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Un Lun Dun by China Miéville
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Jun 25, 2008

it was ok
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Read in June, 2008

The one where Deeba finds her way into an alternate London, where trash is alive and giraffes are carnivorous, and discovers that she's the only one who can save Un Lun Dun -- and London, too.

There are a lot of very clever elements here -- I especially liked Curdle, Deeba's pet milk carton -- and I appreciated the way the book turned a lot of quest-fantasy cliches on their heads. I do feel like I could have gotten a better sense of Deeba as a person.

My chief problem here was the writing, though. There's very little interior reaction and almost no senses but the visual (a tiny bit of smell; that's it) -- it feels like watching something on a screen. The contrast with the rich three-dimensionality of Perdido Street Station is shocking. (I didn't actually like Perdido Street Station -- it made me want to go take a shower. But it used all the senses, and the eccentric insides of people's heads, and years later I still remember it vividly.)

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springsnotfail Yeah, after reading it, I'd agree with this.

message 2: by Res (new) - rated it 2 stars

Res It would probably make a good movie, though!

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