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The City & The City (Random House Reader's Circle)
by China Mieville
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PublisherDel Rey
Release Date2010-04-27 (added to CC 27 Jul 2010)
Amazon Sales Rank1,756
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 Borlú of the Extreme Crime Squad. To investigate, Borlú 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, Borlú 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 woman’s 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.

Member Reviews
(15 May 2015)
I enjoyed this book and kept reading to the end. It reminded me of 1984 in the way that the citizens of one city 'unsee' the citizens of the other city even though standing right next to them, similar to 'doublethink'. It is a very clever concept and well imagined. The thing I found most disappointing about it was that it wasn't really a fantasy in my opinion I had great hopes of Orciny, the legendary city, or the mysterious artefacts from before the division of the cities, providing a truly fantastic element but this didn't happen. I would describe it as more of an alternative history/police procedural than a true fantasy.
(25 Nov 2011)
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