Originally Posted by Boneman
Without wishing to decry his work, I too found Mieville's work inpenetrable. I have a feeling it's because he's too intellectual (and I'm not) in his writing, and it lacks any real feeling, as far as I'm concerned. My mind just becomes disinterested.
I agree. The intellectual bit sounds about right, and the reason it irritates me is because I can't shake the feeling that it's a deliberate and calculated move. In other words, Mieville writes in a way that he feels is intellectual, rather than simply writing naturally and if it's intellectual, so be it. Seems almost... fake to me. Like he's trying too hard. I could be wrong, of course, though God knows the chances of that happening are infinitesimally small.
Originally Posted by biodroid
I read about 200 pages of Perdido Street Station and stopped, I just couldn't get the idea of beetle headed women making ornaments out of their spit.
Another Mieville critic! Woohoo!
We should start an anti-fan club.