The Geomancer


The Dervish House: As Close to Perfection as a Book Can Get

Reviews for Ian McDonald's The Dervish House are starting to come in, and they are all saying the same thing. Which is--you need to read this book! Here are some of the first few reviews:

"McDonald takes the history of Istanbul, both real and imagined, and forges a multi-faceted and fascinating character out of the city itself; then he adds in the experiences of six people whose lives are about to intersect in the most unexpected ways. ...McDonald creates a magnificent knot of intrigue, thrills, and daring adventures, with the flair for character and setting that make his tales so satisfying to indulge in." Booklist

"The Dervish House is without a doubt his best and most accessible science fiction novel to date. And to put it simply, it just blew my mind. Believe me, I did try to find some shortcomings and facets that left a little to be desired. All to no avail, of course. The Dervish House is about as good as it gets, folks. McDonald's past novels had already set the bar rather high, no question. But this one, at least for me, is as close to perfection as a book can get." Pat's Fantasy Hotlist

"McDonald has a knack for painting a near future world that is both convincing and compelling, a rarity worthy of Frank Herbert or J.R. Tolkien. You are totally drawn in as this Istanbul of the year 2027 unfolds in a saga worthy of the Blade Runner tradition of anti-utopia fame. But as it always is the case in Turkey, the ultra-modern must give way to the ancient undercurrent of superstition and tradition. ...Mr. McDonald’s futuristic Istanbul reminds us of the complex underplay of European meets Middle Eastern politics, and why the term Byzantine entered our lexicon in the first place. You can almost feel the oppressive heat and smell the spice bazaars down those ancient narrow cobble stone streets… just watch out for that patrol drone whizzing by! ...MacDonald is an expert wordsmith and raises the bar in the Sci-Fi genre to a whole new plateau." Astoguyz


  1. This is a FANTASTIC book! So many stories within a story - the people just pulled me in. And his descriptions! I really felt like I was there, on-site!

    And the cover - SPECTACULAR! Wonderful job of integrating art & text.

    Everyone involved should be extremely proud & happy about this book!

  2. Thanks so much Christine!

  3. Kaphin7:53 PM

    i'd love to buy this book on my nook ereader, but its only available for kindle.. what gives?

  4. Kaphin, what gives is that B&N are taking forever and a day to get our titles up. There are as many Pyr titles cleared for Nook as Kindle (about 70) but Amazon has been much, much faster about actually getting them up. We are told they are coming, and don't understand why they aren't here yet, but it is coming "soon."

  5. Really interested in reading this book— it looks fantastic! I'm trying to find it in ePub format or, preferably, through the store.

    Is there some way of purchasing it digitally? I'm not having much luck searching for it myself online.

  6. Right now it is only available on the Kindle. We are working on getting it up on the Nook, Sony, and Kobo readers.

  7. Any updates on getting this title available as an Ebook on B&N? I have a nook and would really like to read this book.

  8. All I can say is very soon. Few weeks to a month(ish).

  9. Thank you, that is good news. So potentially some time in April 2011. That is great to hear.