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Perdido Street Station by China Miéville
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Sep 06, 08

bookshelves: cracktastic, dystopian, fantasy, for-school, urban-fantasy
Read in March, 2010

Finally read; still irritated at prodigious use of synonyms for "icky", and there's a few ten-dollar words that Mieville is in love with and uses far too many times ("pugnacious", "lascivious", "bathos" and "vile" stick out). Worldbuilding...spent too much time on the seamy and the scandalous and the gross, but was otherwise thorough. Liked the interpretation of academia, the entire concept of khepri, the Remade as created-lower-caste, and the Weaver as concept, creature and character. Approved of most characters, although Derkhan seemed kind of blank and Motley was...overblown and too over-the-top to be scary. Not bad, not fantastic, appreciate the amount of work that went into it; feel like it's overwritten regardless, and I called a bunch of plot twists about fifty pages before they happened. Which, you know. Hooray for setup work, but killed suspense. Also, the amount of putrefying stench going on made it hard for me to take the book seriously whenever it started going on AGAIN about how this was REALLY DISGUSTING, MORE THAN EVER BEFORE - was less and less impressed as the book and the descriptions went on. OH WELL.
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