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    China Mieville - Where to start?

    Well, the thread title says it all; Im interested in reading some of his stuff, can anyone recommend a good book to start with? They all sound weird and interesting (right up my alley), so Im not sure which one to start with. Just curious. Thanks!

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    Perdido Street Station is the only one I have read, but it was brilliant. I believe it is also the first book that is featured in the New Crobuzon city he created. While the other books do not share a continuing story, it couldn't still hurt to start with PSS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MattNY View Post
    Perdido Street Station is the only one I have read, but it was brilliant. I believe it is also the first book that is featured in the New Crobuzon city he created. While the other books do not share a continuing story, it couldn't still hurt to start with PSS.
    Yes start with PSS, and then both of you hurry up and read The Scar. Two amazing books.

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    Hear hear.

    Read everything, except maybe Kraken, which IMO is poor.

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    If you thought PSS was crap any chance of liking any of the others?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fitzy View Post
    If you thought PSS was crap any chance of liking any of the others?
    I didn't like PSS but I enjoyed The City & The City and Kraken.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fitzy View Post
    If you thought PSS was crap any chance of liking any of the others?
    Try The City & The City and definitely Un Lun Dun

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    I guess I'm one of the few who do not share the entusiasim. I dont find" bug sex" cool...
    Last edited by spiralcity; January 25th, 2011 at 02:06 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spiralcity View Post
    I guess I'm one of the few who do not share the entusiasim. I dont find" bug sex" cool...
    Yes, that certainly was the predominant theme of the book.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MattNY View Post
    Yes, that certainly was the predominant theme of the book.
    It was enough for me to toss the book against the wall and never pick up another book by this author.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spiralcity View Post
    I guess I'm one of the few who do not share the entusiasim. I dont find" bug sex" cool...
    I didn't like Lin or Isaac, but most of the worldbuilding in the Bas-Lag novels was great enough to keep me hooked.

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    City and The City has a lot of intrigue and the way the two cities operate with one another is quite fascinating. It didn't win the Hugo Award for nothing so definitely check that one out.

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    China will be scripting a comic book series for DC, Dial H:

    - Dial H by science fiction/fantasy novelist China Miéville and artist Mateus Santoluoco, which is a "bold new take on a cult classic about the psychological effects on an everyman who accidentally gains powers to become a hero;

    Dial H is an update of Dial H for Hero whereby a normal kid had this decoder/watch that turned him into a Superhero, but everytime he used it he became a different hero, and mostly, not an existing hero. So the kid would become something like "Laser Man who has laserbeam eyes!"

    Could be the "H" may stand for Horror, knowing Mieville.

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