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

Bone Song

Welcome to Death's City

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Countless dead lie in the miles of catacombs beneath Its streets. And in the necroflux generators that draw out the psychic energies from their bones to power the city. Thousands more pay for a life lived there.

But even a city built on death, a city of living gargoyles, a city haunted by wraiths, has people who make a living from crime.

Lieutenant Donal Riordan is a good cop. Good enough to find himself picked out for a job protecting a visiting Opera Diva. Not good enough to keep her alive.

And now the bones are speaking to Donal. They know him now. He can feel them. He can taste their song.

Donal needs to find out who wanted the Diva dead. More importantly he needs to find out who wants him dead.

John Meaney’s new novel is en extraordinary melding of visionary SF and dark horror. Here in a universe where our darkest dreams are cold fact, where death Is only the beginning.

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.


Interesting Concept


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.

Brisbane, AU


Bone Song

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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: 346
Published: 15th March 2007
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3  x 2.6
Weight (kg): 0.521