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4.0 out of 5 stars A really interesting read, 28 May 2013
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Sam Thompson's book at times reads like an exercise in style in which ten short stories are shoe-horned into fitting into a greater puzzle which is the 'City in Ten Chapters', that said it does contain some gems. The gems are 'The Song of Serelight Fair' which for a Philip K Dick fan put a noir spin on a familiar story, 'The Significant City of Lazarus Glass' which owes a great deal to Sherlock Holmes stories, 'Good Slaughter' which has the darkest subject matter of all the tales being set mostly in an abattoir and 'Gallathea' which is in the style of Raymond Chandler or other hard-boiled authors. The other chapters are a little hit and miss and I was expecting more of an interwoven storytelling experience than I got. It is comparable to the work of China Mieville of whom I am a big fan and who provides the cover blurb, describing it as 'dreamlike, gnarly and present...' I agree entirely and if you are a Mieville fan then this book is certainly for you.
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