The Scar by China Mieville

Another evocative story from the mind of China Mieville. Our prime POV is Bellis Coldwine, a language scholar forced to leave New Crobuzon to a colony far across the sea. She gains a berth on a ship as a translator but soon finds herself drawn into a quest that was hatched on the floating pirate …

The Gutter Prayer by Gareth Hanrahan

An easy four stars. The story starts with three thieves attempting a heist in a building for the job to go spectacularly wrong. So far so standard. However our three thieves are not your typical protagonists, at least to some degree. Rat is a ghoul who literally survives on eating the dead. Spar is the …

The City & the City by China Mieville

A good if somewhat strange book. It’s basically a straight forward detective story apart from its location. It’s set in the twin cities of Beszel and Il Quoma. These are not two cities that sit across a river from each other but rather they co-exist alongside each other in the same geographical location. Some streets …

The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins

This was one of the best and most messed up books I have ever read. I can’t go into the plot too much as I think it would give too much away but the main character is Carolyn, a librarian who along with her siblings study just one particular field of study out of twelve. …

Perdido Street Station by China Mieville

This was an exceptional book, I’m still not sure what to make of it. Set entirely in a city called New Crobuzon this is a secondary world, weird urban fantasy. It has a kind of late 19th, early 20th century technology vibe to it with steam powered machines and automations, magic (thaumaturgy) is present but …

The Vorrh by Brian Catling

A very strange and odd book. There is no real plot as such, and there are an awful lot of different characters to keep track of, and of which there is not much connection between them. One character, Muybridge, seems to be entirely separate from all the others and has absolutely no connection to the …

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