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Perdido Street Station - China Miéville
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... 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.From the Trade Paperback edition.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780345459404 (0345459407)
Publisher: Del Rey
Pages no: 640
Edition language: English
Series: New Crobuzon (#1)
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kingsoupnut
kingsoupnut rated it
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...
YouKneeK
YouKneeK rated it
4.0 Review: Perdido Street Station (New Crobuzon Book 1 of 3)
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...
William's Book Blog
William's Book Blog rated it
2.5 Etiolated, Ineluctable, Pugnacious
No, not the book itself, but arguably the three adjectives Miéville overused most, to the point where I could see the next one coming. Adjective storm ahead, skipper - shall I alter course? No way around it, ship-mates, just batten down the hatches, and get the men down off the rigging. Though com...
Tannat
Tannat rated it
1.0 Perdido Street Station
I wanted to like this one, and I really thought I would, but the characters, writing, and setting couldn't hold me. I thought The Scar (which I read first, years ago) was a case of cool ideas that just didn't quite work to absorb me, and that part of my problem was that I hadn't read Perdido Street...
Words, words, words
Words, words, words rated it
2.0 Perdido Street Station
I like to imagine the author bent on his work, shrieking, "What is this paragraph? Only two legs? Only ten fingers? No, no,no, no, this is all WRONG! More animal limbs! His feet must be plants! He must have at least three necks! And fifteen mouths! And how many stomachs does he have? Quadruplicate t...
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