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The City & The City

11 Ratings: 3.9
A book by China Mieville

Starred Review. Better known for New Weird fantasies (Perdido Street Station, etc.), bestseller Miéville offers an outstanding take on police procedurals with this barely speculative novel. Twin southern European cities Beszel and Ul Qoma coexist … see full wiki

Author: China Mieville
Publisher: Del Rey
4 reviews about The City & The City
review by . December 16, 2010
Oh, this book! It. Is. So. Good.    Where to start?    At its core, China MiĆ©ville's The City and The City is a police procedural. But it is so much more than that. In the opening scene, main character Inspector Tyador Borlu of the Beszel Extreme Crime Squad is called to a crime scene, where he discovers the body of an unknown woman (referred to as Fulana Detail, the Beszel version of "Jane Doe"), who, at first glance, seems to be a prostitute.    I …
review by . December 10, 2010
   Oh, this book! It. Is. So. Good. Where to start? At its core, China Miéville’s The City and The City is a police procedural. But it is so much more than that. In the opening scene, main character Inspector Tyador Borlu of the Beszel Extreme Crime Squad is called to a crime scene, where he discovers the body of an unknown woman (referred to as Fulana Detail, the Beszel version of “Jane Doe”), who, at first glance, seems to be a prostitute. I know, I know. …
review by . February 24, 2010
...it's difficult for me to understand the motive and, therefore, difficult for me to appreciate.    I started this book months ago and put it down over a dozen times in favor of other books with more interesting plots, characters or meaningful (to me) writing.    I picked the book up again recently and read another 30-odd pages till I reached the halfway point...I thought maybe it was me, but in the end I decided it was not.    It's not …
review by . May 04, 2009
China Mieville is one of the more clever writers in any genre. In The City and the City he as written a murder mystery, but one in a place like no other. The cities of Beszel and Ul Qoma reside in the same temporal space connected by crosshatches. And in-between is a shadowy nowhere, the Breach. The boundaries of the two cities are strictly enforced, mostly, so the citizens of each city have learned to "unsee" the other city to avoid entering the wrong temporal space that would put them in Breach. …
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