The Islanders

The Islanders
Christopher Priest
Reviewed by Andy Murray
Thu, 22/09/2011

To call Christopher Priest a science fiction author is true, but doesn’t quite get it – it’s like calling Jane Austen a big name in chick lit. His breathtaking imagination, coupled with a distinctive gift for measured, deliberate prose, makes his work genuinely spellbinding. Priest’s first novel in seven years revisits the Dream Archipelago, a remote cluster of islands that are linked by concepts and memory as much as by geography. Narrated by conceited islander Chaster Kammeston, who has his own hidden agenda, it unfolds steadily to become a wondrous, treacherous beast with murder and war lurking in the shadows. Original, intricate, accomplished fiction on this scale is rare indeed.


Add comment

Login or register to post comments

Books in this genre

A Lovely Way to Burn
Louise Welsh
Review by Lisa Redmond
The Boy with the Porcelain Blade
Den Patrick
Review by Tracy Eynon
The Gospel of Loki
Joanne M. Harris
Review by Emily Webb
The Girl with All the Gifts
Mike Carey
Review by John Lloyd
  • x
  • x