King Rat by China Miéville
3 Stars , Reviews / June 25, 2014

King Rat is festering with atmosphere and drowns you in a cacophony of Jungle Bass and Drum. It takes you to London’s underside, it’s stinking bowels, and gives life to the world below. It does all this in a very good way. I swear. King Rat is my first taste of Mieville and I’m still not sure if it was the best place for me to start, but it certainly isn’t a bad place to start. This is his debut novel and does not seem to be as widely read or recommended. I have also heard that it is a bit different from the rest of his novels. Since I obviously have not read the others, I can’t comment on that myself. But I can share what I thought of King Rat. The story is intriguing. Our protagonist, Saul, wakes up to find himself in the middle of a nightmare; One that he is being blamed for. He doesn’t know it yet, but he is about to find himself as a central figure in a war he knows nothing about within a world previously unknown to him. He is still in London, but now he sees the previously unseen. And…