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Old 09-14-2014, 06:59 AM   #631
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Iron Council by China Mieville

A friend lent me three books of his, all set in the same fantasy world, and this was the final third one I've read. Man has an extraordinary (and sometimes perverse) imagination and a knack for world-building, even if his prose and characters don't quite match them. I really enjoyed Perdido Street Station and The Scar, this one though took a while to get into. Like, 200 pages or so. Which were mostly about a group of characters you don't get to know or care about, running from one mortal danger to another, for the sake of the mission which never gets explained until much, much, much later and is therefore hard to give a damn about. Luckily, at around 200 pages mark the book finally gets to tell the story of the Iron Council and from then on it was a blast to read. I just could have lived without the super-long preamble.
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Old 09-14-2014, 09:10 AM   #632
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Carrion Comfort is by Dan Simmons, yes, I was talking about two authors in one post, WHAAAAAAT?
That's just crazy talk.
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Old 09-14-2014, 10:27 AM   #633
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Iron Council by China Mieville

A friend lent me three books of his, all set in the same fantasy world, and this was the final third one I've read. Man has an extraordinary (and sometimes perverse) imagination and a knack for world-building, even if his prose and characters don't quite match them. I really enjoyed Perdido Street Station and The Scar, this one though took a while to get into. Like, 200 pages or so. Which were mostly about a group of characters you don't get to know or care about, running from one mortal danger to another, for the sake of the mission which never gets explained until much, much, much later and is therefore hard to give a damn about. Luckily, at around 200 pages mark the book finally gets to tell the story of the Iron Council and from then on it was a blast to read. I just could have lived without the super-long preamble.
Agreed with all of this, including liking the other books from this world as well. This is another author whose every book I have read. You should maybe check out the The City & the city, another good book but the style is different than the trilogy you just read.
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I've heard good stuff about that guy.
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Old 09-16-2014, 01:21 AM   #635
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Donna Tartt, The Goldfinch.
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Old 09-22-2014, 01:32 AM   #636
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C/P'd from my review on Goodreads, RE: Carrion Comfort:

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This might be one of the most negative four star reviews you're ever going to read.

It's not that I don't like this book. I love it.

But there were a few things that stuck so deeply in my craw that I just couldn't quite let them go.

The book plays out like a Hollywood movie script, in its conveniences. Which is a shame, because for the first half, or so, it's gritty "realism" is more than appreciated. I'm ever so slightly disappointed with Simmons, as I believe he is one of the best authors I have ever had the pleasure of reading. That's why I'm so disappointed by how easy this book is, the situations, I mean. It reminded me far too much of Stephen King's It in it's approach to tackling the villains as well.
 
The neat little bow that ends the story with the good guys prevailing, Marvin somehow surviving, all of the bad guys (including Tony) dying, was almost enough to drop the whole thing another star, but then Melanie lived and Tony's death at least made sense, so I'm content.


All that being said: Tony, Saul and Melanie are three of the best characters I've ever seen written, and the combination of 1st person POV and 3rd person reality inter-played around Melanie's character almost make up for a lot of the cookie-cutter plotting.

It's a great, scary concept, some chapters being some of the most terrifying material I have ever read. But, there was just that little bit that keeps it from the pantheon of favorite books ever, and thus, 4/5.
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Donna Tartt, The Goldfinch.
This says it all.
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For more seasonally appropriate reading, since I finished Carrion Comfort much quicker than I'd planned (thanks to getting sick, this past weekend), I'm taking a brief trip over to Hell House. At least until I can locate my copy of House of Leaves.

Not over the moon about this one, to be honest. It feels like such a been there done that story, but I'm hoping for it to diverge from the path soon enough.
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Fuck House >>>>>> Hell House.
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Wolfgang Puck House.
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The Bone Clocks just arrived in the mail today.

So excited, but I'm still less than 200 pages into Thousand Autumns...

Can I resist?
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Dude, finish what you started then worry about The Bone Clocks.
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The Bone Clocks just arrived in the mail today.

So excited, but I'm still less than 200 pages into Thousand Autumns...

Can I resist?
I enjoyed the second half more than the first half. Finish this shit.
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Laz, don't open:

 
Gump, would you agree that if Laz does not like the VERY end, he has no soul?
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Laz, don't open:

 
Gump, would you agree that if Laz does not like the VERY end, he has no soul?
 
Well, I doubt he has a soul regardless, but yes. 100 times yes. My favorite thing in the book is how the last sentence mirrors the last sentence of part I. Brilliant, beautiful, sad. Wonderful, really.
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