It's very original, interesting and even suspenseful but the author seems to be obsessed with his treatment of the "language" and the story gets to almost becoming an academic essay in the field of linguistics.
I am not sure who is to blame for this low rating, the author or editor. What this book lacks is a prolog & glossary to 'set the stage', or world.... you will waste 50% of the book trying to figure out what is happening and the last 50% wondering if it's worth your time to continue..... you make the choice
As fascinating as the world created by the author is...I became bored with the endless detail and lack of a gripping storyline. A disappointing read/listen after "The City and the City".
Several hours in to this book, essentially nothing had happened. Note that I'm an avid reader/listener of sci-fi, mystery, and literary fiction, and I don't mind a book that eases in to a story gently, but this book was boring beyond belief. It goes on and on about the main character being a "simile," part of the "hosts" language. Great, very clever. Now what is the point please, is anything going to actually happen.
It just didn't hold my interest, though I gave it several hours.
I spent three hours listening and now I give up. Shouldn't a novel have a plot? This is, without question, the worst book I have ever downloaded. Don't waste your time or money.