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Kraken by China MiƩville

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love books that deal with religions. Especially made up ones. I love books that deal with the whole world within a world/city within a city/otherside/invisible reality trope.

This kind of SMOOSHES them together. Which is ideal really.

I did read a few reviews where Mieville is accused of sticking in too many made up words and that making it harder to understand. I didn’t get that at all. If you need a word or term for something and there isn’t one, then make it up. At lease he draws on existing language to actually make the new terms make sense.

Although that might just be me, as I learnt a good deal of the vocabulary I possess by figuring out what words meant in context. It’s a pain in the next when I actually have to explain something to my mum, but it does come in handy with crosswords.

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Originally published at half girl, half robot. You can comment here or there.

Date: 2012-03-21 01:15 pm (UTC)
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Mieville is a big fan of playing with language as well as weird, anachronistic portmanteau. :)

That said, I found Kraken to be the book in which he did this the least, especially compared to e.g. the Bas-Lag books. What I found interesting about Kraken in terms of Mieville's writing was how the book began with very simple languages and sentence structure and got more convoluted and interesting as the book went on - which I assumed was a deliberate affectation designed to mirror the protagonist's slow awakening to the parallel world of magic and occultism.
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