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  • Title: City of Saints and Madmen
  • Author: Jeff VanderMeer
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  • Page: 139
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  • In City of Saints and Madmen, Jeff VanderMeer has reinvented the literature of the fantastic You hold in your hands an invitation to a place unlike any you ve ever visited an invitation delivered by one of our most audacious and astonishing literary magicians City of elegance and squalor Of religious fervor and wanton lusts And everywhere, on the walls of courtyards anIn City of Saints and Madmen, Jeff VanderMeer has reinvented the literature of the fantastic You hold in your hands an invitation to a place unlike any you ve ever visited an invitation delivered by one of our most audacious and astonishing literary magicians City of elegance and squalor Of religious fervor and wanton lusts And everywhere, on the walls of courtyards and churches, an incandescent fungus of mysterious and ominous origin In Ambergris, a would be suitor discovers that a sunlit street can become a killing ground in the blink of an eye An artist receives an invitation to a beheading and finds himself enchanted And a patient in a mental institution is convinced he s made up a city called Ambergris, imagined its every last detail, and that he s really from a place called Chicago By turns sensuous and terrifying, filled with exotica and eroticism, this interwoven collection of stories, histories, and eyewitness reports invokes a universe within a puzzlebox where you can lose and find yourself again.
    City of Saints and Madmen In City of Saints and Madmen Jeff VanderMeer has reinvented the literature of the fantastic You hold in your hands an invitation to a place unlike any you ve ever visited an invitation delivered by o

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    1. Some Fantastic Metafiction City of Saints and Madmen COSAM not only explores a world of New Weird author s Jeff VanderMeer s creation, it gives a detailed insight into the method of his creativity.It s not just a fantasy novel, but a highly accessible and rewarding exercise in metafiction.It s a composite of works short stories or perhaps novellas, fictional notes, fragments of drafts, reminders, observations, word sketches, drawings, illustrations, doodles, dream diary entries, the history of t [...]

    2. Jeff VanderMeer is a self proclaimed New Weird writer.The New Weird genre as we see it in Vandermeer, started off with the works of authors such as Edgar Allan Poe and H.P Lovecraft A modern example of another New Weird author, would be China Mi ville.Most people may know the first two authors mentioned as horror writers, and it is true that Vandermeer s stories contain a flavor of horror, though many of them are too humorous to be classed as horror The stories also contain a whiff of the stran [...]

    3. Sometimes it doesn t matter what you hear about a book, all the promise described in glowing reviews it doesn t matter who suggests it, on what authority or with what arguments Sometimes, you re still going to come out the other side disappointed, confused how this could possibly be the book you had heard about, trying to reconcile the words of friends and fellow reviewers with what you have found on the page.I m there again There s something in it reminiscent of the moment after a car accident, [...]

    4. Jeff VanderMeer is a very clever, very talented guy But I feel that sometimes, he lets his cleverness get in the way of a good story City of Saints and Madmen is his first visit to the city of Ambergris a city unlike anything I can think of in the modern world, that plays mix and match with references of geographical locations and eras that should have logically never met each other, and yet blend together artfully in this strange place The book is constructed as a collection of stories of wildl [...]

    5. You know Mary Bennett in Pride Prejudice, who tries too hard to come up with profound or abstract things to say I was reminded of her while reading VanderMeer s writing style in City of Saints and Madmen I didn t read the whole book I have to admit I was too lazy to read the massive appendix.My favorite story within CoSaM was the Early History of Ambergris The historian who writes narrates the pamphlet Duncan Shriek added footnotes almost every other line the footnotes take up nearly as much spa [...]

    6. WARNING This is not really a review, but City of Saints and Madmen requires something else entirely, and there may be a spoiler or two, but considering the book s form I doubt that will matter Dradin, In LoveAs Dradin experiences the rain, I am straining with the brightness of our first sunny day reflecting off the silky pages of City of Saints and Madmen, and I am struck by the sensuality of the experience a mere forty pages into VanderMeer s opus The weight of the book is comfortable in my han [...]

    7. If Proust had been a hella Dungeon Master and then dropped all the monsters and sword play you might end up with something like City of Saints and Madmen.For several years now, I ve almost exclusively read books as research for my second novel With few exceptions when the books were short , I ve been committed to that focus religiously As religiously as an atheist buddhist jew can be Not all the books I ve read were chosen for concrete research, per se such as, I ve invented a character who surv [...]

    8. DNF at 26%I can appreciate the obvious beauty of the writing but there is absolutely nothing making me want to keep turning the page I find the characters repulsive, the setting baroque and the writing overly concerned with it s own trickiness.

    9. I was in a New Weird mood about a month ago and this is one of the books I read I liked most of the stories in it and enjoyed the use of framed narration I d rank it somewhere between Perdido Street Station and The Scar.

    10. The Tombstone Guide to City of Saints MadmenThe book lay on the weathered coffee table, pages spilling loosely from its tattered, well worn binding, a suggestion of mould dotting the cardboard of the inside jacket, close to the spine The following elements were barely contained within A beautifully written fantasy horror novel, complete with intricate world building, playful indeed masterful , use of the English language, inexorable creeping dread and a strong sense of whimsy Comparisons to Love [...]

    11. I was thinking to give it 5 stars.Ambergris is fascinating place, one that is very dark and puzzling but at the end I had to make distinction.This book is great but I have given 5 stars to Perdido street station and City of stairs 2 books that also have unique world where city is main star of the show and I felt this book is than slightly bellow them and I think it should show in rating.

    12. Jeff VanderMeer s first book of Ambergris is a complex, humorous, awesome, inspired, boring, redundant, over foot notey, groundbreaking, self absorbed and very pretty book I can t quite call it a novel, nor a book of short stories it s of a patchwork, novellas and fake historical pamphlets and short stories and other bizarro little experiments that succeed at times with flying colors At other times, they crash and burn City of Saints and Madmen is a collection of tales set in Ambergris, a fanta [...]

    13. City Of Saints and Madmen is made up of a series of stories connected by their setting There s a depth to Ambergris, a heft that only comes from a fully realized world Middle Earth has it, as does Arrakis a sense that the craziest things make perfect sense because you re so grounded in the world the author has created Before we reach the beautiful cruelty of the book s end, we ve gotten a tour of various parts of the city, we ve met the mysterious original inhabitants of Ambergris, the gray caps [...]

    14. GoodReads definition of two stars is it was ok That pretty much sums up what I thought of City of Saints and Madmen by Jeff VanderMeer Some of the stories were really good, like The Cage , The Transformation of Martin Lake and The Strange Case of X If all the stories had been that caliber, I might have given this book four stars Unfortunately, VanderMeer gets too into his conceit of the book being the story of the city of Ambergris The section that was an early history of Ambergris was clever at [...]

    15. This book took me, what, two months to read The fault lay not in the book but my current facebook gaming addiction.It was exceptionally good, but words fail me to describe why or how The praise on the jacket and front 3 pages say it much better than I could, and is all entirely warranted and apropos It knocked me flat, which is why I m off my game and this is the sorriest review ever.Ambergris is a bewildering, heady, terrifying city of well you guessed it, saints and madmen And squid and fungus [...]

    16. O Ambergris, city of a thousand mushrooms, land of rape and money, home of the Festival of the Freshwater Squid, the town that never attenuates temporally nor adequately, a vision of pure hallucinogenic wonders, the city of saints and madmen In all the world, Ambergris stands as a beacon of hope and mystical wonder built on the ruins of an ancient conquered paradise by the first of the great Cappan John Manzikerts, whose lineage would rule Ambergris for generations Yes, the history of Ambergris [...]

    17. The River Moth was wide and deep, the traveler in his boat a speck of speck of light in the darkness Five crewmen manned the boat, which ferried visitors to the legendary city of Ambergris The traveler knelt near the prow, staring toward his destination Such a smell came across the water from the city It excited him for reasons he did no LIBRARY STICKER mell of water stained paper, an invisible watermark all encom LIBRARY STICKER was the smell of wet clothing left to molder It was the smell o LI [...]

    18. I m struggling with how to think about this book 3 stars is inadequate to express how I felt about many of the individual stories contained in the collection By themselves, they were very good atmospheric, creepy, well written, well imagined, etc.As a whole however, I m not sure it worked for me It s supposed to be a collection of stories about the city of Ambergris It s a city filled with mysterious mushroom people, artists, a festival that involves squids and slaughter, and mystery About halfw [...]

    19. This is excellent stuff Jeff VanderMeer takes influence from the baroque, surreal fantasists of yesteryear, such as Mervyn Peake, Lord Dunsany, or even H.P Lovecraft in his less horrific moments , and combines this influence with the modern elements of steampunk and urban fantasy that can be seen in authors like China Mieville Out of this mix, he has created his own world, which mostly focuses on the city of Ambergris, a sprawling riverside land that has fallen into functional anarchy after dec [...]

    20. I ordered this book purely on the basis of reviews I d never heard of Jeff VanderMeer, but the book sounded quirky, unconventional, and interesting On two out of three, I definitely got my money s worth.This is essentially a fully immersive, highly self referential collection of stories about the city Ambergris, the Freshwater Squid in the river that passes by, the mushroom people that are its original inhabitants, and the humans that try to make the city their own There are glossaries, bibliogr [...]

    21. I once read that a group of mystery writers including Dorothy L Sayers, Agatha Christie, and G.K Chesterton formed a detection club and swore to abide by a code of authorial ethics to ensure fair play for their readers This seems like such a good idea that I wish writers in other genres would consider forming a similar club and that Jeff VanderMeer, in particular, would be a member.Many reviews of this book mention its puzzle like quality, but if this book is a puzzle, it is one in which the sol [...]

    22. If given the space of 50 words, Jeff VanderMeer s City of Saints and Madmen would be a tough book to describe I shall attempt to do so anyway Part novel, part anthology part traditional narrative, part found document part vaguely alternate history fantasy, part subliminal existential horror City of Saints and Madmen is a queer beast that starts out innocuously enough but soon morphs into well, not quite House of Leaves but that is the closest comparison least, closest comparison w r t format the [...]

    23. A difficult one.Worldbuilding excellent, honestly I could walk you through Ambergris right now.Language and style ah, what a wonder.I m not really sure what I enjoyed The writing or the world.Storytelling Well You know, a bright new world is a good thing and painting that world with all those magnificent words an even better one But there has to be a story somewhere in a book of several hundred pages.There has to be at least one likeable person, flawed like everyone of us mortals, who makes rea [...]

    24. This 700 page book took me a day and a half to read The penultimate story in this novel was the last thing I read last night and the first thing I thought about when I woke up this morning Driving home from errands, I found myself thinking about it again, along with thoughts of David Foster Wallace, and tearing up This review might take awhile In the meantime, this book is awesome, and you should probably read it.

    25. This one is very strange, like most of VanderMeer s work, but I really enjoyed it More detailed review to come.

    26. I really wanted to like this book, and fantastic things did happen, as promised I really liked the ritual murder with the bird masks though the main character s untrue emotions and reactions during that part kept un riveting me I liked the story about the writer who lived in two worlds though the gotchya ending was kind of an eye roller And I liked the mushroom people and the king squid material I think this novel was supposed to be a marriage between fantasy and meta po mo writing like that of [...]

    27. I picked this up after reading breathless reviews, and while I like what Vandermeer s doing, this book is so ridiculously indebted to China Mieville that it should seriously just be called Loser Street Station It s not a bad collection by any means, but I can t help but compare it to Mieville s vastly, ridiculously superior Bas Lag books because both authors are doing the exact same thing Vandermeer also has a jokey, Pratchett y streak that comes through from time to time that feels incredibly u [...]

    28. Read this at the same time as Peter Ackroyd s _London Under_ and I ve got to say, the two cities London, Ambergris aren t all that different Mieville s New Crobuzon, Ajvaz s Prague, Burrough s Tangiersl cities of sufficient antiquity maybe all cities, period are uncanny interzones, neither fully here nor there This collection offers a broader vision of Ambergris than does the superb myco noir _Finch_, but doesn t satisfy as completely as that novel That said, I think its contribution to Vanderme [...]

    29. REREADING 2016 ChallengeThis is a masterpiece of modern New Weird Fiction and the first story, Dradin in Love was awesome storytelling and some of the best prose I ve ever read, PERIOD.I just re read that particular story and it s 5 times now However, the New Weird is not for everyone and I ll admit, I am NOT a fan of it, even when I know it s good But this is the one book of New Weird that I am taking into my new writing room But it s the only one I am taking Well, maybe China Mieville will get [...]

    30. I enjoyed this book from the start Beautiful writing, consistently I was interested but began to feel slightly detached, which I would normally consider to be a negative quality I was not big on what some would think to be the creative aspects sections of the book.Additionally, I just found out that there are different editions of this book floating around Do not pick up the first edition, it is missing way too much I read the second edition and consequently am missing 2 stories that are includ [...]

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