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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2008

    Ul Lun Dun

    I thought Un Lun Dun was a good book, and very entertaining. In Un Lun Dun, Zanna, short for Suzanna and her friend Deeba life a normal life in London. Then strange things start to happen. Animals stare at Zanna, strange people seem to know her, and they even see a cloud that seems to look exactly like her. Then Zanna and Deeba follow a broken umbrella to the Basement of their apartment building, and end up un UnLondon, a place being menaced by an intelligent smog. There they learn that Zanna is the ¿Chosen one¿. However, when Zanna can¿t continue, Deeba has to do it herself. At first it seems that Mieville¿s world of ¿Unlondon¿ is pretty self explanatory. Everything is the opposite of London. However, we learn that UnLondon is also the place where anything old, obsolete, and broken goes. The UnLondoners do many things with this Moil (mildly obsolete in London), build houses out of it, sell it use it as money, etc. The world itself is entertaining, but the plot is also an important part of what makes the book so good. At first, it seems that this is typical ¿chosen one fantasy¿. However, Mieville goes on to break most of the rules. When was the last time the chosen one was put out of commission? The authors writing style is also engaging, with lots of clever dialogue and descriptions. i enjoyed this book, but like lots of other books as well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2008

    Un Lun Dun: a fast paced and original fantasy

    I was extremely surprised with China Mieville¿s young adult fantasy, Un Lun Dun. This book definitely had me hooked. It is smart, witty, fresh, and original. I suggest this book to those that love fantasy and don¿t mind letting themselves go. Unlike most young adult fantasy novels, Un Lun Dun brakes away from the crowd and takes up its own path. The book takes the reader on a complete departure from reality to a place called UnLondon. In UnLondon, flying busses guarded by conductors are at the risk of being attacked by bandits on giant flies. Tropical jungles exist in houses with rivers flowing from toilets. The sun is ten times the size of the earth¿s with a hole in the center of it, and the moon is actually called the ¿loon¿ and is shaped like a cat¿s eye. But a cloud hangs over UnLondon and its name is the Smog. The Smog terrorizes UnLondon with random chemical attacks. Deeba, a teenager from London, discovers that she may be the only hope to defeat the Smog. This book was very exciting. I was excited to read it because it didn¿t include the clichéd elements that most young adult fictions thrive on. No heavy romances, no one¿s heart was broken, and there were no cliques. These books are plagued with predictability, not so in Un Lun Dun. Zanna was considered to be the chosen one to defeat the Smog and received special attention because of this. I was surprised when Mieville chose to have Zanna fail miserably and an unlikely hero ended up saving UnLondon. I was also surprised when the people that society thought would never amount to anything rose up and fought against the Smog¿s minions. Specific rules were laid out to defeat the Smog Deeba took a risk and disregarded those rules. The plot was interesting and very well developed. I thought the writer was ingenious. I enjoyed the British slang used in the book, and he wrote very clearly. The characters seemed like normal, everyday people. The message of the story is that the people you least expect could end up saving the day. This is a good read if you are looking for something out of the ordinary. After reading this book, you will never think the same about giraffes and umbrellas again.

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