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The City in the Middle of the Night (2019. Auflage)

von Charlie Jane Anders (Autor)

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""If you control our sleep, then you can own our dreams . . . And from there, it's easy to control our entire lives." The bestselling author of All the Birds in the Sky returns with a strange, haunting, and deeply human tale. Sophie serves coffee at an underground cafe. She stays in the shadows and listens to the troubles of the parlor guests, but does not draw attention to herself for one simple reason: Sophie is supposed to be dead. When a nationalistic revolution forces Sophie from her safe haven, she must make a dangerous journey to a new city, one that revels in hedonism and chaos. After joining up with a band of smugglers, she finds herself on a long and treacherous path that will lead her far closer to the truth of her entire world---and to the dangers that lurk even in the light of day" --… (mehr)
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Titel:The City in the Middle of the Night
Autoren:Charlie Jane Anders (Autor)
Info:Tor Books (2019), 348 pages
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The City in the Middle of the Night von Charlie Jane Anders

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    Die Kinder der Zeit von Adrian Tchaikovsky (Jayeless)
    Jayeless: Both are thoughtful tales of far-future humanity colonising distant worlds, dealing with crumbling technology, and running into conflict with well-developed non-human civilisations.
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_The City in the Middle of the Night_ seems to start off as one book and end as another, and I quite like the book it ends as. The first half felt very mired in the present YA idiom if that makes sense. I'm glad I pushed through the first half.
  autoclave | Oct 4, 2021 |
In a planet that doesn't rotate, humanity has settled the twilight zone and is hanging on by a thread. Sophie, a student revolutionary, makes an unwise decision that forces her to confront the sentient native inhabitants. Despite trying to stay unnoticed, her path snowballs into something bigger.

Abandoned, alas. The story here wasn't working for me -- too derivative in both themes and execution of 1970s classics from folks like LeGuin and Delany. The novelty I perceived was all in what seemed to be a modern lesbian perspective (manifesting in, say, the prime problematic relationship, and in the imagery of shared crocodile experience). Unfortunately I didn't find that perspective sufficiently novel to make up for audiobook narration that made me dislike a lot of characters and the YA present-tense tell-and-not-show stylistics. I may go find a full plot summary though to figure out if Anders how resolves the "modern" and "classic" tension around whether the aliens will double-cross Sophie or show they're better than humanity -- I'm intrigued! ( )
  pammab | Sep 25, 2021 |
I've read a few things by her now and I'm not a great match. Reading the desc and some reviews makes me put a pin in it.
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Tor.com story to read after, see this review about it: "This novelette isn't going to make any sense without having read The City in the Middle of the Night, but since I recently did, this was the epilogue I wanted the book to have even though I knew it wouldn't fit, and it was perfect." If you take my meaning: https://www.tor.com/2020/02/11/if-you-take-my-meaning-charlie-jane-anders/
  Seayla2020 | Aug 23, 2021 |
Part of how they make you obey is by making obedience seem peaceful, while resistance is violent. But really, either choice is about violence, one way or another.

This review can also be found on my blog.

This was such a strange book that felt almost needlessly complicated in some aspects. I could tell that Anders was extremely into her world building but I found it difficult to suspend my disbelief for some aspects of it. It reminded me a bit of Amatka: a society filled with unyielding rules. The comparisons largely end there, though.

I never felt strongly connected to any of the characters. Sophie didn’t feel solid enough as a pov character; she never really bypassed concept into full-fledged character for me and I didn’t feel like she had much agency. I struggled similarly with Mouth, who started off as a caricature and morphed into something softer that I didn’t quite understand. I just never felt fully convinced by either of them. The dialogue itself, while largely good, felt stilted in some parts. There were random scenes where I thought, “no one talks like that.”

I really struggled with the message of the story for a bit. It sort of felt like it was trying to push too many storylines together at once. If it was expanded into a series this would have made more sense, but as is it had a kind of claustrophobic feel to it. My mind was constantly dragged in several different directions and I wasn’t really sure what to expect next, but not necessarily in a good way.

I did really admire the way this tackled toxic relationships. Sophie is deeply in love with her best friend Bianca, although seemingly unable to admit it to herself. Bianca is privileged, self-centered, and blind to anything that doesn’t impact her directly. It was frustrating watching Sophie return to Bianca over and over, but it also makes sense in the context of their relationship (until their last meeting — that didn’t make sense to me).

Regardless of my criticisms, this was highly readable and I hope people will still give it a shot. I hit points where I just didn’t want to put the book down because the writing was so compelling and I really wanted to see what would happen next. It’s a good book, but I think cutting down a little would have gone a long way.

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  samesfoley | Jun 18, 2021 |
I really enjoyed the world building here, though I wasn't as impressed by the overall story, or by the characters. ( )
  duchessjlh | Apr 10, 2021 |
This is a long novel, and it’s not in a hurry to get where it’s going. Anders’s plotting isn’t thin, exactly; it’s just that storyline isn’t what she finds most interesting. Instead she draws the reader into the socio-political detail of her imagined world ... This is a millennial’s novel, featuring young people trying to make their way through an uncaring, corrupt and intermittently violent world. If this middle-aged reviewer found it sometimes hard to like the dramatis personae, that doubtless says more about the gap between real-world generations than about the novel. Though sometimes judgmental and self-righteous, Anders’s characters are also emotionally sophisticated and passionate, and this is heartfelt and absorbing fiction.
hinzugefügt von Lemeritus | bearbeitenThe Guardian (UK), Adam Roberts (Feb 22, 2019)
 
Anders... has given us an original protagonist in the awkward and open Sophie, who feels an otherness to her core. Her love for Bianca is as pure as it is misplaced. Readers will recognize their own Biancas in this story, as well as their own personal tragedies. The City in the Middle of the Night may be set light-years away, but it’s likely to hit too close to home.
hinzugefügt von Lemeritus | bearbeitenPaste, Josh Jackson (Feb 19, 2019)
 
I never thought I would describe a book as painting a story entirely in different shades of anxiety, but Anders nails the feelings of claustrophobia, fear of acceptance, inferiority and loss of identity all in the span of 360 pages ... The City in the Middle of the Night does not end cleanly, and perhaps it’s fitting that a story so well grounded in realistic and relatable protagonists ends with such an unsatisfying tilt. In this novel, Anders has lovingly crafted a unique world, and finishes with a wild twist that left me endlessly interested in the next book of the series.
hinzugefügt von Lemeritus | bearbeitenBook Page, Ralph Harris (Feb 12, 2019)
 
Anders weaves an intricate tale of colonialism and evolution on both physical and social levels. The harsh world and well-developed characters combine with stunning storytelling that will capture readers' minds and hearts.
hinzugefügt von Lemeritus | bearbeitenLibrary Journal, Kristi Chadwick (Jan 2, 2019)
 
Watching Sophie come into her own and gradually (and almost too late) realize that the Bianca she loves doesn’t exist is inevitable, sad, and, eventually, empowering ... Anders contains multitudes; it’s always a fascinating and worthwhile surprise to see what she comes up with next.
hinzugefügt von Lemeritus | bearbeitenKirkus Reviews (Nov 26, 2018)
 

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Charlie Jane AndersHauptautoralle Ausgabenberechnet
Bradford, K. TempestSensitivity readerCo-Autoralle Ausgabenbestätigt
Krissof, LianaCopy editorCo-Autoreinige Ausgabenbestätigt
Lloyd, JuliaGestaltungCo-Autoreinige Ausgabenbestätigt
Smith, MarkUmschlagillustrationCo-Autoreinige Ausgabenbestätigt
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Mouth took a deep, miraculous breath. “When I thought you were dead, I was planning one hell of a wake. I was going to get so drunk I’d never see straight again.” Alyssa snorted. “I never got a chance to drink to you being dead either. Your wake was going to be incredible: those gross cakes you always liked, fancy high-end liquor, plus maybe some little kids who could sing and pretend to be sad.” “Your wake would have been way better than that,” Mouth said. “I was going to set a few dozen firebombs all over town, in honor of your career as a child arsonist. Heaps of food. Including those disgusting cactus-pork crisps. Liters of swamp vodka. The whole town would have passed out.” “Fuck off. Your wake would have been the best wake in the history of wakes.” Alyssa poked Mouth’s leg. “Flowers and parades and flamethrowers, and I would have given a whole speech about how you were too dumb to live, but too fuck-faced to die of stab wounds or gunshots, like everyone else.” As she spoke, Alyssa leaned forward and put one arm around Mouth’s uninjured shoulder and leaned on her chest, with care. Mouth heard a sigh of almost unbearable tenderness. “Your wake would have ended with a thousand more people dead,” Mouth said. “Pffft. Your wake would have been an extinction-level event.” Alyssa moved closer, until all of Mouth’s uninjured parts were swathed in arms and legs. “But now I guess we’ll just have to drink to being alive, like boring people.” They fell asleep tangled in each other, like old times.
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""If you control our sleep, then you can own our dreams . . . And from there, it's easy to control our entire lives." The bestselling author of All the Birds in the Sky returns with a strange, haunting, and deeply human tale. Sophie serves coffee at an underground cafe. She stays in the shadows and listens to the troubles of the parlor guests, but does not draw attention to herself for one simple reason: Sophie is supposed to be dead. When a nationalistic revolution forces Sophie from her safe haven, she must make a dangerous journey to a new city, one that revels in hedonism and chaos. After joining up with a band of smugglers, she finds herself on a long and treacherous path that will lead her far closer to the truth of her entire world---and to the dangers that lurk even in the light of day" --

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