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Smoketown by Tenea D. Johnson
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I liked the premise of this book a lot. I liked Anna and her complicated relationship with Peru. I appreciate twists of the plot and I liked all of the characters. Most of all, I liked the mystery at the heart of the novel. I with that the novel had been longer and really developed the relationship between Anna and Peru & Anna and Seife. There were side characters whose background I didn't always understand. I found that I wasn't sure who the Starlings where. What was the purpose behind the things they did? I liked the reason that Smoketown exists. I really loved this book in so many ways and the potential to be excellent is presence. There were some grammatical errors that I couldn't figure out if they were publisher or author. Sometimes they pulled me out of the storyline. Also wanting to have the main characters developed more. I look forward to reading more of the author's work and seeing how she develops into her art over time.
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Reading Progress

April 23, 2012 – Shelved
August 7, 2013 – Started Reading
August 7, 2013 – Shelved as: inclusive-scifi-fantasy
August 18, 2013 –
page 172
87.31% "I really like the premise of this book. I'm so glad I'm reading it. So much going on and I'm just trying to keep up."
August 18, 2013 – Finished Reading

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April Yes, I agree.My favorite ideas/characters were the ethnic anthropologist,Eugenio,Rory McClaren, Anna, &the caller, Seife. I found it fascinating, as did Eugenio, that people were so fearful of birds, yet needed their birdsong & freedom so much that they created the caller to fill in that background noise.We all have different backgrounds for our lives that we would miss if they were not there. Rory, the most afraid of the birds, was also the most interested in the chatterlings of starlings (Durkheim's subcultures in a society we are all alienated from?), & even reallizes his dreams of going home & visiting the gardens with them before he dies.I really enjoyed the details at the end when we find out that Bly was killed to silence her about the corporate responsibility for the Crumble. This reminded me of the corporate engineered plague in Oryx & Crake.


April Interesting that all reviews are accurate, but totally different...


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