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Alien Online has run a short interview with Jeff about
SF Site likes Veniss Underground: "There are so many layers to this seemingly spare novel, that I'm still marveling at the elegance of the writing. For a glimpse of true literary genius, read Veniss Underground."
The Scotsman likes Veniss: "City-state Veniss is one of humanity's last redoubts against the polluted wastelands of the Earth, but it is corrupt and rotting from within. Veniss Underground is the Pandemonium that lies beneath it, a netherworld straight out of the paintings of Hieronymus Bosch .This is an outstanding first novel brimming with startling ideas made unpleasant flesh by Vandermeer's deliciously decadent prose."
Two major UK writers weigh in on Veniss with advance blurbs:
SciFi Dimensions has reviewed Veniss, calling it "lyrical, beautifully descriptive, and often quirky."
Lost Pages has reviewed Veniss, calling it a "lurid and fascinating mix of exotic fantasy, dark horror, and imaginative far-future science fiction."
A UK reviewer who received an advance copy of
Veniss has this to say: "Veniss Underground has echoes of Jack Vance,
Hieronymous Bosch and George A. Romero, and VanderMeer at his best can
match China Mieville for industrial-strength descriptions of awful
strangeness any day."
CNN.com's Porter Anderson reviews Veniss Underground as the lead review for the Books section of CNN Showbiz, writing in part: "Veniss Underground is not to be missed for several reasons. First, it's profoundly serious. In our own society, made daily more stupid by sitcoms, VanderMeer's relentlessly grim vision is a gift. Second, the book defines with surgical clarity the strength of the human heart, even a broken one, and the weakness of the flesh, even enhanced. And finally there's the writing."
Veniss continues to garner praise from a variety of publications
"Harrowing, horrific, hallucinatory and haunting in its depiction of the polymorphously perverse fleshscapes born from the twisted mind of [its characters], which seem to have infected reality itself, Veniss is astonishing, repellent, funny, exciting and ultimately moving." -
Veniss Underground is now available for immediate order through
Faren Miller has reviewed Veniss in the March issue of Locus Magazine:
Publishers Weekly has posted an interview with Jeff about Veniss Underground. It originally appeared in the February 3rd issue of the magazine.
Jeff sold limited edition hardcover rights to Veniss Underground to Night Shade Books. Pre-ordering available.
Bookmunch has posted an excellent review of Veniss Underground. Be warned-it contains spoilers!
Jeff has just sold Yugoslavian rights to Veniss Underground, for publication later in 2003.