Unbelievably terrible and beautiful at the same time, Perdido Street Station is probably one of my favorite books. The world is just incredibly detailed, fantastic and horrible at the same time, and the resolution and entanglement of all the various plotlines is pretty ingenious as well. Even small points are great. Take Very Tea, for example, a drug in Bas Lag. Very Tea, and verity, truth. I thought it was clever.
Anyone else ever read Perdido Street Station?
I have it sitting on one of my bookshelves, but I haven't read it yet--probably will sometime over the holidays in the next few months. I have, however, read the sequel, The Scar (never let it be said that I start a series from the right end), which I can wholeheartedly recommend (Pirate boat cities! Kidnappings! All kinds of Possbilities! At least two different kinds of vampire!--Am I the only one amused by his fascination with vampires?). I need to get hold of Iron Council too.
China's also written a short story collection, Looking for Jake and Other Stories. It's interesting--there are some great stories and ideas there--but I get the feeling he's at his best when he's got a lot more room to move and develop his ideas than a few thousand words.
Miéville's magnificent. I picked up Perdido Street Station about two years back, got the Scar when it was released here and then waited a bit for Iron Council. The originality of his work is nothing short of astonishing, I have yet to find any other author with the kind of gritty realism and reinvention of the genre that he's capable of.
I wasn't to sure but I got King Rat a couple of months before christmas and it to blew me away. It's set in London so it's not set in the same universe as the three other mentioned books. The piper is fantastic and the way Miéville ties the characters together is just awesome.