The City & the City

Miéville, China

(Book - 2009)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The City & the City
Inspector Tyador Borlú must travel to Ul Qoma to search for answers in the murder of a woman found in the city of Besźel.
Publisher: New York : Del Rey/ Ballantine Books, 2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780345497512
Branch Call Number: SF MIEVILLE 2009
Characteristics: 312 p. ;,25 cm


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Simultaneously police procedural, science fiction parable, and political intervention, The City & The City is one of Mieville's more accessible and trenchant works.

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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