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Iron Council by China Miéville
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Mar 18, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: bought, used, fiction
Read in March, 2009

I agree with calypte – the book was pretty good, but not Miéville’s best, or most engaging.
Actually, I found the book had a kind of split personality – most of the time when we’re following Judah, Cutter, and that crew, I was engaged. I found the writing was better (except for the very first scenes with Cutter’s gang) and the story had better flow and more interest. I was particularly captivated by the “Judah’s backstory” sections (and especially the stiltspear bits.
Most of the portions of the story that took place in the city left me flat – I found I just didn’t care, although Ori’s early meetings with Spiral Jacobs were not bad. I was totally turned off by the “previous uprising” background.

Nevertheless, the whole thing hangs together better than I’d expected, and Miéville’s prose is, as always, a joy. Recommended, if less so than Perdido Street Station (and especially The Scar).

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