I spent the morning in bed with a cold reading UnLunDun by China Mieville - fresh from the library, I'm the first person to be taking out this copy. It's absolutely wonderful! It took a few chapters for me to really love it - so there's a second version of London populated by all the lost and unwanted things from London, hmm, ok - but now I am about halfway through and everything that I didn't much like in the beginning has turned into complete joy. All the bits that I thought were there just because they "looked good" are seriously coming to life.
It's like all the classic children's fantasy I loved as a kid, and some that I only imagined and wished it would materialise in book-form.
I worried it might be a bit long and dragged-out, just from the thickness of the book, but now I think it's epic and generous, with a real sense of building a world. Hooray! So many pages left! Mmmm.