WHERE NO ONE ELSE DARE VENTURE… Zinzi has a Sloth on her back, a dirty online 419 scam habit – and a talent for finding lost things. But when her latest client, a little old lady, turns up dead and the cops confiscate her lastpaycheck, she’s forced to take on her least favourite kind of job:... show more
WHERE NO ONE ELSE DARE VENTURE… Zinzi has a Sloth on her back, a dirty online 419 scam habit – and a talent for finding lost things. But when her latest client, a little old lady, turns up dead and the cops confiscate her lastpaycheck, she’s forced to take on her least favourite kind of job: missing personsAn astonishing second novel from the author of the highly-acclaimed Moxyland.FILE UNDER: Modern Fantasy [Black Magic Noir / Pale Crocodile / Spirit Guardians / Lost Stars]From the Paperback edition.
Publish date: July 19th 2011
Publisher: Angry Robot
Pages no: 384
Edition language: English
, Science Fiction Fantasy
, Science Fiction
, Urban Fantasy
, Speculative Fiction
There are some things I really like about Lauren Beukes's writing. Present tense that doesn't drive me up the wall. Characters who are vivid and fatally flawed. Grungy, gritty realness that makes me slightly uncomfortable at times. Where it falls apart for me is the world building. I have no idea wh...
Lauren Beukes’ [b: The Shining Girls|16131077|The Shining Girls|Lauren Beukes|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1352227705s/16131077.jpg|21956898] fascinated me with her style and imagination, I thought it was a flawed gem but it put me on board for more Beukeses. The next logical book for me from the B...
Zinzi December has hit rock bottom. After years in jail for her complicity in her brother's death, she is dumped back on the unfriendly streets of Johannesburg without home, family, or friends; in fact, the only person willing to acknowledge her presence is her old drug dealer, and he wants her to ...
I really enjoyed reading Zoo City. The main character, Zinzi December, and the setting of Johannesburg, South Africa, are different from any other paranormal type of mystery I've read, and the story was seriously darker than most in that genre. It leans toward dark fantasy despite the almost realist...
So, I was reading 419, which was all about 419 scams, and was very unimpressed. It wasn't perceptive, it didn't grab me, and the characters all seemed flat. Move your gaze a week or so, and I start reading this urban fantasy set in Johannesburg, and although 419 scams are only a very small part of w...