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Meet Roger. Skilled with words, languages come easily to him. He instinctively understands how the world works through the power of story.

Meet Dodger, his twin. Numbers are her world, her obsession, her everything. All she understands, she does so through the power of math.

Roger and Dodger aren’t exactly human, though they don’t realise it. They aren’t exactly gods,
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Kindle Edition, 528 pages
Published May 7th 2019 by Tor.com Publishing
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Alex Can Read There's a very specific reason given in the book for the matching names. Roger and Dodger are very different, very distinct characters given equal…moreThere's a very specific reason given in the book for the matching names. Roger and Dodger are very different, very distinct characters given equal space on the page and equal importance in the story. (less)

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Chaima ✨ شيماء
It’s 3 am.

You hear a noise downstairs.

You go to investigate.

It’s me sitting at your kitchen table.

I ask you to sit down.

Slowly, reluctantly, you do.

I draw in a small, sharp breath and start telling you how the thought of this book still stirs such a storm in me—a thousand smithereens of joy and yearning and grief—all of it seething and bleeding and writhing. How the story settled like sediment in my mind, and, how it was days before I could pull my senses home to my body—most of them, at least.
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Lala BooksandLala
This synopsis had been taunting me for months. It's honestly just so well written I can barely stand it. For some reason I was hella nervous to actually get into this book. This was my first Seanan McGuire outside of (one of my favourite series of all time) The Wayward Children books, and I figured there's no way I could TRULY love an adult fantasy novel about science....and gods....right?

But slap my ass and call me Judy, if this isn't one of my new favourite books of all time. I have an inkling
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Emily May
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2019, sci-fi, arc
“They grew up sort of weird and sort of wonderful and they found each other and lost each other over and over again. But this time, when they found each other, they came as close as they could to the Impossible City. They walked the length of the improbable road, and the girl wrote down everything she knew about the universe, and the boy read it all aloud, and everything was okay.”

Going into Middlegame, I don't think I actually considered that I might not like it. It didn't seem possible. I
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Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
The author really has a knack for creating interesting worlds or powers and characters. Siblings linked by quantum entanglement? Powers worthy of gods? Powers linked to language and maths? I was really intrigued!

Having said that, I found myself not caring too much about the direction of this book. The world and goal seemed way too vague to me and I had to push myself to finish it as my interest dwindled the further I got into it.

I gave the audiobook a try and some of the voices were really not
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Aug 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: i-m-intrigued
OMG! OMG! OMG! OMG!OMG!
Im not the most religious person but I think I’m about to worship the intelligence, evil genius writing skills and visionary creation capabilities of this author! I want to read everything the author writes. I want to buy us best friends forever bracelets and be the most devoted, batshit crazy fan!

If you want to completely understand why i gave five stars this book! ( I’m also wearing t-shirt printed “Seanan McGuire is the best!” like a die-hard fan but don’t worry I
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megs_bookrack
Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs-read
My mind, it hath melted!!!!



What is Middlegame?



Honestly, I don't know.

I legit stared at the wall for a good 20-minutes after I finished, just contemplating words and life.



What a freaking achievement for Seanan McGuire?!



A tour de force of Science Fiction.

Expertly crafted from start to finish in order to make you feel like the secrets of the universe are about to be revealed.



There are so many intriguing concepts in here and the narrative is so vast, following our two main characters, Roger and
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Chelsea Humphrey
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Chelsea by: Tor.com Publishing
"In the same ordinary town, on the same ordinary street, lived two ordinary children who had never quite managed to cross paths."

MR. HUMPHREY: "So what was this book about?"
ME: "Honestly, I couldn't tell you but I loved it."
MR. HUMPHREY: ......
ME: .......

Ok, but have you ever read a book that is so intellectually deep and intricately detailed in subject matter that you aren't well versed in, that you haven't got the first clue how to explain it to someone else? Honestly, that's how I feel about
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ELLIAS (elliasreads)
Am I dreaming or am I awake? I don’t know anymore.

It doesn’t matter.

Because in either case, I’m still forever going to dream about the improbable road to the Impossible City.


MY MIND IS REELING. MY MIND BROKEN .
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
ETA: This is too funny! Seanan McGuire is actually going to turn the Up-and-Under/Over the Woodward Wall element of this novel into a real book series! https://www.tor.com/2019/07/01/announ...
I am so there for this.

4.5 stars for Seanan McGuire's latest novel! Final review, first posted on Fantasy Literature in a slightly different form, as a collaborative review with my friend and co-reviewer Jana. You should read our (excellent) joint review there! :D

James Reed and his assistant Leigh Barrow ―
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Amy Imogene Reads
5 reality-bending stars

How in the world do I write this review? The person who just finished this is both the person who started and simultaneously someone new. (It’s a nod to the book and a nod to my feelings.) Middlegame is full of contradictions, belief, soul-forged truth, and an exploration on what we mean when we create myth.

Writing:
Concept:
Pacing: (It was only until I finished the book and reflected)
Execution of themes:

Middlegame is a novel for those of us who are looking for the
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Son of a shit! I haven’t like nothing so far this year!! I’m starting to get cranky!!



Mel
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karen
Sep 19, 2018 marked it as to-read
neither the threat of math nor the threat of twins are enough to keep me from wanting this book. only for you, mcguire...
Bradley
Jan 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh, lordy! Big caveat coming. I'm already a devoted fanboy of Seanan and I read almost everything she ever comes out with no matter what because I trust her implicitly.

BUT.

Nothing prepared me for this ambitious, thoughtful, mind-blowing modern fantasy of Alchemy and Twins. She spread her wings for this one and turned tons of dichotomies into hardcore story elements, synthesizing Order and Chaos, Math and Storytelling, Isolation and Community, and made a story of Balance a bit more ambitious
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Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)
*4.5/5

I can’t even begin to explain the amount of skill needed to write a book like this. God, this is so imaginative and dark and horrifying and mind bending and weird. Seanan truly is one of the best writers out there.
ALet
Jul 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2019
The Reading Rush day 7: Read a book with a non-human main character.

/5

This was amazingly weird!

I really enjoyed the storyline and premise itself of this novel; this was definitely unique and well written read. The characters were interesting, cleverly written, but not annoying and because of that it was easy to understand them and their motivations.

The plot itself was fascinating, but sometimes a little bit confusing. The story was layered and complex, it developed quickly and because of that,
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Kayla Dawn
Nov 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books
I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I started this and tbh I'm still not entirely sure what was going on. What I do know is that I had a really good time.
Philip
Oct 07, 2019 rated it did not like it
1ish stars.

I won't apologize for disliking this book so thoroughly even if it appears I'm the only one. And I won't be convinced to change my mind so don't bother trying lol. I don't feel like I need to justify how I feel, but I'll explain anyway in case anyone else is in the same boat and needs to be reassured they're not crazy (or at least not alone in their craziness).

I used to think I was a big Seanan McGuire fan, but I'm realizing I'm really just a big Wayward Children fan. I seriously
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Lilith Black
Jun 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Amazing, dark, terrifying and magic book! Don't have enough words to tell how much l love this one!
Julie Zantopoulos
I have NO idea how to rate this book. Did I enjoy it? Did I understand it? I have no clue. I mean, I think I loved it but I legit have no clue if I even comprehended some of it. It felt way longer than it needed to be but maybe...maybe that time was necessary. I just...what? I will come back to this with quotes and thoughts but-just not now. I am sitting between a 3&4 but I’m so conflicted...maybe it’s a 5. I just...

Also, this book is super adult. Trigger warnings for murder, self-harm,
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Scarlett Readz and Runz....Through Novel Time & Distance
4.25

“Timeline: five minutes too late, thirty seconds from the end of the world.”

The Alchemical Congress has no room to speak. No one crosses Asphodel Baker, the creator of the careful design spanning different dimensions.

A Doctrine of Ethos has been placed inside the mind of a handful of children. They come in pairs. The problem is, the doctrine is too large and does not leave space for humanity, so it is split into component parts – mathematics and language. The Up-and-Under also called the
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Renee Godding
5/5 Mercury-glowing stars

This book... this book took me on an impossible journey over an inprobable road towards one of the best readingexperiences of 2019 so far.
I take back all my critiques on Seanan McGuire and her (in my opinion) too short and rushed works. Middlegame is proof that this woman is capable of greatness, once given the right number of pages.
Absolutely adored it.
Hamad
Apr 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
This review and other non-spoilery reviews can be found @The Book Prescription

Seanan McGuire does it again! This was so entertaining and addicting. I should add a disclaimer here that this was sent for me by the publisher who I am thankful for. This however, did not affect my review which is as honest as usual!

It feels weird to read something by Seanan other than the Wayward Children series which I like very much. I was happy when I received this because the author has such a beautiful prose
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Raeleen Lemay
Jul 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult-fiction, 2019
This started out SUPER STRONG, and then kind of fizzled out for me. It could be due partially to my weird expectations going in... When I started this book, I was getting Orphan Black/Fullmetal Alchemist/Vicious vibes, so I think subconsciously I was expecting this to follow a similar sort of tragectory story-wise, and when it didn't deliver on that front I was a bit disappointed. (view spoiler) ...more
Mel (Epic Reading)
Feb 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-netgalley
I'm always nervous when one of my favourite authors comes out with a novel that seems to be very different from anything they've ever done before. In the case of Middlegame, Seanan McGuire has given us a book that is unlike most things I've read before. As usual she stands in a class all her own and screams "look at me"! And while I really enjoyed this unique science fiction, dystopian, magical realism (add other genres here) story; it wasn't up to the 'snuff' I expect from Seanan. It felt a ...more
Warda
Apr 02, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I now consider myself a Seanan McGuire fanatic thanks to her Wayward Children series.
April, leave us already. May, come forth ASAP!
Amanda
May 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
You can also read my review here: https://devouringbooks2017.wordpress....

Middlegame is the first book that I've read by Seanan McGuire and I finally understand what I've been missing out on all this time. Seanan McGuire is an amazing storyteller and Middlegame was a great read. I am so glad that I gave Middlegame a chance, because I had pretty low expectations and this book wound up being pretty great. Middlegame is a fantasy that focuses on a brother-sister relationship and even though it was
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may ❀
Oct 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
"Five minutes too late, thirty seconds from the end of the world."

i have virtually no idea what i just read or what just happened but my goodness, i think the dark academia genre is here to take over

rtc

buddy read with my little dove
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Lisa Wolf
May 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Middlegame is weird and challenging, and I loved it.

Let me start by stating that the synopsis doesn't feel very accurate to me. Yes, Roger and Dodger are twins... kind of. But I don't think the books itself refers to attaining godhood. So I'm glad I didn't read the synopsis very carefully before starting, because it might have created some bizarre expectations that definitely would have gone unfulfilled.

In Middlegame, Dodger and Roger are creations, but they spend most of their lives not knowing
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Caz (littlebookowl)
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites, owned
NEW FAVOURITE. BRILLIANT. FANTASTIC. Wanted to immediately re-read.
Kate
May 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
5/5stars

This. Was. AMAZING.

This book was beautifully written, had so many of my absolute favorite tropes, had amazing characters, one of the most unique premises I've EVER read, and it all came together into this absolute MASTERPIECE of a novel. If you're reading this or are at all interested in this novel, PLEASE PICK IT UP!!
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