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Kraken - China Mieville
Kraken
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With this outrageous new novel, China Miéville has written one of the strangest, funniest, and flat-out scariest books you will read this—or any other—year. The London that comes to life in Kraken is a weird metropolis awash in secret currents of myth and magic, where criminals, police, cultists,... show more
With this outrageous new novel, China Miéville has written one of the strangest, funniest, and flat-out scariest books you will read this—or any other—year. The London that comes to life in Kraken is a weird metropolis awash in secret currents of myth and magic, where criminals, police, cultists, and wizards are locked in a war to bring about—or prevent—the End of All Things.In the Darwin Centre at London’s Natural History Museum, Billy Harrow, a cephalopod specialist, is conducting a tour whose climax is meant to be the Centre’s prize specimen of a rare Architeuthis dux—better known as the Giant Squid. But Billy’s tour takes an unexpected turn when the squid suddenly and impossibly vanishes into thin air.As Billy soon discovers, this is the precipitating act in a struggle to the death between mysterious but powerful forces in a London whose existence he has been blissfully ignorant of until now, a city whose denizens—human and otherwise—are adept in magic and murder.There is the Congregation of God Kraken, a sect of squid worshippers whose roots go back to the dawn of humanity—and beyond. There is the criminal mastermind known as the Tattoo, a merciless maniac inked onto the flesh of a hapless victim. There is the FSRC—the Fundamentalist and Sect-Related Crime Unit—a branch of London’s finest that fights sorcery with sorcery. There is Wati, a spirit from ancient Egypt who leads a ragtag union of magical familiars. There are the Londonmancers, who read the future in the city’s entrails. There is Grisamentum, London’s greatest wizard, whose shadow lingers long after his death. And then there is Goss and Subby, an ageless old man and a cretinous boy who, together, constitute a terrifying—yet darkly charismatic—demonic duo.All of them—and others—are in pursuit of Billy, who inadvertently holds the key to the missing squid, an embryonic god whose powers, properly harnessed, can destroy all that is, was, and ever shall be. 
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780345497499 (034549749X)
ASIN: 034549749X
Publisher: Del Rey Books
Pages no: 528
Edition language: English
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Books Read, Not Necessarily Well
Books Read, Not Necessarily Well rated it
5.0 Kraken
The disappearance of a prize exhibit at the Darwin Centre leads to a curator becoming dragged into an unknown struggle of cultists and magic and the upcoming Apocalypse set in a dangerous London running alongside his own.Unlike The City & The City, which was a slow burn, Kraken wastes no time intro...
feeding the swarm
feeding the swarm rated it
2.5 Excerpt from a comment to a friend
...I couldn't make myself like it, I'm afraid. It felt like a Pollock painting - splashes of pretty colour, very witty banter, nice Neverwhere 2.0 world-building, etc. But the architecture is just not there. No arc, no blueprint. Just a mess of magic without rules. Why does stealing the kraken mess ...
kathleenlcharles
kathleenlcharles rated it
3.0 Kraken
Not your run of the mill MM romance... a tale of horror with some tantalizing tentacle sex thrown in. I'll admit I did some skimming towards the end, not into genuine torture. But it was an interesting tale of small town magical secrets and old fashioned evil.
Jessy's Books
Jessy's Books rated it
2.0 Kraken by China Mieville
I wanted to like this book. It seemed like it contained the type of weirdness that is right up my alley. I expected to enjoy it, but it was a total let down. The characters in this book are utterly forgettable, and the plot was confusing (possibly because I couldn't be bothered to care about what h...
Pitter Patter of Little Thoughts
Pitter Patter of Little Thoughts rated it
3.0
Billy is just another guy who works at a museum making certain squids are okay for bottling. But when the largest specimen goes missing, he suddenly gets roped into a dangerous affair involving a completely different side of London that we have never seen before. And as the magic and mystery of find...
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