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Iron Council by China Miéville
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Sep 06, 2007

it was ok
bookshelves: fictive
Recommended for: pretentious marxists

I absolutely raced through Mieville's previous efforts, but this one was a slog. There were too many battles for my taste, and the characters had no depth whatsoever. Instead of trying to create depth, Mieville just repeats the same information over and over. Cutter loves Judah. Oh he loves him so much. Judah is unable to love, or is just priest-like. Why should I care? I never managed to care through the whole almost-600 pages. He also commits the literary crime of describing other fantasy races in the same way every time they appear in the story. I am really really aware by now that khepri women communicate through their head-scarabs with "chymical" blasts, because I've read it about 100 times over. And all the cool ideas that Mieville has aren't given time to impress; they're just sort of listed and thrown around, like look at me! I'm a cool word/idea!

So maybe I liked it less than I thought.
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message 1: by Rosie (last edited Aug 25, 2016 02:19PM) (new) - rated it 3 stars

Rosie This is exactly what I thought as I was reading this. You summed it up perfectly.

message 2: by P. (new) - rated it 2 stars

P. thank you!

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