How have I not noticed this thread before??
Brazil wrote:China Mieville leaves me cold - his characters and plot are always subservient to his (admittedly very clever) conceits. It results in stories that leave you in admiration of the idea, without really giving much of a shit about any of the vehicles used to deliver it.
I've only read The City and The City
and it bored the shite out of me. The plot went nowhere and the prose was absolutely awful. I know a lot of people who rave about his stuff, I'll probably try another of his at some stage but that one really put me off.
Try Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky. I found the style and some of the themes similar to Banks. Well worth a read, I couldn't put it down.
Amazing book. Such a great idea, perfectly executed.
I've been reading a lot of sci-fi lately, I posted on the Book Thread not long ago about the Broken Earth Trilogy
(more speculative fiction/ fantasy maybe but anyway...) which is fantastic.
Read The Forever War
not long ago, liked some aspects of it a lot but I'm not sure about its classic status, it didn't completely blow me away.
at the moment, it's my fourth or fifth Banks, it's excellent.