Incredible writer with an even more incredible imagination. I've read Perdido Street Station, Un Lun Dun, Kraken and now listened to The City & The City. Mieville does not disappoint. John Lee does a great job reading this novel. If you're a fantasy lover as I am and are looking for something different from the traditional epic fantasy, try Mieville. He's amazing. One caveat: this is not a light, easy read. Mieville is deep and thought-provoking with an awesome knack for writing dark fantasy that isn't cheesy. If you're looking for intelligent fantasy writing, you've come to the right place.
The ins and outs of how the human mind can tune things out. Also how involved the mystery was.
The lead Detective. He was passionate about finding out the reasons for things.
His style is low and just involved enough in the characters to differentiate them.
If I tell you about it, I would have to put out a spoiler alert.
Very well written and read. I am really enjoying all the China Mieville's works. They are all different, are all excellent, and are all well read.
This is one of the best books of any genre I have read in years - lucky, as it is nigh-on unclassifiable. It mixes tropes from alt-history, sci-fi, fantasy and crime, without being rooted in any of them.
Saying too much would spoil the surprise; suffice it to say that the central conceit is so carefully introduced and handled that it made me gasp the first time I saw it in its entirety, and it is a testament to Mieville's skill as a writer that he keeps building on that premise without ever making the edifice crumble. It is a powerful allegory for the life of any city-dweller.
The narration by John Lee is also flawless, an after listening to Kraken and Perdido Street Station by the same author and narrator, I can't imagine anyone else as the voice of Mievilles fiction.
I confess to being completely baffled by the first few chapters of the book: maybe I hadn't read the flyleaf or maybe I'm just dumb. But when I figured out that the City and the City occupy the same geographical space and how and what it meant to breach, I was captivated. The idea of two interlaced and superposed solitudes blew me away, and to tie a murder mystery into the mix absolutely brilliant. I would read this book again and I've recommended the author to many, and so I'm doing it to you too.
I read that this genre is called
Great way to read great books on the go. Love Sci Fi especially Orson Scott Card and Star Wars.
Excellent Political Allegory
Inspector Borlu was a great character for the reader to follow around. He is a cop but is very likeable with real emotions and a great arc.
Melodic, smoky, engaging.
When Borlu confronts the professor in the boundary, I was riveted. China writes the book in a way that you can interpret the boundary as real, imagined, or magical and the story still makes sense. A perfect allegory for our made up boundaries in our own world.
Wow, China Mieville has done it again. A great blend of sci-fi and hard-boiled genres. John Lee continues to amaze me as an outstanding narrator who lets the story take center stage. Excellent all way around.
The story started out quite slowly, built up gradually and ended too quickly. Perhaps the lack of a detailed ending is an invitation to a sequel- I'd RSVP in the negative.
The "science" aspect of the fiction is odd and inadequately explored. I never quite got the significance or origin of the coexistence of 2 cities occupying the same physical space.
Mostly this is a murder mystery with the fantasy serving only an important piece of background.
Overall an adequate listen and fairly short, so nothing lost.
John Lee is my favorite narrator and did not disappoint.
The premise that one can suspend disbelief to such a degree as the author asks of his readers/listeners was a bit much. Only in Europe would one find the idiotic idea of two cities occupying the same patch of land, not in multiple dimensions, but in the really, really real world. The overlord policing organization "Breach" has unrealistic powers, abilities and weapons. For the most part it is a rather simple murder mystery that the author tried to make original by tossing the whole premise into a blender and expecting the frappe to be astonishing and amazing. For the life of me, I cannot understand why this book is such the buzz in the sci-fi and fantasy cliques.