Shriek: Posłowie

Shriek Pos owie Shriek Pos owie jest tragikomiczn histori rodzinn rozgrywaj c si w stworzonym przez Jeffa VanderMeera legendarnym fikcyjnym mie cie Ambergris To opowiedziana z ekstrawaganck pasj przez niegdysiejsz by

  • Title: Shriek: Posłowie
  • Author: Jeff VanderMeer Robert Waliś
  • ISBN: 9788374801614
  • Page: 433
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Shriek Pos owie jest tragikomiczn histori rodzinn rozgrywaj c si w stworzonym przez Jeffa VanderMeera legendarnym fikcyjnym mie cie Ambergris.To opowiedziana z ekstrawaganck pasj przez niegdysiejsz bywalczyni salon w, Janice Shriek, pe na barwnych i fascynuj cych postaci oraz tajemniczych zdarze historia przyg d brata Janice, Duncana, historyka op tanego przez sShriek Pos owie jest tragikomiczn histori rodzinn rozgrywaj c si w stworzonym przez Jeffa VanderMeera legendarnym fikcyjnym mie cie Ambergris.To opowiedziana z ekstrawaganck pasj przez niegdysiejsz bywalczyni salon w, Janice Shriek, pe na barwnych i fascynuj cych postaci oraz tajemniczych zdarze historia przyg d brata Janice, Duncana, historyka op tanego przez skazany na niepowodzenie romans i mroczny sekret, kt ry mo e go zabi lub przemieni.To tak e opowie o wojnie pomi dzy konkurencyjnymi wydawnictwami, kt ra na zawsze zmieni Ambergris, oraz o rywalizacji z zepchni t na margines ras znan jako szare kapelusze , kt ra, uzbrojona w zaawansowan grzybow technologi , czeka pod ziemi na szans odzyskania miasta, kt re kiedy do niej nale a o W tej opowie ci o zmiennych ludzkich losach i zwi zkach wyczuwa si delikatne wp ywy Borgesa i Nabokova, a tak e H.P Lovecrafta oraz awangardow , surrealistyczn wra liwo .

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    1. We book lovers can’t help speaking of authors as “the next .” We’re always keeping our eyes open for the next Jane Austen or the next Ernest Hemingway or the next Salman Rushdie or the next Ursula K. LeGuin, and we gleefully trumpet their arrival in our reviews. Of course, what we really ought to be looking for is the first China Miéville, the first Lisa Moore, the first Neal Stephenson, the first Iain Banks, the first whomever. When we find those authors who are truly themselves, we’ [...]

    2. A review on the back of this book name-checks Nick Cave and "Hitchhikers Guide" -- please ignore the back of the book. I can't imagine anything less like Douglas Adams than this book. If I had to write a review of this book based primarily on name-checks, my list would include: Mervyn Peake, Edward Gorey, H.P. Lovecraft, China Mievelle, and Tom Waits. VanderMeer's Ambergris setting has echoes of Gormanghast's crumbling antiquity, but with more of Amphigories twisted, Gothic humor thrown in (thin [...]

    3. I've been waiting for Jeff VanderMeer to write a novel set in Ambergris since City of Saints and Madmen.Thoughts from the halfway mark: The first half of the book is Janice Shriek telling the story of her brother Duncan's multiple successes and disgraces, from being a successful historian, to a pariah, to a successful teacher, to his fall from grace for a torrid affair with a student, as well as her own rise to being a player in the art world until her own fall. All the while, she alludes to Dun [...]

    4. He said: "A machine. A glass. A mirror. A broken machine. A cracked glass. A shattered mirror." I remember now the way he used the phrases at his disposal. Clean, fine cuts. Great, slashing cuts. Fractures in the word and the world."Some things should not be articulated. Some words should never be used in exact combination with other words." My father said that once, while reading a scathing negative review of one of his essays. He said it with a tired little sigh, a joke at his expense. His who [...]

    5. I find myself thinking about Shriek in the same way I thought about its predecessor, City of Saints and Madmen. In other words, I'm not sure quite what to think about it. It has all the things that made City good: lots of atmosphere, a city so well constructed and populated that it feels like I was immersed in it, the feeling that this place existed before VanderMeer put his pen to paper. However, like City, Shriek doesn't really work well as a whole. Despite the richness of the setting, which i [...]

    6. I recently went through a harvest of Listmania lists on , from those I found on the page for China Meiville's "Perdido Street Station". It seemed like a promising way to break into reading the current "New Weird" fantasy sub-genre movement, uh, thing. (New Weird. It's a fairly ambiguous term, but generally, think Fantasy (often dark fantasy) with a more "modern" viewpoint and usually an urban (modern or pseudo-steampunk) setting, that sidesteps Tolkien's legacy when tracing its lineage (which ma [...]

    7. From ISawLightningFallDuring my misspent youth and a fair bit of my adulthood, I steeped myself in more fantastic fiction that I care to admit. As one book rolled into another and another, a pattern began to emerge: When authors crafted their imaginary worlds, they tended to take one of two tacks. The first (exhibited to great effect by C.S. Lewis' Till We Have Faces and his Narnia series) borrowed tropes from ancient mythologies. The second involved expanding some extant reality until it became [...]

    8. I don't know, clever, but it just didn't do it. I think VanderMeer might be too fundamentally sane to accomplish the decadent style that he aspires to here. Get more insane, do more drugs, or be more French, Jeff. Otherwise you're S.O.L. Don't get me wrong, I think he can write, but I think he's not writing what he's suited for.

    9. Tarted up in a fin de siecle gaudiness and moldering crepe, Jeff VanDerMeer's latest tale of the decadent and unusual goings-on in the fantastical city of Ambergris promises raised eyebrows and wry humour. A few chapters into the book, it seemed as though the affair might collapse in upon itself due to the towering preciousness of it's central conceit: that it is in actuality a hideously distended afterword penned by the failed art gallery owner Janice Shriek, to be appended to a travel guide wr [...]

    10. After having read the Southern trilogy, I am on a quest to read all of Jeff VanderMeer's novels. I had read a short story based in Ambergris before but had not cared that much for it, and the more I read his novels, the more clear it seems to me why I love them but I'm not (for now) going to read his short stories.VanderMeer's novels are set in such weird worlds that they require an immense suspension of disbelief on the readers side, BUT his characters are so good, that you'll find yourself bel [...]

    11. 3.5 stars. I felt the writing style and format were 5 stars, truly fabulous. Vandermeer writes with originality, flair, and is not afraid to be unique. This was a tough read for me, I found it difficult to make it through many parts of it. It is a true testament to how great Vandermeer can make things so exceptional that I was ablebto push through the slow, stagnate parts that left me wanting. Being that this is an Afterword, much of the book rambles on and stops the story line from moving forwa [...]

    12. I finished this book while on a road trip, over a week ago. At this point I don't know that I can really set down everything I have to say about it accurately--this review would have been more detailed had it been written when the book was still fresh in my mind. That noted, I did like this book a lot. It used some of the layered, metafictional techniques that VanderMeer used in "City Of Saints And Madmen", and acted as a sort of sequel to that book. "Shriek: An Afterword" is a biography of Dunc [...]

    13. Jeff VanderMeer's wildly inventive new novel is the afterword to the nonexistent history of a fictional city. After completing the classic The Hoegbotton Guide to the Early History of Ambergris, controversial historian Duncan Shriek disappeared, leaving his sister Janice Shriek to supply the much-needed afterword.Janice Shriek's piece evolves into a memoir of the siblings: their family, their loves, and, most importantly, their failures. Banned by the Court of Kalif – this reality's Catholic C [...]

    14. Cholernie obawiałem się tej książki, bowiem przyzwyczaiłem się, do tego, że Jeff VanderMeer, podobnie, jak M. John Harrison, lubuje się w "dręczeniu" czytelnika na wiele rozlicznych sposobów: od prowadzenia fabuły niezwykle splątanymi ścieżkami - którymi podążając, nie wolno w żadnym wypadku pozwolić sobie na rozproszenie uwagi, należy zachować pełną koncentrację i czujność - poprzez kreację bohaterów, których motywacje są niejasne, losy zagmatwane a czyny irracjo [...]

    15. I finished this some time ago, and have been trying to formulate what to say about it. I think there are many ways to approach discussing Shriek, each with its own merits, its own sets of what-it-can-say and what-it-must-remain-silent-about. I'm pretty sure that whichever I choose, I won't do justice to it.This is perhaps the best example of telling a story slant-wise, of the oblique entry, that I have read. There is a grand narrative of the fungal invasion of the city of Ambergris, of mysteriou [...]

    16. My first novel by Jeff VanderMeer, I wasn't sure what to expect, nor am I quite sure what I got.Well let's see; it's a fictional afterword written by a fictional character (Janice Shriek) to her brother's (Duncan Shriek) book which is a historical account of a fictional city (Ambergris) in a fictional world. But it's actually more of an account of her and her brother's lives since the death of their father that chronicles the ups and downs of their personal and professional fortunes. This accoun [...]

    17. This is possibly the best book I have ever read. I loved the way the story is constructed. Janice Shriek, older sister of historian Duncan Shriek, tells the story of his life after he has disappeared into the underground of the city of Ambergris. Duncan has spent his life studying the gray caps, a mysterious race of mushroom people who were the initial inhabitants of the area. Duncan believes the gray caps are working on something sinister. "A machine. A glass. A mirror. A broken machine. A crac [...]

    18. The one where the life of historian Duncan Shriek is told by his sister, Janice, with annotations by Duncan after Janice dies. Abandoned at page 150.I think there's probably a story in here somewhere. Things happen that would sound really exciting if I told you about them. But this is one of those books where you're given several unreliable sources and left to puzzle out what really happened between the lines of what they choose to tell you about, which means that there are layers and layers of [...]

    19. A stunning achievement: two highly unreliable narrators comment upon each other, one via the afterword to a biography of the other (the book we are reading), the other via annotations to the book itself, with an extra layer of meta-text waiting to be revealed as the book progresses all wrapped up in the singularly odd "Real World Plus One" milieu of the city of Ambergris. Highly intelligent, beautifully literate, constantly treading a fine line between gothic tragedy, horror, and faded, crumblin [...]

    20. Well written if strange. Is it ok for me to say I like my weird fiction a little more straightforward?It was successful in that it made me want to read more of VanderMeer and specifically about the city of Ambergris, but the story itself just didn't move me as much as I had hoped it would be. I expected more payoff, for whatever reason. When it hit, though, it hit hard - the war scenes in particular were pretty great and imaginative.Overall I liked it and if the description intrigues you, it may [...]

    21. This book was an agonizing read -- unlikeable, underdeveloped characters; pathetic use of "literary" devices, including repetition, multiple narrators, and the use of braces; an unintelligible commentary on history, perspective, faith, politics; a fantasy world revolving around fungus And the fact that character "Duncan Shriek" connotes (hopefully unintentionally) bland singer-songwriter Duncan Shiek.

    22. OUTSTANDING! will review soon- i'm so behind on reviews, hopefully catching up soon cause it's driving me nuts.

    23. This book is almost entirely redeemed by its second half. The first half is primarily the family saga of siblings Janice and Duncan Shriek, and while that story is not without interest or point, it really doesn't merit being stretched out across two hundred pages and It. Gets. Tedious. Fortunately, the second half of the book picks up considerably and is very worth reading, as the story focuses more on their lives in a city which is in the midst of a war that almost all of the inhabitants neithe [...]

    24. Shriek: An Afterword is the second book in Jeff Vandermeer's Ambergris series. It is told from the point of view of Janice Shriek, and focuses on her brother Duncan, who is obsesses with the gray caps (a strange, mushroom-like people who live underground).It's interesting to read more about Ambergris (one of my favourite cities in SFF), but I found the story a bit slow and meandering; there were some good parts but often it became a bit tedious too - on the whole above average, but not one of hi [...]

    25. Zacząłem czytać pierwszą część tej trylogii. Dwójkę, czyli Shrieka ominąłem i przeskoczyłem do trzeciej. Po paru latach zatęskniłem za tym światem i zacząłem czytać. Dwójka jest słabsza od trójki, ale też trzyma klimat. Trójka zostawiła na mojej wyobraźni ślad aż do teraz, Shriek mniej. Najlepiej jak wiadomo całość czytać po kolei ;) Jednak warto było wrócić. Szkoda, że to już koniec.

    26. I really loved the setting and the concept of this novel - it felt like the browser computer game Fallen London in novel format, and also reminded me of China Mieville a lot. Something didn't quite work for me in its execution, but I still very much enjoyed it and am keen to read the other Ambergris books by Vandermeer.

    27. More fun in Ambergris. I love these books - they were my introduction to Jeff Vandermeer. Some of the most creative fantasy I have ever read. Conrad on acid. Cronenberg could make a great movie with this material.

    28. I have liked or loved all of VanderMeers books except this one. It took me forever to finish it. struggling through. but I did it. and until I read Finch I can't say if it was a waste of my time or not.

    29. I was told: “OMG, if you like Mieville, you will love Vandermeer!”. I clarified that I don’t like Mieville, I adore him; and sure, I’d look into other New Weird writers, because I’m always happy to discover new bizarre and baroque worlds.Jeff Vandermeer has imagination in spades, that’s obvious the minute you crack any of his books open. Every book set in the city of Ambergris have a wonderfully dark, gritty, almost oppressively gothic atmosphere – something that I absolutely love. [...]

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