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- File Size: 964 KB
- Print Length: 352 pages
- Publisher: NewCon Press (13 April 2014)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00JOHUAOG
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 18 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #224,721 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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There is an island city ruled by immortal benevolent dictator The Lunane. When he founded the city he captured the moon and set it permanently above the city – a symbol of the city’s greatness and of his own power.
As a consequence, the moon is the dominant factor in the life of Glassholm (It’s essentially Glasgow and the Glassholmers are Glaswegians). At full moon, everybody is happy and Glassholm is one big party; as the moon wanes architecture crumbles, mechanical things fail and the mood of the populace sinks until at full dark all the lights go out and there is depression and violence.
This is how things have been for centuries, but suddenly things start to go awry: there is a murder at full; the luck monkeys deliver only bad luck; children made of water haunt the city, and the moon’s behaviour no longer correlates with the palace mathematicians’ calculations.
I won’t go into any more details of the story because I don’t want to spoil it for anyone intending to read the book. And everyone should read this book. It’s a rip-roaring adventure, a pacy crime thriller, an inventive alternate reality fantasy, and most of all a modern fable. The prose is sweet enough to be almost invisible and the characters all genuinely breathe.
All of that is enough to make it a worthwhile read, but where it gets really interesting, and where this reviewer starts to feel out of his depth, is in the subtext.Read more ›
The unexpected familiarity of Williamson's style was a pleasure, helped immeasurably by the little delights of finding an occasional Scottish turn of phrase peppering a character's speech. It gave me a queer sort of pride, like seeing your hometown as the setting for a film, but it was neither overused nor gratuitous - if anything, I'd expect that anyone who couldn't glean the meaning of a word as juicy as "wersh" from the surrounding context would probably head to Google and emerge richer having searched it out.Read more ›
"For me the best writers are the ones who mix it up: who wants 'a' horror novel, or 'a' science fiction novel, or 'a' crime novel? Nah, let's just throw a bunch of stuff in a pot and see what comes out. And some of the results in recent years have been fantastic, from Neal Stephenson's 'Baroque Cycle' (a HUGE historical fantasy/alternate history grand slam) to Charles Stross's giddy 'Laundry files' (a supernatural detective science fiction series). People like Dan Simmons and Joe R. Lansdale and China Mieville -"
- and now Neil Williamson.
In fact, many writers now are blissfully ignoring genre definitions to create something China Mieville termed New Weird. Indeed last year, on the Strange Horizons review website, Martin Lewis commented that it "now seems all the best new writers take this hybridity for granted. Quietly, without any fuss, the New Weird has won."
But, you know, it doesn't matter what you call it: nominally, the publisher of 'The Moon King' has classified it as fantasy. It's speculative fiction, it is the fantastique; it's what great writers want it to be. The upshot of all this genre shuffling is that readers are reaping the rewards with some terrifically entertaining and inventive novels.
Although this is his debut novel, Williamson has previously been nominated for a British Fantasy Award for his short story collection 'The Ephemera' (currently available as a eBook) and a World Fantasy Award nomination for the anthology 'Nova Scotia' he co-edited with Andrew Wilson.
And this debut is frankly so good that nominations for best novel in next year's award lists is almost a given.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
This is a hugely confident and well-told tale, with a fascinating mix of steampunkish fantasy and crime distilled into a solid core of fantastical fiction. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Cameron Johnston
I just loved this book. It was totally immersing and fascinating. I loved the richly drawn characters and the intensely claustrophobic, dysfunctional, but also very seductive world... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Felicity
Wasn't sure quite what this book would be like having stumbled upon it in my recommendations. Hooked from the start a totally original spin on a reality. Read morePublished on 10 May 2015 by Small
A good read, but found the many typos and poor copy-editing a major distraction. Frontispiece says 'Minor editorial meddling by Ian Whates'. Read morePublished on 19 Oct. 2014 by J. Mulcahy
I enjoyed this immensely. Compelling characters in a strange but oddly recognisable world, inhabiting an intricate but engaging plot. A strong and distinctive debut, recommended.Published on 17 Sept. 2014 by R. Bayfield
Tedious sci-fi psychobabble. Utterly forgettable. In my opinion, don't bother.Published on 17 Sept. 2014 by Zog
Read the reviews and was looking forward to reading this, got bored almost immediately, persevered to 1/3 through in hope, tried again to halfway through, then gave up.Published on 6 Sept. 2014 by argo56
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