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The City & the City by China Miéville
The City & the City
by China Miéville (Goodreads Author)
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6/25/2016 - Reread for UC Book Club June 2016 selection.

For me the brilliance of this book isn't the plot or the characters, many of whom are types and trophes. It is the idea of two cities in the same place, because it is in many ways so true. Most
The City & the City by China Miéville
"Fantastic book: full stop.

Later-day Mieville is working better and better for me and this book was the best to date by far. The tone, plot, characters, ending: all were a delight. I see the influences of Kafka and Chandler, but also something that..." Read more of this review »
The City & the City by China Miéville
"1 star for not caring about the story or anyone involved, but an extra star because I didn't utterly loathe it.

The premise was just so ludicrous that I couldn't suspend my disbelief enough to become invested. Not sure that would have even been pos..." Read more of this review »
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"Too opaque for me. I want to try Un Lun Dunstill, but this is the second or third adult book I've tried, so I think I can safely say he's not my cuppa." Read more of this review »
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Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer
Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster
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I have a suspicion that Krakauer might be a bit of a jerk in real life, and I will admit I sometimes wonder why many of his books have a strong me bit. Yet, he is an immensely talented writer. He took some heat for this book. I shoul
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The Greeks by Terence Clark
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This is the small companion book to the exhibit of the same name. There is a larger, heavier, and costlier book. I saw the exhibit in Washington, DC at the National Geographic Museum.

This small companion book is a good remembrance of the show. You w
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We Are Not Such Things by Justine van der Leun
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