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Books you didn't understand

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This Census-Taker by China Mieville. I have no idea what happened in that book.
Oooh, yeah, I love Mieville but at the end of that one I had only grasped the slightest hint of what had been going on. Like,
the first letters of some of the sentences in one of the final chapters spell out, "This Census-Taker is rogue,"
at which point I realized I would probably have to re-read the entire book looking for weird meta clues. I haven't gotten around to it yet.
Mieville is really hit-or-miss for me. I don't think I ever finished "Kraken"? Stopped reading him after that one. Pity, because he's really atmospheric when he's good.
It took me three tries to finish Kraken. After a while I'd forget why I stopped reading during previous attempts, only remembering that I really loved the first third-ish. I think he just threw in too many ideas with Kraken.
 
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