I just finished reading China Miéville’s The Scar, the second of his Bas-Lag books. Like Perdido Street Station before it, it’s brilliant. Being familiar with the world of Bas-Lag it wasn’t the revelation that Perdido Street Station was, but it is a damn good read. It was a bit slow to start, but once it got going it gripped me with tremendous ferocity. I was reading it over the holiday break, which was intensely busy, so I had little enough time to read it, but every free moment found me wanting to go back to it. I found myself forgoing video games and DVDs just to get back to the book. If you liked Perdido Street Station, you’ll definitely like The Scar. I’m now eagerly awaiting the pocketbook release of Iron Council. Sadly, I can’t justify the cost of hardcovers or trade paperbacks any more.