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Palimpsest by Catherynne M. Valente
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Nov 16, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: 2010, fantasy

There's not much point in me explaining the details of this one. The scenes that Valente creates are always terrible and beautiful, but also always surreal. This is the story of a war-torn city complete with mutilated veterans, a lonely teenager, pitiful immigrants, mechanical insects, living trains, and empty children licked into being. The focus on belonging and loneliness meant a lot to me. Be prepared for lots of sex. It's a sexually transmitted city. There's only one way for visitors to get there: by being with another immigrant in need who has developed the mark of the city, a part of its street map black on their skin.

I definitely recommend the author for her amazing imagination and use of language, but if you're looking for something a little easier to grasp or slightly less full of longing, try her In the Night Garden first.

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