“Had a hard time getting into this book, more or less because I was expecting another _City of Saints and Madmen_ and even though _Shriek_ does not disappoint, there was a difference in the format that made me wonder what I was getting myself into. _Shriek_ is a novel, unlike the collected...”see full review » see other reviews »
“Had a hard time getting into this book, more or less because I was expecting another _City of Saints and Madmen_ and even though _Shriek_ does not disappoint, there was a difference in the format that made me wonder what I was getting myself into. _Shriek_ is a novel, unlike the collected novellas of the first Ambergris book, and I didn't know if I like Jeff Vandermeer's storytelling enough to last through a whole novel.
Apparently, I did. I'm now looking forward to read _Finch_ and other non-Ambergris related books the author has written.
This is where Jeff Vandermeer expounds on the mysteries left behind by Duncan Shriek in the 'History of Ambergris' and X in his notes from the Appendix. Janice Shriek provides enough context in this 'Afterword' that you wouldn't have to read the first book to understand what's happening, but reading _City of Saints and Madmen_ is recommended if you want to catch all the references both Duncan and Janice make. ”
“Absolutely loved the book. After reading City of Saints and Madmen, I really wished that VanderMeer would develop the story into something more novel-length. Don't get me wrong, I love short stories and novellas, but he has such a rich setting that the best treatment to me was a novel.
Thankfully, Shriek delivers. My only complaint is I found Duncan's commentary lots more interesting than Janice's. If the book could have been written the other way round, with Duncan telling a story and Janice leaving footnotes in the text, I would have been happier.
It makes me wonder if VanderMeer is deliberately holding back on details and mythology of the Grey Caps. Which is kind of a bummer, as they're truly fascinating.”
“a bad, a really bad read - maybe the worst of my life”Fabulea wrote this review Wednesday, April 14, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A book that rewards patience. Buried in this rambling account is an interesting tale, though don't expect the ending to provide any kind of meaning. Worth a read for those looking for something different, but likely too wordy and wandering for the average reader.”Brian H. wrote this review Tuesday, March 16, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book is insame and awesome! Jeff VanderMeer is one of the best writers working these days. More people should read him. You have to work somewhat to get through his books, but they are more than worth it.”Mark wrote this review Wednesday, October 7, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No