It took me a long time to read Kraken (China Miéville, 2011), because I never got invested in the main characters and because it’s just too slow. Don’t get me wrong — Miéville’s writing has all it’s usual clever, creative, phantasmagorical force and the idea for a plot, though somewhat farcical, is enough of a mystery to hold me. The evil characters — including a sentient tattoo and a pair of horrifyingly effective assassins — are satisfying. The size of the magical vision (even the ocean has a personae in this book) is impressive. And, still, the book never came together to make me care very much about what happened next.
I enjoyed the first five Miéville novels I read (one of which I wrote about here). I’ll read another, but I hope the next one is easier to finish.