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China folds himself up his own 'orrorfice....,
This review is from: Kraken (Paperback)
Just finished reading Kraken on my Kindle- the first China novel that I haven't bought in hardback. Glad that I didn't, I would have felt robbed. China Mieville's use of language is fascinating and wondrous, but in this novel he seems to use it to 'show off' for the sake of it. The invention of so much 'stuff' just detracts from the flow and enjoyment of the plot. When any situation can be ignored or solved by simply inventing a new word, or spell, or physic, then where is the suspense?
The novel does not flow because Mieville is too concerned with demonstrating his cleverness. It is immature and will disappoint fans who loved Perdido Street Station, The Scar or Looking For Jake. If you liked Iron Council you may like Kraken purely because I didn't and there may be a correlation there.
Character-wise Kraken is tremendous. Subby and Goss are wonderful- magical graverobbers without Burke & Hare's morals!
The imagination that can invent Tattoo and Wati is worthy of attention but this novel is hard going and not really worth the effort.