The City and the City - China Mieville

His stuff looked interesting, and this book in particular had some nice reviews, so I thought I'd have a go at it. It's really rather good. It tries to be two things, and succeeds at both. On the one hand, it's a detective thriller in a strange land, on the other hand, it's some kind of metaphor for the crossed lives in cities, where everyone goes about their lives trying to ignore much of what's going on around them. The 'unseeing' starts off strange and eventually becomes surprisingly normal. I won't say more on that, for fear of spoilering. On the detective front, it feels like the story stalls about two thirds through, but it comes back to life with a rather good conclusion. In all, a solid thumbs up.

Posted 2011-03-12.