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Reading China Mieville's latest, "Iron Council." There are a handful of authors for whom I will lay out money for a hardcover, no questions asked--Pratchett, McKinley, Gaiman, Martin. Mieville, author of "Perdido Street Station," is the most recent addition to the list. (Not to be confused with "will maybe lay out money for a hardcover after dithering about it for awhile and feeling vaguely guilty," of which there are many more, depending on my mood and current cash flow.)

Still waiting for the megaplot to start. Mieville has this tendency to get all the characters, get them motivated, get you interested, and then suddenly, several hundred pages in, drops the REAL plot on you like a ton of intriguingly painted bricks. I'm not sure if he's going to do that here, or not, but I also don't much care--I'd read a manual on fixing Volvo engines if Mieville wrote it.

And boy, reading this stuff before bed will give you some seriously weirdass dreams. Had a whole montage of steampunk cyborgs grinding through my brain for half the night. Gronk.

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I bhought perdido street station, purely on a whim (it was your fault too, I had jsut a scrap paper as a notebook, a scrap paper which just happened to be a journal entry form this journal about "perdido street station". I had soem money to brun so I thought "why not". now I*m also in the chategory of people who'd buy a car manual if it was written by Mieville, and I could get to it (our local bookshop had only iron counscil, which i've bhought but haven't read yet, i'd have to get to Stockholm to actually have something to choose between, lousy swedsih bookshop...)

So, anyway, what Mieville-books do you recommend to get first?

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