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Math City

3.72  ·  Rating Details ·  29 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
Math City is a place where is into Math book, and also the pages of the book are the streets of Math City.

In this City, Monster Number was grossly overweight and had a shaggy body, like a mammoth. In the beginning, Monster Number could not walk very well. Though he swayed a little, tottering and often falling, my father trained him for detecting and killing. After a few da
Paperback, 70 pages
Published May 5th 2012 by CreateSpace (first published February 28th 2011)
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Review copy kindly donated by author and GR friend Ahmad Amani.

This book is an imaginative look at the world of numbers. Like the first book I read by this author, it attempts to convey large ideas in easy-to-understand language. Unlike the first book, however, it is aimed at an older audience.

Math City is a mathematical allegory with heavily political overtones. The Lying Line (minus sign) and the Upward Lying Line (plus sign) have both negative and positive effects on the various numbers who
Jan 20, 2013 Mina rated it it was amazing
Math City is a surreal, quirky, and venturesome writing that is different from everything (and I do mean everything), that I have ever read before. I found it innovative and original, and because of its dreamlike quality, it has a haunting depth to it that belies its seemingly humble storyline.

Becoming immersed in the world of Math City is like living in a strange parallel universe that exists that you never knew was there before; however, at the same time, you feel that this world is much like
Mirvan  Ereon
I really love the concept of the book. I have never read a book like this. This is so unique and very intelligent. It is a story about a world populated by numbers, equations, math concepts, etc. as if they are real persons with qualities and distinct characters. This is really amazing. I am very happy reading it because it opened my mind into something good and entertaining. I hope this author would write more books like this. Indeed, very creative!
Aug 08, 2012 Jim rated it it was amazing
When author Ahmad Amani asked me to read and review his book "Math City," the storyline sounded so original that I agreed to review it. The story began with "This is the Lying Line, which all the children liked," and the Lying Line was described as a caterpillar-like creature with a head on either end. That read like the beginning of a children's story, but it was soon obvious that it was something else entirely. It was indeed a very original story concept, where the characters were all numbers. ...more
Jun 01, 2013 Stacie rated it really liked it
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Math City by Ahmad Amani is uniquely written in that the book is the city and the streets are the pages within it. Readers are introduced to characters that are products of mathematical equations, but the significance of these characters is much more than mere numbers.

Math City is very wealthy, but is of no "importance to the world's people, except for the money." One of its citizens is the Lying Line. All the numbers in Math City are fearful of him. He prowls around and subtracts something from
Feb 05, 2013 Ionia rated it it was amazing
The author asked me to read this book and leave him a review if I was pleased with it. At first, I have to say, I was a little intimidated by this. I wasn't sure what to think. As the book progressed, I found myself smiling and really enjoying myself. This is perhaps one of the most creative reads I have ever seen. There is no one simple way to say what this book is about. Obviously it makes use of numbers and math to tell the story it presents, but it is so much more than that. The author manag ...more
Susan Ashcraft
May 18, 2012 Susan Ashcraft rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, fiction, novel, war
Open your mind to the equations, the concepts, the abundant possibilities of a world ruled solely by mathematical concepts.

Math City is in actuality a book; the streets in Math City are actually pages; the city was quite rich but the people of the rest of the world didn't deem them important and were only interested in Math City's money. Of course Math City in return had no interest in the rest of the world either, especially their laws.

One man, known at the Lying Line, is unpopular to say the
Jan 12, 2013 Lauren rated it it was ok
I had an extremely hard time following this book even though I found the story as a whole to be relatable to almost everyone. This had a lot of potential to be something more but the overall story fell flat.

Note I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Jul 28, 2012 manda-rae rated it it was ok
Shelves: short-stories, adult
Math City is a short story using numbers and mathematical symbols to tell a story of power, war, and poverty. I think everyone can somehow relate this story to their own corner of the world's issues. However, I had a hard time following the broken english.

There are two main characters searching for power: the Lying Line and the Upward Lying Line. We see a lot of side characters, and the story details how these main characters try to help them and their city. But in the end, they are motivated by
Gregory Lamb
Sep 13, 2012 Gregory Lamb rated it liked it
Ahmad Amani's novella, "Math City" first grabbed my attention because it is wonderfully and appropriately illustrated. I didn't know quite what to expect and thought at first I was reading what might happen if a mathematician turned a very complicated equation into a story. That is exactly what the author must have had in mind. Each of his characters has a special set of qualities. All of them live in Math City where there is a social order defined by the mathematical qualities of each character ...more
May 10, 2015 Dawn rated it did not like it
I received a free ecopy of this book for an honest review.

I understand that Ahmad Amani was using Math City to make the reader think and that it’s supposed to have social implications. The problem is that the story is difficult to follow and I was confused most of the time. I can’t relate a fantasy story to real life when I can’t follow the story. This is a book that might work well in college classes where they analyze fiction.

I don’t recommend this book unless you’re looking for something to a
Konstanz Silverbow
Mar 25, 2013 Konstanz Silverbow rated it liked it
Math is not my favorite subject so I was hesitant to say yes when Ahmad offered me a copy in exchange for an honest review. And I must say I was pleasantly surprised. It is quite an enjoyable story. Made me laugh and smile and when I reached the end I was sad to see it over.

Whether you love math or not, this is quite a fun, enjoyable read for all ages!
Jazzy Lemon
A misogynist tale of revolution from an overbearing and seductive government, highly reminiscent of George Orwell's Animal Farm, but replaced with a story of numbers and a wicked lying line (Minus) who uses propaganda to further his evil scheme.
Jul 08, 2012 Lisa rated it really liked it
When I first downloaded the book I thought it was for children. I quickly discovered I was mistaken. It turned out to be a clever book about how differences in individuals can lead to conflict. Amani cleverly uses math to get his point across. I found it to be an interesting read.
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Ahmad lives in the Middle East. He is a graduate of the Art University in Tehran. He has worked for many newspapers in Iran as a journalist.

He hopes that his books make you think, while you enjoy it. Like the words:

“Yes, in Math City: 2 + 2 + him (her) = 5 not 4.
And again yes: A stupid man + 5 stupid women + him (her) = 7 stupid or A stupid woman + 5 stupid men + him (her) = 7 stupid.
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“Yes, in Math City: 2 + 2 + him (her) = 5 not 4.
And again yes: A stupid man + 5 stupid women + him (her) = 7 stupid or A stupid woman + 5 stupid men + him (her) = 7 stupid.
Professor Six discovered this formula when he was studying about businessman. He saw that a businessman buys 3 apple, but the businessman sales 3 apple + his own benefit which is = 4 apple. Yes, Professor Six announced: "Businessman means "Business" + "Man" = Business + Him = 2”
“What I read told me that the Mankindman was a strange creature which stand on to legs. It seems to be a man from both sides; maybe all sides are man!” 0 likes
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