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Perdido Street Station by China Miéville
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May 15, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: dystopia, fantasy, leisure, nook, science-fiction, steampunk
Read in December, 2011

One of the things that kind of struck me about this book was how utterly alien the world and setting were. However instead of that being the whole gimmick of the book, as it is with a lot of more straightforward dystopias, it's just a good story that happens to be set in this world. Most of it is pretty fast paced, the kind of thing you don't want to put down, although there are slower bits. I guess my only complaint is I feel like in this kind of setting/world he could have gotten a bit more into the philosophical issues (I mean some of the characters hint at the implications of living in such a world, but you could go into so much more depth with it), but ultimately that isn't what the book is about; as I said the setting is just a setting, as opposed to being a character.

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