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Zinzi has a Sloth on her back, a dirty scam habit and a talent for finding lost things. 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. Paperbackpages. Published April 29th by Angry Robot first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

To ask other readers questions about Zoo Cityplease sign up. Who, or rather, what is the higher power that assess human interaction and lauern who is to be animalled? Sarah CoolCurryBooks It’s never revealed in the book, although various different groups’ theories are presented.

See 2 questions about Zoo City…. Lists with This Book. Jan 21, Tatiana rated it really liked it Recommended to Tatiana by: As seen on The Readventurer Just when I think there is no urban fantasy in existence which breaks away from the formulaic and same-old-same-old, I come across this gem, thanks to Guardian book podcast.

As with most of inventive and unorthodox genre deviations, describing Zoo City is a pain. It’s a sort of ghetto area in modern day As seen on The Readventurer Just when I think there is no urban fantasy in existence which breaks away from the formulaic and same-old-same-old, I come across this gem, thanks to Guardian book podcast.

In a form of animals. Zinzi December is fresh out of prison, with a Sloth and her guilt weighing her down. She makes her living by scamming naive losers on-line glance at your email, I bet you have at least one message asking you to help transfer money from some African country for a generous fee and putting to work her newly acquired magic skills the only perk of “the animalled” – she can find lost personal items – keys, wallets, rings, that sort of thing.

When Zinzi’s creditor tightens the screws on her, she decides to free herself of her drug debt by taking on a case that she normally wouldn’t – to find a missing person, specifically, a half of a popular music duo iJusi. Like all urban fantasy novels, Zoo City is a mystery, a thrilling one.

But what sets it apart for me is not only zo paranormal uniqueness the whole idea of being an animalled and the moral implications that come with being onebut its very distinct sense of place. It’s a vibrant, eclectic mishmash of drugs, sex, music, refugees, voodoo and, well, brutal humanity.

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Zoo City by Lauren Beukes – review

Aug 17, Melissa McShane rated it it was ok Shelves: I hate it citty I read a book that’s beautifully written, but has a clumsy plot. I was seduced by the writing while I was reading it, and it wasn’t until after I finished that I started realizing how many problems I had with it.

This was interesting lauern me I hate it when I read a book that’s beautifully written, but has a clumsy plot. This was interesting to me, since becoming a Zoo is all about feeling guilt and not about whether you’re really culpable of whatever you feel guilty about.

Zinzi gained her Sloth laurenn her brother died over something she did, which makes sense her whole background makes sense, even. But she went to prison for it, convicted either of murder or manslaughter, and that doesn’t fit at all with her memories of the event. It bugged me that this was never explained, because it made her prison time an important part of how she’s treated in the book seem irrational.


Mostly I felt like I wasn’t getting the right kind of clues about where the story was going. The book starts with one of Zinzi’s clients she specializes in finding lost things being gruesomely murdered, and because the crime scene is described in such detail, and Zinzi herself is temporarily suspected of doing it, it seems like finding the murderer, or finding out why the woman was killed, is what the plot will be about. But the murder thing is just a distraction from the missing-person story, which is still the important one, except that it’s really a cover for something else.

The whole plot felt like it was there to give the beautiful writing a framework to hang on. And boy, is this beautiful. Beukes is amazing at describing places and characterizing people.

Even when I didn’t like her characters, and even when I thought their motivations were unrealistic, I was still impressed by how easy it was to envision everything that was going on. It was sickening and infuriating not only for what it was, but because Beukes did an amazing job in showing how easy it was for Zinzi and her boss to take advantage of innocents.

Once again I’m bekkes sure how to rate a book like this. I know I gave it way more credit, and stuck with it to the end, because I’m a sucker for really good writing. But that’s the same as saying I didn’t like the plot.

Lquren I’d give it 2. View all 8 comments. 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: It’s not only because it’s a cool idea; it also is an interesting reflection of our ongoing weird relationship with nature — the connection we feel to the creatures of the earth, though most of us live far removed from it in cities and suburbs.

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: And, you know, the idea of a little talking cat following me around is just fun. Provided, of course, you get a good animal like a cat, since you can’t pick.

According to the online daemon matcher they had on the Golden Compass movie website before it came out bfukes failed, I would get a spider. I would not appreciate that. Other animals I would be happy with: 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 beukss. Set inin a world that is basically our own, except sometime around the mid-Aughts, a strange plague descended upon humanity — suddenly, people who commit murder or are even responsible for a death through indirect means find themselves marked for all the world to see by the sudden appearance of their own companion animals.

I imagine this would make criminal cases really easy to prosecute “Can you point out the perpetrator? Other than the whole “everyone knows you killed someone and therefore shuns you and you have to live in slums like the titular, crime-ridden Zoo City” angle, this doesn’t sound that bad to me. Did I mention they also grant their bearers useful magical powers? Hmmm, but then there is this downside where if your animal dies before you do, a black cloud of existential dread or something floats by to laure you directly to hell.

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So, also a negative. 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 through citj 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: Pullman’s fantasy brukes the context of the ontological shift ;” I see what you did there, Beukes.

Zinzi is a former journalist and junkie who lives in the slums of Zoo City, shunned because of her Sloth which she has because of her Dark Past that is revealed slowly, and I must say the way the animals are doled out in this world seems slightly unfair at times.

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She’s deep in debt to her former dealer and scrapes a living drawing in marks for email scams I told you it was just like our world and using her special magical ability: Zinzi is a fun narrator — clearly damaged, a sarcastic smartass hip to pop culture she references lolcats!

I’m going to need a shelf! Plus her companion animal is a sloth, so you know she’s good people. Um, except for the murdery past. The plot is ever-so-slightly incidental, as it mostly exists in order to provide a method to reveal the range of ways in which the phenomenon of Animalism aka Acquired Aposymbiotic Familiarism has changed what is otherwise clearly our world I mean, they have email scams and Britney Spears, so it’s gotta be us.

That’s not to say it isn’t an interesting mystery: Zinzi is roped into tracking down the missing half of a Bieber-eqsue pop laren not surprisingly, murder, mayhem, and a nefarious record producer are involved.

For a while, it almost feels like it could be YA, but there’s a violent undercurrent that never really goes away; Beukes doesn’t want you to forget that our likeable heroine has a Sloth friend for a reason, and that it is a very bad reason. I may have mentioned that the climax is intense ; it’s not just gory but profoundly sad, and I don’t want to tread into spoilers but the unspoken themes that form the backbone of the entire thing, about the burdens carried by people who have done bad things — very very bad things, yes — but have to learn to go on living in a society that doesn’t want them around, are surprisingly zo for a book with a cartoon sloth on the cover.

View all 21 comments. May 24, Bradley rated it really liked it Shelves: This is a particularly smooth genre-meshing laure fantasy noir SF horror, and if you don’t like my description, then go read it and figure out your best fit.

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.

Or is the novel firmly set in modern day Johannesburg filled with scams, missing persons, and mystery? Oh, wait, how about all the mutil This is a particularly smooth genre-meshing urban fantasy noir SF horror, and if you don’t like my description, then go read it and figure out your best fit.

Oh, wait, how about all the mutilations and the sense of upwelling horror? Then why the hell do I get this sense that things have just gone near-future high-tech? Well that’s because the book refuses to sit still and be neatly defined. Our main laurej is a real spitfire, that’s for certain, and I love reading about good scams as much as anyone, but that’s just her favorite hobby and way to make money.

For everything else and when times get rough, she falls back on a bit of the missing persons racket, and she really knows how to talk a good game. She’s an excellent social hacker. As for the Urban Fantasy angle, I’ll tell you this: I like a bit of well-defined rules, if only to see those rules get broken or find a way to slip the leash of hell, you know?

But, alas, it isn’t that kind of story. It is, fundamentally, full of elemental horror, which is great cigy I love horror and I think Ms. Beukes does it extremely well.

This is the third novel that I’ve read of hers and all of them are quite a bit different in style, subjects, characters, and plots, save for the interesting parallels of con-games and horror. But rest assured, all the horror sequences are very, very different from one another, so you will all have a nice treat in store for you for each novel.

Bekues very impressed, in general, but I have to admit that I like this one the least between it and Broken Monsters or Moxyland.