The Municipalists MOBI Á Paperback

The Municipalists MOBI Á Paperback
    The Municipalists MOBI Á Paperback the month by Library Journal Debut of the Month , The Verge , io ,books , Book of the Month Club, VolBrooklyn , NYLON,and Tor In Metropolis, the gleaming city of tomorrow, the dream of the great American city has been achieved But all that is about to change, unless a neurotic, rule following bureaucrat and an irreverent, freewheeling artificial intelligence can save the city from a mysterious terrorist plot that threatens its very existenceHenry Thompson has dedicated his life to improving America s infrastructure as a proud employee of the United States Municipal Survey So when the agency comes under attack, he dutifully accepts his unexpected mission to visit Metropolis looking for answers But his plans to investigate quietly, quickly, and carefully are interrupted by his new partner a day drinking know it all named OWEN, who also turns out to be the projected embodiment of the agency s supercomputer Soon, Henry and OWEN are fighting to save not only their own lives and those of the city s millions of inhabitants, but also the soul of Metropolis The Municipalists is a thrilling, funny, and touching adventure story, a tour de force of imagination that trenchantly explores our relationships to the cities around us and the technologies guiding us into the future A new and irreverent take on both real world politics and sci fi history The Wall Street Journal."/>
  • Paperback
  • 272 pages
  • The Municipalists
  • Seth Fried
  • 19 March 2019
  • 014313373X

The Municipalists❰Epub❯ ❧ The Municipalists Author Seth Fried – Essayreview.co.uk A novel about an unlikely pair of lonely outsiders one human, one AI on an adventure to save the great American city of Metropolis written by one of the most exciting new voices in fiction Charles Yu A novel about an unlikely pair of lonely outsiders one human, one AI on an adventure to save the great American city of Metropolis written by one of the most exciting new voices in fiction Charles Yu Named one of the best books of the month by Library Journal Debut of the Month , The Verge , io ,books , Book of the Month Club, VolBrooklyn , NYLON,and Tor In Metropolis, the gleaming city of tomorrow, the dream of the great American city has been achieved But all that is about to change, unless a neurotic, rule following bureaucrat and an irreverent, freewheeling artificial intelligence can save the city from a mysterious terrorist plot that threatens its very existenceHenry Thompson has dedicated his life to improving America s infrastructure as a proud employee of the United States Municipal Survey So when the agency comes under attack, he dutifully accepts his unexpected mission to visit Metropolis looking for answers But his plans to investigate quietly, quickly, and carefully are interrupted by his new partner a day drinking know it all named OWEN, who also turns out to be the projected embodiment of the agency s supercomputer Soon, Henry and OWEN are fighting to save not only their own lives and those of the city s millions of inhabitants, but also the soul of Metropolis The Municipalists is a thrilling, funny, and touching adventure story, a tour de force of imagination that trenchantly explores our relationships to the cities around us and the technologies guiding us into the future A new and irreverent take on both real world politics and sci fi history The Wall Street Journal.


About the Author: Seth Fried

Seth Fried is a recurring contributor to The New Yorker s Shouts and Murmurs and NPR s Selected Shorts His writing has also appeared in Tin House, One Story, Electric Literature, McSweeney s Quarterly Concern, The Kenyon Review, The Missouri Review, Vice, and many others His short stories have been anthologized in the and Pushcart Prize Anthologies as well as The Better of McSweeney s Vol He currently lives in Brooklyn with his fianc e and their two goldfish.


10 thoughts on “The Municipalists

  1. says:

    Why I love itby Siobhan JonesA civil servant and a supercomputer team up to stop terrorists A Dark Matter esque take on the life and death of great cities A touching and funny story about an unlikely friendship I ve been trying, for weeks now, to come up with a zinger of a sentence that perfectly describes this book and makes everyone want to read it Yet the words have eluded me I m beginning to think The Municipalists a humorous sci fi adventure with a mystery at its core cannot be summed Why I love itby Siobhan JonesA civil servant and a supercomputer team up to stop terrorists A Dark Matter esque take on the life and death of great cities A touching and funny story about an unlikely friendship I ve been trying, for weeks now, to come up with a zinger of a sentence that perfectly describes this book and makes everyone want to read it Yet the words have eluded me I m beginning to think The Municipalists a humorous sci fi adventure with a mystery at its core cannot be summed up so easily.In the near future, in a cramped office of the United States Municipal Survey, Henry Thompson efficient, diligent, and generally disliked spends his days solving the abundant problems of city improvement projects all over the country When the agency suddenly comes under attack, he s dispatched to Metropolis, a teeming city resembling New York, to find out why A true loner, Henry is dismayed to be assigned a partner for the mission a smarmy, fast talking, alcoholic supercomputer in human form named OWEN Can they overcome their differences and find the criminals trying to destroy their agency not to mention millions of lives in time If that sounds like a simple premise, let me add that there are a host of other elements forbidden love, ticking time bombs, gentrification, etc complicating this story in all the right ways Having finished writing this piece, I feel simultaneously disheartened and elated disheartened at not being able to fully describe the weirdness, the originality, the sheer heart within this book, and elated because thousands of readers are about to experience it for themselves Why am I still talking Just read it.Readat

  2. says:

    The Municipalists isn t a bad book it s actually a lot of fun But it s not a particularly good book either, a first novel from author Seth Fried which is both too thin and too reliant on exposition from its overly talkative and socially stunted biological narrator, Henry, an agent for the United States Municipal Survey, who finds himself teamed up with the artificial construct OWEN, the Object Oriented Database and Working Ekistics Network, and sent to Metropolis, the shining city of the futur The Municipalists isn t a bad book it s actually a lot of fun But it s not a particularly good book either, a first novel from author Seth Fried which is both too thin and too reliant on exposition from its overly talkative and socially stunted biological narrator, Henry, an agent for the United States Municipal Survey, who finds himself teamed up with the artificial construct OWEN, the Object Oriented Database and Working Ekistics Network, and sent to Metropolis, the shining city of the future, to look into the mystery of an urban planner gone rogue.Fried s story of a machine helping its human counterpart becomehuman feels familiar, as it has been done many times before and betterData and Bender both immediately come to mind, along with a host of other lesser robots and androids Nonetheless, the dynamics between OWEN and Henry make for good buddy hijinks in this futuristic world where urban planning seems a whole lot sexier than in the world where we live right now.There s a bit going on beneath the surface of this short novel regarding urbanization and the inherent inequities that go along with regentrification and reclaiming urban spaces, and the author has a lot of fun with the figure of OWEN, but the book needsto it, and I kept thinking unfairly maybe how much of a better job someone like William Gibson would have done with the same story line

  3. says:

    I picked this for my March Book of the Month box, and if I get anything less than Hermes and Bender save the day I m going to be very disappointed.EDIT So, not quite Bender and Hermes, but not disappointing Quite enjoyable, and very fun to read aloud.

  4. says:

    A fun, breezy adventure book in which straight laced suits set on upholding the current world order are battling armed rebels who see the destruction of civilization in the most complex city in the US, Metropolis, as the only way to redistribute opportunity and resources in a place that has become the playground for the rich In a somewhat surprising turn of events for a futuristic novel with a wiseacre AI with optical illusion capabilities, the rebels fighting for equality are the evil enemies A fun, breezy adventure book in which straight laced suits set on upholding the current world order are battling armed rebels who see the destruction of civilization in the most complex city in the US, Metropolis, as the only way to redistribute opportunity and resources in a place that has become the playground for the rich In a somewhat surprising turn of events for a futuristic novel with a wiseacre AI with optical illusion capabilities, the rebels fighting for equality are the evil enemies who must be defeated Their motivations for turning violent are never really explained, but I suppose it s a bit like the Weathermen or the SLA The system refused to change, so the only option was to get rid of the system.There s a lot of summary rather than scene building, and like any police procedural, solving mysteries and violent clashes are the central plot devices I am a sucker for strong world building, and I would have loved someexposition and explanation for the structure of this alternative USA, in which a federal agency seems to be in charge of funding city level infrastructure.I enjoyed the author s voice, and the inventive pairing of an AI as the wild card with the straight man being his human partner was fun Toward the end there were some interesting twists that made me wonder if he might have a sequel in mind, and which did throw some grey shadows over the black and white of the good guys versus bad guys structure of the book.I think this book would probably make a fun movie, as the author built a really strong visual imaginary experience I finished this book in an evening and would recommend it to anyone who wants a quick fun trip to a comic book world in which you sympathize politically with the protagonists opponents, but emotionally with the narrator protagonist

  5. says:

    Ahoy there me mateys This was Seth Fried s debut novel and I picked it up because it deals with an AI and a mission in the greatest city in the United States This book was worth reading for the relationship between the protagonist, Henry Thompson, and the AI named OWEN I absolutely loved crazy OWEN and his sense of humor I also rather enjoyed stick in the mud loner Henry I completely sympathized with Henry and his background and wanted him to succeed I thought that the juxtaposition of the Ahoy there me mateys This was Seth Fried s debut novel and I picked it up because it deals with an AI and a mission in the greatest city in the United States This book was worth reading for the relationship between the protagonist, Henry Thompson, and the AI named OWEN I absolutely loved crazy OWEN and his sense of humor I also rather enjoyed stick in the mud loner Henry I completely sympathized with Henry and his background and wanted him to succeed I thought that the juxtaposition of the two characters was awesome and I was always wondering what they were going to do next In addition, I loved watching them change and improve each other.Unfortunately, I thought the mission, the world building, and the bad guys were lackluster For a town that is supposed to be the gleaming city of tomorrow, it really felt like any regular city with a couple of additions likedrones The mission proceeds in a haphazard way and makes no real sense in terms of how the detective work is done And the bad guys are boring and have dumb reasons to want to destroy the world So aye, the plot was not to me taste even if I enjoyed the silly moments But OWEN and Henry made up for it in the long run and kept me reading Seriously OWEN is worth picking up this book and his and Henry s friendship is awesome Arrrr Check out me other reviews at

  6. says:

    So far, not so good I don t like the MC, the setup world building isn t plausible enough to keep my interest, and the antic holographic AI is, well, weird The bureaucrats in Metropolis have turned thuggish OK, there is invention here, but the alleged humor is falling flat, for me, and the writing just isn t very good I m about 1 4 in and this is looking like an early DNF Do yourself a favor, if you are thinking of reading this one, take a look at the 2 star reviews here Mine and So far, not so good I don t like the MC, the setup world building isn t plausible enough to keep my interest, and the antic holographic AI is, well, weird The bureaucrats in Metropolis have turned thuggish OK, there is invention here, but the alleged humor is falling flat, for me, and the writing just isn t very good I m about 1 4 in and this is looking like an early DNF Do yourself a favor, if you are thinking of reading this one, take a look at the 2 star reviews here Mine and theirs are minority opinions but so what Abandoning p 75 264 It s been sitting on the shelf for about three weeks, and I don t have the slightest interest in resuming reading Not for me

  7. says:

    For me this was a really fun book It had a novel concept with some really interesting characters I loved the role reversal of the staid, boring human and the flippant, unrestrained OWEN The story was multi dimensional with humor, pathos and a bit of adventure It also gave me something to think about the where the future of AI is taking us.I won a copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway for this honest review.

  8. says:

    If you re concerned about yet another tech thriller with an AI character, so am I But this is mostly smart and funny, and good light entertainment, quite different from my memories of The Great Frustration There are somewhat lengthy digressions into urban and transit planning, and handling social injustice but these are issues that I care about Also probablyaction thriller mechanics than I care for, but with some clever tricks Light skimming can help those less tricks y moments breeze If you re concerned about yet another tech thriller with an AI character, so am I But this is mostly smart and funny, and good light entertainment, quite different from my memories of The Great Frustration There are somewhat lengthy digressions into urban and transit planning, and handling social injustice but these are issues that I care about Also probablyaction thriller mechanics than I care for, but with some clever tricks Light skimming can help those less tricks y moments breeze by.I wouldn t be surprised if this has been optioned for a movie already.The conversations and ruminations in the last two chapters are actually quite nuanced and thoughtful Why did it take so much shooting, explosions, and general running around to get there On the whole, this has been a frustrating novel for me

  9. says:

    My husband to me as I finally sat down and read this book this weekend You must be pretty excited about that one Me, puzzled, since I half started it three weeks ago What do you mean Him It s a male author I know you don t read those unless you re really excited Lol.It was worth it Wish he had written Artemis instead of Andy Weir the man child This was funny, poignant and managed to be a buddy comedy without weird overt sexual innuendo and sexism.

  10. says:

    I thought this book was great It s hard to classify this book as one single genre because it has elements of political fiction, science fiction, and dystopias The fictional world built in this novel was incredibly well developed and explained Overall, it was a really good read and I found it to be light and funny as well as action packed, fast paced and enlightening.SPOILER FREE SUMMARYIn Metropolis, the gleaming city of tomorrow, the dream of the great American city has been achieved But al I thought this book was great It s hard to classify this book as one single genre because it has elements of political fiction, science fiction, and dystopias The fictional world built in this novel was incredibly well developed and explained Overall, it was a really good read and I found it to be light and funny as well as action packed, fast paced and enlightening.SPOILER FREE SUMMARYIn Metropolis, the gleaming city of tomorrow, the dream of the great American city has been achieved But all that is about to change, unless a neurotic, rule following bureaucrat and an irreverent, freewheeling artificial intelligence can save the city from a mysterious terrorist plot that threatens its very existence A thrilling, funny, and touching story of friendship and adventure, The Municipalists is a tour de force of imagination that trenchantly explores the modern American city and questions the role of AI in our human future.Despite it perhaps being a sci fi novel at its core, this book also discusses issues like classism, racism, sexism, gentrification, poverty, and the abuse and neglect of the poor by governments and big businesses There were many moral and ethical debates coming from our narrator Henry and other main characters A big theme in this book is the unjust distribution of wealth.Additionally, OWEN our AI character provides a lot of comic relief, sarcasm and wit It is also worth noting that he found a way to play with his code and get himself drunk, so to speak, which was hilarious to watch throughout the book as he accompanied the neurotic, over analytical Henry on their mission I definitely recommend this one to anyone who likes any of the genres I ve mentioned

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