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Perdido Street Station

Miéville, China (Book - 2001)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Perdido Street Station
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Beneath the towering bleached ribs of a dead, ancient beast lies New Crobuzon, a squalid city where humans, Re-mades, and arcane races live in perpetual fear of Parliament and its brutal militia. The air and rivers are thick with factory pollutants and the strange effluents of alchemy, and the ghettos contain a vast mix of workers, artists, spies, junkies, and whores. In New Crobuzon, the unsavory deal is stranger to none--not even to Isaac, a brilliant scientist with a penchant for Crisis Theory. Isaac has spent a lifetime quietly carrying out his unique research. But when a half-bird, half-human creature known as the Garuda comes to him from afar, Isaac is faced with challenges he has never before fathomed. Though the Garuda's request is scientifically daunting, Isaac is sparked by his own curiosity and an uncanny reverence for this curious stranger. While Isaac's experiments for the Garuda turn into an obsession, one of his lab specimens demands attention: a brilliantly colored caterpillar that feeds on nothing but a hallucinatory drug and grows larger--and more consuming--by the day. What finally emerges from the silken cocoon will permeate every fiber of New Crobuzon--and not even the Ambassador of Hell will challenge the malignant terror it invokes . . . A magnificent fantasy rife with scientific splendor, magical intrigue, and wonderfully realized characters, told in a storytelling style in which Charles Dickens meets Neal Stephenson, Perdido Street Station offers an eerie, voluptuously crafted world that will plumb the depths of every reader's imagination.
Authors: Miéville, China
Title: Perdido Street Station
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Pub. Group, 2001
Characteristics: 710 p. : map ; 24 cm
ISBN: 0345443020
Branch Call Number: FICTION Mie
Statement of Responsibility: China Mieville
Subject Headings: Fantasy fiction
Topical Term: Fantasy fiction
LCCN: 00067474
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Beneath the towering bleached ribs of a dead, ancient beast lies New Crobuzon, a squalid city where humans, Re-mades, and arcane races live in perpetual fear of Parliament and its brutal militia. The air and rivers are thick with factory pollutants and the strange effluents of alchemy, and the gh... Read More »


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Dec 17, 2012
  • LazyNeko rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

I had a lot of problems with the story, which is all over the place. Giant mind-eating moths and insane spider gods I can accept... but a perpetual motion machine? No. Just no.

Feb 02, 2012
  • klm_dragon rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This book totally mesmerized me. He has created a world that is thoroughly complex and satisfying without being hard to follow, and the depth of both the individual characters and the sociological milieu is impressive. And the writing! He writes like a dream. I loved this book.

Jul 18, 2011
  • arykahmarye rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Trying to stuff this book in a genre would be a hopeless task, so i can only recommend it to all those who love to read something new and different, something that isn't a easily defined, but draws you in completely.

The story is complex with a variety of flavors and ideas hitting you, and a conclusion i could not have seen when diving into the first pages. At times i found myself frustrated with all that was going on with what seemed to be a complete lack of progression or explanation - but when i threw this book to the side, i always found myself picking it back up again, hungry to know what it was all leading to.

Jun 22, 2011
  • Adzebill rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

First of his fantasy series, showing up most fantasy books as the pale derivative things they are.

Jan 04, 2011
  • SpongeBob_Fishpants rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

If I could give this book more stars I would. I'm not a big fantasy fan as my tastes run more towards Hard Scifi and I have a difficult time suspending my disbelief long enough to take the time to understand worlds and species based entirely on imagination. But Mievill'e's writing is so evocative that it carried me past my initial misgivings and before I knew it I was lost in a great story.

Sep 08, 2010
  • stuvw27 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

There I was looking for something new and outlandish... brother, did I find it! This thing nailed me to the back wall and kept me there until I finished reading "the Scar". As luck would have it China was busy at work on "The Iron Council" so I did not have long to wait for another dose.

Jun 29, 2010
  • div_dbrl rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is an incredible book, one of the best that I've read. Mieville reads like the hyperliterate child of Philip K. Dick and Dr. Hunter S. Thompson. He uses words and ideas in new ways, like fiction is supposed to do. The world-building in this novel is simply incredible, and his descriptions make New Crobuzon almost palpable. You can almost feel it, smell it.

In a world full of vampire books, Mieville has either pulled from more obscure legends (like the garuda) or created his own weird creatures (like the khepri), and in both cases, he has humanized them in a way that few authors bother. He develops even his "monsters" more than many authors develop their main characters.

This book is, simply put, epic. I devoured it and then recommended it to everyone I knew. I may end up having to buy another copy, as mine is getting so worn from lending. If you're interested in reading something out of the ordinary, I highly recommend this book.

Dec 10, 2009
  • kwsmith rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

China Mieville once again creates an astounding imaginative world, seamlessly blending elements from steampunk, horror, fantasy, and science fiction. But the real magic is how well China tackles traditional literary themes such as how compulsive desire often touches upon obsession. Dark and gritty, the heroes of this story suffer in the end because true enlightenment sometimes comes at a cost.

Dec 07, 2009
  • dida rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

An interesting story line, but the author's world sacrificed cohesion for complexity and there was a certain amount of literary navel-gazing on his part (for example, I'm pretty sure he wrote the book with a thesaurus open on the table). Still, an overall enjoyable read.

Sep 24, 2009
  • FollowTheBlind rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Macabre and mesmerizing, the complexity and fluidity of this novel is impressive to behold. It draws the reader in with one tantalizing storyline and sweeps you away with several others that all come together. It is exciting, gritty, dark and fantastical.

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Dec 17, 2012
  • LazyNeko rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

"...I am no longer Concrete Individual and Respected Yagharek. He is gone. I told you my name, and my name-title. I am Too Too Abstract Yagharek Not To Be Respected. That is who I will always be, and I will be true enough to tell you."

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