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The gargantuan Factory of Gleam is an ancient, hulking edifice of stone, metal and glass ruled over by chaste alchemists and astronomer priests. As millennia have passed, the population has decreased, and now only the central district is fully inhabited and operational; the outskirts have been left for the wilderness to reclaim. This decaying, lawless zone is the Discard; the home of Wild Alan. Clever, arrogant, and perpetually angry, Wild Alan is both loved and loathed by the Discard's misfits. He's convinced that the Gleam authorities were behind the disaster that killed his parents and his ambition is to prove it. But he's about to uncover more than he bargained for.
'Alan's sidekicks are beautifully grotesque and Fletcher isn't too precious about keeping all of them alive, which I find quite refreshing in this sort of book. 555/666'
The Horror Hothouse
'The idea for the story was partly inspired by Mervyn Peake's Gormenghast. Fletcher manages to do justice to this fantasy legend with a tale that is well imagined, fascinating, intensely strange, and that is sure to make many critics of speculative fiction swoon. 8/10' Avid Fantasy Reviews
'A very impressive book and sure to be enjoyed by those who like their world dark and their characters insane. 4 Stars' Fantasy Review Barn
'Gleam's combination of dystopia, mythic quest, music and squishy monsters is hugely entertaining. Fletcher's distinctive prose - alternating barogue description and brutal action - is spiced with witty dialogue and eccentric characters. 4/5' SFX
Publication date: 05/03/2015
Publisher: Quercus Publishing Plc
Publication date: 04/09/2014
Publisher: Jo Fletcher Books an imprint of Quercus Publishing Plc
|Publication date:||5th March 2015|
|Publisher:||Quercus Publishing Plc|
|Genres:||eBook Favourites, Horror,|
Tom Fletcher has published a number of his short stories as well as three other standalone novels with Quercus, The Leaping, The Thing on the Shore and The Ravenglass Eye. He lives in Manchester with his wife and son.More About Tom Fletcher