Daniel Villanueva Villanueva itibaren Tabunsky District, Altai Krai, Rusya
I'm on the fence about this book. I love the world, but couldn't care less about the characters, or the plot for that matter. Moreover, it seems as if Miéville himself couldn't care less. The characters here seem almost purposefully blank; not one of them develops a distinct personality throughout the book. Corwi is particularly annoying. The plot isn't particularly interesting either. It seems to move along just like all mystery/crime novels do, and although at one point towards the end it feels as if the novel might suddenly get more energy, it really doesn't last long and all the energy quickly dies away. However, the world is superb, fantastic and beautiful. Plus it's full of not-so-subtle-but-still-kind-of-cool political references. Miéville pulls off this tricky idea of two intertwined cities with ease, and by the end of the book you are sorry to leave it.