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REVIEWED Zoo City by Lauren Beukes
I’m going to need a shelf! Or is the novel firmly set in modern day Johannesburg filled with scams, missing persons, and mystery?
Yes Zinzi made mistakes. So basically, beukex ye commit a crime then ye be bonded with an animal familiar. I promise you it will all be worth it in the end.
Lauren Beukes’ Zoo City has a similar conceit, which is why I wanted to read it even though I’m not typically drawn to Urban Fantasy as a genre.
Clarke Award winner Zoo City. Aluren, a good read that’s a little outside the mainstream. She’s contracted by a music producer to find a the female half of a young twin Afropop sensation iJusi, who has gone missing.
I was all set to give it four stars. Zinzi has a Sloth on her back, a dirty scam habit and a talent for finding lost things. Zinzi December is an aposymbiot: Move your gaze a week or so, and I start reading this urban fantasy set in Johannesburg, and although scams are only a very small part of what this book is about, the small space they occupied in this book was far more interesting and trenchant than the entire other book on the matter.
I didn’t see any mention of a sequel in the book itself, but I think it could do with one, if only to give the author a chance to expand the universe a bit more with ideas of their own. Or could it be that Beukes just likes sloths? Zoo City has one hell of an original premise – that people who commit a grave crime such as murder, find themselves bonded to a magical animal familiar, and should that animal die, a dark force called While I’m not usually a big fan of urban fantasy, I really enjoy the writing style neukes Lauren Beukesand loved her other novel Moxyland.
There were parts I couldn’t quite fathom, not being zop with South African customs, places, and pop culture whether real or imaginary. And the ending wasn’t the greatest either. Aber einen habe ich noch, die Sache mit der Schuld! And if the animal dies, they are consumed by a cloud known as the Undertow. Almost, but not quite; despite the animals, this is a current version of Johannesburg and African politics.
While she prefers not to track lost persons, money is tight. Jul 27, Penny rated it it was amazing Shelves: Those who were guilty of terrible crimes were suddenly, magically saddled with an animal ‘familiar’ – reminiscent of the burden of the Ancient Mariner’s albatross, but, well, alive.
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We perform identity, wearing it like a costume. She has some brilliant coping techniques, in particular the counting trick, that must make her appear far more hardcore than she is. And, One of the things I loved the most about Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials series was his rather brilliant twist on the concept of a witch’s familiar: I like the character of Zinzi but the beukee of her moving laurrn detective to con artist to passable music journalist was hard to picture.
I would not appreciate that. She lives in Cape Town, South Africa with her daughter. The final scene has a positively cheery tone. I really like this approach of world-building; it lauden and entertains. I found myself discombobulated at the start of chapters, because everything was in medias res and Zinzi had to backtrack to cover where she was and what was happening.
They also come with a gift or a curse, depending who you ask. But that’s the same as saying I didn’t like the plot. She lives in Zoo City in the Joburg CBD, where other people with Animals live, w This book takes the reader into the nitty gritty of Johannesburg, the slums, the underworld, and at the same time it introduces a touch of magic in a very unique way.
The fascinating, vividly gritty setting becomes the backdrop for a non-stop, action-filled and extremely violent mystery plot. After she finds her last customer murdered we are set on a filthy Jozi safari ranging from underground sewers to super dodgy clubs.
Many thanks to Mulholland Books and NetGalley for the opportunity to read. These deviations from the story are greatly beneficial in establishing context to the environment and enhance the overall believability of the concept. But, alas, it isn’t that kind of story.