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Shriek: An Afterword [Unabridged] [Paperback]

Jeff VanderMeer
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20 Jan 2006

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 “grey caps” 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’s genius for capturing the truly weird.

‘Unsettling, erudite, dark, shot through with unexpected humour. Ambergris is one of my favourite haunts in fiction’ CHINA MIÉVILLE, author of Perdido Street Station

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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan (20 Jan 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405053607
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405053600
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 15.2 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,065,007 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'It is, in short, exactly the sort of book which ought to be in contention for major literary prizes' -- Birmingham Post and Western Mail

'Shriek is a fantastic book, and a fantastical one.' -- Birmingham Post and Western Mail

'the...following he has is bound to expand on the strength of this atmospheric novel.' -- The Times

About the Author

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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5.0 out of 5 stars Still Can't Stand Mushrooms! 28 Sep 2006
The sadest thing I believe for such great writers as Vandermeer, Mieville, Roberts etc. is that they rarely get the recognition they deserve in the wider literary world because they are sci-fi/fantasy writers. Mr Vandermeer's words are a joy to read and tell a fantastic story, ever since I was wee I hated mushrooms but now I am also more than a little scared of them! This is a fantastic book! Set in the same city as 'Veniss Underground' (5-stars too!) Shriek explores a much younger city of rambling steam machines, hard-core publishing houses and only-half believed in creepy fungi-guys quietly waiting underground to take back their city!
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5.0 out of 5 stars a lesson in innovation 18 Dec 2013
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This is one of the most exciting novels I have ever read, not because of it's content (although this is seriously interesting) but instead is down to the authors ingenuity in terms of delivery. Has to be read to be believed.
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1.0 out of 5 stars DIFFICULT 4 Feb 2008
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It's very, very rarely that I give up on a book but I have to admit that I only made it a third of the way through. Despite enjoying his other books I found this one to be going nowhere and uninteresting. I can only guess at the rest of the quoted review that said "ultimately rewarding". I did lend it to a friend who struggled through to the end but found the experience unrewarding.
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