The Scar is an illustrator's dream, just like Mieville's previous book, Perdido Street Station
. While it can hardly be hailed as the literary achievement of the modern world, The Scar definitely works as a canvas for Mieville's incredible ability for world-creation and description. The characters, species and environments in the book are undeniably delicious and tangible, and they lend just enough atmosphere and grit to the novel to make it stand out. I was still simultaneously invested in the characters and plot (the latter overshadowing the former somewhat in the sheer epic scale of it), but it's the flavor that makes me pick it up again and again.