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King Rat by China Miéville
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Jul 04, 2009

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bookshelves: 1990s, china-mieville, fiction-that-speculates
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After reading Perdido Street Station, I was expecting King Rat to knock my socks off. It didn't. But, it was a fun horror tale about rodent royalty and the Pied Piper of Hamelin. And, I think it would translate into a really cool graphic novel.

The main character's dad dies mysteriously, and he is the only suspect. While he's between interrogations, he's sprung by King Rat. King Rat is the king of the rats. He reveals some secret stuff about Our Hero's past, and informs him that the Pied Piper of Hamelin wants him dead. Hilarity ensues.

Perhaps it was my high expectations when I started this book, but I was kind of underwhelmed. If this was a new Stephen King novel, I would've thought it was the bee's knees. But, reading this after Perdido Street Station is kind of like watching Star Wars and following it up with Ewoks: The Battle For Endor.

Okay, so not Ewoks. It's like if you read Dune and then read God Emperor of Dune. That's what it's like.

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