This would be a good time to quit your whining. Here comes book #1.
Perdido Street Station by China Miéville.
The genre is Sci-fi with a heaping helping of Steampunk. It's well written and long and involving. It is also a book that almost no-one seems to have read or heard about, in my personal experience.
It is also not a happy story for the most part, so if you like happy endings go somewhere else. I would contrast it with normal works in saying that normal Sci-fi always seems to take place in worlds that are squeaky clean. This book is better described as being caked in a layer of dust and grime. Very satisfying.
That's all. Go read it.Posted by savidant at September 23, 2002 03:21 PM