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Bone Song : Welcome to Death's City - John Meaney

Bone Song

Welcome to Death's City


Published: 15th March 2007
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Lieutenant Donal Riordan has been given the most bizarre of new cases. Four famous stage performers have died in recent months, thee of them in state capitals within Transifica, the fourth in far Zurinam. And now the idolised Diva, Maria deLivnova is coming to Tristopolis. Donal's boss is determined that nothing like this is ever to happen in his city.

Donal is to have anything he needs as long the Diva lives. And so begins a dark investigation through a world where corpses give up their pyschic energy in the massive necrofulx generators that power the city, where gargoyles talk, where wraiths work in slavery, a world of the dead where corruption is alive.

This is an extraordinary science fiction novel set in alternate universe quite unlike any imagined in science fiction before; a universe where magic and the supernatural and the undead are given a scientific rationale and horrifyingly plausible rationale. The novel's setting, Tristopolis, is the ultimate noir city; an immense baroque creation of haunted stone skyscrapers, black metal and city-wide catacombs. Its hero Donal Riordan is immensely likeable and easy to identify with. Even once he's dead.

About the Author

John Meaney is the author of To Hold Infinity, Paradox Context and Resolution. To Hold Infinity and Paradox Context were on the BSFA shortlists for Best Novel in 1999 and 2001 respectively. The Times called John Meaney "The first important new Science Fiction writer of the 21st century." Meaney has a degree in physics and computer science, and holds a black belt in Shotokan Karate. He lives in Kent.


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Interesting Concept

By Chanisihaya

from Brisbane, AU

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Comments about Bone Song:

This book had an interesting concept and ideas were more original than I have seen in a while. The draw backs I found with this book are at times it was rather disjointed and difficult to follow and the story felt like it needed more of an explanation of the background behind the characters and place. Perhaps a series of book would have been better.

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"Meaney's creepy, death-haunted world lingers in the long after the book is closed. A smart and spooky read." THE TIMES "Filmic action aplenty and lots of weird imagery." SFX "Fast paced, very entertaining and out of the ordinary. Meaney throws together familiar elements of multiple genres and creates something both haunting and engaging. SFFWORLD.COM "Bone Song is crisply written and the gruesome aspects of Tristopolis are vividly portrayed." -- Eric Brown THE GUARDIAN "Think Dirty Harry in a city created by the bastard love-child of Jeff VanderMeer and China Mieville. The backdrop of a hardboiled crime plot cleverly disguises stories of human interaction, trust, mistrust, loyalty, morality, acceptance, and love while delivering a great mystery." NETH SPACE. COM

ISBN: 9780575079540
ISBN-10: 0575079541
Series: Gollancz S.F.
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 345
Published: 15th March 2007
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3  x 2.6
Weight (kg): 0.521