Thoughts on ‘The City and The City’

If you were walking down the street and saw a car crash right in front of you, your first instinct would be to stop and stare, right?

Well, in the city of Beszel, that could put you in serious violation of the law- if the crash came from the city of Ul Qoma, which exists at the same geographical location.

Yeah, I’m not really sure how that works either. But them’s the rules for The City and The City by China Mieville. Continue reading


On Books and Women’s Day

Okay, full disclosure: this is a bit ranty. But it’s something I’ve been stewing over for a while now.  And with it being International Women’s Day, I figured now was as good a time as any.

So here’s the thing. I read a lot of fantasy and sci-fi (who would have guessed from the content of this blog, right?). I’m also a huge mystery fan. Occasionally I’ll make cautious ventures in YA, and I have read a lot of classics. I honestly don’t like romance- I can only take it if it’s a background event to a lot of blood and guts/adrenaline and action, never on its own. I read some non-fiction, but not as much as I ought.

However when it comes to more modern literary works, I’m practically illiterate. Continue reading