This had some great writing and great inventions (intentions). But, ultimately, it was very hard to get through. I found the dialog clunky. And the magic in this book has no rules, which is OK for Wonderland (or UnLunDun), but doesn't work for modern day London. There was no suspense, no urgency, as the characters could just magic their way ouf of any given situation. This book also had the bad luck to follow "The City & The City" which was, perhaps, Mieville's best book to date. I greatly admire Mieville and will continue to buy his books as they appear. This book showed me his limits. He's not a humorist...and this book was intended as a comedy.