A City Dreaming

M is a drifter with a sharp tongue, few scruples, and limited magical ability, who would prefer drinking artisanal beer to involving himself in the politics of the city Alas, in the infinite nexus of the universe which is New York, trouble is a hard thing to avoid, and when a rivalry between the city s two queens threatens to turn to all out war, M finds himself thrust inM is a drifter with a sharp tongue, few scruples, and limited magical ability, who would prefer drinking artisanal beer to involving himself in the politics of the city Alas, in the infinite nexus of the universe which is New York, trouble is a hard thing to avoid, and when a rivalry between the city s two queens threatens to turn to all out war, M finds himself thrust in thrust in the unfamiliar position of hero Now, to keep the apocalypse from descending on the Big Apple, he ll have to call in every favor, waste every charm, and blow every spell he s ever acquired he might even have to get out of bed before noon.Enter a world of Wall Street wolves, slumming scenesters, desperate artists, drug induced divinities, pocket steam punk universes, hipster zombies, and phantom subway lines Because the city never sleeps, but is always dreaming.
A City Dreaming M is a drifter with a sharp tongue few scruples and limited magical ability who would prefer drinking artisanal beer to involving himself in the politics of the city Alas in the infinite nexus of

  • Title: A City Dreaming
  • Author: Daniel Polansky
  • ISBN: 9781473634251
  • Page: 211
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 1 thought on “A City Dreaming”

    1. Ah, this one is going to be somewhat difficult to define as a genre, for while it seems to have the trappings of an Urban Fantasy, what, with magicians in New York City, it's something a bit more and a bit less than what the genre usually offers.What do I mean? I mean that it feels more like a collection of short stories with the same characters, with each story being a commentary on life, living in the city, on friendship, on love, on action and inaction, on power and apathy, on pure, plain luc [...]

    2. Witches, wizards or magicians? I'm not sure what the protagonist, known only as M, and his friends were, but they were all capable of making and experiencing magic in New York City. Do not believe the blurb that says this is about a war between two rival magician queens. At most, there is some occasional petulance between them - there is no war. In fact the queens are barely in the book at all. Not that I missed them, but I hate it when the blurb is this misleading. Also, this isn't a novel, it' [...]

    3. Our protagonist, M, is an ancient sorcerer of unimaginable power. M is also a Brooklyn slacker/hipster, with no particular concrete goals. He's in with The Management, and things tend to go his way and fall into his lap. Most of the time. Not all of the time. Because among the secret societies and hierarchies of magical New York City, not all is always peaches and cream, or craft beer and sex with models.I ended up really enjoying this roughly-chronological set of linked short stories. I had a f [...]

    4. Full review at: thequeenofblades.uUrban fantasy, traditionally, gets a bad rep, especially among the holier-than-thou readers. I can say that because I freely admit to being an enormous book snob. I have been conditioned to think 'Urban' is synonymous with awful female leads, creepy shape shifting stalker-boyfriends, and that disheartening phrase paranormal romance. Ugh. The same way I automatically think reality tv stars are all thick. Probably not true (I really hope so otherwise we are all fu [...]

    5. lynns-books/2016/10/13/a-A City Dreaming is such a strange and intriguing book, I admit that my expectations picking this up bear no relation whatsoever to the read itself and yet I found that I really enjoyed this nonetheless. When I started reading my first thoughts were ‘what am I reading’ and yet just a few pages into the book I found myself really keen to pick it back up. It defies description in some respects and I think this will probably turn into a bunch of random thoughts but I’l [...]

    6. Polaņskis manās acīs ir izcils autors, tik izcils, ka izlasījis vienu viņa grāmatu, es pārējās glabāju nebaltām dienām. Šo gan nolēmu neglabāt, bet lasīt uzreiz.Visiem mums jau no bērnu dienas ir skaidrs, ka patiesībā mēs dzīvojam maģijas pilnā pasaulē. Maza daļa no mums ar laiku šo pasauli aizmirst, noreducē to līdz fizikas un citiem dabas likumiem, līdz ar to izskaidrojot lielāko daļu no pasaules piedāvātā. Taču lielākā daļa cilvēku sev par laimi paliek m [...]

    7. Evo naslova knjige koji je odlicno opisuje. Savrsen izbor.Sama knjiga pretstavlja vise gomilu manjih prica sa likovima koji se ponavljaju ali kroz uvek nove dogadjaje, vinjete, koje odlicno opisuju zivot u velikom gradu mada sve je pokriveno ko malim velom magle. Skoro da gledamo lucidan san :) Trebalo je vremena da se priviknem na sam tok price ali onda postaje dosta zabavno.I ne citajte opis (blurb) posto pruza nekako lazna ocekivaja od knjige, barem meni.

    8. Daniel Polansky lives in New York, though I think he's originally from Maryland, which gives him the advantage of being both an insider and an outsider in the Big Apple. This liminal position is one of the things that tends to make original art -- think of the Irish writers in London and Paris -- and may go some way to explaining why 'A City Dreaming' is so excellent. The novel isn't so much about a single conflict or goal, but rather about the kind of world/New York the magician-protagonist M l [...]

    9. I like Daniel Polansky. I own hard copies of all of his books, including multiple printings of some. There's just SOMETHING about his prose and style that speaks to me, something that I always seem to come back to. However, this book is certainly inconsistent, in almost every way, with his previous works. A City Dreaming is an odd piece of magical-realism, kind of a schizophrenic Vonnegut-meets-Kerouac-meets-Lewis Carroll. It follows M, a degenerate substance abuser with some magical ability, as [...]

    10. 5 Stars I want thank Netgalley for an early copy in exchange for an honest review.A City Dreaming by Daniel Polansky is a brave and bold adventure into the depths of dark urban fantasy, or is it horror, or more likely the new weird. The streets of New York have never been this dark, and this shadow filled, or shifty, and at often times unreliable. This is a city that is on the verge or a precipe hanging between one reality and another. A door that maybe a road. A window that may be a moon. And, [...]

    11. Took me a bit to get into the flow of this book, but I ended up really enjoying it. Think I say this on my reviews of Polansky's work, but I just really love his style. He has a great way with words that brings his characters to life. Just like in Low Town, the setting here is also a character. A vibrant New York filled with all sorts of wonder and horror and comedy. M was wonderful, I loved his attitude, his humor, his quiet power. Definitely looking forward to more of his adventures.

    12. This is a really strange, not so little book. Structurally, it resembles most closely a set of short stories which roll inexorably on from one to the next. I honestly had no idea what the endgame was until 94%, and that would usually drive me into a frenzy, but, do you know what?I loved it.‘It was around two in the afternoon on a hot August Saturday when M realised the rest of the people at the beach house were planning on using him as a human sacrifice.’Oh, it’s weird and the prose reads [...]

    13. 3.5?Loved the way this started and then it kind of began fizzling out a bit? Still think it's a much better contemporary fantasy than The Magicians but I was expecting a more cohesive narrative and less of a vignette style. Still, if you love Polansky signature with, it translates well from epic to contemporary fantasy.

    14. What makes a city a city? Is it just a matter of some smart urban planning, a large population and a little bit of luck, or is there something more to it? Is there an intangible element that shapes a community? What if there were people responsible for making sure that that this power kept flowing? What if those people had abilities, let’s call it magic for want of a better word? What if they had a tendency to squabble amongst themselves…a lot A City Dreaming by Daniel Polansky asks those ve [...]

    15. Završim knjigu, posle nekog vremena počnem da razmišljam o oceni. Hoću da dam trojku – ne, premalo. Da li je stvarno? Trojka mi se ponovo čini okej. A onda se setim da je to ipak Polanski. Omanje skretanje sa teme. U čemu je razlika izmedju njega i devedeset i devet posto pisaca fantastike danas? U tome što on nije pisac fantastike! Barem ne samo fantastike. Čak i kada sam se prvi put sreo sa njime imao sam utisak da on teži ka, odnosno da stremi ka nečemu atipičnom za fantastiku, d [...]

    16. This will not be published until October, 2016This is urban fantasy, kinda. It feel at times a bit "normal.' This is set in modern day New York. The author really gives a diverse look into his world. We see the slums, we see the luxurious. There is a subway that takes you through hell. This has an array of things going on, I almost want to say this is more of a series of short stories all surrounding the same character, M. I am still not sure how much I like this character, but I don't dislike h [...]

    17. This review is based on an eARC I received from NetGalley. It is an honest review and the advanced receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.This book felt like a series of short stories with M being the main character and the world he inhabits is unlike anything I have ever read before. It seems to be commentary about M’s life, friends, and the city where he lives. It was very challenging to find the overall plot. If anything I felt that nothing made sense. There is no explanation [...]

    18. It is no secret that Daniel Polansky is one of my favourite writers. I’ve adored all of his work that I’ve read so far—the only novel remaining unread being Those Below, which is waiting on my to be read shelves. As such, I was super excited to receive a review copy for his latest novel A City Dreaming. Reader, there was squeeing when I opened the package. I even read it close to its publication date in order to review it in a timely manner and then I got stuck. Because I had no idea how t [...]

    19. [I got a copy through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.]Quite a strange book, in that it didn't exactly have a plot, more of a collection of "slice of life" moments. Well, moment in the life of a being able to bend reality to his will, or almost, surrounding himself, whether he wants it or not, with other exceptional beings.After years, decades of wandering around, M is back in New York, where he gets reacquainted with old friends and enemies (not mutually exclusive), gets entangled i [...]

    20. M is a magician, though he doesn’t think of himself as such. And it might help if you didn’t think of what he can do as magic. After quite some time away, M returns to the city that most would call New York, but not necessarily the New York that most would understand. It is an incongruity, perhaps the flipside of a recognisable stage, the surreal and wondrous underbelly that hides beneath the cast of Friends while they sit in Central Perk sipping coffee and making wisecracks about each other [...]

    21. After five strong secondary world fantasy novels, this is a change of direction for Daniel Polansky. It's firmly set in a modern New York of hipsters and craft beers, but also one where the supernatural is very real. There are pirates on the Gowanus Canal, a subway ride through the circles of Hell, and goblin markets where you can buy your heart's desire. The sense of place is one of the strengths of the book. We see it all, from Wall Street financier luxury to grubby dive bars. Our hero is the [...]

    22. I nearly didn't finish this at the beginning I couldn't get into the style at first but then I realised that it was anthology of short stories linked by the character of M. It also didn't help that I didn't like M at first but he grow on me. With all short stories there were ones I loved ,ones I didn't care for and other's just okay. I think if you like UF and Horror blended together you would like this. For me I loved it when M visited the nightclub with the entity in his eyes with M showing wh [...]

    23. Daniel Polansky doesn't have a style. He has a voice. And like most voices--Gaiman, Hemingway, Grant Morrison, Warren Ellis--it occasionally rings flat or cracks at an inopportune time. But those cracks and fissures and flat notes make the uncompromising gut punch of his voice all the more visceral. Imagine Ian Mackaye shout-singing "Pretty in Pink" at a senior citizen's talent show--sober as a judge. It makes sense if you've read his work. Polansky might paint with fantastical colors, but like [...]

    24. This book follows M, a powerful, magical drifter on his travels. After being away for a long time, M decides to go back to his home in New York. Although he tells no one of his return, it's only a matter of time before they figure it out. At first I didn't like how it jumped from one adventure to the next instead of a seamlessly flowing story, but, after a while, I couldn't wait to see what mess he would find himself in next! I loved this book and would gladly read more about M, Boy, Andre and t [...]

    25. Loved it. An intriguing compilation of stories involving the mysterious character M in and about the greatest city on earth, The Big Apple, New York City, and did I mention the magic? A grown up version of fantasy adventure stories I loved as an adolescent, current, hip, just enough snarky attitude to make M rather roguishly appealing. There are several people I will highly recommend this to, and, of course, to you.

    26. Polanksy has officially become one of my favourite authors. He doesnt write great plots. His strengths are his characters and dialogue. Oh man that dialogue. This novel doesnt feel like a cohesive story. Its more a set of stories in this self contained NYC urban fantasy world. Definitely would reccomended for someone wanting a read that is a little different.

    27. I'm "finished," as in "Fuck this book."Hung on for a long while hoping it would draw me back in. The early pages held promise with an interesting voice and quirky protagonist, the one-letter-name, M. As the novel--if one can call it that--progresses, it's clear that the overall story is a feeble pastiche of disparate short stories, most anecdotal and without plot.At about 44% into the story, M and his "friends," who he apparently hates or something, wander off into an alternate London and the wr [...]

    28. Halfway through A City Dreaming I posted this on Facebook:"It's like Kerouac ate some really good acid and had a love child with Burroughs after time traveling to 2016. Actually it's probably not but that's the closest I can figure at about the halfway point. There's probably plenty of people who can tell me why my description is wrong, but I don't wanna be right, I just want to keep reading"I thought that by the end of the book that things would sort of coalesce in to a more coherent idea of wh [...]

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