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City of Dreams and Nightmare by Ian Whates
Angry Robot Paperback  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780007345243
Date: 04 March 2010 List Price £7.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK /

A big box of Angry Robot titles hit SFRevu Towers last week - a mix of new titles and some older releases that I'd missed. Hat's off to this tirelessly energetic new imprint who continue to carve out their market share with edgy and exciting new work

First up is City of Dreams & Nightmare by Ian Whates, a British writer, editor and publisher (of Newcon Press) who is having a busy few months. Although he's been around a while, this is Whates's début novel and put me in mind of the kind of SF I read as a youth. I don't think there's anything particualrly new or innovative here, but Whates delivers an assured, entertaining and solid work of fantastical city-based SF.

"They call it the City of a Hundred Rows. The ancient city of Thaiburley is a vast, multi-tiered metropolis, where the poor live in the City Below and demons are said to dwell in the Upper Heights.

Having witnessed a murder in a part of the city he should never have been in, Tom, a lowly street-nick, has to run for his life through the City Below, Thaiburley’s unsavoury basement world. Accused of committing the murder himself, he is pursued by sky-borne assassins, Kite Guards, and agents of a darker force intent on destabilising the whole city. His only ally is Kat, a renegade like him, but she proves to have secrets of her own..."

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