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5.0 out of 5 stars unbelievable simply more than fantasy, 8 July 2003
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This review is from: The Scar (Paperback)
Let me start by saying I am not really a reader of fantasy novels. I have never been inspired by Tolkein or the whole elves, quest, ring, giants, dragons, dwarves, good verses evil plot. I accept that Tolkein did it better than most but I just don't get it. Mieville, on the other hand, is a revelation. This is fantasy as I understand it. A believable world populated by characters who behave with all the venality and fear and occasional heroism of people in real life. An anti-hero who manages to be sympathetic in his worst moments and a heroine who would never dream of asking for the reader's sympathy stand out in a beautifully paced voyage through a world that is crying out to be filmed. This is an imagination run riot, a world which leaps off the page, every character, no matter how minor, seems real and believable. More than that Mieville breaks with convention - in the same way that Dorothy Dunnett was far more than a writer of historical fiction so Mieville can not be simply described as a fantasy writer. His books are compassionate, witty, violent and bleak at times, filled with both sacrifice and redemption. Having enjoyed Perdito Street Station I fell in love with The Scar - at once a vision of a socialist utopia and a disection of why that utopia and dreams overall may not work. A wonderful book and one that deserves more than to be hidden away in the science fiction section and ignored by those who, like myself, might previously have foolishly mocked the genre. I can not recommend this book enough.
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