"Shriek: An Afterword" is the first novel set in Ambergris, World Fantasy-award winning author Jeff VanderMeer's best-loved setting.
Praise for "Shriek: An Afterword"
"Here is a desert island book, a tale you can lose yourself in for days, a novel of character in which the setting--the magnificently gritty city-state named Ambergris--proves as the light fails to be the finest character of all."
"There's a madness in Jeff VanderMeer's literary eye, and I would be a liar if I didn't admit it seems intimately familiar. VanderMeer envisions an outlaw literature of shrieks and shouts and a screaming across the sky, worth a thousand polite and respectable mutterings. I, for one, am listening."
"An enthralling book which takes you into the vivid and superbly-realised world of Ambergris. It is in turn unsettling, moving and thrilling--with passages of writing that can be dryly funny on one page . . . and beautiful on the next."
"Jeff VanderMeer is an extraordinary writer. His vision of Ambergris is passionate, beautiful, complex, terrifying. What is remarkable about "Shriek: An Afterword" is the way it combines such surreal imagery with intensely human feeling. He writes about real people--about the real world."
Praise for "City of Saints and Madmen: The Book of Ambergris"
"Somewhere at the intersection of pulp and Surrealism, drawing on the very best of both traditions, is Jeff VanderMeer's Ambergris. Unsettling, erudite, dark, shot through with unexpected humour, the stories engross and challenge endlessly. Ambergris is one of my favourite haunts in fiction."
--China Mieville on "City ofSaints and Madmen"""
"A rare treasure, to be tasted with both relish and respect. It is the work of an original. It's what you've been looking for."
"Beautifully written, virtually hallucinatory work... connoisseurs of the finest in postmodern fantasy will find it enormously rewarding."
--"Publisher's Weekly "(starred review)""
Praise for Jeff VanderMeer
""Secret Life," an utter dazzlement, demonstrates one of this literary era's defining truths, that in the hands of a brilliant writer like Jeff VanderMeer, writing fantasy can be a means of serious artistic expression. In VanderMeer's hands, it is also playful, poignant, and utterly, wildly, imaginative."
""Veniss Underground" is full of beautiful sentences, black humor and terrible wonders ... it marks VanderMeer as a novelist to be reckoned with."
--"San Francisco"" Chronicle"show more