Perdido Street Station
The metropolis of New Crobuzon sprawls at the centre of its own bewildering world. Humans and mutants and arcane races throng the gloom beneath its chimneys, where the rivers are sluggish with unnatural effluent, and factories and foundries pound into the night. For more than a thousand years,... show more
The metropolis of New Crobuzon sprawls at the centre of its own bewildering world. Humans and mutants and arcane races throng the gloom beneath its chimneys, where the rivers are sluggish with unnatural effluent, and factories and foundries pound into the night. For more than a thousand years, the parliament and its brutal militia have ruled over a vast array of workers and artists, spies, magicians, junkies and whores. Now a stranger has come, with a pocketful of gold and an impossible demand, and inadvertently something unthinkable is released. Soon the city is gripped by an alien terror - and the fate of millions depends on a clutch of outcasts on the run from lawmakers and crime-lords alike. The urban nightscape becomes a hunting ground as battles rage in the shadows of bizarre buildings. And a reckoning is due at the city's heart, in the vast edifice of Perdido Street Station. It is too late to escape. "A work of exhaustive inventiveness...superlative fantasy." - "Time Out". "A well-written, authentically engrossing adventure story, exuberantly full of hocus-pocus...Mieville does not disappoint." - "Daily Telegraph".
Format: mass market paperback
Publish date: February 23rd 2000
Publisher: Pan Books
Pages no: 867
Edition language: English
Series: New Crobuzon (#1)
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...
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...
Not my favorite Miéville, but still good. Started slow, but got better and threw me a couple of curve balls at the end.
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...