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Topic: The City & The City, by China Mieville

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Subject: The City & The City, by China Mieville
Date Posted: 2/28/2010 6:04 PM ET
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I've started this thread because the book has been placed on the final ballot for 2009 Nebula Best Novel award, and it looks like several of us will be reading it over the next few weeks.  If you've previously posted about it, feel free to re-post your comments here.

We should avoid posting a spoiler regarding the outcome of the murder investigation, and of the personal future of the main character, but discussion regarding the nature of the existence of the two cities is inevitable in this case.  If you are planning to read it soon, and want to avoid that spoiler or detail spoilers, I recommend you not read this thread yet.

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Date Posted: 2/28/2010 7:03 PM ET
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Subject: my take
Date Posted: 3/1/2010 9:29 PM ET
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Well, I placed this in the SF mystery category.  I thought the author did a pretty good job telling the story, it was drawn out a little much though.  For me I had to figure out what the heck was going on and try to suspend my disbelief.  I think you'd have to grow up in this city to really go along with the "rules" of segregation.  I also thought the BREACH was gonna be more of a big bad thing.  More of an SF kinda thing which would wrap it all up neatly.  Oh well, I liked this book and the concept was really unique, but I'm a fan of Mieville.  Lots of the reviews on Amazon are negative.  And I agree that it doesn't quite feel like SF, so I'd be surprised if this won the Nebula.

Subject: BSFA award
Date Posted: 4/13/2010 3:46 PM ET
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Looks like it won the British Science Fiction Association award.  How 'bout that.

Date Posted: 4/28/2010 10:36 PM ET
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Well, it won the Arthur C. Clarke award too. ;)

It's his THIRD win for this award! http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2010/apr/28/china-mieville-arthur-c-clarke-award

Date Posted: 10/31/2010 5:23 PM ET
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And now it's won the World Fantasy Award: http://www.tor.com/blogs/2010/10/announcing-the-2010-world-fantasy-award-winners