This urban grunge fantasy is Mieville's debut novel and the first of his works I've read. This is a riff on the Pied Piper of Hamlin and is imaginative and fast-paced. The language is delightful as is the imagery. The plot, however, is entirely predictable and there is one clear flaw in the plot, having to do with the protagonist's ability to resist the Rat Catcher's tune when no one else can. Still, it's a fun and fast read, and shows Mieville's developing talent. I'll read more of his work.
|Short quick read where Liam meets the Man in Black on the salt flats near his home. He agrees to give the Man in Black whatever he wants in exchange for everything Liam wants. Liam's friend, Kyle, appears in front of a changed Liam. Together they plan to conquer their world.
This is different. It's fantasy and a touch of horror. It is too short to have much plot but the writing builds up that I was on the edge of my seat to find out what happens. I hope this is the beginning of a series. Ms. Clairmont's world building is good and I would like to see what happens to Liam, Kyle, and the Man in Black.