Zoo City

Zoo City

by Lauren Beukes
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Zoo City by Lauren Beukes

A new edition of Lauren Beukes's Arthur C Clarke Award-winning novel set in a world where murderers and other criminals acquire magical animals that are mystically bonded to them.

Zinzi has a Sloth on her back, a dirty 419 scam habit, and a talent for finding lost things. When a little old lady turns up dead and the cops confiscate her last paycheck, Zinzi's forced to take on her least favorite kind of job--missing persons.

Being hired by reclusive music producer Odi Huron to find a teenybop pop star should be her ticket out of Zoo City, the festering slum where the criminal underclass and their animal companions live in the shadow of hell's undertow. Instead, it catapults Zinzi deeper into the maw of a city twisted by crime and magic, where she'll be forced to confront the dark secrets of former lives--including her own.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780857660558
Publisher: Watkins Media
Publication date: 12/28/2010
Pages: 416
Product dimensions: 7.06(w) x 10.82(h) x 1.13(d)

About the Author

LAUREN BEUKES is a writer, TV scriptwriter and recovering journalist. For the sake of a story, she’s jumped out of planes and into shark-infested waters and hung out with teen vampires, township vigilantes, and AIDS activists among other interesting folk. When she’s not tutoring her baby daughter in practical ways to take over the world, she also writes books, short stories, magazine articles and TV scripts.

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Zoo City 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
GordonF More than 1 year ago
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.
jsboriqua More than 1 year ago
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.
gbarlich More than 1 year ago
On of the best books I've read in a long time. Completely original. Fast paced. With a few breaks builds and builds to a very satisfying ending. Also it's a pretty easy read. Good descriptive narrative but not too much that it gets bogged down. Hope we see a lot more from the author.
BusyNatalie More than 1 year ago
This was a fascinating, unique story, from the setting to the magic animals. I loved the setting in the slums of Johannesburg with a refugee problem that mimics reality in many ways. The Zoos were also an unexpected addition to the story since they gave the person a random new magical ability, but where a constant reminder that they had done something evil and so anyone who had an animal was looked down upon by those who didn't have one. There were interstitial chapters that gave hints as to how the process works and got started. The music exec was particularly heinous and did a nasty bit of magic to transfer his animal away. I'm glad he got his comeuppance. Overall, I highly enjoyed the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Had the feel of early gibson
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It was a really interesting cool world
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Exciting read.
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