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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Spectra
Publication date September 27, 2005
Pages 278
Binding Paperback
Edition Reprint
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9780553383560
ISBN-10 0553383566
Dimensions 0.75 by 5.25 by 8.25 in.
Weight 0.50 lbs.
Original list price $15.00
Summaries and Reviews
Summary
On a far-future Earth, the mysterious Quin manipulates biological engineering to create sentient species as both toys and manual labor, and when Nicholas, a failed holo artist, decides to visit Quin, he discovers just how dangerous it is to know him, in the place known as Veniss Underground. Reprint. 20,000 first printing.
Amazon.com description: Product Description: In his debut novel, literary alchemist Jeff VanderMeer takes us on an unforgettable journey, a triumph of the imagination that reveals the magical and mysterious city of Veniss through three intertwined voices. First, Nicholas, a would-be Living Artist, seeks to escape his demons in the shadowy underground–but in doing so makes a deal with the devil himself. In her fevered search for him, his twin sister, Nicola, spins her own unusual and hypnotic tale as she discovers the hidden secrets of the city. And finally, haunted by Nicola’s sudden, mysterious disappearance and gripped by despair, Shadrach, Nicola’s lover, embarks on a mythic journey to the nightmarish levels deep beneath the surface of the city to bring his love back to light. There he will find wonders beyond imagining…and horrors greater than the heart can bear.

By turns beautiful, horrifying, delicate, and powerful, Veniss Underground explores the limits of love, memory, and obsession in a landscape that defies the boundaries of the imagination. This special edition includes the short stories “The Sea, Mendeho, and Moonlight”; “Detectives and Cadavers”; and “A Heart for Lucretia” and the novella Balzac’s War, offering a complete tour of the fantastic world of Veniss.

Editions
Hardcover
Book cover for 9781892389619
 
from Nightshade Book (April 1, 2003)
9781892389619 | details & prices | 192 pages | 6.50 × 9.50 × 0.75 in. | 1.02 lbs | List price $40.00
About: Jeff VanderMeer's last book, City of Saints & Madmen, explored the limits of literary fantasy, garnering raves from critics, including a starred review in Publishers Weekly.
Paperback
Book cover for 9780553383560 Book cover for 9781894815642
 
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Reprint edition from Spectra (September 27, 2005)
9780553383560 | details & prices | 278 pages | 5.25 × 8.25 × 0.75 in. | 0.50 lbs | List price $15.00
About: On a far-future Earth, the mysterious Quin manipulates biological engineering to create sentient species as both toys and manual labor, and when Nicholas, a failed holo artist, decides to visit Quin, he discovers just how dangerous it is to know him, in the place known as Veniss Underground.
from Prime Books (April 1, 2003)
9781894815642 | details & prices | 188 pages | 5.50 × 8.50 × 0.50 in. | 0.65 lbs | List price $15.00
About: Jeff VanderMeer’s last book, City of Saints & Madmen, explored the limits of literary fantasy, garnering raves from critics, including a starred review in Publishers Weekly.

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