Un Lun Dun
Publish date: February 13th 2007
Publisher: Del Rey Books
Pages no: 432
Edition language: English
, Young Adult
, Science Fiction Fantasy
, Science Fiction
, Urban Fantasy
, European Literature
, British Literature
Un Lun Dun by China Mieville What is Un Lun Dun? It is London through the looking glass, an urban Wonderland of strange delights where all the lost and broken things of London end up . . . and some of its lost and broken people, too–including Brokkenbroll, boss of the broken umbrellas; Obaday Fin...
I am going to start with the positive. My first China Miéville book. Love his writing. I really do. I cannot wait to read The City & The City, which is the real Miéville book that I am waiting to read but wasn't at my bookstore. Love that he tries different genres of fiction in his writing. I really...
It's a pun! Un Lun Dun is set in the city of UnLondon, which lies underneath our London, a shadow where London's rubbish is lured. (See also: Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere.) UnLondon is in danger from the Smog, driven underground by the Clean Air Act and made intelligent by all the chemicals it contain...
So, I wasn't sure what to think of this just from the blurb, and I admit to being even less sure when I read the first few chapters. But I persevered because so many people speak so positively about Mieville, and what I ended up getting was actually a very enjoyable if not terribly gripping read. ...
I intensely adored this while I was reading it--the language! the illustrations! the quirk! unbrellas!! a pleasing twist on your typical 'chosen one' narrative!--but it hasn't aged well. The book, while a delightful experience, is simply too derivative of everything else in the world. If I remember ...