My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Sad to say, I simply could not finish this book and I feel terribly guilty about that. Its fanciful world and level of quirky erudition ought to be right up my street, but as a (very) casual fiction reader, I found it impossible to move the narrative along. Total philistine. 100 lashes. Next time I’m on a desert island, I’ll give it another go.