Perdido Street Station is the book for you.
Let me tell you boy, there are a lot of characters and descriptions of things which have zero impact on the story in this book.
Of particular uselessness are three robots and three mercenaries.
Oh, oops, I should say "spoiler alert".
SPOILER: the three robots and the three mercenaries have no effect on the rest of the story.
The British cover (here) is vastly better than the American cover.