The Rat King versus the Pied Piper in mondern-day London. Sort of. Anyway, it is *good*. Miéville was recommended to me by my friend Amy. Thanks Amy!
I had some trepidation about reading Tolstoy — the Russian authors have a reputation for hard reading. But I was very pleasantly surprised. This translation is excellent. The prose is accessible and modern, but not too modern to miss the flavor. The story is fantastic and the characters are real and memorable.