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Zoo City: Lauren Beukes Miękka oprawa – 30 listopada 2018
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WINNER OF THE 2011 ARTHUR C CLARKE AWARD
Lauren Beukes' tale of a young woman trapped in a brutal city but looking for a way out . . .
'A major, major talent' George R. R. Martin
Zinzi has a Sloth on her back, a dirty 419 scam habit and a talent for finding lost things. But when a little old lady turns up dead and the cops confiscate her last paycheque, she's forced to take on her least favourite kind of job - missing persons.
Being hired by reclusive music producer Odi Huron to find a pop star should be her ticket out of Zoo City, the festering slum where the criminal underclass and their animal companions reside.
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.
Look out for AFTERLAND, the new novel by Lauren Beukes
'Beukes is very *very* good. It feels effortless, utterly accomplished' William Gibson
'Beukes brings a secret tenderness and humanity to her off-kilter portrait of the here and now' Guardian
'Exquisitely paced and impeccably controlled. An enormously satisfying novel' New York Times Book Review
Lauren Beukes is very, *very* good. It feels effortless. Utterly accomplished -- William Gibson
A fabulous outing from an extremely promising writer ... [It] has so much fabulous wordplay, imaginative settings and scenarios, and such a dark and cynical heart that I was totally riveted by it -- Cory Doctorow
Beukes's energetic noir phantasmagoria ... crackles with original ideas ... Beukes skilfully employs all the twists of first-rate noir ... powerful indeed -- Jeff Vandermeer, New York Times
Beukes delivers a thrill ride that gleefully merges narrative styles and tropes, almost single-handedly pulling the "urban fantasy" subgenre back towards its groundbreaking roots ― Publishers Weekly
Energetic and imaginative ... Packed with colour, dark humour and thought-provoking ideas, Zoo City is an absolute must for anyone with a taste for the wilder edges of the genre ― SFX Magazine
Original and unputdownable ― Cosmopolitan
An unpredictable and helluva awesome read ― Heat
Lauren Beukes is Jeff Noon crossed with Raymond Chandler. I loved it, it's going to be huge -- Paul Cornell
I couldn't put this down. It's weird, thrilling, funny... filled with sleazy characters and lots of bad attitude -- Mike Nicol
An unfamiliar land full of familiars, a broken Johannesburg peopled with damaged wonders... If our words are bullets, Lauren Beukes is a marksman in a world of drunken machine-gunners -- Bill Willingham
Zoo City is pure originality ... a book that had me reading it revelling in Beukes' magical way with words ― SF Signal
At times the witty and lyrical prose is sheer magic, the story captivating and the characters exotic, cruel and beautiful while the backdrop of Johannesburg seethes with hidden, lurking dangers around every corner, Zoo City is quite simply captivating ― SciFi & Fantasy Books
- Wydawca : Penguin Group; Edycja 1. (30 listopada 2018)
- Język : Angielski
- Miękka oprawa : 384 str.
- ISBN-10 : 1405924055
- ISBN-13 : 978-1405924054
- Wymiary : 12.9 x 2.3 x 19.8 cm
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My only hitch was the language, as a lot of it was unknown to me, and which was usually integral to the understanding of the sentence (and indeed, the entire plot at times). Fortunately I'd bought the electronic copy, whcih allowed me to cross-reference almost all the obscure dialect and slang, and make sense of it (thank goodness for the free global dictionary!)
The missing fifth-star in this review is not because of the language though (as that is down to my own cultural ignorance) but simply because although it is a good book, and well worth reading, it is simply a good read, solidly good and worth buying, but not earth-shattering.