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YMMV: The City & the City
  • Genius Bonus: Mieville is a left-winger with a doctorate in international law. Many of the themes of the novel, especially the idea that laws create structures which, in the minds of the people subject to them, are as real and stifling as any geographic or other concrete construction (in the case of the novel, the distinction between the two cities), are those espoused by the Critical Legal Studies movement in jurisprudence.
  • Old Shame: Bowden's book, Between the City and the City, ruffled a lot of feathers in its time, and is now banned. Even though he has publicly disavowed the book and admitted the theories are all crap, he still can't get any decent work, and he still gets accosted by obsessed fans.

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