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Lauren Beukes's Arthur C Clarke Award-winning novel set in a world where murderers and other criminals acquire magical animals that are mystically bonded to them. 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 paycheck, 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 teenybop pop star should be her ticket out of Zoo City, the festering slum where the criminal underclass and their animal companions live in the shadow of hell's undertow. 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.

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  • I really want a sloth now!!!

    Zoo City

    ichundelaine

    24. February 2017 um 13:56

    Zoo City is a new take on the fanatsy genre that was meant well, but executed rather poorly.  Enter Zoo City - a ghetto-like place somewhere in Johannisburg, South Africa, where its residents carry the burdens of their wrongdoings on their backs -  LITERALLY. As does the protagonist, Zinzi, fresh out of prison, carrying her sins by means of a lazy sloth on her back. In this respect the books reminded me somewhat og the familiars in "His dark Materials" and made me instantly take a liking to the story. Zinzi's  greatest asset is her magical ability to find lost things, even though she tries to stay away from missing persons.  However, when her drug debts are getting out of hand, she agrees to take on a case of a missing teen pop-idol. Th search for this new client drags her deeper into the slum of Zoo City and her own past.  Lauren Beukes has already caught my attention when I read "Shinig Girls" by her and the same problem I had with her writing back then, also occurs when listening to Zoo City. She leaves too many questions unsolved, some of the things are downright illogical and she jumps from one place to another, leaving the reader/ listener confused. Plus the plot is entirely botched together, two stories are interwoven and none of them is solved. Furthermore the character of Zinzis is somewhat lame and dislikable. When a books is well written, I can easily dismiss this, however since I am not very fond of her style of writing as well, this particular item got on my nerves almost to the point that I didn't want to finish the audio book.  The reader is another thing, which bothered me here. She came up with various accent that annoyed the crap out of me. As long as the kept her narrator voice with her British English it was fine, but as soon as she started to employ her pseudo-Russian/ French whatever accent, I wanted to stop listening.  All in all this audio book wasn't the gem I was hoping for. 

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