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Un Lun Dun by China Miéville
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Apr 15, 2012

it was ok
bookshelves: fantasy, fanfiction, hero-s-journey, young-adult

I was told with great glee that this book subverted the fantasy genre. I’m all for a little subversion, and I’d been meaning to read this hot new author that awesome people thought were awesome.

But the metatextulism of having the protagonist have the cheat sheet is at least as old as the Hero with a Thousand Faces. The way Mievelle used it felt mocking, not subversive. If there was a deeper level, I never saw it. I would not have finished it if it were not a gift. It left me cold.

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