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The City & The City by China Mieville
The City & The City by China Mieville
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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The City And The City is a novel whose central idea vastly overpowers its plot. The mystery Borlú investigates is nothing thrilling, a routine plod through a modest conspiracy story, neither especially good nor bad. In its climax the dramatic tension is due entirely to an unconvincing exploitation of the nature of the two cities. Which leaves us with the idea itself, the novum which drives the text. Miéville's novum is his BDO is the Cities themselves, and The City And The City consequently works or fails on his ability to make that idea work. Unfortunately Mieville takes the wrong approach and The City And The City is therefore intrinsically… Read more
Redwood and Wildfire by Andrea Hairston
Redwood and Wildfire by Andrea Hairston
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
An alternative history of the early twentieth century, of life in the backwoods of Georgia and the growing city of Chicago. Alternative because Hairston's rich, passionate love story reveals the lives of black Americans in every detail, from the opening scene lynching, to minstrel shows, pioneering black cinema, brothels and exploitative landlords, hoodoo and christianity.
I read Redwood & Wildfire three times in 9 months, each time seeing more in the story to, not bring it more to life so much as enhance the world beyond its pages. The obscure historical references that, once I learned some were true, gave the whole an air of realism on the one hand that supported the gentle,… Read more
Uncertain Places: A Novel by Lisa Goldstein
Uncertain Places: A Novel by Lisa Goldstein
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantasy at its best, 22 Jun 2013
Reviewed here http://performativeutterance.wordpress.com/2011/07/03/the-uncertain-places/
I make no apology for reasserting my belief that Goldstein deserves as much acclaim as the likes of Crowley, Powers and Gaiman. Re-telling fairytales in fantasy is common, reminding us why we need fairytales less so, and doing that within a clever, charming and joyful story quite rare.

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