I can see why many love this book - but I'm not one of them. Florid poetry about life in steampunk fantasy sewers just doesn't turn my crank, even if you throw in Skynet and some vampires for a plot and then do some drunkard meanderings around things vaguely resembling art and science by flawed heroes.
It's not badly written. I can appreciate the artistry in its creation, and I really disliked the result. Three stars is only because I seem to be so far in the minority on this one I don't want to seem like a complete fool.
Read a bit of it before laying your money down.
Published Nov. 11, 2003 by Del Rey/Ballantine Books.