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October Fiction Meeetup

Our October fiction book selection is The City & The City, by China Mieville.

As with all of our book selections, you can find the selection at most libraries and used book stores. For Amazon information, click here: The City & The City, by China Mieville.

As ever, you do not need to read all or any of the book to participate in our lively discussion. We ask $3 at the door to cover Press Club usage and our Meetup.com fee. No one will be turned away.

Adapted from Amazon.com review: The city is Beszel, a rundown metropolis on the eastern edge of Europe. The other city is Ul Qoma, a modern Eastern European boomtown, despite being a bit of an international pariah. What the two cities share, and what they don't, is the deliciously evocative conundrum at the heart of China Mieville's The City & The City. Mieville is well known as a modern fantasist (and urbanist), but from book to book he's tried on different genres, and here he's fully hard-boiled, stripping down to a seen-it-all detective's voice that's wonderfully appropriate for this story of seen and unseen. His detective is Inspector Tyador Borlu, a cop in Beszel whose investigation of the murder of a young foreign woman takes him back and forth across the highly policed border to Ul Qoma to uncover a crime that threatens the delicate balance between the cities and, perhaps more so, Borlu's own dissolving sense of identity. In his tale of two cities, Mieville creates a world both fantastic and unsettlingly familiar, whose mysteries don't end with the solution of a murder.

NEXT BOOK SELECTION:
Please vote on our November and January selections through the "Polls" function on the website. And please nominate books for future club selections by using the message board or by contacting the organizers directly. OUR REGULAR MEETUP LOCATION:
The Denver Press Club has offered us the use of their historic facility in downtown Denver for our meetups. By group decision, we meet the FOURTH THURSDAY OF EVERY MONTH. As our Thanks, please patronize the establishment. The Press Club restaurant and bar opens at 5 PM, in case you wish to come early for dinner and possibly meet fellow readers or some of Denver's top journalists. We start our meeting at 7 PM. We're usually done by 8:30.

The oldest continuously operating press club in North America, the Denver Press Club is at 1330 Glenarm Place (across from the Denver Athletic Club). Parking: There are a few spaces behind the building in the alley and a few more angle-in spaces on the north side of the building between the Press Club and the Colorado Press Association (free after 5 PM). If these are full, there are on-street parking meters and parking lots on each corner of the block (avoid the monthly parking spaces directly south of the building, however). The parking lot on the south corner is less expensive than the parking lot on the north corner.

SEE YOU on Thursday, October 28!

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  • Pam C.

    The discussion was interesting. I think I'll finish the book, although I was debating.

    October 31, 2010

  • Alice P.

    Brilliant, lively discussion.

    October 29, 2010

  • Marilyn K.

    A great discussion and though the book was often confusing, the input from other members and the person who nominated the book really brought the book to life.

    October 29, 2010

  • Judah F.

    And remember, folks, some of our best discussions have happened when a few or more of you did not like the book. Also remember that you do not need to read all or any of a book to attend and participate in our wide-ranging conversations. The book serves as our springboard....

    October 14, 2010

  • Michal

    Whatever interest I had in The City The City quickly faded away within the first 60 pages; when I closed the book and made a decision to spend my time on something more exciting... like watching paint dry;)

    October 14, 2010

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