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Dark Blood (GOLLANCZ S.F.) Paperback – 20 Mar 2008

4.9 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (20 Mar. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575079614
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575079618
  • Product Dimensions: 15.1 x 2.6 x 23.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,164,369 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"John Meaney's city of Tristopolis is a vivid and fascinating creation. Meaney entertainingly merges the police procedural with science fantasy in its most gothic mode." (Lisa Tuttle THE TIMES)

Dark Blood is highly entertaining, more action driven and seasoned with splatters of the titular liquid. (Andrew Osbourne SFX)

As John Meaney follows his take on magic's equivalent of nuclear technology through to its logical conclusion he creates one of the most satisfying border crossing fusions of Dark Fantasy, Horror and hard Science Fiction in years... before hitting us with a twist ending straight out of Edgar Allan Poe. (STARBURST)

"Dark Blood is a sardonic but emotionally complex tale of ambition, politics, ruthlessness and other traits we identify as human." (LOCUS)

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John Meaney's triumphant invention of gothic SF continues with his undead detective discovering a terrifying conspiracy against the living

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Format: Hardcover
Having begun my readership of John Meaney with his SciFi books, I am extremely pleased to have followed him to Tristopolis. One caveat associated with this review is this book should, in my opinion, have been noted as a continuence of "Bone Song", Mr. Meaney's introduction to this truely fantastic death-infused world. While not a requirement for reading "Dark Blood", it will add to the experience.
My reference to Mr. Mieville is intended to be a great compliment to this book and its author. If you admire Mr. Mieville's world-building masterpieces, you'll love these books.
Others will surely do a better job of detailing the plot, leaving me to share a few comments on the reading experience.
From the first word to the last, with no slackening in the middle, you will be "ensorcelled" into a world of bizarre and finely draw beings. The mystery plot serves as a suitable stage on which to showcase the maturing talents of an outstanding SciFi/Fantasy author.
I hope to visit this world again, but will definitly keep an eye out and a step ahead of its more dangerous inhabitants.
Great writing and a terrific read!
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Format: Hardcover
This guy KNOWS how to end his books!!! The follow up to "Bone Song", which you really have to read first, starts a little slowly, which is why it just missed 5*. Bone Song was so packed with the building materials - location, atmosphere and characters - that maybe Book 2 was inevitably going to spend a little more time on emotional creation. Its difficult to say which characters live on in this sequel when so many of them are dead (? or not living) anyway. But it builds and builds and builds to a most horrifyingly exciting finish. Or is it? I don't think so. Dark scifi/horror, unpredictable and original. Go get it!
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Format: Paperback
I’ve been looking forward to reading this for some time and I’m glad to say that I was not disappointed although I really should have re-read Bone Song beforehand to remind me of the characters and events.

With the heart of his dead girlfriend beating in his chest, Donal the zombie is again investigating some very shady goings-on in Tristopolis, with old enemies, new & unpleasant politics, dubious purple phones and discrimination, all while trying to get the hang of being un-dead. This is a gothic noir science fiction masterpiece with Meaney’s trademark host of characters, intrigue and interwoven sub-plots. The narrative bowls along at a relentless pace, there’s splendidly witty dialogue, heaps of gloomy gothic atmosphere, zombies, wraiths, bone listeners, sentient vehicles, golems … the list goes on.

This is easily one of the best books I read for a long time and I highly recommend it to anyone who fancies something a bit different. Thanks to Amazon’s apparent trend in stocking fewer ‘minority-interest’ books (hoping, I expect, to boost sales of E-books & Kindles), I bought my copy via the splendid BookDepository dot com although I did get the American edition confusingly entitled ‘Black Blood’ as the UK ‘s ‘Dark Blood’ edition was not available. Interestingly, I believe that BookDepository is now owned by Amazon so I’m sure they won’t mind me plugging them in an Amazon review.
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Format: Paperback
Been a while since I last read some of his books.

Took a chance buying both Bone Song and Dark Blood - and they are just a great read.

Fascinating world which I got totally absorbed with. Good dark crime fantasy, I would call it. But then I have never read anything quite like it.

Somewhere between Charles Stross and Dan Abnett when they explore some "darker ways".

Hope he will continue these books ! Easily recommended.
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