The Pastel City

Sat Mar 24, 2007

I just finished this work, part of the Viriconium collection by M. John Harrison. Anne Redpath’s “Houses near Las Palmas” may metaschematize it for a certain type of reader:Anne
Redpath's 'Houses near Las
Palmas'

The mood is inescapably nouvelle vague Dying Earth. (Gaiman notices this in the introduction. And a wearier Moorcock also.) Or pehaps Roger Ferri’s “Pedestrian City” works better:

Roger Ferri's 'Pedestrian
City'

It’s hard to say. But I’m looking forward to A Storm of Wings and the other books, which apparently diverge.