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Perdido Street Station by China Miéville
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Oct 15, 07

bookshelves: fantasy, british-fantasy-society-award

I was lucky enough to get to see China Mieville give a reading and talk about his work at the San Francisco bookstore The Booksmith. The guy was completely bald, wore a small curved earring, looked like he worked out 5 days a week, and spoke like Christopher Eccleston (the dude from Shallow Grave, 28 Days Later, a year of Dr. Who, etc.). Has a master's in history and ran for Parliament - something like that. And the guy was like 30.

Aaanyway, this book is above all about a crazy wacked-out city - a fantasy city that has some characteristics of English life, but not many. The characters are pretty cool, but the city is the real focus. In the end, I think that's why I didn't like it as much as a lot of other folks do - I'd prefer to have the characters be the focus. But it is a very imaginative book.
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