2014-01-29 · in Books, Bas-Lag · 78 words

Much like Perdido Street Station in general style, and I enjoyed it greatly for all the same reasons: if you described the setting out of context then it'd obviously be completely ridiculous (our protagonist starts by being press-ganged into being a pirate librarian), but it's played straight, and the worldbuilding and characterisation all hangs together nicely. The result is a world that I don't so much want another story about as a holiday to. Highly recommended.