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City of Saints and Madmen

(1997)
The Book of Ambergris
(The first book in the Ambergris series)
A collection of stories by

 
 
Awards
World Fantasy Best Collection (nominee)
Publisher's Weekly
A master of postmodern game playing, VanderMeer (The Exchange) here gathers all the fiction published in his earlier trade paper collection (also titled, in a typically Borgesian maneuver, City of Saints and Madmen), plus an equal amount of new material. Set in the haunted city of Ambergris, with its Borges Bookstore, these stories feature bizarre recurring characters and intensely self-referential plots. Among the highlights are the World Fantasy Award$winning Transformation of Martin Lake, the tale of a talented painter who's obsessed with a great composer; The Strange Case of X, which concerns an incarcerated lunatic found wandering the streets of Ambergris carrying the very book being discussed in this review; the wonderful new story The Cage, in which an antiques dealer becomes infected with a fungus that's slowly taking over much of the city; and, oddest of all perhaps, an untitled short story, which fills the entire dust jacket and concerns an unnamed traveler who has a close encounter with a giant squid in the river that runs through Ambergris. Other pieces take many forms, including a history of the city complete with footnotes, psychiatric records from a local hospital, an amazingly funny work of pseudo-biology entitled King Squid and entirely bogus bibliographies and glossaries. This beautifully written, virtually hallucinatory work isn't for every taste, but connoisseurs of the finest in postmodern fantasy will find it enormously rewarding. (May) Forecast: Recently named by Locus On-Line as one of the 10 best short-story writers in the field, VanderMeer has avoided doing the kind of thing the big, increasingly commercial houses are willing to take on. Serious review attention could break him out though it will take a novel that makes some concessions to the marketplace to lure a major publisher. Mass Market Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

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April 2004 : UK Hardback
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Title: City of Saints and Madmen (Ambergris)
Author(s): Jeff VanderMeer
ISBN: 1-4050-3395-9 / 978-1-4050-3395-4 (UK edition)
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May 2002 : USA Hardback
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Title: City of Saints and Madmen
Author(s): Jeff VanderMeer, Michael Moorcock
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January 2018 : UK Paperback
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May 2014 : UK Paperback
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Title: City of Saints and Madmen (Ambergris)
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February 2006 : USA Paperback
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Title: City of Saints and Madmen
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ISBN: 0-553-38357-4 / 978-0-553-38357-7 (USA edition)
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March 2005 : UK Paperback
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Title: City of Saints and Madmen (Ambergris)
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ISBN: 0-330-41893-9 / 978-0-330-41893-5 (UK edition)
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October 2003 : USA Paperback
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Title: City of Saints and Madmen
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ISBN: 0-8095-3264-6 / 978-0-8095-3264-3 (USA edition)
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April 2004 : UK Paperback
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Title: City of Saints and Madmen
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ISBN: 1-4050-3396-7 / 978-1-4050-3396-1 (UK edition)
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September 2001 : USA Paperback
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Title: City of Saints and Madmen: The Book of Ambergris
Author(s): Jeff VanderMeer
ISBN: 1-58715-436-6 / 978-1-58715-436-2 (USA edition)
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Kindle Editions

May 2014 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: City of Saints and Madmen (Ambergris Book 1)
Author(s): Jeff VanderMeer
Publisher: Tor
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