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What William Gibson did for science fiction, China Miéville has done for fantasy, shattering old paradigms with fiercely imaginative works of startling, often shocking, intensity. Now from this brilliant young writer comes a groundbreaking collection of stories, many of them previously unavailable in the United States, and including four never-before-published tales — one set in Miéville's signature fantasy world of New Crobuzon. Among the fourteen superb fictions are:

"Jack" — Following the events of his acclaimed novel Perdido Street Station, this tale of twisted attachment and horrific revenge traces the rise and fall of the Remade Robin Hood known as Jack Half-a-Prayer.

"Familiar" — Spurned by its creator, a sorceress's familiar embarks on a strange and unsettling odyssey of self-discovery in a coming-of-age story like no other.

"Reports of Certain Events in London" — In which a writer named China Miéville receives a package containing clues to a vast and ongoing — yet utterly secret — war...a war about to turn a most unexpected corner.

"The Tain" — In this major story, winner of the Locus Award for Best Novella, a postapocalyptic London is overrun by vampires and monsters, alien yet weirdly familiar — and one man holds the future of humanity in his hands.

Plus ten other tales — including "On the Way to the Front," a graphic short story illustrated by Eisner Award-nominated Liam Sharp.

Review:

"London is a dangerous and demon-haunted place, at least for the characters in the dark, finely crafted tales presented in Miéville's first story collection. Miéville, who has won Arthur C. Clarke, British Science Fiction, and British Fantasy awards, writes of a city besieged by exotic forms of urban decay, monsters, sadistic and ghostly children, as well as, on a lighter note, the Gay Men's Radical Singing Caucus. In the novella 'The Tain,' the city has been conquered by vengeful creatures who have erupted from every mirror and reflective surface. In 'Details,' a story with subtle connections to H.P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu mythos, a young boy meets an elderly woman who has looked too deeply into the patterns that underlie the universe. In 'Foundation,' perhaps the most powerful story in the book, a veteran must come to terms with the horrors he helped perpetrate during the first Gulf War. Though lacking the baroque complexity and extravagance of Miéville's novels (Iron Council, etc.), these 14 stories, including one in graphic-novel form, serve as a powerful introduction to the work of one of the most important new fantasy writers of the past decade. Agent, Mic Cheetham." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"Miéville moves effortlessly into the first division of those who use the tools and weapons of the fantastic to define and create the fiction of the coming century." Neil Gaiman, bestselling author of American Gods and Anansi Boys

Review:

"Even the greatest admirers of Miéville's New Crobuzon novels may feel that these stories really fulfill his big newcomer's promise....In every story, Miéville's way with voice and perspective is utterly captivating. Brilliant work." Booklist (Starred Review)

Synopsis:

From the award-winning author of Perdido Street Station, The Scar, and Iron Council comes a collection of 15 short stories, four of them new, including a groundbreaking work in graphic-novel form.

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Matthew Vanderlaan, March 29, 2009 (view all comments by Matthew Vanderlaan)
An excellent collection of New Weird fiction. A general trend of post apocalypse fiction thrown in with a lot of "edge of reality" kind of stories. To say the least, I was a bit nervous around normal things after this book. Mieville is the master of making the mundane startling unnatural.
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Kirsten, August 18, 2006 (view all comments by Kirsten)
This is an excellent collection of short stories, including the award-winning novella "The Tain." It's fun to see Mieville outside of the universe of his three most recent novels; I love Perdido Street Station, The Scar, and Iron Council, but it's always fun to see an author in a different context. The title story is excellent, as is "The Tain" and "The Ball Room," but my favorite was "Reports of Certain Events in London."
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780345476074
Author:
Mieville, China
Publisher:
Del Rey Books
Author:
Mieville, China
Subject:
Fantasy fiction, English
Subject:
Science Fiction - Short Stories
Subject:
Science / General
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-Short Stories
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st U.S. ed.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
August 30, 2005
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
11 PP LINE ART
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9.18x6.20x.73 in. .71 lbs.

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Product details 320 pages Del Rey Books - English 9780345476074 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "London is a dangerous and demon-haunted place, at least for the characters in the dark, finely crafted tales presented in Miéville's first story collection. Miéville, who has won Arthur C. Clarke, British Science Fiction, and British Fantasy awards, writes of a city besieged by exotic forms of urban decay, monsters, sadistic and ghostly children, as well as, on a lighter note, the Gay Men's Radical Singing Caucus. In the novella 'The Tain,' the city has been conquered by vengeful creatures who have erupted from every mirror and reflective surface. In 'Details,' a story with subtle connections to H.P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu mythos, a young boy meets an elderly woman who has looked too deeply into the patterns that underlie the universe. In 'Foundation,' perhaps the most powerful story in the book, a veteran must come to terms with the horrors he helped perpetrate during the first Gulf War. Though lacking the baroque complexity and extravagance of Miéville's novels (Iron Council, etc.), these 14 stories, including one in graphic-novel form, serve as a powerful introduction to the work of one of the most important new fantasy writers of the past decade. Agent, Mic Cheetham." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Miéville moves effortlessly into the first division of those who use the tools and weapons of the fantastic to define and create the fiction of the coming century."
"Review" by , "Even the greatest admirers of Miéville's New Crobuzon novels may feel that these stories really fulfill his big newcomer's promise....In every story, Miéville's way with voice and perspective is utterly captivating. Brilliant work."
"Synopsis" by , From the award-winning author of Perdido Street Station, The Scar, and Iron Council comes a collection of 15 short stories, four of them new, including a groundbreaking work in graphic-novel form.
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