“This Census-taker” by China Mieville

BethanyRecommended by Bethany

This book was not what I was expecting. I have heard that China Miéville is somewhat famous for his vast, epic novels, and This Census-takerthis was not one of them – in fact, it was a fairly short read. This book is about a young boy who has witnessed something horrible, and is told from the perspective of the boy who has grown up. The story flows between past and present tenses, which creates an almost otherworldly aura to the story, and comes off as a dark, twisted folk tale. This book is as much a thriller/horror story as it is a coming-of age narrative.

I would recommend this book to fans of Kelly Link’s short stories, or to fans of Neil Gaiman’s “The Ocean at the End of the Lane”.

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