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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good stand-alone novel
This book wins my praise foremost for keeping the story all in one print, while most fantasy authors feel a need to stretch the action on for book after book. Also, the setting differs from the same run-of-the-mill stuff we see in one fantasy epic after another - melodrama, while present, is an exception rather than the rule. The characters are interesting and...
Published on 28 Mar. 1999

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3.0 out of 5 stars Maybe I am the only one that found this book not stunning...
...and a little bit of a waste of time. I DID manage to pull through it, though, and Wells' idea about a city made on different "levels" ( ; was actually a good one. Now if the plot could have done justice to the idea... Another problem is that there are too many capitalized words! A real maelstrom of pointless dialogue. I do not understand how the...
Published on 27 May 1999


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good stand-alone novel, 28 Mar. 1999
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This book wins my praise foremost for keeping the story all in one print, while most fantasy authors feel a need to stretch the action on for book after book. Also, the setting differs from the same run-of-the-mill stuff we see in one fantasy epic after another - melodrama, while present, is an exception rather than the rule. The characters are interesting and well-developed, the prose and plot both solid and the entirety of the novel believable. This isn't a great work, but well worth reading and superior to most fantasy literature.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If literature were a desert, books would be like this., 10 Feb. 1998
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_City of Bones_ is about a hunt for ancient artifacts in an arid post-apocalyptic world; but reading the book made me forget that this is a well-worked theme. The book is hard-packed with a persuasive plot, complicated characters, and a remarkable depth of detailed originality. And it is cunningly executed: the lush upper levels of the city hang in rumour over the narrative, and the ghastly lower tiers murmur beneath it, creating a very effective atmosphere of craving and dread. If a holocaust ever comes upon the world of fantasy fiction, the books that survive will be like this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful variation of a fantasy adventure, 20 Nov. 1998
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Martha Wells does a wonderful job of shifting the typical/boring setting of fantasy novels to a massive isolated city of harsh social distinctions, and a history that is largely unknown due to a holocaust on this as yet unexplored world. Wonderful characters. Wells even graced my sci-fi lit class here at Texas A&M. She's quite impressive as an artist. I can't wait for the sequel to this novel and a chance to see more of this world that's hinted at but never explored. :) :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing book!!, 11 Oct. 1998
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What a great book. The first time I read it it blew my mind. I have re-read it many times since, and each time I find something new, or something I missed before. This is a truly great book, that hasn't been overdone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting from the beginning through to the end!, 30 April 1998
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The story of a thief trying to survive in a city
where everyone sees him as a non-human with more
value dead than alive.An exciting story with great descriptions of
this new fantasy world.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic, 14 May 1999
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i loved this book , it kept me turning page after page i couldnt put it down, the characters are lively and animated , i highly recamend it to everyone.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Maybe I am the only one that found this book not stunning..., 27 May 1999
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...and a little bit of a waste of time. I DID manage to pull through it, though, and Wells' idea about a city made on different "levels" ( ; was actually a good one. Now if the plot could have done justice to the idea... Another problem is that there are too many capitalized words! A real maelstrom of pointless dialogue. I do not understand how the characters ended up saving the world. There was not a lot about Kit's (is that his name? I have read this book a while ago) "species." All-in-all, it could have been better, but with all the unecessary gloom and annoying magic...well, it wasn't as good as I expected. I can usually stand a lot of gloom but the setting made the mood seem a tad bit absurd. Still, if you have read all the books in the world besides this one and are bored to death, I suppose you ought to read it. And don't let me stop you from trying it and getting your own opinion about it--just don't buy the book. Borrow it from the library. It would be a waste of money--money that you could have used to buy one of George R. R. Martin's books, Patricia McKillip's, Frank Herbert's, Tad Williams', etc, etc.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Golf Clap! A decent, but unremarkable, first effort, 2 Sept. 1999
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By-the-numbers, but there's enough flashes of unpolished originality to keep things intriguing. Wells has a nice hand for original settings that aren't all over the current sf/fantasy offerings, but the characterization and plotting just make it to 'ok.' Worth reading if you're out of new stuff, and she's showing definite artistic growth (see Death of the Necromancer). Get it cheap if you can, but get it.
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