As a fan of Sci Fi and Fantasy fiction I have been interested in reading a China Mieville book for some time, I read the young Adult oriented Unlondon and found it too young for me so thought I'd give this one a go which has been well reviewed. I just found it to have no real dramatic thrust and the characters were quite unclear and unengaging to me, the author spends most of the time describing the detail and minutae of the world which I'm sure appeals to some readers but I wanted more attention on the story and characters and ultimately found it disappointing.
Deep it isn't, but there's a lightness of touch and an almost ironic sense of bemusement that plays around the edges of absurdity, that makes the listening experience always amusing.
If you like your books playful and not requiring a huge intellectual investment DED Dead is a good way to pass a few hours.
I found the book to be compelling, I am quite familiar with the story but this version delves deeper into the flaws of the players and ends up being a study in hubris. other reviews have had a problem with the different accents but I like the way they helped differentiate each character and felt they improved rather than detracted from the experience. A welcome addition to any civil war obsessive's library.
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