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Perdido Street Station by China Miéville
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Mar 24, 2007

it was ok
bookshelves: owned, science-fiction

Others seem to have found PSS's world to have been fleshed out well; I thought it was implausible. No one knows what lies beyond certain parts of the world... and someone still found it necessary to invent trains. There's at least one huge city... but how there's enough food to go around is anyone's guess.

Mieville never writes five words when eighty will do, and his editor must have been asleep at the switch: I'd love to see an adjective count of this book. There are some genre-bending tricks and a few clever nods to the fantasy roleplaying that his novel probably suits but beyond that there's no there there.
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March 24, 2007 – Shelved
July 15, 2007 – Shelved as: owned
July 15, 2007 – Shelved as: science-fiction

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message 1: by Ron (new) - rated it 2 stars

Ron Not to mention that, in his desire to impress upon us just how smart he was at age 30, he misused the word 'supine' at one point (that character then, impossibly, rolls onto her back) and chose the modern misuse of fraught well over a dozen times (had he just learned the word?). Terrible book.

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