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It seemed transparently obvious to me that Mieville, having built up The Scar to this extent, realised he was completely incapable of coming up with anything interesting to happen which could possibly justify that buildup, and so deployed a mammoth load of cop-out, a heap of cop-out so dense that large boulders of cop-out got knocked off the pile and ended up falling on The Iron Council too.
It's been a very long while.
Imagine my annoyance at The Iron Council when, rather than having his revolution pull off an unlikely success or suffer a realistic defeat, Mieville has a character
The whole thing revealed a distasteful fondness for deus ex machina and an equally distasteful tendency to set up situations which look like they are about to degenerate into delicious chaos and then not allowing chaos to happen.
He has... issues, but generally he's quite a smart man.
But do those books have better plotting? Or are they just more mediocre stories with awesome costumes and amazing sets?
Let's agree never to speak of the unspeakable things we did in the time bubble. Even though it means I have to forgive Dan for shooting me in that timeline.
I feel like I'm in a Marvel superhero comic. R-r-reboot.
This may be the nadir after all.
What am I even typing.
Excerpt from the neko thing: The neko was young, barely past adolescence, hairless save for the grey fur of his tail and that of his sensitive, cat-like ears.
Dharsha was sold again, this time for far, far less than his original price to a woman with a taste for exotic young things.... The first time she called him to her chambers, he was amazed. For females were mysterious, wondrous things that he had little experience of, but had mused often enough about, as most young males did.
"As I promised, I've a neko slave to sell."
"No! You bitch!" Dharsha cried, betrayed, furious, aghast. How could she after sharing her body with him? After teaching him the wonders of sex?
You can read more. If you want to. And I'm sure you have every reason to want to!
God, where ... how ... why.
And I thought those gay vampire dentists you found were some kind of nadir.
BUT I WAS WRONG.
The neko are a cat-like race that live separate from humans.