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My 100-word book review,
This review is from: Looking for Jake: Stories (Paperback)
China Mieville's first collection of short stories is rather a mixed bag - some of these are brilliant, others are not particularly interesting. Set mostly in a grimy, sinister incarnation of London, these tales have an edgy, Kafkaesque feel to them. The author, at his best, can turn the most mundane of objects, even a pattern of cracks in a wall, into a thing of menace. Contains one graphic story, which I found rather confusing, and a novella (The Tain). There is one story (Jack) set in New Crobuzon; I hope that China Mieville includes more Bas-Lag tales in his next collection.