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The City in the Middle of the Night
The City in the Middle of the Night | Charlie Jane Anders
Entertainment Weekly's 27 Female Authors Who Rule Sci-Fi and Fantasy Right Now All the Birds in the Sky — Winner of the 2017 Nebula Award for Best Novel All the Birds in the Sky — Finalist for the 2017 Hugo Award for Best Novel "If you control our sleep, then you can own our dreams...And from there, it's easy to control our entire lives." From the brilliant mind of Charlie Jane Anders ("A master absurdist"—New York Times; "Virtuoso"—NPR) comes a new novel of Kafkaesque futurism. Set on a planet that has fully definitive, never-changing zones of day and night, with ensuing extreme climates of endless, frigid darkness and blinding, relentless light, humankind has somehow continued apace—though the perils outside the built cities are rife with danger as much as the streets below. But in a world where time means only what the ruling government proclaims, and the levels of light available are artificially imposed to great consequence, lost souls and disappeared bodies are shadow-bound and savage, and as common as grains of sand. And one such pariah, sacrificed to the night, but borne up by time and a mysterious bond with an enigmatic beast, will rise to take on the entire planet--before it can crumble beneath the weight of human existence.
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bunny
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Stuck waiting in my car again, but at least I've got a good book to keep me company!

Squidapus Oooooo Squidapus has been bugging me about getting this one! 1w
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UnidragonFrag
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Mehso-so

Bizarre. I expected as much after Anders first book. This one is more a philosophical talk than anything else. The world building was pretty interesting.

#goodreads (38 | 80)

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wen4blu
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Yes neighbors, I am out taking a picture of my book in the middle of the night.

JanuarieTimewalker13 Hahahaha...that‘s a true book lover❤️ 3w
Hooked_on_books Definitely a Litten 3w
DivineDiana I appreciate your dedication! 🙂 3w
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allusory
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Mehso-so

Very mixed feelings about this one. The premise of a human civilization trying to survive on a tidally locked planet is ingenious and I loved the interactions with the sentient native species. However, a lot of this book is focused on dealing with the dissatisfaction and differences of the two settlements. The structure of the novel combined with overly detailed world building elements muddles what could have been an interesting story.

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Clare-Dragonfly
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Pickpick

The cafe decor doesn‘t really go with this book at all, but this is where I am, so 🤷🏻‍♀️

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KtheBookwyrm
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Bailedbailed

Two 5-star books followed by 2 DNFs. Both of these were DNF‘d for different reasons. City because I just couldn‘t be bothered. The characters, the world, the conflict, none of it was engaging. Leopard because after 20 pages I couldn‘t take his writing style anymore. I checked out some reviews on goodreads and got the impression that what I was hating wouldn‘t get better, in fact it would get worse, so I bailed.

ReadingEnvy I'm thinking of bailing on the Anders and should have bailed on the James so this is helpful thank you. 1mo
KtheBookwyrm No problem. I was disappointed by both, especially considering all the hype. 4w
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allusory
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Going to try and do the #MayScavengerHunt! I think this book will cover the more than 300 pages, multiple points of view, and where a character dies. Wish me luck!

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allusory
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Working my way through this one over lunch. It started off so strong but got a little mired after that. Not entirely sure how I feel about it yet. #booklunch

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bookwrm526
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Pickpick

This was my night-oriented title for #booked2019. I didn't like it quite as much as Anders first book - it took me longer to get into it. But, a tidally locked planet made for an interesting setting, and the “crocodiles“ were interesting characters. I felt like there HAS to be a sequel coming, but I haven't seen any mention of it being a series?

Cinfhen Sorry... totally missed this post. 1mo
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suzisteffen
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Complex, fascinating, weird, amazing story about genocide, a generation ship‘s remnants, violently repressive governments, a young woman in love with a manipulative and controlling friend, and a tidally locked planet that also has ice crocodiles with tentacles and telepathic grubs. Rebellions, pirates, acid rain, smugglers, the Sea of Murder. What else do you want?! #sciencefiction

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Clare-Dragonfly
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This book is kind of slow going, but I‘m really into it.

monalyisha Interested to see more updates about this one! It‘s on my TBR/I loved “All the Birds in the Sky.” 💙 2mo
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Expandingbookshelf
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“Listen to yourself, hear your own footsteps, your breaths, your heartbeats, oh, how many rhythms you make as you come and go! you are an orchestra.”

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suzisteffen
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Woooooo yes this is quite the premise. I‘m about three chapters in, and it‘s QUITE cinematic. It was due at the library yesterday, trying to read it today so I can take it back before fines kick in. 😂 #sciencefiction

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Laughterhp
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In case you were wondering what the mystery wrapped book was, it was an ARC of the tagged book!

I was so excited to get it, because I almost bought it and then didn‘t!

#indiebookstore

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suzisteffen
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📚Currently reading The Round House, by Louise Erdrich, and a few others;

🎧 🎧 Currently listening to The Warmth of Other Suns, by Isabel Wilkerson; the last audiobook I finished was Looking for Lorraine, by Imani Perry;

🏛🏛🏛May is a library month, & I‘ll be kicking it off with Charlie Jane Anderson‘ The City in the Middle of the Night, & Smoketown: The Untold Story of the Other Great Black Renaissance.

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

rachelsbrittain Thanks for joining in 💜 2mo
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Lauredhel
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Guess where I am? Swancon in Fremantle! Listening to Charlie Jane Anders read from this book and from a YA work in progress. Yay!

Ddzmini Just saw her last weekend at Festival of Books in LA awesome discussion panel 😋👏🏼👏🏼📖 2mo
Lauredhel @Ddzmini she's working hard! 2mo
tournevis I'm a huge fan! 2mo
underground_bks I love her books. She‘s so lovely in person too! 2mo
readordierachel Awesome! 2mo
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suzisteffen

Just picked this up at the library and CAN‘T WAIT! #library #amgoingtoread #sciencefiction

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Rambo_Reads
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My view for the last ~25 hours. The best thing about being cramped into a plane seat for a ridiculous amount of time is all the reading I can get done!

Finished A Thousand Drunken Monkeys by Eric Nylund & Swamp Thing by Alan Moore
Made good headway with The city in the Middle of the Night by Charlie Jane Anders

Also massively enjoyed watching The Favourite and sobbed my way through The Hate You Give movie

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Vanessa
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Pickpick

This book. SO good. It‘s bonkers and beautiful and about so many things: humanity, history, culture, personal vs social obligation, colonialism, politics, climate change... I think I‘m in the minority, but I liked this more than All the Birds in the Sky.

#teamSophie

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Listy
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Pickpick

First book finished for #deweys24hourreadathon ! I started it before but I finished it during. Really good book. I wanted to shake a few characters but I really enjoyed this book and narration. Definitely check it out!

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Vanessa
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I am all in on Team Sophie.
Happy Saturday! Got my book and my Scotch; hubby‘s got his fishing pole (and three fish, so far).

KarenO 1. What‘s your favorite brand of scotch? 2. What‘s team Sophie? (edited) 2mo
Vanessa Right now it‘s Shieldaig Single Malt, 12 year. Macallan and Oban are also good, but they don‘t beat the Shieldag. Sophie is the main character. :) 1mo
Vanessa @KarenO you joined Litsy! Yay! 1mo
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Listy
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I can‘t find my glasses so I‘m starting the #deweys24hourreadathon with an audiobook. #fail

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pasiphae_reads
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Panpan

Books # 33-36 that I‘ve read in 2019! 📚
33. “The City in the Middle of the Night” by Charlie Jane Anders ⭐️⭐️/5
34. “Call Me By Your Name” by Andre Aciman ⭐️⭐️⭐️✨/5
35. “I, Claudia” by Mary McCoy ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️✨/5
36. “Complex PTSD: From Surviving to Thriving” by Pete Walker ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5
#books #reading #goodreads

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Pickpick

I adored Charlie Jane Anders's All the Birds in the Sky, and while The City in the Middle of the Night didn't sweep me away as much, it may have engaged my brain more. Her novel centers on January, a tidally locked planet (while it revolves, it doesn't rotate, which means one side of the planet is always in darkness), and two characters, Sophie and Mouth. (continued in comments)

Unabridged Sophie, a shy girl with a difficult background, all-consumingly loves Bianca; Mouth is a mercenary. As the narrative unfolds, they confront humanity‘s corruption. Taking on notions of time, memory, and the conflict between community and self, Anders's novel‘s beautiful and thought-provoking sentences prompted me to note of so many ideas. This brilliant work of speculative fiction should move to the top of your TBR stack. 3mo
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sebrittain
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Pickpick

5/5

This is a great scifi. It's set on a tidally locked planet that humans have colonized generations ago, and now as the environment becomes more unstable, humanity is running low on resources. It makes you think a lot about what it means to be human, and the effects of our relationships with others.

It's wonderful and really unlike anything I've read before, including All The Birds In The Sky. I just wish it had been longer.

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flying_monkeys
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While I didn‘t ❤️ this as much as All the Birds in the Sky, I‘m glad I read it. And there‘s some important commentary in addition to the surface sci-fi story.

Side note: Bianca* is THE worst! 😡 I loathed her right outta the gate. I‘m not sure I‘ve ever met (in a book or IRL) a Bianca who wasn‘t a narcissistic spoiled twat.

*My deepest apologies for this scathing generalization, especially if you‘re a good Bianca. 🤓

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“Humans are experts at storing knowledge and forgetting facts, which is why we saw this city from orbit and then pushed all the evidence into a hole.” (Sophie, p. 312)

#colonizers #curatedhistory

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“Sometimes I see Bianca by my side and feel so grateful my heart almost breaks, as though I still can‘t trust this much luck. But another part of me can‘t stop worrying at the distance between us. I wonder if Argelan has a word for when you get what you‘ve always wanted, but it‘s still not right.” (Sophie, p. 172)

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“Part of how they make you obey is by making obedience seem peaceful, while resistance is violent. But really, either choice is about violence, one way or another.” (Mouth, p. 71)

#obedience #resistance #violence

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“Violence doesn‘t settle everything,” Mouth grunted. “Sometimes violence just postpones a conversation that‘s bound to happen sooner or later. But that can be useful in itself, to some people.” (p. 70)

#violence

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scowler1
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Panpan

Started well, good sci-fi concept with interesting characters. So many cliches and crappy dialogue though, I almost couldn't finish it.

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lovelybookshelf
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Pickpick

Anders has been called "this generation's Le Guin," and that is spot-on, especially in the way she created the political, economic, and sociocultural aspects of the Argelan, Xiosphant, and Gelet. It has that "epic journey" feel you get when you've been with characters through intense adventures and personal growth. Loved the layers and nuance. I enjoy hopeful open endings, but I did find myself wishing this one hadn't been quite as abrupt.

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flying_monkeys
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“This moment of recognition, the alchemy of being seen, feels so vivid that everything else is an afterimage.”

#connection #soulmates

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lauren.lerner
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Alyssa even taught Mouth some of the songs from her bat mitzvah, and the stories from the Torah, some of which were about nomads.



[THANK YOU, CHARLIE JANE ANDERS, FOR JEWS IN SPACE IN THE DISTANT FUTURE OF YOUR BOOK💗💗💗]
#currentlyreading #JewsinSpace

AlaMich 🤣👍 4mo
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Lizpixie
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#BookMail Pt6 I got this signed, casewrap edition of Charlie Jane Anders new book for half price in Waterstones.com I love it when authors do a little doodle with their signature, makes it look more unique👍 This story by the author of All The Birds In The Sky is about an unchanging planet that has no rotation so one side is always day, the other night. Where time is measured by what the ruling body says & life is dangerous for even city dwellers.

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled This sounds good!! Going to add to wishlist!! 4mo
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lauren.lerner
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📚🌴🌊😎
#vacationstack

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pasiphae_reads
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Panpan

2 star read 😥
“The City in the Middle of the Night” by Charlie Jane Anders 🌗☄️
I was so looking forward to this book. Lovely cover, brilliant and unique idea, but unfortunately the execution was confusing and clumsy 👎🏻💔
#books #reading #scifi #fiction #yalit #charliejaneanders

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ElishaLovesBooks
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Mehso-so

When I came to the end of this book I thought “What did I just read?” It is definitely unique and original and I could see it being made into a movie or TV show. However, I thought the world building was unwieldy and cumbersome- some of the details seemed completely unnecessary and complicated. And I felt there were some holes in the plot. I know there are some points about society in here but they‘re buried under all the problems I said above.

TheLibrarian Great review!! 4mo
ElishaLovesBooks @TheLibrarian Thank you! 💖 4mo
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ssravp
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Mehso-so

I‘m not actually sure what I think of this book. I didn‘t love it but at the same time, I don‘t abjectly hate it, so I guess so-so works.

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imyril
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Mehso-so

If you come for the promise of first contact & climate apocalypse (I did), you may be disappointed (I was); this is a character study / coming of age, so if you don‘t enjoy the characters (I didn‘t), you may find it hard work (I did). Beautifully written, glacially paced. Points for ideas, but not my cup of tea.

Full review: https://onemore.org/2019/02/23/the-city-in-the-middle-of-the-night/

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Sue
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Oops, my hand slipped.

Now I just need to get a handle on my Library holds so I can read them. #firstworldproblems

Also @Litsy small issue with the author‘s name here? 👆

kgriffith Thanks, I‘ll make a note — I haven‘t tried editing a manual db entry yet so am not sure who can/if I can, but it‘ll be good to find out! 4mo
Sue No worries, thank you @kgriffith ! 4mo
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sebrittain
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I'm not sure what's going on, but this is the second book I've read this month with an alien crocodile/ alligator.

Thankfully The City in the Middle of the Night clarifies that the crocodile is in fact alien. The Knife of Never Letting Go left me wondering whether or not the alligators were brought to a new world by colonists or if some alien species was similar enough to share that name.

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sebrittain
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Evening plans

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TracyReadsBooks
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Not even an ice storm/freezing rain could slow down the always brilliant Charlie Jane Anders...or those who wanted to see her...today. It was a full house for an animated reading of her new book The City in the Middle of the Night followed by a fascinating discussion of her inspiration—interest in tidally locked planets—defining the Other, ideas of beauty & more. Plus, I‘d say she averaged a generous 10 min per person in signing line. Great event.

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TracyReadsBooks
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This is going to be fun! So excited to hear Charlie Jane talk more about her book, interest in tidally locked planets which inspired it, AND maybe learn more about the YA trilogy she is working on.

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Rambo_Reads
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Going into the bookshop for just one book 🙈

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RiaWritten
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*hyperventilates*

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