Zoo City (Paperback)
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Zoo City (Paperback)

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Paperback 384 Pages
Published: 29/11/2018
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Waterstones Says

A spectacular noir fantasy that reads like the best Philip K. Dick, Beukes’ Arthur C. Clarke award-winning novel is a high octane, hard-boiled gem. Ineffably hip and drenched in atmosphere, this tale of missing persons and urban animalia twinkles with wit and street-smarts.

Lauren Beukes' Arthur C Clarke Award-winning 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.

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781405924054
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 269 g
Dimensions: 198 x 130 x 23 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

[Beukes] brings a secret tenderness and humanity to her off-kilter portrait of the here and now - Guardian

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

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