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Simon
I found this a tough read and, for me at least ,although I stuck with it it did not pay off in terms of enjoyment. There's a very Orwellian feel to the two cities and their setup and I did like the concept of "unseeing" even though its purpose was never made clear. But strip away this concept and the characters were bland and the descriptions of the world they inhabited did not grip me. The storyline was based so much around the unexplained concept of two cities inhabiting the same physical but...more
Ghostwolf67
While the main plotline dragged for me I found the characters likeable and well-rounded and the oddity of the two cities quite charming.

The twin cities, however metaphorical in nature, really stole the show at every occasion. I got the feeling at times that the real point of the book was so Mieville could show you the cities and that the homicide story was merely a vector for this, nothing more. This unfortunately led to many dead points in the plot, leaving room for the city to be explored yes...more
Johannes
The concept of the two cities and the border between them is interesting, but the author does not explain it in any detail. This makes it harder for me, at least, to really get a feeling for how and why the characters think and act like they do. This is a downside in a crime novel. I still liked the book, but it's nothing I will reread, I think.
Phil
Feb 23, 2012 Phil is currently reading it