I went into this book knowing I was going to enjoy it. China Miéville is one of my favorite science fiction/fantasy writers working today. How to describe his writing? He classifies himself as part of the “new weird” movement, which itself is rather nebulous but refers to the early 20th century dark fantasy horror of H. P. Lovecraft. Miéville has certainly taken quite a few pages from Lovecraft’s books, but fortunately has forsaken the ones containing Lovecraft’s misogyny and deep-seated disgust and fear of racial impurity. In fact, Miéville’s politics are one of the things that keep me coming back to his work. Miéville is a professed socialist, and his works betray a deep awareness of contemporary social issues as he reworks them into his world of Bas Lag.

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