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The City & The City
The City & The City | China Miville
BONUS: This edition contains a The City & The City discussion guide and excerpts from China Miville's Kraken and Embassytown.NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE LOS ANGELES TIMES, THE SEATTLE TIMES, AND PUBLISHERS WEEKLY. When a murdered woman is found in the city of Beszel, somewhere at the edge of Europe, it looks to be a routine case for Inspector Tyador Borl of the Extreme Crime Squad. To investigate, Borl must travel from the decaying Beszel to its equal, rival, and intimate neighbor, the vibrant city of Ul Qoma. But this is a border crossing like no other, a journey as psychic as it is physical, a seeing of the unseen. With Ul Qoman detective Qussim Dhatt, Borl is enmeshed in a sordid underworld of nationalists intent on destroying their neighboring city, and unificationists who dream of dissolving the two into one. As the detectives uncover the dead womans secrets, they begin to suspect a truth that could cost them more than their lives. What stands against them are murderous powers in Beszel and in Ul Qoma: and, most terrifying of all, that which lies between these two cities.
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Geeklet
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Latest #libraryhaul

Not like I have time to read them or anything but I‘m sure I can squeak them into my Wheel of Time read before the late fees get too outrageous.

vivastory I loved City & the City. I haven't read that Hurley yet, but I really liked her God's War trilogy. 5mo
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tournevis
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TNG 6.22 #Suspicions Another one I love. Dr. Crusher violates Starfleet
regulations and medical ethics when she investigates the death of a Ferengi
scientist. It has a Klingon scientist and a Vulcan version of Hatchepsut (look up). A smart murder mystery with a clever foil. Introducing metaphasic shielding, which will be used in season 7.

Any good murder mystery would do, so I chose tagged because also SF.
#startreksummermay @day29 @Megabooks

Megabooks Sounds like an interesting book! Does your page say something about a piece of cake? I haven‘t taken French in 20+ years! 6mo
tournevis @Megabooks Yes. Long story. Tournevis is Amombofis's henchman in Astérix et Cléopâtre. In the animated movie, they sing “Le pouding à l'arsenic“ (also my old blog's title), about baking a poison cake, which Amombofis says is going to be “a piece of cake“, pun *wink*. (edited) 6mo
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Squidapus
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Pickpick

Great book. Squidapus would probably have enjoyed it even more if he didn't pick it up due to loving Kraken's over the top prose since this is quite different than Mieville's usual style. Still, it played to the trappings of the noir genre and still executed a fascinating look at two cities existing coterminously. The mystery resolves in a great way considering The Breach constantly makes you wonder how fantastical the world of the book is.

TobeyTheScavengerMonk If you want your Miéville prose a little more Kraken-y check out the Bas-Lag trilogy starting with 7mo
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Squidapus
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With how much Squidapus loved Mieville's Kraken he's really excited to read another Mieville book we picked up.

TobeyTheScavengerMonk Buckle up, friend. 7mo
speljamr I loved this one. I watched the British TV series after I read this as well. 7mo
AiBBot So brilliant 7mo
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jcalyn5
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Pickpick

Just finished this book and I loved it. Murder mystery meets urban fantasy meets political intrigue. It definitely doesn‘t do a lot of exposition upfront, so be patient as you figure out the universe. In fact, I still have questions. There were things I wanted explained further, but I‘m also thinking of re-reading it (or reading it instead of listening next time). I just want to talk to someone about it!

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jcalyn5
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Starting this for some #urbanfantasy. Still getting acquainted with the universe. This might be one of those times when a visual book is better for keeping up with names of places and people. We‘ll see.

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speljamr
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Pickpick

Loved this. It's a standard police procedural, but is a very strange setting where two cities occupy the same space at the same time. I can now go finish watching the TV show, on Britbox, based on this book.

#WeirdFiction

Well-ReadNeck I Looooooooved this book! 🥰 10mo
BookHoarder32 Love this author - I need to check this out. 10mo
KarynGood Very intriguing! 10mo
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RanaElizabeth Just started the show after seeing you post this. I've read other Mieville but not this one. The tv show is very confusing at first so I'm curious if things are better explained in the book. 10mo
speljamr @RanaElizabeth I just finished watching the show. There's a bunch of stuff that's changed. The book does explain things a bit more, but some stuff is still left mysterious on purpose. 10mo
RanaElizabeth @speljamr I'll have to give the book a try, I really do like his writing. 10mo
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speljamr
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Tonight's dinner and a book: bourbon pork loin, purple rice, peas, and fresh bread from Wegmans.

#BookNDinner

CouronneDhiver Yummy!!! 11mo
megzlynn I‘m so mesmerized by the purple rice! 11mo
Melissa_J I‘ve never heard of purple rice! 11mo
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jpmcwisemorgan I want to know more about purple rice. 11mo
SexyCajun Purple rice. Hmmmmmm 11mo
ElizaMarie I‘m super curious and confused by purple rice 11mo
Bklover That purple rice looks yummy! 11mo
suzisteffen I listened to The City and The City, and honestly I need to READ it because I generally love Miéville, and loved the concept, but didn‘t like the book. ? 11mo
Cathythoughts Purple rice 🤔👍🏻 11mo
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speljamr
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Started this one over the weekend. I chose this as my next read since season one of the TV show is now available on the Britbox streaming service.

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled It‘s weird, but I enjoyed it. I‘d like to read more of his stuff. 11mo
speljamr @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Weird is exactly what you should expect with his stuff. He is in the weird fiction category. I highly recommend Perdido Station and Embassytown. I love his stuff because it makes you really have to think to picture it. 11mo
speljamr This one. I didn't type the full title above. 11mo
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Cool - I have Perdido in my TBR and have heard it‘s his best. 11mo
DGRachel I saw this was on BritBox! I haven‘t read the book but I‘m thinking of being really bad and watching the show first. 🤫 11mo
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Lucy_Anywhere
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A speculative fiction novel that takes a police procedural and sets it in an extraordinary world where two cities exist side by side but are separated by a deep culture of unseeing. The mystery is so-so but the world building is beautifully handled.

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Emilymdxn
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Mehso-so

This was okay - I liked it more than other China Mieville books I‘ve tried, it was less icky, but still I felt like I NEARLY enjoyed it and it was NEARLY compelling and fascinating. Not quite tho. Other people like China Mieville so much and I keep feeling like I‘m nearly getting it but not quite

manifestsanity I second that sentiment. FOMO. 13mo
Emilymdxn @manifestsanity yeah right?? I wish I knew what everyone else saw in him 13mo
Moray_Reads I love China but definitely some more than others. Love this one, Perdido not sure much. Could I suggest The Last Days of New Paris if you have another attempt? Or Kraken if you really want to jump into the deep end of weird, it's similar(ish) to Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere if that helps! 13mo
Emilymdxn @Moray_Reads I do want to try again, I keep thinking I want to find more in it than I am and I don‘t think he‘s a bad writer. I‘ll give those ones a go! 13mo
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Emilymdxn
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Giving China Mieville another try! I didn‘t love Perdido Street Station or Embassytown that much - I find him a bit disgusting but some of the ideas were good and this was on sale. It‘s been sitting on my audible for weeks and I‘m very broke so listening through the things I‘ve been putting off means doing books I‘m not as excited for. Three cheers for me saving money tho

RJHowe I quite like Meiville and hope you enjoy this. It is less “gross” than his other work but will still stretch your brain. 13mo
Emilymdxn @RJHowe that‘s good to hear! The grossness was part of what I didn‘t like - I don‘t think it‘s only me being squeamish about it, I tend to find it kinda lazy as a writing decision and it seemed unnecessary to the plot a plot particularly in Perdido Street Station like he was trying to shock me as much as he could rather than tell me a story honestly 13mo
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vivastory
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Miéville is practically unparalleled in modern speculative fiction at not only bringing his cities alive, but creating them as intricately imagined & indispensable narrative spaces.
#CityOfDreams #SeptemberDanes
@Cinfhen @Kalalalatja

Kalalalatja I‘m a bit scared by Mieville, which is dumb, because I like weird books and I have heard his books are really weird! 😅 1y
saresmoore Lucy (the nine-year-old) just finished Un Lun Dun and loved it. She totally beat me to it! 1y
Moray_Reads @saresmoore Un Lun Dun is so brilliant! 1y
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Moray_Reads @Kalalalatja You don't get much more weird... 1y
Kalalalatja @Moray_Reads but where do I even begin??? 1y
Moray_Reads @Kalalalatja My first was Kraken which I love but really throws you in at the deep end end weird-wise. You could try the City and the City to get a feel for how he mixes up his genres. Or the Last Days of New Paris, it's weird and brilliant but much shorter than a lot of his other work 1y
Kalalalatja @Moray_Reads thanks for the tips, I‘ll keep them in mind for when I find the courage to read Mieville! 1y
vivastory @Kalalalatja I second @Moray_Reads The Last Days of New Paris was my first Miéville & a really good introduction 1y
Kalalalatja Thanks Scott! 1y
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Libby1
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Pickpick

This was SO close to being a 5⭐️ book for me. I‘m a poli sci & history geek, so found the creation of a structure of overlapping city states impressive. (Read the book‘s blurb for a summary.)

I found the author‘s writing style unnecessarily complex, which made the engine of the story repeatedly choke & stall for me. Maybe this was intentional in a book about a divided place?
The cities have been compared with Belfast, which drew me in.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

KathyWheeler I just loved this book! 2y
charl08 Belfast? I thought Berlin, but NI makes sense. 2y
2BR02B Have you seen the series? It just came out earlier this month. 2y
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Libby1 @KathyWheeler - the society(ies) he created was/were fascinating. What about it did you love? 2y
Libby1 @charl08 - I heard Belfast and Berlin as well. I ran out of space in my review to mention it. I‘ve never been to Berlin, but no-go areas have been very real in Belfast and other parts of Northern Ireland. 2y
Libby1 @2BR02B - I wanted to finish the book before I watched the series. I hope to start the episodes this weekend! Have you seen them or read the book? 2y
KathyWheeler @Libby1 I loved how the societies were literally right on top of each other but they were so completely different and it was work to get from one city to another. I also loved its general weirdness. 2y
KathyWheeler @2BR02B There‘s a series? Where do I watch it? 2y
Libby1 @KathyWheeler and @2BR02B - there‘s a series now on the BBC in the UK. Now that I‘ve finished the book I‘ll start watching what I‘ve recorded! 2y
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Libby1
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The concept of this book is amazing but overly, needlessly complex.

I can forgive the author for its unnecessary complexity and lack of clarity.

I can‘t, however, forgive such poor sentence structure.

#UseProperEnglishPlease
#NoEndingSentencesWithAPreposition
#GrammarGeeksUnite

TobeyTheScavengerMonk I‘m not just saying this because I‘m a Miéville megafan, but I tend to cut an author slack when the grammatical error comes in quotes. People talk incorrectly all the time. I‘m 100% with you that it is inexcusable in omniscient narration though. 2y
rabbitprincess The "rule" against ending a sentence with a preposition is a myth. You can safely "break" it in all but the most formal writing. https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/education/grammar/ending-a-sentence-with-a-pre... (edited) 2y
rwmg ☝️This 👏👏🙌 2y
Libby1 @TobeyTheScavengerMonk , @rabbitprincess , @rwmg - I was being a bit silly and flippant there. ? I really liked the book but found some of the phrasing to be jittery and off-putting. I would certainly read more Miéville, but found it difficult to get used to the style. 2y
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Moray_Reads
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Hated the BBC TV adaptation. Everything that I loved in the book was missing or misjudged and additional characters and elements added nothing of value. All of the complexity and nuance and grey areas were removed and it was barely comprehensible. China Miéville was named as a consultant and I just wonder why he let them do this because this was not the book that I've read.

Heideschrampf Oh no. Sad to hear this ? "consultant" certainly doesn't sound like he had much to decide... 2y
GypsyKat It‘s so disappointing when this kind of thing happens. 😐 2y
Moray_Reads @Heideschrampf it doesn't seem like it because if this is the book he intended to write it's nowhere near as good as the book I always thought I was reading! 2y
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Moray_Reads @GypsyKat so disappointing. Now I wish I'd saved rereading it until after the show rather than doing it beforehand 😬 2y
CSeydel Ugh, so sorry 😐 2y
vivastory Looks like I'll be sitting this one out 2y
Moray_Reads @vivastory it's not worth your time. The cinematography is nice but everything else was terrible. As so often, the book was better. So, so much better 2y
vivastory Your recent Miéville posts made me bump him up my tbr. I have Un Lun Dun & Kraken lined up for the next week. 2y
Swe_Eva Oh no! I really wanted it to be great. 😣 2y
Moray_Reads @vivastory both great! Showcases for his inventiveness and wit 2y
Moray_Reads @Swe_Eva me too 😢 2y
tournevis I know for a fact that the only thing a "consultant" does is answer questions from the producers, directors and actors the answers to which they then disregard. No power. 2y
Moray_Reads @tournevis in a strange way that makes me feel better because the BBC got it SO wrong that if China was involved it made me wonder whether I'D been getting it wrong every time I read it 2y
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Asktheletters
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Pickpick

I‘d never read Miéville before (how??) and I LOVED this. It took me a moment to get used to the premise of two cities that happen to exist in the same “grosstopical” location, but it‘s fantastically done.

Nan2 I agree! I loved this story and was surprised to see such a low recommendation percentage! 2y
Asktheletters Me too! I‘ve since read Embassytown and adored that one as well. 2y
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Moray_Reads
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Just watched the first episode. The cast are excellent, the visuals are clever but there's a couple of changes already that I'm not too keen on. Also nothing is pronounced the way I say it in my head and it's driving me crazy!

Bianca I can't believe I forgot about this adaptation! Where is it again? 2y
Moray_Reads @Bianca it's BBC2 and iPlayer! 2y
Dianeham Any way to see it in the US? 2y
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Moray_Reads @Dianeham not that I'm aware of, unfortunately. At least not at the moment. I would have thought that it would be available through Netflix and/or Amazon before too long though 2y
Dianeham @Moray_Reads looking forward to it. 2y
Moray_Reads @Dianeham an update having watched the series - I thought it was a very poor adaptation, so reductive of the story's themes that it was hardly recognisable. Not at all impressed! 2y
Dianeham @Moray_Reads thanks. I'm not sure I'd remember the book well enough to notice. 2y
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Leniverse
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Taking a break from reading to watch The City and the City. I haven't read the book and it's Mieville, so it's rather weird and hard to follow!

rabbitprincess David Morrissey 😍😍😍 2y
Beachesnbooks I enjoyed the book, very curious how they can adapt it 2y
Moray_Reads I love the book but they've made a couple of changes in the show so far that I'm not too keen on 😒 2y
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Leniverse @Moray_Reads @Beachesnbooks My local library has the book on order, so once it's available I'll read it. I'll usually read the book first but I generally end up resenting the adaptation, so maybe it's just as well to watch first and read second. 😂 2y
Moray_Reads @Leniverse I'm holding my irritation in check because you never know, it might all come together brilliantly and the best adaptations aren't always strictly faithful. Loved David Morrissey and Mandeep Dhillon is so great. I'm thinking that rereading it last week was not the best way to keep me from being extra critical 2y
Leniverse @Moray_Reads Yes, I reread American Gods just as that show started. Not the best idea. 😂 I still loved the show, but I noticed every change and became really confused about the chronology. 2y
Moray_Reads @Leniverse yep that was me too ?. Every episode I was asking "WHEN will we get to the House on the Rock?!". Enjoyed the show though and actually liked most of the changes 2y
Leniverse @Moray_Reads Yes, exactly! 🤣 The only thing I really didn't like was that Shadow seemed so clueless, and appeared to genuinely fail in the game against Czernobog. Shadow is supposed to just go with it all, because the world has gone crazy and his wife is dead so he doesn't even care anymore. Love that they gave dead wife and leprechaun such big parts though. 2y
Moray_Reads @Leniverse and Salim! I cheered when he turned up again in the taxi. And Mr Nancy on the slave so have me chills. Could have done without "Laura's" terrible Irish accent in the flashback episode though ? 2y
Leniverse @Moray_Reads Oh yes, Salim! ♥️ And the casting is really great. Looking forward to season two. 2y
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SandDune
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I've just discovered that the BBC adaptation of China Mieville's The City and the City is on this week. This is one of my favourite books of all time so I hope they have done a good job.

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Moray_Reads
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On one hand I could not be more excited about this, on the other it's a shame that the relationship between the cities is made so explicit in the trailer when it's more of a puzzle in the book. If you haven't read it I seriously advise you to avoid ALL exposure to the TV show until you have. It's fantastic and one of my all-time most successful recommendations. I think a re-read is in order! #recommendsday trailer link under the spoiler tag!

saresmoore I think I‘m already ready for a reread of this. I feel like there‘s so much more I could glean from it the second time around. 2y
aeeklund Ooooooooo, thanks for the advice!! 2y
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Moray_Reads @saresmoore I love it, I'm really looking forward to the TV series. Looks like I'll have to renew the TV licence after all. Curse you, BBC 2y
saresmoore I‘m envious that you can watch BBC! What do we have? A moron in charge, a small, but noisy pack of stubborn, trigger happy idiots following said moron, and Book of the Month club?! Access to the BBC programming would be a small consolation, at least. 😆 2y
Moray_Reads @saresmoore your country gives gun licences too easily, we need licences to watch TV. It's a crazy world. And don't worry, the morons are in charge here too 2y
saresmoore They really are. The world is a terrifying place. Which, incidentally, might be why we like reading Miéville. 2y
Moray_Reads @saresmoore true. And as a committed left-wind activist I think he would agree with the moron conclusion on both sides of the Pond 2y
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Mitch
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rabbitprincess 😍😍😍😍 LOOOOOVE David Morrissey! 2y
Mitch It looks gooood! 2y
tessavi I just read the book. I'm curious to see how this adaption will turn out! 2y
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tessavi
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Pickpick

I enjoy a good murder-mystery every now and then and this one had a great setting. Definitely wanna read more by China Mieville

BookHoarder32 I've only read this one, but I enjoyed it - 2y
TobeyTheScavengerMonk Love this book! I‘ve read a ton of his stuff and the Bas-Lag trilogy is pretty strange and wonderful starting with 2y
tessavi @BookHoarder32 @TobeyTheScavengerMonk Thanks! Both are added to my to be read list ✌️ 2y
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tessavi
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Listening to this one at the gym. Interesting concept!

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GatheringBooks
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#FierceFeb Day 23: Ok, ok, I know I am cheating with #NightInTheCity here but hey it‘s Mieville, should absolve me, right, right?? :)

TobeyTheScavengerMonk Oh absolutely correct! Love this book! 2y
batsy 😊 👍🏽 Honestly, I'm so sick of myself, but this is *yet another book I've been meaning to read* 😳 2y
Cinfhen I‘ve never read Melville either @batsy but would love to try one day 2y
Gezemice On my list for 2018! He is awesome. 2y
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tessavi
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Audible 2 for 1 sale on mysteries & thrillers, and my boyfriend sent me the China Mieville one 😊
#bookhaul #audiblesale

TobeyTheScavengerMonk Summer of Night and The City and the City are all time favorites of mine. 2y
tessavi @TobeyTheScavengerMonk I haven't read anything by China Mieville yet, but look forward to this one! 2y
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bookworm.krizia
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Mehso-so

A superb book. Weird in a good way. It has memorable characters and memorable setting/s. Once I started reading it I just can't stop reading. I would have loved to see it in the big screen. It's hard to visualize the crosshatchings and how to be in neither city. I do hope they make it into a movie.

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Moray_Reads
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There's something strange going on between the #two cities of Besźel and Ul Qoma... I love this mind-bending genre-busting police procedural cum sci-fi cum political thriller. Miéville at his audacious, original, pugnacious best #NovemberByTheNumbers

MayJasper Clever 😊 2y
saresmoore What a snappy synopsis! I was surprised by how much I liked this book. 2y
Moray_Reads @saresmoore I think it's brilliant. Not many writers would be able to pull off a premise like that 2y
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vivastory I loved this book. Can be read on so many different levels. 2y
saresmoore @Moray_Reads @vivastory It will end up being a reread for me, I think. And now I‘m in the mood for some Miéville! 2y
vivastory @saresmoore I think I'll be reading Kraken next week 2y
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Marmie7
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Here's my four choices for you.
1) An ancient evil lurks in this smalltown- horror
2) Gerald is a Witcher, a sorcerer, and a merciless assassin- fantasy
3)adult returns home to revisit demons of his past-psychological horror
4) Inspector of extreme crime squad finds deadly conspiracies beneath a seemingly routine murder- urban fantasy/ crime procedural
@aroc @MrsGreen #LMPBC @Wife

MrsGreen The Last Wish? I‘ll be using my boundaries with your choice! 👍🏻 2y
Wife Choices 1 & 3 sound good...maybe because I‘m in a Halloween 🎃 mood? 2y
aroc Oh boy! So many different books! I like 1 or 2. 2y
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TricksyTails Ooh I wish I were part of your group! What awesome choices! 2y
Marmie7 Ok ladies- now choose between #1 or #2. @aroc @MrsGreen @Wife 2y
aroc Hmmmm... #1 2y
Marmie7 @TricksyTails Aww, I wish you were too😁 2y
Wife Number 1 please. 2y
MrsGreen #2 :) You pick! 2y
Marmie7 The Binding it is! @aroc @Wife @MrsGreen 2y
Marmie7 @MrsGreen if you ever want to do a buddy read for last wish let me know! 2y
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AlaMich
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1. 😊(boring but useful), 👍(I loved the Fonz), and 😉 (good for letting people know you're teasing)
2. China Mieville, Colin Cotterill, Robin Hobb, Megan Abbott
3. No real plans for Saturday, other than trying to get in some reading; working Sunday 😠
4. Raised as an only child but I have a half-brother 9 years younger
5. On it!!
#friyayintro @jess.how

CouronneDhiver 🙏🏽💜🤓 2y
Cinfhen ❤️🙌🏻😂 2y
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Minervasbutler
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Pickpick


This is a kind of crime/fantasy hybrid, set in two imaginary cities which share much of the same physical space but whose respective citizens have trained themselves to ignore (unsee) the people and landmarks of the other. Much of the book is devoted to playing around with this idea. As a story it races along quite nicely though I got a bit lost towards the end trying to keep the various sides straight. But very inventive.

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heikemarie
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If I think of something amazing that takes me beyond my #wildestdreams I instantly think of this book. If you haven't read it, you should. I want to tell you that you must but I don't control your life. The premise is singular (two cities exist in the same space and must un-see the others' existence) with compelling writing and plot and lots to think about. @Cinfhen #AugustGrrrl

heikemarie Hey @Cinfhen maybe I live under a rock but what does #wildestdreams refer to? Google says it's a TSwift song? 2y
Yossarian This is one of my all-time favorites. I want to compare things to this book every day and get frustrated that not everyone has read it. 2y
heikemarie @Yossarian Agreed - It is brilliant and almost disturbingly relevant. 2y
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monkeygirlsmama Stacked 2y
Cinfhen Sounds brilliant❣️it is a TS song....#DontJudgeMe This entire month's prompts are song titles sung by fierce & fabulous females 🚺 2y
TobeyTheScavengerMonk Love this book and everything else by Miéville! 2y
heikemarie @Cinfhen no judgement!! My music taste runs a little random is all so I'm not up on the t swizzle references (if that's what the kids call her these days) 2y
heikemarie @TobeyTheScavengerMonk Yes love him! This may be my fave. 2y
Cinfhen Who's on your playlist?? 2y
heikemarie @Cinfhen well, lots of heavy metal and then some more mainstream hard rock. I do listen to lots of 90s and early 00s pop, pop rock, alternative too so I'm not totally hopeless!! I listen to a good amount of socially conscious hip hop as well. But I think around 2007 is when my understanding of new pop music stopped 😅it's not you it's me!! 2y
Cinfhen No, I get it! I have eclectic taste in music too. I like a bit of everything & honestly I was looking for song titles that would also work as book prompts... 2y
heikemarie @Cinfhen well for girls in metal and rock .... there's lacuna cool so "our truth" - evanescence was super mainstream - "being me to life" - old school Joan Jett - "bad reputation" - hole - "celebrity skin" (that might be too weird...) - siouxie - "the passenger" - garbage "stupid girl" or "only happy when it rains" 2y
Cinfhen Those are all great! This month's playlist is already set but I'll keep those titles for future use! 2y
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sherryvdh
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It finally came in! I've been waiting weeks for this hold to come in. I started this on audio, which was good, but I thought I'd engage better with the print. My current read isn't catching my attention, so I think I'm going to dig in to this one tonight! #hopefullyworththewait

Avanders Oh I really enjoyed that book! It's so interesting. A little confusing for a while. I remember taking pauses to just think about what I knew, to help me create the universe in my brain... 2y
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Well-ReadNeck
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#junebookbugs #urbanfantasy

I adore this book and recommend it often. It's one of those books that I wish I could Eternal Sunshine myself and go back and read again for the first time.

cmckinnon I agree, this is a wonderful book. It was the first one of his books that I read and now anything he writes gets at least a look from me. 2y
alisahar I'm reading this one right now- I'll have try one of his novels. 2y
KathyWheeler I absolutely loved this book. Like @cmckinnon, it was the first book of his I ever read and now I give everything of his a try. Looking for Jake has some pretty amazing short stories. 2y
Tex2Flo Putting it on TBR immediately. 2y
elkeo_TheBookDragon I love that phrase 'Eternal Sunshine myself' 👏👏👏 2y
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Tertubotn
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My favorite of his so far. A mystery, though it is less about the crime than life in the divided cities. Worldbuilding is one of his strengths, and this one is not as wildly imaginative (okay, weird) as other books I've read by him. Great one to start with.

zsuzsanna_reads This one was brilliant! 2y
Tertubotn I'm still hoping against hope that he'll write more on the divided cities, this was such a cool book. 2y
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ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled
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Pickpick

Loved the concept of the book, but the ending left me a bit confused. Still a pick, though! (maybe someone smarter can explain things to me?)

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prowlix
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Pickpick

This book is kind of a crime noir and urban fantasy mashup. It's unlike anything I've ever read and I can't figure out how to explain it in 451 characters. The audiobook is great and I listened to it in only 3 sittings! It's so great and highly recommend for fans of Neil Gaiman (for the weird factor not necessarily the humor part) and crime mysteries ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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RealLifeReading
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#aprilbookshowers day 3: #muscles
Hellooo China Miéville and his muscles! ??

TobeyTheScavengerMonk All of his author photos always look like he is about to punch you in the face. 3y
Moray_Reads @TobeyTheScavengerMonk He is, but with his intellect not his fists! When I saw him speak he was wearing a SUIT and READING GLASSES. It was surreal 3y
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RealLifeReading @TobeyTheScavengerMonk hahahaha that's right 3y
RealLifeReading @Moray_Reads I bet you could still see his muscles under his suit 💪 3y
TobeyTheScavengerMonk @Moray_Reads I've heard him speak before on the internet and I mentally can't connect his picture with his erudite voice. 3y
Moray_Reads @RealLifeReading See for yourself! https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=xTb_CCukdnU (I can't believe it was 5 years ago!) @TobeyTheScavengerMonk Did you know he's an Associate Professor at Warwick University? Just imagine! 3y
Spiderfelt Just goes to show the picture we present to the world has nothing to do with who we are on the inside. This was my first Miéville book. I was smitten. 3y
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prowlix
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Made a nice dent on this during my boring drive to my parents! Thanks @Lindy for the recommendation! I'm really enjoying it so far.

Lindy 👍👍👍 3y
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saresmoore
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The concept of this genre bending noir-fantasy-crime novel shouldn't have worked, but with the aid of Miéville's capable pen, it totally did. I thoroughly enjoyed this engaging story, the impossible premise, and the author's spare stylistic writing choice. I want to know more about the MC, Detective Borlú. Like the history of the cities themselves, there is so much under the surface of this book, just waiting to be unearthed.

shawnmooney Great review – I still don't think this writer is for me… 3y
MrBook Nice review and pic! 3y
saresmoore @shawnmooney I think you are probably right about that. I appreciated the opportunity to go outside of my usual reading zone, and I'm pretty sure Miéville is genius-level smart, but this is definitely a police procedural. 3y
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saresmoore @MrBook Thanks! 3y
TobeyTheScavengerMonk Glad you liked it! 3y
saresmoore @TobeyTheScavengerMonk There was an author interview at the end of the book that solidified my impression of his creative genius. I have so many unanswered questions! 3y
Cinfhen Great review 😊 3y
LeahBergen Fantastic review! 3y
saresmoore @Moray_Reads I'm interested to see how he adjusts his style to something different. I imagine he's pretty versatile. 3y
Moray_Reads @saresmoore I'd say The Last Days is a little more typical for him in that his imagination is left to run riot - he's not the poster boy for "New Weird" for nothing! But he is hugely versatile, his fantasy YA novel UnLunDun is great too, it's all about NOT being the Chosen One 3y
saresmoore @Moray_Reads Ooh, UnLunDun is definitely intriguing. Funny that I hadn't heard of him until a few days ago—there are just so many good books! 3y
andrew61 An author who i keep hearing about but haven't yet stretched out of my comfort zone to read but this has encouraged me to do so. 3y
saresmoore @andrew61 It was certainly outside of my usual reading interests! It was a bit slower-paced than I anticipated and the writing style took some getting used to, but I'm happy that I ended up enjoying it. I liked how he played with genre and left plenty of the concepts open-ended for the reader. 3y
andrew61 Sounds good sara, i think it's in my local library so may borrow it soon. 3y
ReadingEnvy I liked this one. I feel like each Mieville is such a different experience from the other. 3y
saresmoore @ReadingEnvy Have you liked any others of his? I got the impression that he's pretty stylistically versatile. This one took some getting used to—the dialogue reminded me of a low-budget Law & Order spin-off. 3y
ReadingEnvy @saresmoore my favorite is Embassytown 3y
saresmoore @ReadingEnvy 👍Thanks! 3y
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saresmoore
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GUYS! What's going to happen? How is this concept even possible? What happens to people in Breach?!Does someone want to babysit my kids so I can read all day?

In other news: I reiterate my gratitude to the Kindle dictionary because "quango"??

Ashley_Nicoletto Kindle dictionary is life. 😍 3y
AlaMich Isn't it awesome? Love this book!! It's a brain buster all right 😊 3y
Moray_Reads It's genius. I saw China Miéville speak at the Edinburgh Book Festival a few years ago and I was absolutely blown away. I remember thinking, "This is one of the most intelligent men I've ever met" 3y
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jfalkens I have a dictionary app that I use on my phone, Merriam Webster ☺ 3y
Cinfhen I'm free to babysit 😍 3y
DeborahSmall I remember learning that word in modern studies (politics) when studying South Africa ❤️ 3y
saresmoore @Cinfhen The girls would LOVE that! Lucy would talk your ear off and Ellie would make sure you had a pretty headband and pink lipstick. 😁 3y
saresmoore @AlaMich @Moray_Reads It doesn't surprise me to hear how smart he is. I'm blown away by his conceptualization. 3y
saresmoore @DeborahSmall I think that's a credit to your education system! I remember exactly nothing from any politics, history, or geography courses in school. 3y
DeborahSmall Modern studies and English were my favourite subjects, I probably just listened more in those classes 💕 3y
Cinfhen I'm totally in! I'll even bring my tiara 👑💞hopefully this summer I'm road trippin' with @LauraBeth 😀 3y
LauraBeth 👍👍 I double majored in political science and history - my favorite words were quango and ombudsman. @Cinfhen you'll need to bring me a tiara 😀 3y
Cinfhen Won't be a problem @LauraBeth 😉 3y
TobeyTheScavengerMonk I KNOW, RIGHT?!?!? 3y
saresmoore @LauraBeth @Cinfhen 😁🤗🚗👑👑❤️🎉 3y
DeborahSmall @LauraBeth my favourite words back then, 25 years back were quango and veto 😂 3y
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saresmoore
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I'm starting this on a whim—a recommendation from @vivastory . Are there any Doctor Who fans around here? Because I'm going into this blind, but the epigraph already has me giddy with geekiness. I'll be looking out for Ashildr as I read... 🤓

TobeyTheScavengerMonk A. Doctor Who fan B. Oh my gosh, this book is so good. 3y
LauraBeth I think we all need to use the word doppelgänger more. 3y
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saresmoore @TobeyTheScavengerMonk Yes! Both are what I like to hear! Overdrive had the book and I sent it straight to my Kindle. It seems my day's plans have been effectively thwarted. 3y
LauraBeth Buying it!!! 3y
Laura317 Yep! Watch out for those streets! Adding this based on that blurb alone. 3y
saresmoore @Laura317 I thought you'd appreciate this! 3y
Sue Doctor Who fans represent! I love, love, love this book. 3y
saresmoore @Sue Yay! I'm finally getting a chance to sit down and dig in. I hope my family doesn't want dinner... 😬 3y
Moray_Reads I love this one. Everyone I've ever recommend it to also loved it! I think you're onto a winner 3y
saresmoore @Moray_Reads It took me about five chapters to get the feel for his writing rhythm, but now I'm invested! 3y
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lisakoby
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ElizaTodd So beautiful!! 😭 3y
Suet624 💕💕 3y
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JanJan
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New book for my weekend!

monkeygirlsmama Happy Reading! 📚 3y
respekt1111 Loved this one! 3y
Lindy @respekt1111 Me too. 😊 3y
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Michelle_mck
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Spoiled beyond belief... everything is thoughtful and considered... books, notebook, stitch markers, a broach and handmade goodies... @Moray_Reads you were right on the speculative book, I thinks it's right up my street, it's crime, suspense and other things.. which seems to be my new fav genre!! The Secret Library looks incredible... I'm beyond excited #secretsantagoespostal #secretsanta @Moray_Reads

Cinfhen Enjoy💗📚😃 3y
Robothugs 🎁😍👏🏻 Lots of goodies!! Enjoy! 3y
LeahBergen Wonderful! 😍😍 3y
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Joanne1 So many good reads in that collection. 3y
TheLondonBookworm Yas China!!! Classic :) 3y
Moray_Reads So glad you like everything, and so glad it finally arrived! Merry Christmas/Solstice ❤🎄 3y
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Centique
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This book has the most fantastic setting I've ever read. It's a great police procedural, but even better, it's set in two cities that exist inside each other. It's not supernatural so much as a psychological trick. Citizens of each city are trained to "unsee" the other city. It made me think of all sorts of dual realities. Picture credit: MC Escher

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kalinichta
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"There was no index, which made me sigh."

I felt at one with China Miéville when I read this sentence.

MrBook Welcome to @Litsy !!! We hope you enjoy your stay, I think you'll like it here 😎👍🏻! 3y
kalinichta @MrBook Thanks much! 3y
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DreeMorris
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#couldntputitdown #somethingforsept here are 6 books I could not put down! I wonder what these 6 together say about my reading tastes?

RealLifeReading The City and the City was sooo good 3y
DreeMorris @RealLifeReading I am actually thinking of rereading it--and I am not a rereader! 3y
ultrabookgeek This is exactly how I felt about the book! So good!!! 3y
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Asmodeus
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Excellent murder mistery and very bizzare city!