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Best book? Or best place to start?
but sure, if you're asking.
A 30FT TALL CONSTRUCT IS HERE CONTROLLING A DEAD WAITER THROUGH A WIRE
> waggle head antennae suggestively at marckee
THE AIR SHIMMERS AROUND YOU AND YOU CATCH A GLIPSE OF SKITTERING BLACK LIMBS
Not sure if it is the best but is the first in the Bas-Lag setting. I felt that The Scar and Iron Council are just as brilliant though. I think the general view is that The Scar just beats PSS, and Iron Council is not as good. I havent read his other novels that are a bit less fantastical, i.e. based in the real world but with fantasy elements. However, I have read his short story collection Looking For Jake and other stories, which are good as well, although even weirder than his novels.
is pretty straightforward in that's more detective noir than fantasy. it's definite slipstream in that it's got that realistic side to it
check out his short stories - there's a great one called the familiar (i think from memory) that's incredibly creepy without recalling any traditional horror ideas (though maybe if i read more stephen king, i'd know different)
Yeah the Familiar was really good, it is in the Looking For Jake collection. I think it is reasonably original, I mean obviously the idea of familiars themselves is not new, but its treatment is quite unique. Looking For Jake itself is probably my favourite in that book though.
is absolutely my favorite one in there. Horror short stories (I'm not sure that his work always comes under that tag, but that story does) can generally be assumed to be rubbish if they drift anywhere near 'dreamlike quality' territory; see any of Lovecraft's stories which were inspired by his sleepytime thoughts.
But Looking For Jake hits just the right note of warped reality to resemble a nightmare.
my first of his. It was pretty enjoyable only problem is his photo on the back cover… he looks like a bit of a willy and the picture is huge.
body of a roman gladiator, mind of issac newton
But he's done a YA fantasty novel, Un Lun Dun, which is absolutely great. Has to rein it all in a bit when writing for the young 'uns, which doesn't hurt at all imo.
I find the problem with the New Crobuzon books is that there's too many ideas and not enough plot sometimes.
I'm reading The City & The City at the moment and enjoying it.