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Zoo City by Lauren Beukes
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Zoo City (2010)

by Lauren Beukes

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There's some interest to the world, but I wasn't really taken with how the book was written. ( )
  natcontrary | May 21, 2018 |
4.5 stars. An excellent book, with memorable characters and fantastic world building. ( )
  andrlik | Apr 24, 2018 |

Oh this is so very, very good.

You need to read it. ( )
  StigE | Aug 25, 2017 |
What was this? I really liked The Shining Girls, and based my high expectations on that. This was nothing like The Shining Girls. This was just a young adult thing with the animal stuff, not particularly inventive or fascinating. All that was interersting was left to the sidelines and all that was not was brought to the center.

I am reconsidering my taste, apparently I have none. ( )
  Iira | Jun 14, 2017 |
Great characters, great setting, just an astonishing work. ( )
  Jon_Hansen | Apr 9, 2017 |
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It's a style that can be challenging, and the thriller plot – involving a reclusive, ghastly music producer (like a dreadfully gone-to-seed South African Simon Cowell) and an unfortunate pair of X-Factor-ish teen-pop twins – isn't much help. In the proud tradition of Chandler and Hammett, possibly Beukes herself isn't sure who did what to whom, in what order and why, on the way to a supremely messy and disgusting climax. But like Gibson, she brings a secret tenderness and humanity to her off-kilter portrait of the here and now. What her many fans will remember, and value, is deadbeat Zinzi's personal journey, towards a frail but determined integrity.
 

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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0857662163, Paperback)

WHERE NO ONE ELSE DARE VENTURE…

Zinzi has a Sloth on her back, a dirty online 419 scam habit – and a talent for finding lost things. But when her latest client, a little old lady, turns up dead and the cops confiscate her lastpaycheck, she’s forced to take on her least favourite kind of job: missing persons

An astonishing second novel from the author of the highly-acclaimed Moxyland.

FILE UNDER: Modern Fantasy [Black Magic Noir / Pale Crocodile / Spirit Guardians / Lost Stars]


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Zinzi has a talent for finding lost things. Being hired by famously reclusive music producer Odi Huron to find a teenybop pop star should be her ticket out of Zoo City, the festering slum of the criminal underclass. Set in a wildly re-imagined Johannesburg, it mixes refugees, crime, the music industry, African magic and the nature of sin.… (more)

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