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  • The Scar

  • New Crobuzon, Book 2
  • By: China Mieville
  • Narrated by: Damian Lynch
  • Length: 21 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 212
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 166
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 165

A pirate city hauled across the oceans.... A hidden miracle about be revealed.... These are the ingredients of an astonishing story. It is the story of a prisoner's journey. Of the search for the island of a forgotten people, for the most astonishing beast in the seas, and ultimately for a fabled place - a massive wound in reality, a source of unthinkable power and danger.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Stunning, Thought Provoking Read

  • By scotty on 29-04-12

not too bad

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-04-13

I wasn't sure about carrying on with this series because I had mixed feelings about Perdido St Station (long, exhausting but ultimately quite satisfying). I should say that The Scar is not at all a sequel to the previous book, it's simply set in the same world with the occurrences from Perdido only peripheral comments to this story. In The Scar, I liked some of the concepts, and many of the characters had potential but they never really followed through. For all that the story should have been epic, it actually all felt a bit pointless by the end. The narrator was ok but I much preferred the chap who did the previous novel. I think his grandiose style better suited the story. In summary, it was ok, some good bits, some tension but, to be honest, I was a bit indifferent about the fate of the characters by the end. I'd say it's worth a credit if you enjoyed the Bas Lag setting but I wouldn't put it at the top of your wishlist.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Last Four Things

  • By: Paul Hoffman
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 712
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 459
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 460

The eagerly awaited sequel to The Left Hand of God. Death, Judgement, Heaven and Hell. These are The Last Four Things Now there are Five. Meet Thomas Cale. Returning to the Sanctuary of the Redeemers - Thomas Cale is told by the Lord Militant that the destruction of mankind is necessary - the only way to undo God's greatest mistake. Cale seemingly accepts his role in the ending of the world - fate has painted him as the Left Hand of God, the Angel of Death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Grateful for the negative reviews - but I loved it

  • By Iain on 02-03-12

Not as good as I wanted it to be!

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-07-11

I was looking forward to this book because I really enjoyed The Left Hand of God but there were a few elements that irritated me - mainly the over-cliched characters and the use of familiar names and phrases which jar a little within this story. The Last Four Things seems to include even more of this, which, for me, bursts the bubble of the fantasy at times. I found it boring in parts and some of the character plot developments a little bit shallow and unbelievable. He also has a tendency to spend a long time describing 'histories' and races in the story, which I know has some relevance to the events in this book but I felt that this exposition was at the expense of narrative so by the end you feel as though nothing much has happened.

That said, now I've finished, I can say that I did enjoy it as the 'middle book' that it is, and I will read the next one. If you didn't enjoy the first book, then I doubt this will change your mind over the series.

Big positive though - the audio presentation was faultless and I'll happily listen to anything this chap does!

7 of 7 people found this review helpful