The City in the Middle of the Night

  • Title: The City in the Middle of the Night
  • Author: Charlie Jane Anders
  • ISBN: 0765379961
  • Page: 187
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The City in the Middle of the Night If you control our sleep then you can own our dreams And from there it s easy to control our entire lives Set on a planet that has fully definitive never changing zones of day and night w
    If you control our sleep, then you can own our dreams And from there, it s easy to control our entire lives Set on a planet that has fully definitive, never changing zones of day and night, with ensuing extreme climates of endless, frigid darkness and blinding, relentless light, humankind has somehow continued apace though the perils outside the built cities are If you control our sleep, then you can own our dreams And from there, it s easy to control our entire lives Set on a planet that has fully definitive, never changing zones of day and night, with ensuing extreme climates of endless, frigid darkness and blinding, relentless light, humankind has somehow continued apace though the perils outside the built cities are rife with danger as much as the streets below.But in a world where time means only what the ruling government proclaims, and the levels of light available are artificially imposed to great consequence, lost souls and disappeared bodies are shadow bound and savage, and as common as grains of sand And one such pariah, sacrificed to the night, but borne up by time and a mysterious bond with an enigmatic beast, will rise to take on the entire planet before it can crumble beneath the weight of human existence Get A Copy Kindle Store StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Hardcover, 368 pages Expected publication February 12th 2019 by Tor Books More Details ISBN 0765379961 ISBN13 9780765379962 Edition Language English Other Editions 4 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about The City in the Middle of the Night, please sign up Popular Answered Questions Its a standalone, right Or is it gonna suddenly become first in a series after I read it and come across some sort of cliffhanger at the end Someone who has read it already, please tell it doesnt have any of those and can be read as a standalone 3 likeslike 25 days ago Add your answer Anne One of my pet hates and so prevalent today flag See 1 question about The City in the Middle of the Night Lists with This Book Can t Wait Sci Fi Fantasy of 2019 452 books 1,026 voters Can t Wait Books of 2019 1,074 books 2,398 voters More lists with this book Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Aug 06, 2018 Anthony rated it really liked it review of another edition Charlie Jane Anders writes prose that is infused with imagination, compassion, heartache, and a deep exploration of what makes us human The City in the Middle of the Night is a huge departure from her first novel, All the Birds in the Sky, in almost every way tone, rhythm, subject matter, milieu but what the two novels share is Anders transporting, invigorating confidence as a storyteller Anders trusts her audience to follow her as she spins a tale that unfolds with precision, presenting wh Charlie Jane Anders writes prose that is infused with imagination, compassion, heartache, and a deep exploration of what makes us human The City in the Middle of the Night is a huge departure from her first novel, All the Birds in the Sky, in almost every way tone, rhythm, subject matter, milieu but what the two novels share is Anders transporting, invigorating confidence as a storyteller Anders trusts her audience to follow her as she spins a tale that unfolds with precision, presenting wholly original ideas, new and beautiful life forms, and chillingly extrapolated and corrupt societies Her vividly drawn characters travel into the deepest and darkest nooks and crannies of human experience, teetering on the brink of despair and almost succumbing to trauma, but somehow always struggling to survive, to find connection and love Anders wild and brazen and dire visions of what life on a desolate and doomed planet could look like at times mix the anarchic violence of Mad Max with Ursula K Le Guin s humane and complex anthropological inventiveness There s a tremendous amount of darkness, real and metaphorical, suffusing this novel, but there is also an abiding hope that maybe, just maybe, the deeply flawed and damaged people who inhabit it can find their way into the light flag 35 likesLike see review Nov 28, 2018 Elise TheBookishActress marked it as releases 2019 release date 12 February 2019me when i was like 12 is shrieking i love planetary dynamics let me live flag 13 likesLike see review Dec 31, 2018 Mark rated it it was amazing Cities, Colonies, Past, PresentJanuary 14, 2019 We dream of colonizing the stars Or being colonized Or simply contacting other sentient beings We look up on a clear night and reject the ancient notion that we are all alone We understand too much to accept that.But some of us still insist on it and that insistence could constrain our ability to recognize realities.Charlie Jane Anders has chosen to pursue that particular human blindness as the basis for the situation in her new novel, The City Cities, Colonies, Past, PresentJanuary 14, 2019 We dream of colonizing the stars Or being colonized Or simply contacting other sentient beings We look up on a clear night and reject the ancient notion that we are all alone We understand too much to accept that.But some of us still insist on it and that insistence could constrain our ability to recognize realities.Charlie Jane Anders has chosen to pursue that particular human blindness as the basis for the situation in her new novel, The City In The Middle Of The Night Humans live on a world arrived at after long journey from Earth in a ship that is fast becoming the substance of myth The Mothership is gone, or at least no longer responding to the humans on the surface, and generations have passed as the colony has bifurcated into two urban concentrations of strikingly different organizational style, with a lot of unaffiliated people strewn across the narrow landscape between them.Xiosphant is a cloistered, suffocating city with rigid customs and a strict curfew It is a walled, ceilinged city within which citizens are directed according timetables and a class structure that reminds one of the fever dreams of old East Bloc nightmares The other city, Argelo, is like an open air bazaar, a libertarian paradise only with the real consequences such a free for all would create.Both cities are gradually heading for collapse Resources are running out, the ability to repair old machinery is disappearing, and the environment itself is becoming antagonistic.That environment I mentioned both cities exist on a narrow landscape That is because the planet, January, is tidally locked, and only a thin band between dayside and nightside is habitable A brutal environment dominates on either side of this band In the Night, the cold is lethal, and the Day will burn.Anders gives us the landscape, the implications, and the inevitable social details layered together with an enviable seamlessness that sinks the reader into the world The attention to detail never competes with the story and especially not with the characters of the two viewpoint voices.Sophie and Mouth could not appear different Sophie is painfully shy, a country girl come to the city of Xiosphant to attend school Smart but almost pathologically afraid of the world, she falls in love with her roommate, Bianca, who is everything Sophie is not bright, glamorous, daring, ambitious And politically daring, bringing Sophie into a world of rebelliousness which turns out to be talk than action Mouth, on the other hand, is a nomad, attached to a group of smugglers running between Argelo and Xiosphant, trafficking in unlicensed oddities and sought after luxuries, anything that can be slipped by the over regulated barriers of the encased city Mouth is violent, taciturn, seemingly weary of the world in ways that make her appear an old, cynical survivor.Neither of them are what they appear to be and neither of them are that different Both outsiders, both needing others to create places for them in which to feel relevant, neither of them really able to fit into their respective societies In the end, fitting in is just a way of saying self desertion As the story proceeds, they eventually reverse roles, Mouth becoming fearful and withdrawn, Sophie turning outward.But outward in an unexpected way.Sophie is arrested for a crime she did not commit but claims responsibility for in order to protect Bianca Instead of incarceration, though, the police choose to expel her from the city, where by all rights she should die Instead she meets one of the Crocodiles and learns that the world, January, is not at all what she and everyone else believes it to be.When the colonists arrived, they found life forms But instead of recognizing them as coequal sapients, the humans decided they were animals, to be hunted and feared and in some cases eradicated The humans could not go into the Night to discover the cities There was no shared language, nothing to suggest the possibility of coexistence Sophie and Mouth had both come of age believing humans to be the only self aware, tool making creatures on the planet, and Sophie discovers suddenly that this is all a lieOr an undiscovered truth.Sophie and Bianca end up having to flee Xiosphant Mouth is part of the group that helps them do so, because Mouth uses Bianca for something her companions know nothing about and feels obligated Because revolution is coming to Xiosphant.On the journey, Sophie and Mouth form an unexpected bond which becomes crucial as the reality of January reveals itself.What Anders uses here is the historical reality of human beings assuming Imperialists assume they are superior, people assume other species are theirs to use, civilizations assume they are always and everywhere the best Humans arrive at January named for Janus, the two faced god assuming they will dominate Like Roanoke, like Providence Island, like Easter Island, like numberless other places humans arrived to conquer and dominate and instead had their insignificance proven to them by time, resource, terrain, disease, and their own politics, the ambitions of those first settlers have become a desperate hanging on, fingernails shredding.But the addition of an ecological disaster, one created inadvertently by these interlopers, has imperiled the indigenes, and some way must be found to communicate.This is exceptional world building and great storytelling Anders portrays how the same characteristics that can make people exceptional are the same ones that can undo us She seems to be warning us throughout that the danger going forward is in the assumptions we decide to bring with us and leave unquestioned flag 6 likesLike see review Dec 08, 2018 Jamesboggie rated it it was ok Shelves science fiction I received an advanced reading copy of The City in the Middle of the Night through a giveaway I was excited by the premise, and looked forward to reading my first Charlie Jane Anders story Unfortunately, I did not enjoy the experience.I think The City in the Middle of the Night was aiming a little for a The Left Hand of Darkness feeling Admittedly, I was primed for this comparison by a promotional quote on the back However, I think the comparison of two anthropologically different I received an advanced reading copy of The City in the Middle of the Night through a giveaway I was excited by the premise, and looked forward to reading my first Charlie Jane Anders story Unfortunately, I did not enjoy the experience.I think The City in the Middle of the Night was aiming a little for a The Left Hand of Darkness feeling Admittedly, I was primed for this comparison by a promotional quote on the back However, I think the comparison of two anthropologically different societies explored by an outsider who is abused by both is similar I had a similar feeling of trying to find what was important in the story until the pieces fell together near the end I was disappointed that Circadianism and anarchy rule by organized crime were not explored with the same level of depth or detail as Le Guin would have in her stories.There are many science fiction elements in this story In no particular order, I noticed after Earth planetary colonization tidally locked planet inhuman intelligent species civilization severe climate change anthropological elements like CircadianismStill, it feels a lot like a fantasy novel People live in city state surrounded by wilderness Said wilderness is filled with monsters Society is shaped by declining technology, leaving the past almost mythological and old technological like ancient magic.As I said, for much of the story the point was not clear The science fiction elements were kept mostly as background to a very personal human story That kind of story can be great, especially when the science fiction elements are used to explore common human themes in new ways The problem is that I disliked or hated all but one major character The protagonist, Sophie, was a mostly passive protagonist with an unearned sense of self righteousness and an inaccurate reputation for great intelligence Her all but explicit lesbian lover Bianca is a naive, selfish, manipulative girl hellbent on gaining power at all costs Alyssa is a violent criminal ready to throw her lot in with anyone who will give her a fight, and she constantly picks the wrong person Anders writes each of these three characters as if the reader should like them I cannot recall a greater difference between how characters present each other and what the reader witnesses in any story Sophie is called intelligent and virtuous, but continually makes stupid decisions that should by any right get her killed and do get others killed Alyssa is treated like a smart and loyal friend, but constantly tears down her all but explicit lesbian lover Bianca is presented like an idealistic and hardworking revolutionary until almost the end, when she is obviously just a selfish and manipulative girl If the difference between presentation and reality was supposed to be a theme of the story, I missed it The treatment of the fourth character, Mouth, killed any enjoyment I could have gotten from the book She is the second perspective character, and in my opinion the only likable one The other characters do not agree Each constantly tears her down She is called a liar, a traitor, and a failure by everyone who should care about her These accusations are all false, but the characters repeat them as if they are true Characters devalue her interests and desires Everyone treats her like she has to redeem herself for great sins that I saw her not commit Apparently Mouth suffered this treatment her entire life, as her dead family told her she was unworthy of a real name a fact Alyssa repeatedly says she should just get over It is classic abusive behavior, and Mouth reacts like an abused person She internalizes the criticism, and breaks down Anders never acknowledges the abuse, and I simply cannot enjoy reading about someone get abused from an unsympathetic perspective I always want to be on the side of the abused.I was also distracted by the fact that the two lesbian relationships come just short of being explicit I do not know why in this day and age, Anders would avoid making a committed relationship of two women who literally sleep together explicit I cannot believe these characters as anything but lesbian lovers.In the last hundred pages, the elements start to fall together Sophie and Mouth visit the city of the Gelet, and learn how humans have impacted the environment It becomes clear that Sophie s experiences have shaped her to be an intermediary to coordinate these societies toward a solution The wrapping up almost saved the story.Sadly, the story does not end so much as abruptly stop It leaves no questions to ponder except what s next The story is so incomplete that I can only interpret the ending as sequel bait I will not read any sequel flag 6 likesLike see review Apr 02, 2018 Sana marked it as to read so bad it hurts COVERRRR The answer to when I will get tired of covers featuring cityscapes is never If you control our sleep, then you can own our dreamsAnd from there, it s easy to control our entire lives NEEEEED THIS BETTER BE GOOD flag 6 likesLike see review View 1 comment Feb 02, 2019 Drew rated it really liked it A bit messier than her first the smash bang amazing ALL THE BIRDS IN THE SKY but in ways that pay great homage to Ursula K Le Guin while pushing hard SF ever further into the future A tidally locked planet, humanity on the edge of a breakdown, strange creatures and stranger stories there s a lot in here and even when the going gets tough, it s still well worth the going Andrew Sean Greer s blurb on the front is right CJA is our generation s Le Guin flag 5 likesLike see review Dec 02, 2018 Sara rated it really liked it Shelves giveaways, fantasy COVER ART love love the cover art on this book The cover art also symbolizes the plot of the book Two cities and the people, partially in darkness and light, and the gray in between The story is told from alternating points of view Sophie and Mouth The setting is in the future on another planet Have you ever had a friend that you loved than anything For whom you would sell your soul That you love maybe than as a friend Meet Sophie, a young student living in a city tha COVER ART love love the cover art on this book The cover art also symbolizes the plot of the book Two cities and the people, partially in darkness and light, and the gray in between The story is told from alternating points of view Sophie and Mouth The setting is in the future on another planet Have you ever had a friend that you loved than anything For whom you would sell your soul That you love maybe than as a friend Meet Sophie, a young student living in a city that keeps its people enslaved by the rules of time Mouth is a nomad that travels between the two cities She has suffered a great tragedy and is looking for meaning for her life Sophie and Mouth s lives are intertwined by fate Will they be able to make the hard decisions necessary to put things in motion to save the world Or will their efforts be spoiled by their weaknesses Fantastic writing within the pages of this book, and the plot was riveting My only issue was with the finale it was so very open ended that I hope that there will be a sequel I am not a wordsmith like Charlie Jane Anders, and I have made every effort to write an objective review of this book Thank you giveaway s for sending me an ARC flag 5 likesLike see review View 2 comments Feb 01, 2019 Misha rated it it was amazing Shelves atmospheric, boarding school, coming_of_age, doorway character, doorway language, doorway setting, doorway story, dystopian, female protagonist, friendship Wow This book All the stars This is a science fiction novel steeped in the politics and prose of relationships Humanity has arrived on a cold planet, January, with searing sun rays on one side and constructed societies of survival in different pockets on the dark side of the planet with different rules and regulations Trade has suffered and many ethnic communities perished on the generation ship on the way to January the remaining society s class structure is still based on the primacy of Wow This book All the stars This is a science fiction novel steeped in the politics and prose of relationships Humanity has arrived on a cold planet, January, with searing sun rays on one side and constructed societies of survival in different pockets on the dark side of the planet with different rules and regulations Trade has suffered and many ethnic communities perished on the generation ship on the way to January the remaining society s class structure is still based on the primacy of the dominant communities This is the story of Sophie and Bianca, two young women who meet in school and whose personalities are formed in the cauldron of their connection and idealistic dreams Sophie is spellbound by Bianca, a beautiful girl from the ruling class with bold ideas about how to change the society they are in, intoxicating with outsized personality and revolutionary dreams Sophie is quietly in love with Bianca, in a society that shuns homosexuality Bianca bonds with Sophie, but her risky choices set Sophie up to take a fall for her, starting a pattern with the two of them that will replicate with a cyclical clockwork of its own.But when Sophie is cast out and is taken in by a creature her people call the crocodiles and treat like monsters and meat, she begins to question all that she thought she knew.Narrated in third person from the perspectives of Sophie and Mouth, a renegade from a wandering people who were all wiped out, this book unfolds with a slow burn of growing urgency and illumination.This is a story of ecological consequences, humanity s push and pull for control and freedom, our need to have someone to believe in, how our idea of the person we love may be quite different from the person they truly are, and how it is so hard to admit when we have been betrayed by a person we thought worthy of our trust.Charlie Jane Anders is in peak form in this brilliant, thoughtful novel This is the kind of science fiction I wait and hope for the kind of stories that make me think and feel, that leave me quite torn apart and also stitched back together in the end flag 3 likesLike see review Jan 19, 2019 Leah Rachel von Essen rated it it was amazing The City in the Middle of the Night is the gorgeous new science fiction novel from Charlie Jane Anders The novel, which is reminiscent of The Left Hand of Darkness, has exquisite world building on one side of the city lies night, dark and frigid, on the other side, day, bright and fiery Humans have eked out an existence in these tough conditions, but it can be an oppressive one In a city where even sleep is regulated, Sophie and Bianca have always been a rebellious pair Mouth is the last su The City in the Middle of the Night is the gorgeous new science fiction novel from Charlie Jane Anders The novel, which is reminiscent of The Left Hand of Darkness, has exquisite world building on one side of the city lies night, dark and frigid, on the other side, day, bright and fiery Humans have eked out an existence in these tough conditions, but it can be an oppressive one In a city where even sleep is regulated, Sophie and Bianca have always been a rebellious pair Mouth is the last survivor of a nomadic culture swiftly dying out With the help of enigmatic beasts, they will all start to question the past and future of their planet.Anders has written a stunning novel full of female friendship and romance, full of questions about climate change and regulation, full of examinations of politics and the ways the system cycles It is a slow and patient build, its world building complex and deep without ever feeling confusing or oppressive, and its mysterious and surrealist turns keep the reader guessing Sophie, Bianca, and Mouth are complicated, tough heroines who propel the story forward, between their politics and their courage, their risky decisions and their quiet fury Anders tells a story of the human experience that doesn t shy away from trauma, hurt, and despair, but that focuses most of all on connection and understanding Between the action and the darkness, the emotions and the day, Anders s characters shine out, representing a flawed humanity still full of hope.The City in the Middle of the Night was one of my most anticipated reads of 2019, and it did not disappoint I will be thinking about this novel and its characters for a long time It has left me unmoored I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for a honest review It comes out from Tor Books on February 12 flag 3 likesLike see review Dec 19, 2018 Meredith rated it it was amazing Shelves sci fi, giveaways I really enjoyed the entwined paths of the two main characters Anders brings you into the inner lives of her characters who feel like very real, imperfect people The world and the cultures human and not that Anders has created in this book are very rich and distinctive The structure of the book allowed a lot of discovery of these fascinating places while the story unfolded flag 4 likesLike see review Oct 15, 2018 Megan Bell rated it it was amazing Shelves 2018 I m a huge fan of Charlie Jane Anders Nebula Award winning debut All the Birds in the Sky and was absolutely thrilled to get the chance to read her next novel The City in the Middle of the Night opens thousands of years in the future Humans now live in a narrow strip on a tidally locked planet where half the world is in perpetual freezing darkness and the other half in searing sunlight When shy student Sophie finds herself exiled into the fatally cold darkness, she survives by befriending on I m a huge fan of Charlie Jane Anders Nebula Award winning debut All the Birds in the Sky and was absolutely thrilled to get the chance to read her next novel The City in the Middle of the Night opens thousands of years in the future Humans now live in a narrow strip on a tidally locked planet where half the world is in perpetual freezing darkness and the other half in searing sunlight When shy student Sophie finds herself exiled into the fatally cold darkness, she survives by befriending one of the creatures of the night, a friendship that has the power to change everything The City in the Middle of the Night is a feat of world building and a fierce and deeply felt examination of what it means to be human This world is so rich I couldn t possibly name everything that entranced me Politics, relationships, sexuality, communication, culture, technology, climate, time itself this book questions everything as it follows Sophie from and to and between two opposing human cities and then into The City in the Middle of the Night flag 2 likesLike see review View 2 comments Jan 28, 2019 Liz Quirky Cat rated it really liked it Shelves 2019 reads I received a copy of The City in the Middle of the Night in exchange for a fair and honest review The City in the Middle of the Night is the newest novel from Charlie Jane Anders It also happens to be the first novel I ve read by her I know, don t beat me up I loved it And I ve already added all of her previous works to my massive TBR pile, so we re good I m not ashamed to admit that the first thing that caught my attention about The City in the Middle of the Night was the cover It s ab I received a copy of The City in the Middle of the Night in exchange for a fair and honest review The City in the Middle of the Night is the newest novel from Charlie Jane Anders It also happens to be the first novel I ve read by her I know, don t beat me up I loved it And I ve already added all of her previous works to my massive TBR pile, so we re good I m not ashamed to admit that the first thing that caught my attention about The City in the Middle of the Night was the cover It s absolutely beautiful It seems like every time I look at it I notice another little detail that I had missed previously Between that and the striking color palette well, I was sold The novel is set on a tidally locked planet meaning that the planet doesn t rotate Instead, there is one side constantly facing the sun, and the other in complete darkness There s a slim slice of land that acts like the equivalent of dawn or dusk Where the conditions aren t quite ideal but they are survivable It s in this small slice of land that humans, the distant relations to the first colonists to flee earth, made their homes Each city has a different structure, set of rules, and even their own view on life It may be a strange system, but it works Mostly I almost never draw a quote from the description of a book, but this one is just such a perfect summarization of the novel that I can t resist If you control our sleep, then you can own our dreams And from there, it s easy to control our entire lives view spoiler The City in the Middle of the Night was an utterly enchanting read, from cover to cover I loved the main character, and many but not all of the people she met I loved the structure of the world, the city, the politics, and many other details It was all so thoroughly thought out it was hard to do anything but fall headfirst into the world Charlie Jane Anders explores so many different concepts through the course of this novel It s almost too difficult to fully take them all in There s the perspective on survival how people would survive on a twisted planet such as this one There s the concept of culture how much or little space a group of people needs before they form their own traditions and way of life There s politics how some cultures moved past the concept of individuals and went for the bigger picture in their minds, at least There s the concept of gender and sexuality how it s okay to be yourself, and not be afraid of being different There s the concept of self how much change can a person go through while still maintaining their sense of self I ve only just scratched the surface, there s so much to this novel But you have to read it for yourself to see the true depths of it all I loved the main character Her constant self questioning and determination were really quite beautiful She s loyal, accepting, and willing to change her life for the sake of those she loves and respects I don t think I ve ever seen a character quite like her I don t want to use the term pure but nothing else really fits either She s truly open and trusting, possibly in defiance of what she s gone through There was so much I loved about this book, it s actually taking most of my willpower not to continue babbling about it I think most of the impact would be better experienced than talked about, for obvious reasons So I m going to force myself to stop here I think that the novel has the potential to become a series, even if it isn t currently listed as one While this novel did fully wrap up most of the plots, there are still a few points left open I suspect that s in hopes of a second or novel, which I m fully in support of I d love to see of the planet and how things fall out in the long run hide spoiler For reviews, check out Quirky Cat s Fat Stacks flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 11, 2019 morgan rated it really liked it Shelves 2019, bookcon 2019 Follow morganreadsalot on Instagram for reviews Thanks to Tor for this free copy to join with others to shape the future is the holiest act This is hard work, and it never stops being hard, but this collective dreaming designing is the only way we get to keep surviving, and this practice defines us as a community Wow What an adventure You may remember how much I love Charlie Jane Anders All The Birds In The Sky, and how strongly I feel that it doesn t get enough mainstream love o Follow morganreadsalot on Instagram for reviews Thanks to Tor for this free copy to join with others to shape the future is the holiest act This is hard work, and it never stops being hard, but this collective dreaming designing is the only way we get to keep surviving, and this practice defines us as a community Wow What an adventure You may remember how much I love Charlie Jane Anders All The Birds In The Sky, and how strongly I feel that it doesn t get enough mainstream love on bookstagram, so clearly I was dying to read this Much like All The Birds In the Sky, The City In The Middle Of The Night went in a direction that I wasn t expecting, and I loved it all the for it This is immersive and fast paced, but still thoughtful, Sci Fi set in an expertly crafted world unlike others I ve visited before, a world that is trying to kill you at every turn When everything is trying to kill you, the best way to stay alive is to look out for number one, but both our badass female leads know that having a tribe is simultaneously necessary and potentially heartbreaking As they try to find the balance, and find a way to make their world bearable things get very confused along the way and hard questions are asked There s a lot to think about here, but it s also downright entertaining flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 18, 2018 Billie rated it really liked it I didn t really engage with the book fully until about the last 100 pages fewer, actually and now I m left hoping for a sequel.Also, humans are the worst flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 24, 2018 Elizabeth rated it really liked it Shelves giveaways 3.5 5 starsI received this as an Advanced Reading Copy in a Giveaway.The City in the Middle of the Night is a uniquely creative science fiction novel set over a thousand years in the future on a planet newly inhabited by humans This planet has a distinct line between day and night that never changes, creating one sliver of liveable atmosphere and climate that does not freeze one to the surface nor boil ones blood alive Thus, cities are born balanced between the night and the light, 3.5 5 starsI received this as an Advanced Reading Copy in a Giveaway.The City in the Middle of the Night is a uniquely creative science fiction novel set over a thousand years in the future on a planet newly inhabited by humans This planet has a distinct line between day and night that never changes, creating one sliver of liveable atmosphere and climate that does not freeze one to the surface nor boil ones blood alive Thus, cities are born balanced between the night and the light, and none are to stray too far away from this central sliver Sophie lives in the grand city of Xiosphant, where the government aims to control every aspect of its citizens lives through timeliness and control of their shutter cycles a sort of sleep cycle, where everyone is awake and everyone sleeps at exactly the same time Our second main voice is Mouth, who is a member of the Resourceful Couriers, a small group of otherwise adventurers who risk their lives to travel and trade between cities on this harsh planet Sophie and Mouth meet in an unfortunate set of circumstances that result in secretive plans, dangerous ideas, and a life changing adventure for all involved The populations are at war with each other, most without the knowledge that they may not have what it takes to be a human on this alien planet.This tale is told in seven parts, and let me just tell you right off that parts 1, 5, 6, and 7 are great, but parts 2, 3, and 4 just drag on and on and on When I finally got to part 5, it felt like the climax and resolution were extremely rushed compared to the relatively thin plot of the rest of the book It was one of the wordier books I ve read recently, but maybe that s just me The beginning plot surrounds Sophie s fascination for her close friend Bianca, and Mouth s fascination with stealing back The Invention, an old relic of her ancestors, from the Xiosphanti government Neither of these plot lines were particularly original or intriguing What really kept me interested was the novel environment and fantastical elements the author creates when one creates her own planet I wish she would have focused even on world building, especially with the Gelet I didn t identify with Sophie at all, but Mouth and her back story were fascinating My heart breaks for Mouth s final realization about her past, and Sophie s realization that love doesn t always flow both directions It was worth it in the end, though I still feel there are some things missing flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 10, 2018 Candice rated it it was amazing Shelves s l sci fi challenge, tubby coo s get lit, favorites, tubby coo s staff recommendations, sff club suggestions This book easily stands with classic sci fi like Ursula Le Guin s The Left Hand of Darkness and Octavia Butler s Xenogenesis series I actually liked this book BETTER than The Left Hand of Darkness, because I felt like it has of a plot and the characters are compelling The City in the Middle of the Night follows two main characters, Sophie and Mouth, on a planet called January where half the planet is always immersed in sunlight and the other half is always immersed in darkness This This book easily stands with classic sci fi like Ursula Le Guin s The Left Hand of Darkness and Octavia Butler s Xenogenesis series I actually liked this book BETTER than The Left Hand of Darkness, because I felt like it has of a plot and the characters are compelling The City in the Middle of the Night follows two main characters, Sophie and Mouth, on a planet called January where half the planet is always immersed in sunlight and the other half is always immersed in darkness This leads to humans having to live in the twilight dusk area in the middle of the planet When Sophie protects her best friend and is exiled into the night, she bonds with the creatures there, who save her life Mouth is the last of her people and a roaming nomad, never comfortable in one place too long The novel follows both of these women on their journeys to discover their own humanity and to figure out a way for humans to survive on this planet before it crumbles beneath their weight I LOVED LOVED this book It s so beautiful, it s wonderfully written, the characters are compelling, the plot keeps you reading, and it examines revolution and humanity in a way that is accessible and lovely It can absolutely stand next to Le Guin and Butler, and I d recommend this book to anyone who enjoys those authors Charlie Jane Anders just keeps getting better, and I can t wait to see what she does next flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 07, 2019 Joe Jones rated it really liked it Shelves fiction, science fiction, arc Bonkers in the best way possible and shows how science fiction should be written This would make for a great book discussion title with so much to talk about Loved it flag 1 likeLike see review Jul 03, 2018 Leah marked it as to read Come at me with the crazy storyline, book flag 1 likeLike see review Oct 28, 2018 the 88th queen of mars rated it liked it A friend snagged me an ARC of this book at NYCC this year I haven t read Anders first novel but I read her short story collection and I was really excited about this one No big spoilers here What s super great about this novel is that it really transcends genre It s sci fi I guess, cus like, future Human history, new planet, weird techbut it doesn t feel like sci fi Its got a kind of fairy tale vibe, everything balancing on big themes instead of big corps or big politics even tho its g A friend snagged me an ARC of this book at NYCC this year I haven t read Anders first novel but I read her short story collection and I was really excited about this one No big spoilers here What s super great about this novel is that it really transcends genre It s sci fi I guess, cus like, future Human history, new planet, weird techbut it doesn t feel like sci fi Its got a kind of fairy tale vibe, everything balancing on big themes instead of big corps or big politics even tho its got those too You can t say its hard or soft sci fi cus its bigger than that, like people aren t hard or soft, or nice or mean, you re probably everything at different times Maybe that s why I refuse to pin it to a genrethere s a lot of Truth in this book and Truth overcomes those tiny kinds of cages I think this is where the new Le Guin comment comes from.Unfortunately, I was never a fan of Le Guin, and this book isn t 100% for me I think that s a me problem, like when Mouth shares with the crocodiles for the first timeshe s way too damaged to even let that kind of beauty in She can t reconcile it, it doesn t translate I can feel this being a really good book and I know SO MANY people are gonna love it it might even be formative for some young writers readers, like Le Guin was I guess my real bone to pick with this one was the lack of a real driving plot We get two shiny carrots the two POV characters follow, one each, the Invention for Mouth and Bianca for Sophie Those carrots slowly rot even as the characters get closer to them until they just turn into sludge before their eyes and that s like, half the book Then we follow these damaged girls around from job to job, city to city, kind of just picking up life as it comes at them without a big overarching plot The crocs are always on the backburner, and the mystery of them really kept me reading, but than a few times I m like what are we really doing here That said, the language was really beautiful in places sagged in other places, esp toward the end though and that helped keep me afloat There s a ton of tenderness here, sadness, just total annihilation of everything you ever loveda lot of powerful moments Sometimes those moments were a little too on the nose, like I could almost see the author scheming away at making me Feel Important Things I think it will resonate with a lot of people though I have high hopes that my personal issues with the novel will be forgotten fast in the face of upcoming praise flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 10, 2018 Katy rated it really liked it The relationship at the core of the book felt a bit flat and static but the alien life the author created and how it interacts with humanity was brilliant, moving, and totally worth it flag 1 likeLike see review Nov 28, 2018 Anita Eti rated it really liked it Charlie Jane Anders can take two of the weirdest, non meshing genres, put them together and somehow create an amazing book that makes a lot of sense This book is a mashup of science fiction, adventure, romance, steampunk and just plain strangeness LiTEraLly they live on a planet that s half day half night all the time, where monsters exist, and weird crocodile creatures apparently have can talk through like tentacle things Oh and if you happen to be on the side that s day all the time, y Charlie Jane Anders can take two of the weirdest, non meshing genres, put them together and somehow create an amazing book that makes a lot of sense This book is a mashup of science fiction, adventure, romance, steampunk and just plain strangeness LiTEraLly they live on a planet that s half day half night all the time, where monsters exist, and weird crocodile creatures apparently have can talk through like tentacle things Oh and if you happen to be on the side that s day all the time, you burn to death, but in the night a whole host of dangerous creatures want to eat you and you also freeze to death So basically everyone lives in the line between them aka dawnThe book is split into 2 main charactersSophie A quiet girl who just wants her friend crush to notice her and is willing to do anything, even potentially die, to save her and who ends up with an experience that changes her life completely andMouth The lone survivor of a traveling cult, who just wants a real name She s now a traveler smuggler who s crossed the dangerous night and sea all in search of that elusive something that will make her feel complete.Both of these characters need to bewarea dangerous change is overtaking the planet and only those weird crocodiles and the 2 mains can kinda fix itI really enjoyed this book even though it took me FOREVER to read The beginning is a little slow but once you get into and begin to understand what s going on, the pace picks up I didn t love the ending because I feel like there were some unresolved problems I also would have loved to learn about the spaceship mothership they came on and what s up with that like do people still live on it Do people still live on the original planet I was slightly disappointed when I realized there was no way the author could satisfy my curiosity since I had like 2 pages left lol I would definitely recommend Thanks to the publisher for sending me an advanced copy of this novel flag Like see review Jan 31, 2019 Anthony Hayes rated it liked it This is a tough review to write Let s start with the positiveFirst, Anders is an extremely talented writer of prose She is also fantastic at picking out and highlighting details that are charming and amusing while also informing a mood or setting In addition, she has a first rate imagination and clearly excels at world building This is certainly a fine story and a fascinating concept.Where this fell down for me was in the characterization and the plot It starts out great but after a c This is a tough review to write Let s start with the positiveFirst, Anders is an extremely talented writer of prose She is also fantastic at picking out and highlighting details that are charming and amusing while also informing a mood or setting In addition, she has a first rate imagination and clearly excels at world building This is certainly a fine story and a fascinating concept.Where this fell down for me was in the characterization and the plot It starts out great but after a couple of dozen chapters begins to meander a bit and didn t really gel for me until the last few chapters Also the characters, imo, were not significantly delineated and I tended to have trouble telling one from the other at times The only character that was clearly drawn for me was Mouth.When first diving into this story it seems like something momentous is building but it never comes to fruition Things happen, but in fits and starts It s mostly a lot of conversation which is fine I was just expecting action from the dust jacket and first chapters At one point, a good part of the book is spent on one character finding out about and planning an elaborate heist to recover a lost cultural artifact Then after an event detours that character She gives up and never mentions it again My favorite part of the book by far is the alien race referred to as crocodiles I wished time had been spent on this aspect Their interaction with the human characters was really interesting and clever I wouldn t mind a sequel focused on that.This book reminds me of a cross between C.J Cherryh and Alastair Reynolds Hard sci fi backdrop but a real focus on the interpersonal relationships and interactions I did enjoy reading it Perhaps my expectations were just a little high going in flag Like see review Nov 27, 2018 Donna Hines rated it it was amazing Shelves arc, author publisher provided books Endless darkness with blinding light This new thriller by Charlie Jane Anders will have you questioning how anything could survive yet thrive.The government runs the show Armageddon has arrived The show must go on but who will be behind the wheel.This is a revolution unlike no other yet a perilous fight that will go down in history.A chance to right the wrongs.A chance to show everyone the human will never gives up to monsters.Xiosphant was a city literally under siege and near distinction.Ex Endless darkness with blinding light This new thriller by Charlie Jane Anders will have you questioning how anything could survive yet thrive.The government runs the show Armageddon has arrived The show must go on but who will be behind the wheel.This is a revolution unlike no other yet a perilous fight that will go down in history.A chance to right the wrongs.A chance to show everyone the human will never gives up to monsters.Xiosphant was a city literally under siege and near distinction.Exploration and imagination takes center stage here as these characters are quite innovative.There s no way to tell the passage of time only regret.When citizens tried to present themselves in a new light Budkhians only doubted them.However, they can start over as long as they are willing to climb to unknown areas in uncomfortable positions I don t know if our power to forget makes humans stronger, self destructive or maybe both When refugees from different zones fall in love it s magical but time is of the essence.So hop on board and enjoy the ride Thank you Charlie, the publisher, for this amazing ARC courtesy of Giveaways in exchange for this honest review flag Like see review Nov 25, 2018 Tracy Hoffman rated it really liked it Shelves giveaways This story follows Sophie, a student and a revolutionary, who makes a split second decision which results in her exile from the city of Xiosphant On the planet January, this is a death sentence Or, it should be except that Sophie has an encounter with the beasts that roam the ice beyond the city s border and that encounter has the potential to change everything.At the core of this story is the question of what makes us human In moments large and small, Anders also asks questions about authori This story follows Sophie, a student and a revolutionary, who makes a split second decision which results in her exile from the city of Xiosphant On the planet January, this is a death sentence Or, it should be except that Sophie has an encounter with the beasts that roam the ice beyond the city s border and that encounter has the potential to change everything.At the core of this story is the question of what makes us human In moments large and small, Anders also asks questions about authority, technology, climate, identity, sexuality, our relationships with each other and those we see and identify as different from us How Anders well drawn, complex characters answer these questions will have far ranging consequences for the people living on January.Anders is a masterful storyteller The City in the Middle of the Night is wildly imaginative and entertaining As other reviewers have noted, there are elements reminiscent of Mad Max As I read, I couldn t help but also think of China Mi ville s work This book just confirms what I already suspected I want to read everything Anders writes and I can t wait to see what she comes up with next flag Like see review Oct 09, 2018 Jack rated it it was amazing Shelves sci fi, gay Anders does two wonderful things with this book detailed world building and conveyance of emotional experience The world building is pretty shiny There s a weird planet that s half searing day and half freezing night Humanity struggles to maintain its existence in these harsh conditions, and over generations, new cultures form Oh and there s some aliens that communicate with tentacles Pretty intriguing Pretty cool.The emotions are the real treasure though All that trauma the fear, the p Anders does two wonderful things with this book detailed world building and conveyance of emotional experience The world building is pretty shiny There s a weird planet that s half searing day and half freezing night Humanity struggles to maintain its existence in these harsh conditions, and over generations, new cultures form Oh and there s some aliens that communicate with tentacles Pretty intriguing Pretty cool.The emotions are the real treasure though All that trauma the fear, the pain, the regret, the numbness, the frustration, the wondering if it will ever be over and the knowing that it won t That longing and obsessive love where you know it s kind of unhealthy but you want it anyway and maybe this time will be different, maybe this time will work, and you can t stop yourself and you don t want to stop yourself but There s just something about this book For all that it s set on an alien world, it struck me as being incredibly realistic in how it balanced doom and hope Basically, everything is kind of fucked but you keep going and living and loving Also, this book is kinda gay A flag Like see review Jan 19, 2019 Kaitie rated it it was amazing Shelves reviewed On January, a planet that is locked in orbit, the two major human colonies perch precariously in the confines of a small strip of land between Night and Day, surviving with tight resources and tense politics, but surviving nonetheless When Sophie is wrenched from an outing with her classmates and paraded through the jeering streets of Xiosphant, she begins to question who she feels loyal to the humans who betrayed her, or the mysterious alien creatures that rescued her from a dark, icy e On January, a planet that is locked in orbit, the two major human colonies perch precariously in the confines of a small strip of land between Night and Day, surviving with tight resources and tense politics, but surviving nonetheless When Sophie is wrenched from an outing with her classmates and paraded through the jeering streets of Xiosphant, she begins to question who she feels loyal to the humans who betrayed her, or the mysterious alien creatures that rescued her from a dark, icy exile She kindles an unexpected friendship with the creatures, and finds that their way of life may be the solution her people have needed, if not necessarily the one they will want This stunning book is about humanity, identity, and all kinds of love, and Charlie Jane Anders drops jaws with the most gorgeous prose you ll read all year It s an unforgettable novel that will surely become a classic, turning heads from science fiction fans to conventional readers alike flag Like see review Dec 30, 2018 Kim McGee rated it really liked it A dystopic look at the pitfalls of civilization, society, and love Rules on this planet are strictly enforced so when some young students are caught holding a subversive meeting, one of the girls is run out of the colony at gunpoint and cast out over the wilderness to be eaten by alien creatures Sophie ends up being saved by the lobster looking crustaceans and befriends them When she eventually meets up with her friends and other revolutionaries, Sophie tries to convince them that they need t A dystopic look at the pitfalls of civilization, society, and love Rules on this planet are strictly enforced so when some young students are caught holding a subversive meeting, one of the girls is run out of the colony at gunpoint and cast out over the wilderness to be eaten by alien creatures Sophie ends up being saved by the lobster looking crustaceans and befriends them When she eventually meets up with her friends and other revolutionaries, Sophie tries to convince them that they need to work with the Gelet but they only see how the species can be dominated Her relationships with Bianca, who she secretly loves, and with Mouth and the others seem to skirt between revolutionary, outlaw and survivor This is a wild ride of man eating creatures, thieves, pirates and people desperate to understand their place in this alien world There is much to fear in the darkness My thanks to the publisher for the advance copy flag Like see review Jan 29, 2019 Michelle Willms rated it it was amazing This is a tale of a world divided One half is always in light the other lives in the dark People tell tales of a world of old, a world that spun, so that it was half in day, half in night It s mostly believed to be myth Bianca and Sophie meet at school a school that Sophie, from her world of darkness, feels that she hasn t fully earned, though she s passed the tests and won a scholarship She s shy and doesn t talk much, but Bianca, with her wealth and brightness, pulls her in and engulfs This is a tale of a world divided One half is always in light the other lives in the dark People tell tales of a world of old, a world that spun, so that it was half in day, half in night It s mostly believed to be myth Bianca and Sophie meet at school a school that Sophie, from her world of darkness, feels that she hasn t fully earned, though she s passed the tests and won a scholarship She s shy and doesn t talk much, but Bianca, with her wealth and brightness, pulls her in and engulfs her Soon, Sophie is lost to Bianca s shine This leads to Sophie s exposure to the Crocodiles, and all that happens afterwards.Sometimes, one event can shape endlessly This is a great example of that, as well as how politics isn t always about simply replacing the head of the hydra with another head Interesting book with wonderful world building flag Like see review Dec 30, 2018 Sharon rated it really liked it Shelves arc from pub, sci fi Living on a planet that barely sustains human life, Sophie is accused of a minor societal infraction and is literally thrown out of her community and left for dead Instead of obediently accepting her fate, Sophie finds salvation from a creature that most people fear When she returns to her people, Sophie cannot entirely release the bond she made with the strange night beings she met, and her connection could shake the world she lives in.This novel really caught my attention not only for the c Living on a planet that barely sustains human life, Sophie is accused of a minor societal infraction and is literally thrown out of her community and left for dead Instead of obediently accepting her fate, Sophie finds salvation from a creature that most people fear When she returns to her people, Sophie cannot entirely release the bond she made with the strange night beings she met, and her connection could shake the world she lives in.This novel really caught my attention not only for the creative landscape and layered world building, the political framing and detailed characterizations, but also for the way Anders weaves social commentary and thought provoking observations into the wild and surreal circumstances A lot lies below January s surface This ARC was provided by Tor Macmillan, in exchange for an honest review. flag Like see review Dec 08, 2018 Heidi Ingalls rated it it was ok I won this ARC in a giveaway It comes out February 2019 This is a sci fi novel that I believe classifies as YA As much as I wanted to stick with this book and push myself through it, I couldn t I ended up DNF ing it a little into part three I could not get into this I didn t care about the characters and the plot was just incredibly confusing for me Half the time, I had no clue what was going on There were parts that were just weird, like Sophie having this special bond with a I won this ARC in a giveaway It comes out February 2019 This is a sci fi novel that I believe classifies as YA As much as I wanted to stick with this book and push myself through it, I couldn t I ended up DNF ing it a little into part three I could not get into this I didn t care about the characters and the plot was just incredibly confusing for me Half the time, I had no clue what was going on There were parts that were just weird, like Sophie having this special bond with a crocodile she names Rose where she can see what they ve been through if she sticks her head in its mouth Strange and unrelated to everything else that was going on in the book Maybe it all comes together in the end I don t know and I don t care to find out flag Like see review previous 1 2 3 4 next new topicDiscuss This Book There are no discussion topics on this book yet Be the first to start one Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Readers Also Enjoyed I m probably the only person to have become a fictional character in a Star Trek novel and in one of Armistead Maupin s Tales of the City books.I used to write for a site calle I m the author of All the Birds in the Sky, and the forthcoming The City in the Middle of the Night Plus a short story collection called Six Months, Three Days, Five Others, and a novella called Rock Manning Goes For Broke.I m probably the only person to have become a fictional character in a Star Trek novel and in one of Armistead Maupin s Tales of the City books.I used to write for a site called io9, and now I write for various places here and there I won the Emperor Norton Award, for extraordinary invention and creativity unhindered by the constraints of paltry reason I ve also won a Hugo Award, a Nebula Award, a William H Crawford Award, a Theodore Sturgeon Award, a Locus Award and a Lambda Literary Award.I have published a ton of short fiction way over 100 short stories at this point I ve stopped counting My stories have appeared in Wired Magazine, Tin House, Conjunctions, the Boston Review, Tor, Lightspeed Magazine, McSweeney s Internet Tendency, The Magazine of Fantasy Science Fiction, Asimov s Science Fiction Magazine, Tin House, ZYZZYVA, Strange Horizons, Apex Magazine, Uncanny Magazine, 3 AM Magazine, Flurb, Monkey Bicycle, Pindeldyboz, Instant City, Broken Pencil, and in tons and tons of anthologies One year, I was in one of the Year s Best SF anthologies and in Best Lesbian Erotica at the same time I organize Writers With Drinks, which is a monthly reading series here in San Francisco that mashes up a ton of different genres Every month, I make up weird fictional bios for the readers and performers, and nobody s sued yet Readers performers at Writers With Drinks have included the aforementioned Armistead Maupin, plus Mary Gaitskill, Amy Tan, Rick Moody, Jonathan Lethem, Dorothy Allison, W Kamau Bell, Luis Alberto Urrea, Ruth Ozeki, Ishmael Reed, Karen Joy Fowler, Maureen McHugh and just countless others The SF Chronicle did a really nice article about Writers With Drinks.Back in 2007, Annalee Newitz and I put out a book of first person stories by female geeks called She s Such a Geek Women Write About Science, Technology and Other Nerdy Stuff There was a lot of resistance to doing this book, because nobody believed there was a market for writing about female geeks Also, Annalee and I put out a print magazine called other, which was about pop culture, politics and general weirdness, aimed at people who don t fit into other categories To raise money for other magazine, we put on events like a Ballerina Pie Fight which is just what it sounds like and a sexy show in a hair salon where people took off their clothes while getting their hair cut.I used to live in a Buddhist nunnery, when I was a teenager I love to do karaoke I eat way too much spicy food I hug trees and pat stone lions for luck I talk to myself way too much when I m working on a story Books by Charlie Jane Anders More Trivia About The City in the M No trivia or quizzes yet Add some now renderRatingGraph 37, 38, 19, 6, 1 if rating_details rating_detailssert top rating_graph Company About us Careers Terms Privacy Help Work with us Authors Advertise Authors ads 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    1. I m the author of All the Birds in the Sky, and the forthcoming The City in the Middle of the Night Plus a short story collection called Six Months, Three Days, Five Others, and a novella called Rock Manning Goes For Broke.I m probably the only person to have become a fictional character in a Star Trek novel and in one of Armistead Maupin s Tales of the City books.I used to write for a site calle I m the author of All the Birds in the Sky, and the forthcoming The City in the Middle of the Night Plus a short story collection called Six Months, Three Days, Five Others, and a novella called Rock Manning Goes For Broke.I m probably the only person to have become a fictional character in a Star Trek novel and in one of Armistead Maupin s Tales of the City books.I used to write for a site called io9, and now I write for various places here and there I won the Emperor Norton Award, for extraordinary invention and creativity unhindered by the constraints of paltry reason I ve also won a Hugo Award, a Nebula Award, a William H Crawford Award, a Theodore Sturgeon Award, a Locus Award and a Lambda Literary Award.I have published a ton of short fiction way over 100 short stories at this point I ve stopped counting My stories have appeared in Wired Magazine, Tin House, Conjunctions, the Boston Review, Tor, Lightspeed Magazine, McSweeney s Internet Tendency, The Magazine of Fantasy Science Fiction, Asimov s Science Fiction Magazine, Tin House, ZYZZYVA, Strange Horizons, Apex Magazine, Uncanny Magazine, 3 AM Magazine, Flurb, Monkey Bicycle, Pindeldyboz, Instant City, Broken Pencil, and in tons and tons of anthologies One year, I was in one of the Year s Best SF anthologies and in Best Lesbian Erotica at the same time I organize Writers With Drinks, which is a monthly reading series here in San Francisco that mashes up a ton of different genres Every month, I make up weird fictional bios for the readers and performers, and nobody s sued yet Readers performers at Writers With Drinks have included the aforementioned Armistead Maupin, plus Mary Gaitskill, Amy Tan, Rick Moody, Jonathan Lethem, Dorothy Allison, W Kamau Bell, Luis Alberto Urrea, Ruth Ozeki, Ishmael Reed, Karen Joy Fowler, Maureen McHugh and just countless others The SF Chronicle did a really nice article about Writers With Drinks.Back in 2007, Annalee Newitz and I put out a book of first person stories by female geeks called She s Such a Geek Women Write About Science, Technology and Other Nerdy Stuff There was a lot of resistance to doing this book, because nobody believed there was a market for writing about female geeks Also, Annalee and I put out a print magazine called other, which was about pop culture, politics and general weirdness, aimed at people who don t fit into other categories To raise money for other magazine, we put on events like a Ballerina Pie Fight which is just what it sounds like and a sexy show in a hair salon where people took off their clothes while getting their hair cut.I used to live in a Buddhist nunnery, when I was a teenager I love to do karaoke I eat way too much spicy food I hug trees and pat stone lions for luck I talk to myself way too much when I m working on a story


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    1. Charlie Jane Anders writes prose that is infused with imagination, compassion, heartache, and a deep exploration of what makes us human The City in the Middle of the Night is a huge departure from her first novel, All the Birds in the Sky, in almost every way tone, rhythm, subject matter, milieu but what the two novels share is Anders transporting, invigorating confidence as a storyteller Anders trusts her audience to follow her as she spins a tale that unfolds with precision, presenting wh Char [...]

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    2. release date 12 February 2019me when i was like 12 is shrieking i love planetary dynamics let me live

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    3. Cities, Colonies, Past, PresentJanuary 14, 2019 We dream of colonizing the stars Or being colonized Or simply contacting other sentient beings We look up on a clear night and reject the ancient notion that we are all alone We understand too much to accept that.But some of us still insist on it and that insistence could constrain our ability to recognize realities.Charlie Jane Anders has chosen to pursue that particular human blindness as the basis for the situation in her new novel, The City Cit [...]

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    4. I received an advanced reading copy of The City in the Middle of the Night through a giveaway I was excited by the premise, and looked forward to reading my first Charlie Jane Anders story Unfortunately, I did not enjoy the experience.I think The City in the Middle of the Night was aiming a little for a The Left Hand of Darkness feeling Admittedly, I was primed for this comparison by a promotional quote on the back However, I think the comparison of two anthropologically di [...]

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    5. COVERRRR The answer to when I will get tired of covers featuring cityscapes is never If you control our sleep, then you can own our dreamsAnd from there, it s easy to control our entire lives NEEEEED THIS BETTER BE GOOD

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    6. A bit messier than her first the smash bang amazing ALL THE BIRDS IN THE SKY but in ways that pay great homage to Ursula K Le Guin while pushing hard SF ever further into the future A tidally locked planet, humanity on the edge of a breakdown, strange creatures and stranger stories there s a lot in here and even when the going gets tough, it s still well worth the going Andrew Sean Greer s blurb on the front is right CJA is our generation s Le Guin.

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    7. COVER ART love love the cover art on this book The cover art also symbolizes the plot of the book. Two cities and the people, partially in darkness and light, and the gray in between The story is told from alternating points of view Sophie and Mouth The setting is in the future on another planet Have you ever had a friend that you loved than anything For whom you would sell your soul That you love maybe than as a friend Meet Sophie, a young student living in a city tha COVER ART love love the [...]

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