I wanted to like it. It's inspired by Moby Dick, after all, and the idea sounds neat. But 150 pages in, I have to admit I'm just bored. I don't care about any of the characters, I don't think the writing is as clever as it's trying to be, and no, I don't like that he inexplicably uses an ampersand instead of the word "and" throughout the book. It's just silly. Plus, really, if you think about it at all, the whole concept of the book basically falls apart. Guess Miéville's no Melville after all.