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The Islanders by Christopher Priest
Gollancz Kindle Edition  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780575070042
Date: 22 September 2011 /

One of the high points of this month's column - Christopher Priest's first novel in nearly a decade is published by Gollancz. Priest - best known for The Prestige (a good film, but believe me, the novel is way, way better) and The Separation - is very much a national treasure (so far as genre fans are concerned!) and this new work, The Islanders, very much cause for celebration.

"A tale of murder, artistic rivalry and literary trickery; a chinese puzzle of a novel where nothing is quite what it seems; a narrator whose agenda is artful and subtle; a narrative that pulls you in and plays an elegant game with you. The Dream Archipelago is a vast network of islands. The names of the islands are different depending on who you talk to, their very locations seem to twist and shift. Some islands have been sculpted into vast musical instruments, others are home to lethal creatures, others the playground for high society. Hot winds blow across the archipelago and a war fought between two distant continents is played out across its waters. The Islanders serves both as an untrustworthy but enticing guide to the islands, an intriguing, multi-layered tale of a murder and the suspect legacy of its appealing but definitely untrustworthy narrator."

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