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15 Sci-Fi & Fantasy Novels That Should Be Taught In Schools

By Matt Heckler Dec 10, 2013

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The City & The City by China Mieville

Although not generally indicative of Mieville’s usual style, The City & The City is a really interesting novel. Framed as a mystery, it tells a story set in a city that is in the same place as another city. Essentially, two groups of people claim an area as their home, and as such they refuse to acknowledge each other’s existence. It seems bizarre and it is, but it also evokes thoughts of real-world conflicts, such as the major one between Israelis and Palestinians that always seem to be in the news because of new violence. It’s a good novel on its own merit, and worthwhile especially because it is capable of evoking some really interesting conversation about the real world.

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Matt Heckler

Matt Heckler is a writer, book critic, musician, movie nerd, sci-fi aficionado, and awesome beard haver from Chicago. When he isn't writing for The MindHut, he is drinking tasty beverages and working on his first novel. Follow him on Twitter @androiddreamer!

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