Amazon Best of the Month, June 2009: The city is Beszel, a rundown metropolis on the eastern edge of Europe. The other city is Ul Qoma, a modern Eastern European boomtown, despite being a bit of an international pariah. What the two cities share, and what they don't, is the deliciously evocative conundrum at the heart of China Mieville's The City and the City. Mieville is well known as a modern fantasist (and urbanist), but from book to book he's tried on different genres, and here he's fully hard-boiled, stripping down to a seen-it-all detective's voice that's wonderfully appropriate for this story of seen and unseen. His detective is Inspector Tyador Borlu, a cop in Beszel whose investigation of the murder of a young foreign woman takes him back and forth across the highly policed border to Ul Qoma to uncover a crime that threatens the delicate balance between the cities and, perhaps more so, Borlu's own dissolving sense of identity. In his tale of two cities, Mieville creates a world both fantastic and unsettlingly familiar, whose mysteries don't end with the solution of a murder. --Tom Nissley --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I don't know how this could have been classified as Sci Fi, except that it's set in the future. It's a drab, run-of-the-mill "procedural", where we get the pleasure of... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dave Daley
This is not science fiction or even fantasy; it is a murder mystery with a setting that, like all of the Mieville i have read to date, is so perfectly integrated with the prose... Read morePublished 11 months ago by NM
"The City & The City" is an unusual novel from China Miéville, one which as far as I can tell is rather unique in the fantasy environment in which it takes place. Read morePublished on July 16 2012 by Dave_42
Drawing upon concepts from string theory in physics as well as from science fiction, fantasy and crime thriller, China Mieville's "The City & The City" is yet another exceptional... Read morePublished on Jan. 17 2012 by John Kwok
". . . [M]any prophets and righteous men desired to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it. Read morePublished on Feb. 1 2010 by Donald Mitchell