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Moxyland by Lauren Beukes
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Jul 11, 2012

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bookshelves: sci-fi, satire
Read from August 01 to 04, 2012

Two and a half stars, really. The concepts are terribly resonant, especially during the Olympics, when one can see how the corporations has special traffic lanes and access. But Like others reviewers here, having finished the book, you almost want to read it again, now that you know what is going on. Almost, but not really. The introduction of foreign words and concepts, and made up things, was not skillfully done, so this reader was often lost. I looked in vain for a glossary. Even the simple word "china" was used in conversation, meaning possibly, dude, buddy, loser -- who knows exactly. I sure don't.

The author just dumps us into the world and assumes we will catch on. I didn't and felt so lost I didn't even know who the characters were. I'd see the name and not even be able to remember who they were. All this I would say is a failure in the writing. Some of the invented things needs to be unobtrusively explained to the reader. Otherwise they are lost, and uninvolved.

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