I've known about this book for a couple of years and hesitated to read it. I was afraid it would be a disappointment. In a a way it was, but that's not because this wasn't an extremely well written story. It was fascinating and original. However - I suppose I'd been expecting to find out a little more. I can't say any more without spoiling the plot to someone who hasn't read the book yet. It's supposed to be a fantasy story, but I think it works well as a mystery too. Impressive creation. The language was excellent. I think I'd like to read more by China Miéville, in fact, if he ever writes a sequel, I'd definitely want to read it.