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Fantasy Faction Book Clubs => Fantasy Faction Book Club => [DEC 19] City of Stairs => Topic started by: eclipse on November 15, 2019, 08:44:36 PM

Title: City of Stairs:Someone even worse- Unmentionables/ FIRST 20%
Post by: eclipse on November 15, 2019, 08:44:36 PM
Post your thoughts on this chapters here.
Title: Re: City of Stairs:Someone even worse- Unmentionables/ FIRST 20%
Post by: Bender on November 16, 2019, 06:10:40 AM
It's a re-read, but I'll join.
Title: Re: City of Stairs:Someone even worse- Unmentionables/ FIRST 20%
Post by: eclipse on November 16, 2019, 12:20:11 PM
Great to have you here  :)

Welcome all !
Title: Re: City of Stairs:Someone even worse- Unmentionables/ FIRST 20%
Post by: isos81 on November 18, 2019, 06:12:21 AM
I still did not receive my book (hoping to get it today). Meanwhile, I'll finish reading last 30 pages of Shadow's Edge.

We will write in spoiler tags, won't we? And what will we write, opinions, critics, comments, all? :)
Title: Re: City of Stairs:Someone even worse- Unmentionables/ FIRST 20%
Post by: eclipse on November 18, 2019, 06:56:59 AM
I’ve just started reading the book

Yep you can write options,comment, feelings, criticism ( be polite)

You can write in spoiler tag if you think we need them.

Title: Re: City of Stairs:Someone even worse- Unmentionables/ FIRST 20%
Post by: eclipse on November 18, 2019, 11:22:23 PM
The novel has a Cold War feel about it with the walls, titles  and  bureaucratic going on

Quite like the court scene at the start of the novel it was a good introduction to the characters.

The blink is fascinating.

Some very quotable lines line like

How can anyone in Bulikov sit next to the city walls or even live with them in sight.

The purpose of an assistant, he has decided , is to have someone upon whom you unload all the deadly little nothings that fill the bureaucratic day.


A bit of humour with Sigurd getting off the train.

A clue in the tie didn’t guess that.

Ohh Shara casts aN illegal miracle/spell to talk to her boss/auntie over long distance.

I think I like Mulaghesh the best so far.

A warehouse hidden amongst warehouses... hehe

Sigrud following the man and woman And lost the man from sight due to an illusion on the buildings?

Is the book pulling you in the story yet? It’s not a page turner for me just yet.



Title: Re: City of Stairs:Someone even worse- Unmentionables/ FIRST 20%
Post by: Bender on November 19, 2019, 10:09:54 PM
The novel has a Cold War feel about it with the walls, titles  and  bureaucratic going on

Agree. I somehow thought Poland when I read last time and still think same now.
Title: Re: City of Stairs:Someone even worse- Unmentionables/ FIRST 20%
Post by: isos81 on November 23, 2019, 08:00:40 PM
Just finished first %20 (I'm a slow reader :()

I was very disappointed when I realized this book was not epic fantasy but since I joined the read along, I started reading it anyway.

But, I can clearly say I liked the book, never got bored and that's something.

I gave 8/10 for the first %20. Let's move on to the next chapters :)
Title: Re: City of Stairs:Someone even worse- Unmentionables/ FIRST 20%
Post by: eclipse on November 23, 2019, 08:12:52 PM
Or I might be a fast reader  :) we all have different paces.

Yeah that was good scene with Shara kicking out Troonyi !

Would you wife like this book as it not epic fantasy?

Title: Re: City of Stairs:Someone even worse- Unmentionables/ FIRST 20%
Post by: isos81 on November 23, 2019, 10:59:57 PM
Or I might be a fast reader  :) we all have different paces.

Yeah that was good scene with Shara kicking out Troonyi !

Would you wife like this book as it not epic fantasy?

I gave her two books I was sure she would love. Both were DNF.

I think she will not even consider reading because I'm the one giving her the book :) Based on her tastes, she will probably drop the book in the first chapters. She is fond of "love, hate, misery, infidelity" involving books.
Title: Re: City of Stairs:Someone even worse- Unmentionables/ FIRST 20%
Post by: ScarletBea on December 03, 2019, 05:57:38 PM
(without reading the previous posts)

What an intriguing and interesting book!
I'm glad you 'convinced' me to read it (I think that @JMack had already mentioned it a couple of years ago...)

The worldbuilding is spectacular, I just want to know more! I had my ideas about the Blink, which were more or less confirmed, and expanded, in the very last bit of this section. I quite like when books have transcripts of other (imagined) books, it makes things feel a lot more real.

I'm loving Shara and want to know lots more about her! And the governor lady (I'm still working on remembering names hehe)

And wow, daily miracles? On things? Nice, to call this 'miracles' instead of 'magic'. The city physically changes???

(after reading the posts)
Yes, super 'Eastern Europe in the 50s' vibe! Even the names sound a bit 'russian'.
And yes, the main wall around the city, which is there but can't be seen or shows things that aren't really there.
Title: Re: City of Stairs:Someone even worse- Unmentionables/ FIRST 20%
Post by: eclipse on December 03, 2019, 06:32:55 PM
I’m reading all the posts which came after mine so don’t think no ones  seeing what you post 😛

Glad you are all enjoying the book.
Title: Re: City of Stairs:Someone even worse- Unmentionables/ FIRST 20%
Post by: Lanko on December 05, 2019, 06:57:57 PM
One of the best books I've read in 2017 or 2018. Begins really well and mysteriously. Bulikov feels like Russia and Shara's homeland is like India.