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Necroville [Paperback]

Ian McDonald
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10 Mar 2011

In the Los Angeles ghetto of Necroville, the yearly celebration of the Night of the Dead - where the dead are resurrected through the miracle of nanotechnology and live their second lives as non-citizens - becomes a journey of discovery and revelation for five individuals on the run from their pasts.

With his customary flair for making the bizarre both credible and fascinating, McDonald tosses aside the line of demarcation between living and dead in a story that confronts the central quandary of human existence: the essence of non-being.


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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (10 Mar 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575098511
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575098510
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 12.5 x 19.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 673,399 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Perhaps the most bizarre and frightening examination of what nanotechnology could mean.

About the Author

Ian McDonald was born in Manchester in 1960. His family moved to Northern Ireland in 1965. He now lives in Belfast and works in TV production. The author of many previous novels, including the groundbreaking Chaga books set in Africa, Ian McDonald has long been at the cutting edge of SF. RIVER OF GODS won the BSFA AWARD in 2005, BRASYL won it in 2009.

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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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I rushed to buy this as soon as I saw it had been released in paperback but was very disappointed. I think that both River of Dreams (India in 2047) and The Dervish House (Istanbul in 2027) were excellent books - highly imaginative, well written and extremely satisfying, intelligent science fiction. In addition McDonald's short science fiction written in the past decade as also been very good (e.g. his stories set in the same future as River of Dreams). So I had high hopes for Necroville.
Set in the Los Angeles of 2063 this book imagines a world where nanotechnology has allowed the dead to be resurrected, time and again if necessary. The plot weaves the stories of 5 twenty-somethings who have various involvements with significant events concerning the dead and how they are rebelling against their second-class status. What I couldn't work out for the first 200 pages is why this book is nowhere near as well written as River of Dreams and The Dervish House. It wasn't till I flicked back to the publication page to find that this is a 1994 book, republished in 2011 (the review I read failed to mention this). I've tried a couple of other early McDonald works and they couldn't maintain my interest either. I somewhat rushed the next 100 pages and almost skipped through the final 54, although I think it was the fact that I knew this wasn't a "new" book that did for my interest.
There are some good ideas here and I dithered between 2 and 3 stars for this review and went for 3 based on those good ideas, but it was a close run thing. The plot is confusing at times and the prose nowhere near as carefully crafted as the two books I've mentioned earlier - try one or both of them if you haven't read any of his work before. This is not the place to start.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Complex morbid read 26 Jun 2014
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Complex book with multiple plot lines

Makes one concentrate on what's going on.

Characters are occasionally unbelievable . Some themes from his other books can be seen here.
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4.0 out of 5 stars amazingly prescient 6 July 2012
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Necroville is a fantastic and phantasmagoric novel, written in a little bit of a magic realist style, which the author still uses to good effect in later books. Story-wise, it centers on a tipping point in history, essentially one wild night, when people who have downloaded themselves into android bodies, for various reasons, and who had given up their legal human identities to gain this comparative immortality and array of enhanced abilities, now far outnumber regular people and begin to apply pressure to change the cultural balance. To humanify the story the focus is on a group of 5 friends whom events conspire to make key players during this short period. Hard to believe this book was written in 1994, predating so many other pivotal books with similar elements such as The Quiet War, Noir, The Diamond Age, etc. Worth reading just to mine the early strata of that zeitgeist.
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