Sunday, April 22, 2007

Un Lun Dun

I borrowed the new China Mieville book, Un Lun Dun, from a coworker and have dived into it. It's sort of a YA book, but is more like a hybrid of Terry Pratchett & Phillip Pullman crossed with Lewis Carroll, L. Frank Baum & Monty Python, where a young girl and her friend are thrown into an alternate London and being stalked by Smog. It has very cool pen & ink illustrations throughout. Kinda China-lite, lots of atmosphere but not a lot of character development. Nowhere near as dark and gritty as Perdido Street Station or The Scar, but still lots of surreal fun. I'm enjoying the little milk carton that follows the girls through the story like a kind of lactose-Toto. Fun. I'm hoping it follows through to some satisfying conclusion...


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