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Generous, gaudy, grand, grotesque, gigantic, grim, grimy, and glorious, Perdito Street Station is a bloody fascinating book. It's also so massive that you may begin to feel you're getting too much of a good thing; just slow down and enjoy.
Yes, but what is Perdido Street Station about? To oversimplify: the eccentric scientist Isaac Dan der Grimnebulin is hired to restore the power of flight to a cruelly de-winged birdman. Isaac's secret lover is Lin, an artist of the khepri, a humano-insectoid race; theirs is a forbidden relationship. Lin is hired (rather against her will) by a mysterious crime boss to capture his horrifying likeness in the unique khepri art form. Isaac's quest for flying things to study leads to verification of his controversial unified theory of the strange sciences of his world. It also brings him an odd, unknown grub stolen from a secret government experiment so perilous it is sold to a ruthless drug lord--the same crime boss who hired Lin. The grub emerges from its cocoon, becomes an extraordinarily dangerous monster, and escapes Isaac's lab to ravage New Crobuzon, even as his discovery becomes known to a hidden, powerful, and sinister intelligence. Lin disappears and Isaac finds himself pursued by the monster, the drug lord, the government and armies of New Crobuzon, and other, more bizarre factions, not all confined to his world. --Cynthia Ward
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You are completely immersed in this brilliant, fully-realized and believable world populated with amazing characters.Published 15 days ago by H.HelenaR.
Perdido Street Station (New Crobuzon Book 1) by China Mieville
Some like to characterize this novel as steam-punk. Read more
I'm a big fan of Mervin Peake's Gormenghast trilogy, & this book absolutely entranced me because of similarity's between the two. Read morePublished 27 days ago by ClwydJ
This book is incredibly dense, packed full of elaborate prose and heady ideas. A very inventive fantasy world with an unpredictable plot, intriguing characters ... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Chelsea A.
this has become one of my new favorites. A truly fantastic read.
No joke, got lost in this one day, and BAM! 6 hours flew right on by.
Perdidio Street Station is, perhaps, the quintessential example of The New Weird, or Steampunk, or whatever strange brew of fiction it is Mieville produces. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Glenn Vanstrum
I thoroughly enjoyed this introduction to the world of New Crobizon. The language was deliciously overdone and perfectly set the tone for the world that was a combination of turn... Read morePublished 2 months ago by M. Dumas
There may be a story in here, but the writing style will push you away. I managed a few chapters, then gave up.Published 2 months ago by no