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The City of the Iron Fish Paperback – 11 Jul 1994

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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Collins (11 July 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0006476538
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006476535
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 13 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,147,864 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A riveting gothic SF adventure set in a bizarre desert city from one of our most acclaimed authors. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Only a fool would ask what strange providence, amid an inferno of scorching heat and splintered rock, saw to the care of the cool, well-watered municipality which is the city of the Iron Fish. The seafaring traditions of the City, the tang of salt in the air, are sustained by powerful magic, and by the bizarre ceremony of the Iron Fish.

But young Thomas Kemp is enraged by the City’s contradiction – and, like a fool, sets out in search of an answer to the conundrum. Turning his back on the City, Thomas strides towards the limits of reality armed only with curiosity. It may kill him. Worse, it may not be enough. Worst of all, his companion Blythe, who is as carefree as her name, might be the one to discover the meaning of the City’s isolation.

In this riveting gothic adventure Simon Ings probes the very fabric of existence and tears it open … to reveal an amazing, sometimes horrifying, world within.

“Simon Ings goes into orbit as a science fiction master”

“Simon Ings is a bright light on an otherwise dim horizon…A rosy glow announcing the dawn of anew era of excitement in SF”

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Often, when you live or work in a place, you fail to realise how odd it actually is.

In "City of the Iron Fish" the narrator takes many of the peculiarities of his home city for granted, but as time goes on he gains more insights and starts to question what his world actually is.

There is more detail about our hero's love life than most would want, I think, but this is an interesting and unusual SF book.
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