Not classic Mills, but a must for anyone who enjoyed his wonderful The Restraint of Beasts
. It is clever, funny, unexpected and rewarding. It's failing, if anything, is that it has too many characters. In earlier books, Mills uses a very narrow palette - he has to as all his characters are so huge. Here, we have a big cast, and some of them come across as ill-defined. The landscape also fails to sing in quite the same way as in 'Beasts' and Three to See the King
, but it never the less has all those imaginative, hyper-real details that fans of Mills have come to expect.
If this is your first encounter with Mills, don't let it put you off. If you've read his others, give this a go. This genius of modern literature has not written so many books that we can afford to do otherwise.