Empress (Godspeaker Trilogy) - Karen Miller Perhaps it's because I'm coming down from a China Mieville high having recently finished [b:Embassytown|9265453|Embassytown|China Miéville|http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/518ITSFEWDL._SL75_.jpg|14146240] but trying to read this was an awful experience.

When the author's idea of representing the ignorance of peasants is to have them talk like The Cookie Monster* you know you're not in a good place, literature-wise.

* Mea culpa: I impugn The Cookie Monster - at least he used verbs.