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4.0 out of 5 stars Overwritten but bursting with ideas., 6 Nov 2002
This review is from: Perdido Street Station (Paperback)
In this excellent second novel, Mieville delivers on the potential hinted at in his first work 'King Rat'. Whilst 'Perdido Street Station' is very strong on characterisation and plot, its major achievement is the creation of a unique metropolis, which never fails to surprise and engage the reader.
Mieville is a true polymath, with an ingenious imagination and a formidable vocabulary. He seems able to write with authority on most subjects and weaves technical language and metaphors in to his work with ease. However, one of the greatest joys of this novel is its accessibility; the author uses his obvious intelligence to entertain rather than to impress. The result is an engaging, exciting and highly enjoyable read.
However, a valid criticism of this book is that it is overwritten. This becomes a serious nuisance towards the end of the book, when the highly descriptive prose slows down the plot instead of allowing the pace to pick up as the finale approaches. This loss of momentum caused me to lose interest at what should have been a critical point in the book.
Although this is a great novel, it is certainly not the best that this author can produce. The follow-up, set in the same world, is a far more accomplished novel and if you like 'Perdido Street Station' you will love 'The Scar'.
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Initial post: 10 Nov 2009 16:34:41 GMT
James Mynott says:
Having just finished reading the book, I find myself agreeing completely with this review. It's definately worth reading, but I expected more from the latter stages of the book.

Posted on 27 Jan 2010 11:39:03 GMT
Mr G says:
Good review. I finished the book last night. I loved it but did feel that the prose slowed the book down towards the end.

Posted on 15 May 2010 09:35:45 BDT
Don't agree that this book is over written. It is superbly written throughout. The prose is sublime in places. I think this is China's best book to date and I have read all of them. One of my desert island books.
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