Norylska is a city struggling under a number of oppressions. There is the near-permanent winter, the poverty and totalitarian government left in place after a recent war, and the depredations of the various criminal gangs determined to carve Norylska up between them, with Katyushka Leonova and Genndy Antonov caught in the middle.
Norylska Groans is a stylish fantasy thriller with a pitch perfect noir aesthetic. In a setting with post-revolutionary Russian themes, the brutal reality of a city on the edge of the tundra shoves two inhabitants of Norylska into a deadly power struggle.
I had learned a couple of months ago that Michael R. Fletcher and Clayton W. Snyder would be releasing a novel together. I had no idea what the book would be about, but I immediately jumped at the chance to review it, as I had no doubt in my mind that it would be a uniquely maddening and wild experience. As most who’ve read the works of Fletcher and Snyder, I’ve grown accustomed to being genuinely awed, thrilled, and disturbed whenever delving into one of their books. And holy crap was I not disappointed with Norylska Groans!