The City & The City
ISBN: 034549752X
EAN13: 9780345497529
Language: English
Release Date: Apr 27, 2010
Pages: 352
Dimensions: 1" H x 8.4" L x 5.7" W
Weight: 0.8 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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   Interesting Concept, No Character Development
Really cool idea for a story, but if you asked me to describe the main character, I couldn t do it. Beyond a couple of describers given, you are free to imagine him as a robot or a pillow. You don 't know as a person anything about him. Needless to say, character development is severely lacking, so the whole thing falls flat. Had I not looked it up, I would have guessed that the author's first language is not English because there are some really odd and convoluted sentences that make sense only. I started intrigued by the plotsetting, but it was incredibly difficult to complete. I just didn 't care. The only reason I finished was because I don 't like to start a book without finishing.
 
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   The author takes a curious look into the world of ...
The author takes a curious look at the world of two post-modern countries with the scheme of a socially conditioned detective noir. It was a journey where you will find yourself reading a slew of questions and find yourself asking more to find the answers.
 
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   Don't know about Kafka....
... but still a good read rattling. It is a very genre, much more so than his other work, which I found tends to cross borders. And the characters are a bit stereotypical. But, as we know, he can write like an angel. Sort ofRenko goes toOrth, viaSitka.
 
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   He imagines a society whose rules are so different from our own and yet who are in the end people like us who we can relate to a
You don 't often read novels that have truly original concepts. He conceconces a society whose rules are so different from our own and yet who are people like us in the end to whom we can relate and root for.
 
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   The setting of the two cities is brilliantly inventive and comes across as a place that is ...
The setting of the two cities is brilliantly believable and comes across as a place so inventive. You could say that the city itself is a character in the story.
 
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   Strange and Wonderful/Deflating Denouement
Mieville owns a seemingly inexhaustible well of creativity, a well he taps deeply for the city and the city. Two parallel urban cultures, intermixed and crosshatched, with inhabitants speaking different languages, unseeing each other, held in line by the alien and mysterious Breach-what a concept. Throw a murder and police officer procedural into the mix and you get this beautiful novel. A quibble-the-denouement has a deflating effect, something he did on purpose, according to the interview added to my text. A reader is so mystified and enthralled by the murders, the Breach, the Orsiny, ancient archeology, the double city life and the like. The actual untying or unkotting of the plot does not satisfy. Finally, Huckleberry Finn does not have such a great ending, and we still consider it one of our best novels.
 
4
   We see what we’re taught to see
Detective story set in a convincingly impossible double city, but the ending is a little disappointing as sci-fi fantasy, though good as a crime thriller.
 
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   hard boiled science fiction
Those who stay with it usually find that their eyes and ears adjust to the language and rhythms, and once they are able to hear Shakespeare, they love him. Usually, he is. I never had this issue with Shakespeare myself and found that his language came to me naturally. But this book... well, let me say that I understand my students a little better. I read about a dozen pages and realized that I had no clue what I just read. I read them again and was still walking water just. I was swimming by page 100. I have also stumbled upon a BBC adaptation and while it makes some changes I am not sure I agree with, I love the miniseries almost as much as the book. This is the first book I read by this author, but it will not be the last.
 
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   Just ok
I guess that I expected much more from this book. It was not bad, but it was not exciting until almost the end. I can see how a lot of people would either give up or be bored by this book. There are a lot of descriptions of the cities and the people from each. I think he had to do that or I don 't think that anyone would really be able to understand how a city can be in a city and the people who live there can tell the difference between the two. It was, however, a very interesting premise, but the story was not for me fast enough or interesting enough. I think it could have been better ''. For a kind of detective novel with a little bit of a weirdness of the city thrown in it was just ok. I think it could have been better if it was third place. There existed and there was a more hinting story there.
 
3
   Interesting concept, could have been pushed further
I like how Mieville pushes the idea of a divided city to the point where people are taught to see others not like themselves. Though for an author of self-described conventional fiction '', I find the book to be a fairly bizarre crime novel, lacking much in the way of sff.
 
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