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The City & the City

Miéville, China (Book - 2009)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The City & the City
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Inspector Tyador Borlú must travel to Ul Qoma to search for answers in the murder of a woman found in the city of Besźel.
Authors: Miéville, China
Title: The city & the city
Publisher: New York : Del Rey/ Ballantine Books, 2009
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 312 p. ;,25 cm
Statement of Responsibility: China Miéville
Notes: The second time "the city" appears in the title, it reads backwards
Summary: Inspector Tyador Borlú must travel to Ul Qoma to search for answers in the murder of a woman found in the city of Besźel.
ISBN: 9780345497512
0345497511
Branch Call Number: SF MIEVILLE 2009
Subject Headings: Murder Investigation Fiction
Genre/Form: Fantasy fiction
Mystery fiction
Topical Term: Murder
LCCN: 2009013775
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Imagine two cities occupying the same space, with the citizens of one not allowed to "see" the others or the buildings, then add to the mix a murder mystery that crosses those borders.


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Dec 04, 2012
  • hmcgivney rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

A little slow going for me because I don't normally read mystery books and this one seemed to want to be the book version of a Law & Order episode (or so I imagine, I haven't seen one) with the twist of the dual cities. I really enjoyed all of the nuance of being in one city while unseeing something that may be right in front of your face. Or trying to drive while unseeing the car that zips in front of you. I liked the two cities conceit and while it's not really my kind of book, I did eventually get transported and caught up in the story, especially toward the end.

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