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The City & the City by China Miéville
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Mar 31, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: mystery, urban-fantasy

This book definitely lived up to the hype. Not only did Miéville create a fascinating setting, he avoids the seemingly common error of assuming that setting is enough to carry a book. The story here is in many ways a traditional mystery novel one, but it's one that wouldn't work without the setting and I really enjoyed it.

I liked the prose style, too - it really added to the sense of these cities.

If it has a flaw, it would be that I don't really get a sense of who any of the characters but the protagonist are. On the other hand, that could just be a result of the first person narrative and I didn't feel it really detracted from my enjoyment of the novel.

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