Notes for Fiction in 2013-2014

Ambergris. Spoilers. Spoiling. You were warned.


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Five years after Finch…

Stark lives on…inside his brother Bosun’s head. In the wake of the chaos of the Lady in Blue’s attack, Bosun’s thugs have annexed the Spit and a large section of territory near it, bolstered by captured gray cap weapons.

The gray caps have retreated to the HFZ, launching periodic attacks. Their main enemies internally are Partials immune to their spores—driven out by the rebels and rejected by the gray caps. Their only chance is to reclaim the HFZ, or part of it.

Sintra has risen through the ranks and has a hand in the decision-making of the native tribes enclave in the religious quarter, which has spread beyond, to the edge of Bosun’s territory.

The rest of the city is controlled by the Lady in Blue, whose transformed rebels exist in uneasy alliance with “pures”–those who did not come through the gate. Both factions are riven through with the ghost of Hoegbotton-Frankwrithe rivalries. The remnants of the Nimblytod and Dogghe tribes that control the religious quarter have been told to assimilate with the rebel forces for the common good. They’re having none of it, but have held back waiting for the Lady in Blue to die and the rebels to implode.

Rumor has it that John Finch is blind now, victim of a wasting disease that has him confined to a wheelchair in a room somewhere in Rathven’s ever-growing underground tunnels. And Rathven? Who knows. There are more rumors about her now than there once were about the Lady in Blue. But the Photographer has been sighted recently, back in town.

Out in the bay: the ruins of the two towers, reduced by fire following the rebel attack. And something still hidden there.

Out in the bay: a single boat, late at night. A man, Bliss, who is not a man. More doors opening. All over the city.

What is coming out of them?

Bliss: “It’s a very long game, Sintra. Longer than you or anyone could possibly imagine…so why don’t you put the gun down, hmm?”

Comments

  1. says

    I’m not reading the post in detail (don’t want the spoilers), but I’m jumping for joy that Ambergris is alive and well in your imagination, and that you will be bringing us further tales of the mushroom city….

    YEAH!

  2. Jeff VanderMeer says

    I’ve got two or three novels to write first. But this one would be conceived as from multiple character points of view, written in as close to my baseline style as possible.

    Jeff

  3. Kenny Cross says

    Yes! Definitely makes my New Year’s to read this. True story: The morning after I had finished reading Shriek: An Afterward I walked out into my backyard and came to an abrupt stop. A single lone mushroom had sprouted at the edge of my concrete walk. Everything else was just dirt beyond because I had just ripped out some old trees recently. A big fat beast of a mushroom. I sat down and stared at that thing for an hour. I tore it out and threw it away. Can never be too careful.

  4. Jim Osmer says

    I really like Rathven and glad to see her continue. I am very perplexed as to what/who Bliss really is. I want more Ambergris and need Mieville to write more Bas-lag.

  5. Jim Osmer says

    Just finished audiobook of Finch after reading it months ago. Bliss is like the kid who puts bugs in a jar and shakes it to make them fight. He is almost a Stephen King character: Flagg from the Stand or the evil in IT. And what about that line Duncan Shriek says about who Tonsure really was? Too many questions. We will wait patiently.

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