Cities promises a lot, but in part fails to deliver.
It's main shortcoming is that some of the stories are without context. Some sort of introduction to set the scene would be helpful.
For example, “A Year in the Linear City” – is this taken from some other, larger book or series of stories? Could we have some suggestion about where this city is, how it came into being, where its makers went?
“The Tain” – I can suspend belief with the best of them, everything from Banks to Buffy, this one is OK, but difficult.
But most disappointing is “Firing the Cathedral”. I’ve been reading Moorcock on and off since the 60’s, mostly his Elric stories, but this is my first Jerry Cornelius story - and it’s incomprehensible. Maybe I need to read some other stories in the same series to work out what has happened in the past, why it jumps randomly around the world, why each chapter seems to bare little or no relationship to any other and why there is no apparent story or plot.
V.A.O. is the shortest and best of the bunch. Strangely it has little to do with Cities as such.