- Paperback: 576 pages
- Publisher: Gollancz; New Ed edition (13 July 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1857989953
- ISBN-13: 978-1857989953
- Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 3.8 x 13.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,382 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Viriconium: "Pastel City", "Storm of Wings", "In Viriconium", "Viriconium Nights" (FANTASY MASTERWORKS) Paperback – 13 Jul 2000
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"The world that Harrison depicts is intricate and authentic, peopled with a multitude of strange yet lifelike characters--a combination which serves to make his richly imagined empire of Viriconium feel very real indeed.... This omnibus collection from the author of Light" "is canon-reading for those who wish to know the genre's roots, as well as the heights, to which it can aspire."--"Kirkus Reviews," starred review
Viriconium, the Pastel City, was the last bastion of the civilised world ...See all Product Description
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Actually, it's not like that, it's much better.
At the surface level, the world of Viriconium is apparently our world tens of thousands of years in the future. Industrial civilization has risen and fallen, leaving its name (which nobody can read) in the stars - and a poisoned and depleted world, where people survive as best they can, scavenging from the past and nursing bits of decaying technology. The geography is vague (no hand drawn maps!) and all identifiable landmarks have gone, apart from the names of some (real) places and features (Dunham Massey; Rannoch Moor; Lymm) and (especially) Viriconium street names: it's fun spotting the literary or geographical allusions).
The first two novels (`Pastel City' and `Storm of Wings') explore the consequences of this and develop the idea in a number of ways, some subtle, some gross. While haunting in their atmosphere and very inventive, they are fairly conventional. Perhaps significantly, much of the action takes place far from Viriconium.
The short stories apparently fit between the novels and take a more personal, close up look at the lives of characters in this extraordinary world.Read more ›
Why MJH isn't better known, I have no idea. He's easily a better stylist than McEwan or Amis. Maybe he's just one of those like Christopher Priest whose books will always be caviare to the general. Buy this book and change your life.
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Afraid I don't have time for a full review - and to be honest I couldn't do this book justice no matter how long I spent trying - so suffice it to say 'Viriconium' is the best read... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Si
Customers beware, this edition comprises novels Third and Fourth in the Viriconium series. First and Second are MISSING. Read morePublished 6 months ago by JOSE GONZALEZ BUENO
Mr Harrison's Viriconium is a classic within the genre - a fore-runner of so many that copied or alluded to his mighty imagination. Read this book.Published 9 months ago by Harriet
I am not a massive fantasy fan but then Viriconium could be seen as science fiction being set in a far future earth were technology has mostly faded away yet life very much still... Read morePublished 12 months ago by P. J. Dunn
An interesting book, well written, interesting cover. Would read again.Published 14 months ago by penguni
After glowing reports from my hero, Ian M Banks, thought I'd try this. Frankly, a tad disappointing. Read morePublished on 28 Nov. 2013 by Mob Bunkhouse
These are fantasy stories of which I thought "Pastel City" was by far and away the best. It flows well has twists and a master swordsman with a queen in trouble who needs... Read morePublished on 22 July 2013 by Ludovico Sforza
Tellingly, Harrison's least accessible work gets better reviews here than the most mainstream (in so far as that word is at all applicable - I'm thinking of Light, for example). Read morePublished on 27 May 2012 by Even more pretentious than this makes me sound