The City of Saints and Madmen isn't like anything else I've read before. It's a variety of works by one author all about the fantastical city of Ambergris. The city is home to a violent festival celebrating squids, mushroom dwellers, warring factions divided by their love or hatred of a prominent artist. It's a dark and scary place and so well imagined. The book contains short stories, historical publications, interviews from a madhouse, and advertisements.
Spurred by an impending due date at the library, I raced through the second half. I think the book would be better served by a slow read - dipping in and out of this world now and then.
I am thoroughly amazed by the techniques and creativity. I only wish that the characters were more well-rounded. 5.55 / 10.