In 1925, earthquakes and a rising sea level left Lower Manhattan submerged under more than 30 feet of water, so that its residents began to call it the Drowning City. Those unwilling to abandon their homes created a new life on streets turned to canals and in buildings whose first three stories were underwater. Fifty years have passed since then, and the Drowning City is full of scavengers and water rats, poor people trying to eke out an existence, and those too proud or stubborn to be defeated by circumstance.
Among them are 14-year-old Molly McHugh and her friend and employer, Felix Orlov. Once upon a time Orlov the Conjuror was a celebrated stage magician, but now he is an old man, a psychic medium, contacting the spirits of the departed for the grieving loved ones left behind. When a séance goes horribly wrong, Felix Orlov is abducted by strange men wearing gas masks and rubber suits, and Molly soon finds herself on the run. Her flight will lead her into the company of a mysterious man, and his stalwart sidekick, Joe Golem, whose own past is a mystery to him, but who walks his own dreams as a man of stone and clay, brought to life for the sole purpose of hunting witches.
©2012 Mike Mignola and Christopher Golden (P)2012 Macmillan Audio
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I've been meaning to read this for a while. I've always loved Mike Mignola's work and with the Joe Golem comic out now it was time to read the novel finally. It is the pulpy goodness you'd expect and you can't deny that it leaves you wanting more.
"My new favorite book"
Tremendous achievement of occult literature
The suspense, the narration, the references to Machen and Lovecraft... I want there to be a sequel so bad
Not before, but I will again!
I went out and immediately bought the hardcover
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