The previous reviews seem to reveal a love-it-or-hate-it dichotomy. I believe that the reason for that is some people approach the book expecting yet another mundane supernatural story (read "Twilight" et al) while others are more open-minded. Let's just call a spade a spade and say that if you are looking for the average sexy-supernatural-with-requisite-action-scenes then you will not like this book.
To me, this book is nothing less than brilliant. On the surface is a wonderful fantasy story, with great characters, despite those who "didn't get it," but beneath that is a very entertaining play of ideas that juxtapose postmodernism, metanarrative, and logos versus mythos. Great literature is something that makes you think, not something that becomes the next "Vampire Diaries." That being said, this is not Umberto Eco; Mieville is an infinitely better story teller and has the rare ability to balance substance and suspense.
The story line is absolutely amazing, especially if you Google the events and characters and realize they are all real and all happened. What is brilliant is the the twist on what happened. This is probably the most creative take on the effects of time travel that I have ever encountered, and only gets better in the next novels in the series. Again, take the time to Google characters and events for a full appreciation.
Gerard's performance is fantastic. His ability to do different types, especially as the series goes on, is amazing.
They couldn't do a movie of this. If they did, it would be too dumbed down.
Just brilliant, really!
An imaginative and fantastic semi-post-Apocalyptic story, with cyberpunk tendencies. I really do not want to go into details, which would ruin anyone's first listening experience. I just want to note, in contradiction to the review who apparently wants pink unicorns and rainbows, yes this is not a "bright" children's novel, but if you take into account the series as a whole, it is absolutely amazing. The novels show character development and change of outlook, and all the while the development of sci-fi ideas and political machinations mature and develop with unexpected and fantastic results.
This is the best of the series, so far. The narrative style changes for this one, describing two different timelines that come together in a surprising, and for me, unexpected development. As always, if what you are looking for is pink unicorns and floating hearts, look elsewhere. If you want a gritty and exciting post-Apocalyptic-cyber-punk story, this definitely satisfies.
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