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The Squares of the City by John Brunner
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Apr 24, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: sci-fi

This book is a head trip and a half. One of my former friends gave it to me, telling me only that "it was a sci-fi book about a chess game". Needless to say, I was ill prepared for what I was about to encounter.
First of all, it's barely science fiction. It's mainly a story of urban planning, and the tribulations that can result.
Secondly, The entire book is the chess game, and the difficulty is recognizing which characters correspond to which pieces, and when they're meant to have moved (obviously, when one is killed, it makes things easier, but other than that...). The edition I read had a handy guide in the back, which I didn’t discover until I finished reading the book. It was interesting to compare the authors intentions to my own interpretation.
Overall, I enjoyed the book, but I felt that I would've liked it much more had I been prepared for what I was truly about to encounter.
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