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Nov 02 2010

City of Saints and Madmen

Book: City of Saints and Madmen

Author: Jeff Vandermeer

Reviewer: Daniel M. Hawkins, Access and Delivery Services, NCSU Libraries

A fantasy that owes as much to Nabokov as it does to Lovecraft.  It consists of four novellas and twelve short stories, all interrelated, that utilize unreliable (and often conflicting) narrators to paint a picture of a civilization in decline; A civilization built over the ruin of an older one, whose descendants seem to be positioning themselves for long deferred vengeance.  Intricate, entertaining, erudite, lyrical, and terrifying. A must read…