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Just because you like China Miéville's books....

China Miéville is one of my favorite authors, but oh! His taste in other writers is atrocious.

I'm reading M. John Harrison's Viriconium, a collection of novels by a guy that Miéville says "is one of the very great writers alive today."

Well, I can't tell it from the stuff I've read so far. The first novel, The Pastel City, was pretty good, but A Storm of Wings was much too oblique, and In Viriconium committed the cardinal sin: it was boring.

Of course, I should have suspected Miéville and I wouldn't agree on other writers when he described JRR Tolkien as "a wen on the arse of fantasy."

Read this for more on Miéville and Tolkien.

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