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Perdido Street Station by China Mieville

A perfect steampunk blend of fantasy, industrial-age science, and cyberpunk. The story and the characters I didn't find that interesting, but the world it is set in - ho ho, now this is some good stuff. The city of New Crobuzon is a festering hotbed of industry, filth, and crime. This is a dirty, ugly, nasty city - but you come to love it all the same.

It's got a corrupt government (check out those Man-o-Wars); a burgeoning science community (the main character, Issac, is a figure straight out of the Enlightenment), a nasty Remade crime lord; a smattering of races that would be equally at home in Star Wars or D&D; a rebellious underground raging (mostly ineffectually) against government oppression; clockwork computers and emergent consciousness; and even a psychedelic drug trip for good measure.

Rating: 4 of 5
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