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Lauren Beukes

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Best Ever Compliment on Zoo City (and some other reviews)

So I got the best ever compliment on Zoo City today.

RT @mareinna:  I work with immigrants & refugees. Zoo City was recommended to me by one of our African clients. He said it reminded him of home.

I can’t tell you how much that means, to have twanged a chord with someone who has lived through the reality.

There have been some other lovely reviews of Zoo City recently:

Battered, Tattered, Yellowed & Creased: Adventures in Vintage Genre Fiction  said: “Beukes nails the neo-noir thriller, playing in the bleakest of dark settings and amping it up through the use of the animals and magic; Zinzi descends into the foulest of Johannesburg’s locales—not just the sewers—over the course of her investigation. The writing ranges from immaculate to jaw-dropping, and matches the spectacular pacing well.”

The Guilded Earlobe gave the audiobook, narrated by Justine Eyre, a B+.  ”Zoo City is a unique novel, coupling vivid fantasy concepts with a gritty urban setting and offering one of the most interesting main characters I have experienced in a while.”

Moxyland got some love too.

Over at 52Challenges2013, Simon wrote (in his first ever review): “There is a palpable sense of fear and awe for technology that pervades the novel… The book itself takes and leaves no prisoners. If you are expecting happy endings and epoch-shaping revolutions then you will come away disappointed. Because, after all, real life is not often like that. And this is exactly what Moxyland feels like: a very possible reality… the perfect balance of futuristic development, witty dialogue, engaging character and gripping storyline to make me want a lot more.”



Recent comments:

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Pierre</a>
    January 17th, 2013 @03:13 #

    Nice work, Lauren. The other day, you received compliments on Charlotte Otter's Wordpress blog published in Heidelberg, Germany. Go well. P.

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Lauren Beukes</a>
    Lauren Beukes
    January 17th, 2013 @19:26 #

    Oh, that's great to hear. I don't think my Google Alerts picks up foreign language stuff.


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