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The Etched City

The Etched City

(2003)
A novel by

 
Awards
British Fantasy Society (nominee)
World Fantasy (nominee)
"Have you seen a split cranium, growing flowers like a window box? I saw that, a mere hour ago."

Fleeing the ghosts of their violent past, two former revolutionaries - the roguish, rakish Gwynn and the taciturn Raule - escape from the ruined Copper Country to the tropical city of Ashamoil. As they salvage new lives from the rubble of the old, they discover that the ghosts of the past are also the ghosts of the future. As comic and tragic destinies play out, art will infect life, dream and waking fuse, and splendid and frightening miracles will bloom.

The genre-defying, multi-award-winning The Etched City is a fantasy novel like no other. Drawing upon diverse influences including Westerns, fin-de-siècle Decadence, gangster dramas and New Wave fantasy, this strange, lavishly-written book entertains while casting a spell of real and lasting magic.

'...fantasy as high literature, our world skewed to a hard right angle'
- James Sallis, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction

'scenes... which are among the most mystifying and astonishing I have found in a fantasy.'
- Michael Moorcock, The Guardian

'Bishop has written an accomplished and brave first novel that doesn't pull punches. The novel gets stranger - and more strangely beautiful - as it progresses, until the reader is completely trapped by it (in a blissful way).'
- Jeff VanderMeer

'...brimming with imagination - a mythic journey with distinctive characters, surreal imagery, and a story that doesn't quit.'
- Jeffrey Ford

'Like a novelist of old, Bishop deals with the vagaries of cities, the church, men and women - in short, the human condition - while as a fantasist she pays equal attention to the inhuman, or the pull of the fantastic on our minds'
- Faren Miller, New York Review of Science Fiction

'This is a challenging novel, both in the themes and questions it subtly poses, and the metaphors it disguises indivisibly amidst beauty and monstrosity... An amazing first novel, not only for the skill of writing, complexity and richness of invention it displays, but also for the themes it is willing to confront.'
- William Thompson, Interzone

'The Etched City... is thoroughly unpretentious but unafraid to delve deeply into all manner of mysteries. It features a cast of hard"‘bitten loners who, for all their bitterness and fatigue, are still passionately full of life.'
- Gahan Wilson, Realms of Fantasy

Genre: Fantasy
 
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Paperback Editions

February 2005 : UK Paperback
Title: The Etched City
Author(s): KJ Bishop
ISBN: 0330427105 / 9780330427104 (UK edition)
Publisher: Tor
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November 2004 : USA Paperback
Title: The Etched City
Author(s): K.J. Bishop
ISBN: 0553382918 / 9780553382914 (USA edition)
Publisher: Spectra
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January 2004 : UK Paperback
Title: The Etched City
Author(s): K.J. Bishop
ISBN: 1405041609 / 9781405041607 (UK edition)
Publisher: Tor
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February 2003 : Canada Paperback
Title: The Etched City
Author(s): K J Bishop
ISBN: 189481522X / 9781894815222 (Canada edition)
Publisher: Prime Books
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Kindle Editions

December 2012 : UK Kindle edition
Title: The Etched City
Author(s): K.J. Bishop

Publisher: K.J. Bishop
Availability: Amazon UK   

November 2004 : USA, UK Kindle edition
Title: The Etched City
Author(s): K.J. Bishop

Publisher: Spectra
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