Book Review: This Census-Taker by China Miéville (Two Stars)


Book Review: This Census-Taker by China Miéville

Two Stars

“I knew that day that my father was feeding only the darkness.”

Short, pointless, poorly done. Expected better more from Miéville. At least it wasn’t offensive, an accomplishment among 2017 Hugo Award novella finalists. (Nice cover art.)

“Once I asked my father, ‘Why do you want me?’ I still think it was the bravest thing I’ve ever done.”

Talk about your unreliable narrator. Holden Caulfield syndrome. Mixed tenses–first, second and third–confuses the story. Big vocabulary and syntax change late in the story, presumably to indicate a shift in narrator maturity, but then wasn’t the whole story written by him?

“The more you know about people the better.”


2 thoughts on “Book Review: This Census-Taker by China Miéville (Two Stars)

  1. Not surprised about this book. I read The Kracken and was disappointed. Mieville’s story idea was interesting but the characters weren’t fully formed. I kept waiting to know the characters, but it didn’t happen. Ultimately the book was dull and I didn’t care about anyone.

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