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King Rat by China Miéville
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Jul 15, 2008

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bookshelves: fantasy, urban-fantasy
Recommended for: People who like urban fantasy
Read in July, 2008

A little fantasy, a little horror. Mieville has some excellent bits here -- he works hard to evoke his setting with all five senses, which makes sense, given the characters' natures, and the setting is very gritty without being excessively morbid. The supporting cast is under-developed, however, and the plot never exactly gels. It moves along, and there are mysteries, revelations, and a resolution, but it is pretty arbitrary. The book is a lot like a more focused and less sprawling version of Neverwhere,/i>, for those of you who like that sort of thing.

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