RARA-AVIS: Two Dead Rats

From: Michael Robison ( miker_zspider@yahoo.com)
Date: 13 Sep 2005

Finished Rat City yesterday. I started it months ago but came to the final hundred pages and just couldn't motivate myself further. I finally decided to finish it up anyway. I can't find anything good to say about it. Vapid and uninteresting. A lot of the dialogue stuck out as ridiculous. And all this in an overpriced trade paperback. On a 0 to 10, this gets a 1.

Also just finished Mieville's King Rat. It was pretty damned bad, too. I had read his Perdido Street Station and I thought it showed a lot of imagination and talent right up until the end when, near as I can tell, he had no idea how to finish it and it groaned to an unconvincing halt. King Rat read like a poorly done comic book.

On a more positive note, I reread Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian. Just as stunning the second time. Spectacular, with a subtext to knock your socks off. Literature at its best.


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