting—the magnificently gritty city-state named Ambergris—proves as the light fails to be the finest character of all.” —Gene Wolfe, author of The Wizard
 
“Jeff VanderMeer is an extraordinary writer. His vision of Ambergris is passionate, beautiful, complex, terrifying. What is remarkable about Shriek: An Afterword is the way it combines such surreal imagery with intensely human feeling. He writes about real people—about the real world.” —Tamar Yellin, author of The Genizah at the House of Shepher
 
Shriek: An Afterword is the first authentic 21st Century fantastical writing. A masterpiece by any standard.”  —Zoran Zivkovic, author of Hidden Camera
 
“VanderMeer explores brilliantly, penetratingly, the frail, evanescent intersection of human understanding and historical actuality.... In the telling, Shriek: An Afterword is an exceptional novel, a tapestry of fine writing, deep psychological insight, and acute narrative excitement. Never forget the excitement: quests after cryptic clues in antique manuscripts; forays into the alien territories below ground; heartbreak and breakdown; the War of the Houses, with one publishing company assailing the other with murderous fungal mines and bombs; an opera performance that becomes a literal, three-cornered battlefield; the gray caps surfacing in massacre; injuries, insults, the inexplicable and the horrifying. And enigmas at the end. Shriek: An Afterword is a dark fantasy of tremendous distinction, and more is to come, as the story of Ambergris is still far from concluded.” —Nick Gevers, Locus
 
“Jeff VanderMeer's latest is as complicated, impressive and exasperating as anything he has written....VanderMeer makes no compromises with his readers, but Shriek is twisted, darkly funny and ultimately rewarding.” —Jon Courtenay Grimwood, The Guardian
 
“Maybe it's because Jeff VanderMeer looks so normal when you see him at cons or talking panels that his fiction comes as such a huge shock. Is this fetid hothouse world really the subconscious of that smartly dressed American writer?... A typical VanderMeer novel: clever, intense, and multi-layered. Four stars.” —SFX
--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B08QGL1NXN
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Picador (January 11, 2022)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ January 11, 2022
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
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Called “the weird Thoreau” by the New Yorker, NYT bestseller Jeff VanderMeer has been a published writer since age 14. His most recent fiction is the critically acclaimed novel BORNE, which has received raves from the NYTBR, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, and many more. Paramount Pictures has optioned BORNE for film.

VanderMeer's Southern Reach trilogy was one of the publishing events of 2014, the trilogy made more than thirty year’s best lists, including Entertainment Weekly’s top 10. Paramount Pictures has made a movie out of the first volume of the Southern Reach, Annihilation, slated for release in 2018 and starring Tessa Thompson, Oscar Isaac, Gina Rodriguez, Natalie Portman, and Jennifer Jason Leigh.

His nonfiction appears in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, the Guardian, and the Atlantic.com. VanderMeer also wrote the world’s first fully illustrated creative-writing guide, Wonderbook. With his wife, Ann VanderMeer, he has edited may iconic anthologies. He lives in Tallahassee, Florida, with two wonderful cats. His hobbies include hiking, reading, and bird watching.

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