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Un Lun Dun by China Miéville
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Sep 21, 2010

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bookshelves: young-adult, crossover-appeal, fantasy
Read from September 21 to 26, 2010

I tried reading Perdido Street Station a while back, but gave up on it. Too complicated with the fantastical elements, too slow a plot, just too much work. I found this in a Bend used bookstore on vacation and it sounded like Mieville light, so I thought I'd give it a try. I enjoyed it. It's a young adult novel, lots of wordplay and fun with the fantastical elements of Un Lun Dun, an upside down version of London. Kind of reminded me of Lewis Carroll, but without the math. Also fun how Mieville turned the usual conventions of the hero quest upside down. It's still overly, self consciously complicated with the fantasy elements for my taste, and the characters weren't really given a lot of depth, but the plot moved along at a nice clip. It was fun.

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Charles I read Perdido Street Station as well, and had the same feeling about it. I like my fictional worlds baroque, but I like the characters to be a little more... scrutable. If that's a word. Self-identified FSF fans are really split over Mieville. I just started reading Prince of Mist, a YA foray from Carlos Ruiz Zafon of "Shadow of the Wind" fame. It's just not the same. Maybe it's harder to write a good YA book than I imagine.

Annmarie Wait a sec, wasn't it you who recommended Perdido to me to begin with?! ha. yes, scrutable is desirable, agree completely. One of these days I need to read Shadow of the Wind. I think it's even waiting on my bookcase for me.

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