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City of Saints & Madmen

By World Fantasy Award winner Jeff VanderMeer
With an introduction by the legendary Michael Moorcock

A SF Site Book of the Year
An Book of the Year
A Publishers Weekly Book of the Year


“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.”  - Peter Straub

“Unsettling, erudite, dark, shot through with unexpected humor. Ambergris is one of my favorite haunts in fiction.” – China Mieville

'This is fiction to stand alongside that of Calvino and Borges.' - The Guardian

'VanderMeer can be both terrifying and hilarious. He is a master of the implied back story... This is just a very, very
strange book, and an essential one too.' - Time Out

'Fearless inventiveness and compelling strangeness. Angela Carter would have loved this book.' - Rikki Ducornet

'Marvelously dark and grotesque... VanderMeer's creation of his world is complex and convincing.' - Review of Contemporary Fiction


The official site for information about the Ambergris milieu.
The author's official site, with news and upcoming events sections.

Bantam-Spectra link
Bantam-Spectra information about the book. [to be added]
To buy the book online.




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Tortured Artists
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Tragedy and Calamity
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Fireworks and Frivolities
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Mysterious Grey Caps
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Torture Squid
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Click the image below to download the ZIP archive, open the EXE within and double-click it, following instructions.

Ambergris Screensaver