Perdido Street Station
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... show more
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.
Format: mass market paperback
Publish date: 2003-07-29
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Pages no: 640
Edition language: English
Series: New Crobuzon (#1)
This is a re-read for my RL book club as well. This is the second time I have read Perdido Street Station. I enjoyed it far more this time. The first time I read it, I gave it three stars. Now, it's four. It is a weird novel that would also work for the cryptozoologist square. It traces the...
I listened to the audio version of this book.Firstly, I believe over 40% of this book could have been left out. A huge amount was spent on narrative that was not needed nor help progress the story. I found it to cause confusion at times, also the book jumped from character to character with no clear...
Perdido Street Station is the hub of rail traffic in New Crobuzon, and home to foreign embassies. It is a monstrous building, immense in scale, that is astounding even in a city as ancient and crowded and industrial as New Crobuzon. The novel establishes the civilization: a melting pot of species an...
Ridiculously imaginative. The book you can really split into two parts. The first half builds the characters of Isaac, Lin and Yagharek. You feel as though the story will be based around the quest of Yagharek to regain flight through Isaac, the mad scientist and main character. However with the seco...
Perdido Street Station seemed like a sort of odd but mostly-effective blending of genres. After finishing the book I found that a lot of people classify it as steampunk. This was my first experience with steampunk, so I can’t say if this is a unique specimen or not, but it was definitely unique in...