No kitschy wish fulfillment, no cliche story, no hackneyed premise or generic characters. Mieville is marvelous throughout, and the narration is brilliant.
A select few might enjoy reading it, but in general, no. It took me about 10 chapters before getting engaged with the story. Even after that, there were times where I felt like I was slogging through the narrative waiting for the next plot point to develop (such as nearly a chapter spent on describing the process of laying a cable). Pros: it's a unique setting that does a good job of blending disparate elements such as strange alien races/biologies and both real and pseudo-sciences (including magic). Cons: the setting is gruesome and decay is everywhere. This wouldn't be so bad but the author seems to revel in describing it many times over. I don't expect a perfect, spic and span world but this really felt over the top.
I felt left hanging at the end, that some plot points weren't sufficiently closed. Maybe there's a sequel but I don't feel compelled to seek it out. I did, however, find the author's perspective on justice to be intriguing.
Not at all.
This was an extremely well written and articulated book! Mievelle paints a beautiful and grime filled world, and John Lee articulates this perfectly. The ending left me with a bad taste in my mouth, but it was well worth the ride.
This isn't an easy listen, but it's worth the slog. The narrator gives a stellar performance and the world created by the author is very complex so if you're looking for something different, you've found it.
Mieville paints a brutally descriptive image of a fantastic world of interlocking species and technology. Amazing, for example, how an entire chapter about laying cables in a city can continue to capture one's attention... Sometimes the description goes on so long that one is left begging for some action, but he usually finds a balance. The reader is excellent, capturing the tension, the pace, and the varied characters.
The book was...well...interesting. I admire the authors originality as the fantasy genre has become rather unoriginal and hidebound of late. But the characters were just so surreal, I had a hard time immersing myself in the story.
I would say yes, but I am not sure if I will listen to anymore of this authors books.
I love games, books and really great homemade pizza!!
The descriptions of the city are amazing. Words that help you smell and see, love it.
The book has a mystery to solve and characters to fall in love with, but it is the city that makes the story.
Issac, sad, smelly, smart and in a bad place.
This was my first John Lee. The reading was steady, but sometimes he needed a glass of water.
No, lots of information to process and I just wanted to digest what had just happened.
I've always enjoyed John Lee's narration of Peter F. Hamilton's works, and I really enjoyed "The City and The City". So yes, I'd try another book by either.
What troubled me as I worked through the book was that John Lee's voice kept making me think I was "reading" a Peter F. Hamilton book, and I was constantly being disappointed by the descriptions of things and the level of detail in the book. Then I'd remember it was Mieville and would cheer up again for a while until, once again, I'd realize that I was disappointed. I ended up with about 4 hours left in the book and just turned it off to listen to something else. It just didn't grab me at all. I don't want books to make me work to stay interested. Mieville's other books have kept me enthralled, so I'm not sure what happened here.