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Zoo City

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Urban Fantasy at its best

Zoo City manages to capture the wonder of Charles De Lint with the density and intensity of William Gibson, and adds its own heaping dose of rocket fuel. The pace moves quickly, the world is fluidly built up with not just story but snippets of articles, IMDB entries, an...
Zoo City manages to capture the wonder of Charles De Lint with the density and intensity of William Gibson, and adds its own heaping dose of rocket fuel. The pace moves quickly, the world is fluidly built up with not just story but snippets of articles, IMDB entries, and other third party points of view that add a vividness to it. The premise is that anyone with guilt connected to a murder gains a spirit animal and a single magic ability. . . both a blessing and curse. The main character gets caught in way over her head and cleverly manipulates her world to survive.

posted by GordonF on April 17, 2011

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Most Helpful Critical Review

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Uniquely Interesting

This alternate reality tale kept me intrigued and Lauren Beukes descriptiveness made me feel like I was in the heart of Johannesburg in a terrifying version of today (I really wanted to come home!). It's a story about people that have been "labeled" their crime, not wi...
This alternate reality tale kept me intrigued and Lauren Beukes descriptiveness made me feel like I was in the heart of Johannesburg in a terrifying version of today (I really wanted to come home!). It's a story about people that have been "labeled" their crime, not with a scarlet letter but with an animal. An animal they can't escape, can't leave without pain and literally can't live without. The "Animalled" are the lepers of their world, shunned, feared, ridiculed. Zinzi, a recovering addict and murderess tries hard to escape her past but she and her animal, Sloth keep getting dragged unwilling back into darkness.

posted by jsboriqua on February 1, 2011

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  • Posted February 1, 2011

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    Uniquely Interesting

    This alternate reality tale kept me intrigued and Lauren Beukes descriptiveness made me feel like I was in the heart of Johannesburg in a terrifying version of today (I really wanted to come home!). It's a story about people that have been "labeled" their crime, not with a scarlet letter but with an animal. An animal they can't escape, can't leave without pain and literally can't live without. The "Animalled" are the lepers of their world, shunned, feared, ridiculed. Zinzi, a recovering addict and murderess tries hard to escape her past but she and her animal, Sloth keep getting dragged unwilling back into darkness.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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