I'd wanted to read Half Blood Blues too, but Amazon U.S. doesn't have it at the moment. Tried ABE and Powell's as well, and no dice.
To will: You make a good argument for China Mieville, but some of his work is hard to understand. He also reminds me of Dickens, but in the way he makes some invented words seem real. I agree that he is brilliant, although he seems to be writing for William F. Buckley.
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