Release Date: 24/08/10
“Tasked with solving an impossible double murder, detective John Finch searches for the truth in a metropolis unlike any other in or out of history. Under the rule of the gray cap masters, Ambergris is crumbling into anarchy and rebellion. The remnants of a rebel force are demoralized and dispersed. Partials—human traitors transformed by the gray caps—walk the streets brutalizing the city’s human inhabitants. In this powerful and poignant novel, the past and the future, the cosmic and the gritty, collide. What will happen if Finch uncovers the truth? What will happen if he doesn’t? And will Ambergris ever be the same?”
Finch returns the reader to the much loved city of Ambergris that has appeared in earlier titles by this author (City of Saints and Madmen, Shriek.) Whilst still firmly within the remit of Sci-Fi, it’s perhaps more Spy Fiction with a touch of mastery backed up with a whole host of spores and Fungi’s. Whilst I did find certain parts implausible, Vandermeer’s writing style gets under the readers skin and gets them to read just a few more pages. It’s Dark, has interesting characters and you know that there are no other authors quite like him.
Add to the mix a huge supporting cast who add more flavour to the plot alongside an almost photogenic writing style and it’s a tale that will keep you up long after you really should be asleep. Watch out for Finch, don’t open the cover or the Vandermeer spore will root and hold onto you forever.