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So far I've only read Un Lun Dun. Funny. I had a gift certificate and it was a toss up between that and a book about the Supreme Court. The author photo decided me. It took me a bit to like the writing style, but I think that's because it was written for children and young adults. I love his use of language. I'll have to read his other works.


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I finished Perdido Street Station last night. I didn't really enjoy it. I feel like there was two books worth of material in there. Not to mention overly descriptive.

Now I'm wondering if I should try something else by him. Un Lun Dun may have been a fluke.


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the scar is his best work, hands down, i think, Gia.

It's worth a go. I felt pretty much the same as you about PSS... Iron Council is also very good in parts.


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Hm. Thanks, Murph. I'll give it a try.


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also, the scar is chronologically just after PSS, and while not a follow up as such, it has a couple of recurring characters


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I finished Perdido Street Station last night. I didn't really enjoy it. I feel like there was two books worth of material in there. Not to mention overly descriptive.


I don't see how a surfeit of riches is a bad thing in a book. For instance it would take a typical writer about three chapters to do what William Gibson did in the first few pages of Count Zero, and that's why I love it.
 
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Originally posted by yhpruMcM [mulysa eht ni nam enas tsal]:
the scar is his best work, hands down, i think, Gia.

It's worth a go. I felt pretty much the same as you about PSS... Iron Council is also very good in parts.


I felt like IC was patchier than PSS, actually. It has some very good parts, for example I really like Judah's golems, and Toro, but it's my least favorite of all three Bas-Lag novels.


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I don't see how a surfeit of riches is a bad thing in a book. For instance it would take a typical writer about three chapters to do what William Gibson did in the first few pages of Count Zero, and that's why I love it.



For me, it distracts from the actual plot. When you go on for three pages about how the city looks, you lose my attention. Use some well chosen descriptive words and let my imagination do the rest.
I have the same problem with Anne Rice.


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I bought Looking For Jake the other day, although I've never read anything else by the author. I was actually looking for Un Lun Dun which wasn't in stock. I'm not sure if a short story collection is the best place to start with an author (although bar Sandman and Wordsworth from the Hellraiser comic series, Smoke & Mirrors was the first Gaiman book I read and that worked out alright...) but the other one they had in stock seemed to be part of a series.
Perhaps I'll read it soon, then have something more interesting to say. Cool
 
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iron council, the scar and Perdido street station are all set int he same universe, but i wouldn't say you need to read em in any aprticular order.


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Oh that's good to know. It was Iron Council that they had, but The Scar was in stock last time I looked too. If it doesn't matter though, I'll see what I think of Looking For Jake and then probably just buy whichever takes my fancy.
 
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I wouldn't recommend starting with Iron Council. I'm with St. Count Zero on this, it's got some very good stuff in it but it's my least favorite of the Bas Lag books.

Looking for Jake is great, though. There's lots of excellent stories in there, I think.


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Update on Looking For Jake; I'm on the novella now. At first I was slightly unsure of the collection... I think a couple of the stories near the start were quite weak (the one about the streets in particular. I got the point of it, I just don't think it worked very well) but stories like The Ball Room were amazing. Then as the book went on, the quality seemed to remain very high. Really enjoyed it so far, and the brief bit of The Tain I've read seems equally as good.
 
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I'm about halfway through Perdido Street Station, and I'm enjoying it a lot. It's original, it doesn't have the twee Disney World flavour of so much fantasy, it's political, and the characters are fascinating.


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I'm about halfway through Un Lun Dun right now -- which means it's gotten really good Smile I was a bit worried at first, because although there's the trademark kick-ass Mieville weirdness, the first 75 pages or so felt forced. Maybe it's because I had a pretty good idea that things were going to go bad with Zanna, because I was pretty sure Mieville wouldn't write something so typical of the heroic fantasy quest. I don't know. But when they got to the bridge and everything happened with Zanna, and the book got all sullen, and Brokkenbroll showed up, I started really loving it.


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My apologies for the thread necromancy... I recently finished Iron Council and liked it a lot. I liked both plot strands; in some ways they felt a bit like a fantasy take on Deadwood and on the political extremism of the 70s (I'm reading The Baader Meinhof Complex at the moment). I do think that Mieville gets too carried away with his language every now and then, overusing words and names that aren't quite as clever as the book thinks they are, but apart from that I love his writing.

I was somewhat underwhelmed with Un Lun Dun, though; loved the world but felt that all the characters were one-dimensional. I didn't buy a single one of them as anything else than cartoons.


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hellblazer #250-new issue of hellblazer, i picked it up today, has a piece by mieville in it.


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Looking forward to the upcoming The City & The City.
 
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Looking forward to the upcoming The City & The City.


Got it, just back from the bookstore. Woo!
 
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Damn, I need to get that.


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