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My review of The City & The City by China Mieville is up now at SF Site:

This is simply Miéville’s finest work to date. Never before has he demonstrated such sustained control over both message and medium. It is also — and, given the venue this review appears in, I feel this needs stating — his least fantastic. You could read The City & The City as being entirely mimetic, excepting the Ruritanian presence of the cities themselves. Yet at the same time it presents a world which is odder, more unsettling than all the splendid monsters of Bas-Lag. While telling a noir story, he has stripped away the pulp elements that were joyously present but also de-stabilising in his earlier work and replaced them with a deeper strangeness.

I strongly recommend this two part discussion of the novel between Niall Harrison and Dan Hartland (and others in the comments, most notably Adam Roberts).

Written by Martin

16 August 2009 at 16:27

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