Sunday, January 27

Book Review: The City and the city

Title: The City & the city

Author: China Miéville

Pages: EBook 287

Summary: Inspector Tyador Borlú of the Extreme Crime Squad finds deadly conspiracies beneath a seemingly routine murder. From the decaying Beszel, he joins detective Qussim Dhatt in rich vibrant Ul Qoma, and both are enmeshed in a sordid underworld. Rabid nationalists are intent on destroying their neighboring city, and unificationists dream of dissolving the two into one.

My Rating: 5/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: The book started out strong for me. It had an interesting premise, and the author brought the reader into an unusual world which had a lot of possibilities.

I was originally very interested in the book, not so much the who-done-it aspect of the murder mystery, but the story behind why it happened and the story behind this unusual world. Unfortunately I never quite got that. The murder mystery was resolved, but my biggest problem with the book - which took the focus from everything else in the book - was that nothing was ever explained to the reader. There wasn't even an attempt, pieces from the two parallel worlds are thrown at you as are words like Breach. Things are talked about and hinted at, but nothing is ever explained to the reader, or shown. It's all in limbo and as a reader you're trying to piece together what little information you are given to make sense of the story.

In the beginning I loved the idea of having little information give and I had to piece it together as I read on - but it got complex, which again was great in the beginning, but in the end, when nothing came together and I still had no clue to what the heck was happening, I couldn't say it was a good reading experience for me. I may try the author again, as the author, but this particular book just didn't work for me in the end, which was a shame, as in the beginning it had such great potential.

Would I recommend it to read: I 'm not sure I would. It does have an interesting premise and the combination of speculative and mystery would be something that a lot of readers would like, but it's execution is what prevents me from recommending the book.

What to read next: I'm at a loss for this one. I suppose the author if you liked the book, would be worth checking out again.

Challenges: 100 Books Challenge, 2013 Category Challenge, Alphabet Challenge, EBook Challenge, Mystery/Crime Challenge, New Author Challenge, Read-a-latte Challenge


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