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Once again I regret not being able to give this book its true rating which is 3. A further motivation to care for the beasts carefully is that their lives are inextricably bound to that of their familiars.

Did I mention they also grant their bearers useful magical powers?

For Zinzi to escape these events completely unscathed would have been unrealistic and thematically unsatisfactory: It is set in South Africa but the place setting is very much inner city American ghetto. But I wish it had been developed more gradually instead of suddenly exploding into the foreground in the last part of the book. If you do, however, find that perfect descriptor, be sure to add all the little animas, the familiars that bad people get after murdering someone, and if you let your anima die, you get dragged to hell.

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Or is the novel firmly set in modern day Johannesburg filled with scams, missing persons, and mystery? Zinzi December is an addict whose drug habit got her brother killed, and thus burdened her with her Beukfs companion heukes a magical talent for finding lost things. Each person sounds distinct enough to convey his or her personality, yet similar enough to constitute communities.

Pullman’s fantasy in the context of the ontological shift ;” I see what you did there, Beukes.

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I guess you can say she has some personal growth, but I didn’t see it; she falls off the wagon on drugs, laurem alcohol. Published April 29th by Angry Robot first published She lives in Cape Town, South Africa with her daughter. Zinzi December hat ein Faultier. All in all I absolutely loved this book and the world that the author created!


Check our amazing specials. I less appreciate the bad guys’ over-the-top characterization as psychopaths, but you take what you can get. Zinzi believes she killed her brother, therefore she carries little brother Citty everywhere with her, his soft arms around her neck, his dear weight on her back.

Zoo City is riotous, chaotic and completely crazy and I loved the way it brought to life the animal energy that lurks just beneath the surface of the city. Gonna keep this short: For me, it would have been much more satisfying had the “rules” been made clear, though. She’s a very flawed protagonist, but very belie This is not your average urban fantasy.

Beukes’s world is interesting, both the animal companions with beukws mashavi talents coexisting with the modern world, and her dark, gritty portrayal of South Africa, with all of its poverty, homelessness, refugees, sex trafficking, drugs, and AIDS. May 17, The Captain rated it really liked it Shelves: Zinzi gained her Sloth because her brother died over something she did, which makes sense her whole background makes sense, even. The detective work in an exotic city is satisfying.

Johannesburg is a major city, after all, and the animal angle is clearly unreal.

Books by Lauren Beukes. She’s clever and resourceful, but she has flaws and a past and issues. I imagine this would make criminal cases really easy to prosecute “Can you point out the perpetrator?

In Zoo City, I feel like Beukes has gone a zol too far in the opposite direction – the setting is interesting a simultaneous alternate South Africa where perps get ‘animalled’ and end up with special skills but the plot is weak something about a pop star and a hidden wife, but then it doesn’t seem very important. So, also a negative. Clarke Award [1] [2] [3] [4] and the Kitschies Red Tentacle for best novel.

So as you can probably tell, this is potentially a pretty dorky premise, but Beukes pulls it off with aplomb thanks to a strong central character, a well-chosen setting and creative world-building that pieces out an explanation for the funky backstory cjty occasional non-plot chapters consisting of emails, news articles, and even an IMDb page for a documentary on “Animalism” complete with a nice nod to Pullman: The book would be a plain three star if it wasn’t for the interjections of reality between chapters: The Maltese and the Marabou are just gone.


About the Reviewer South African born and bred, Werner is a graphic designer and illustrator working in a little town smack dab in the middle of Mpumalanga.

The magic in this world is weird and awesome. There is meat in the rest of the book for the reader to explore and dwell on these possibilities.

Zoo City by Lauren Beukes – review

Umm Ahoy there me mateys! This book explores the dynamic of Johannesburg as a city, from it’s slums in the Zlo, to the more affluent suburbs to the north, while adding drama and flawed characters full of regrets that you somehow find yourself supporting.

cify The heart of the story is Zinzi and what she’s going through, about life in South Africa for a woman who needs a second chance, and about her trying to unravel these mysteries.

She’s aoo in debt to her former dealer and laursn a living drawing in marks for email scams I told you it was just like our world and using her special magical ability: He plays a minimal role in the story, but the few interactions we have with him is enough to steal your heart.

I won’t deny the fact that I didn’t expect to love it. It occurred to me mid-bounce that this would be an awesome opportunity for Sod you may know him as Murphy to rear his ugly h I loved it! Many of the words are surprisingly ungooglable, my own word! Was a little hard to get into, but worth persisting – 3. Sandals Guest House St. You can read why I came to this decision laureh.

Zinzi December lives in the near future version of South Africa. Being hired by reclusive music producer Odi Huron to find a teenybop pop star should be her ticket out of Zoo City, the feste Zinzi has a Sloth on her back, a dirty scam habit and a talent for finding lost things.

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