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King Rat - First Impressions
« on: May 29, 2014, 10:55:52 PM »
This is a thread for first impressions, a place to share your very initial thoughts when you sit down to read. This should be spoiler free. If there is something spoilerish you just really want to comment about right at the beginning, just be sure to use spoiler tags. :)
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Re: King Rat - First Impressions
« Reply #1 on: May 30, 2014, 10:33:04 AM »
I was on a long coach journey on Wednesday night and read half of the book.  It's really good, and I think you will all enjoy it.  In terms of Mieville other output, it's most similar to Kraken and Un Lun Dun.  Best read with drum and bass pounding on your MP3 player.
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Re: King Rat - First Impressions
« Reply #2 on: May 30, 2014, 12:00:29 PM »
I was on a long coach journey on Wednesday night and read half of the book.  It's really good, and I think you will all enjoy it.  In terms of Mieville other output, it's most similar to Kraken and Un Lun Dun.  Best read with drum and bass pounding on your MP3 player.

That's good to hear...I loved Un Lun Dun  :D

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Re: King Rat - First Impressions
« Reply #3 on: June 01, 2014, 02:47:09 AM »
I've read the first few chapters today. So far, I likey. Love the tone/atmosphere. As well as his descriptions of things. Just amazing.
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« Reply #4 on: June 01, 2014, 02:30:03 PM »
First impressions:  I never imagined someone getting off a train could take so many pages to describe. ;)

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Re: King Rat - First Impressions
« Reply #5 on: June 01, 2014, 05:47:09 PM »
First impressions:  I never imagined someone getting off a train could take so many pages to describe. ;)

I didn't really notice it for that, but I did notice for a bike ride a bit further into the first week's section. :)
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« Reply #6 on: June 01, 2014, 07:16:57 PM »
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First impressions:  I never imagined someone getting off a train could take so many pages to describe. ;)

I didn't really notice it for that, but I did notice for a bike ride a bit further into the first week's section. :)

Well, maybe I'm being too harsh. ;)  Thing is, I've started reading the book without knowing anything at all about it - except that it comes highly recommended by a few forum members who occasionally seem to know what they're talking about.  And that it probably involves rats.  So I'm curious to get an idea of what sort of book it is - a comedy? an adventure? a fairy tale? a ponderous character study?  Two chapters in, I'm still none the wiser.

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Re: King Rat - First Impressions
« Reply #7 on: June 01, 2014, 09:27:45 PM »
It is an urban fantasy set in London about the fantastical underworld that is set beneath it (bit like Neverwhere) where a war is raging between the Rats and the Pied Piper of Hamelin.
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« Reply #8 on: June 02, 2014, 06:21:56 PM »
It is an urban fantasy set in London about the fantastical underworld that is set beneath it (bit like Neverwhere) where a war is raging between the Rats and the Pied Piper of Hamelin.

Given how straight-faced the book has been so far, I have no idea whether or not you're joking. ???

Still, nice premise either way.

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Re: King Rat - First Impressions
« Reply #9 on: June 02, 2014, 10:03:13 PM »
Oh dear.

Looks like Mr Mieville is a graduate of the 'Dick van Dyke school of Cock- en-ee Accents'.

Yes, apparently he is from London....but obvs the posh end, innit.

 

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