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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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So, the city, its inhabitants, and the main characters are very well developed, cmplex, and interesting.
Like the book as a whole, the ending seems profound only if one don't peer too closely, reflect too long, or ask too many questions.
China Mieville's Perdido Street Station is an exceptionally well-written book with a great story to tell.
I’m like the Grinch when it comes to giving out five star reviews. I’m stingy, but it’s for a reason. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Anthony Vicino
China Melville has imagined a fantastic world, a world that incorporates many aliens in addition to humans; a world with science, magic, and anachronistic weapons and technologies;... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Henry David Banta H.D Banta
By the time I finally reached the end of this book I didn't care in the slightest about any of the characters and was a bit relieved as they left the stage (or died) one by one. Read morePublished 1 month ago by John Michael Thornton
A modern master of weird fiction, with the world building skills of a GRMM,Published 1 month ago by Malik Williams
This is an excellent book! The setting and characters are unique, the story is riveting, and I just cannot wait to read the rest of the series!Published 1 month ago by istina1268
I could stand the descriptions and dense language if the story actually seemed to be getting anywhere. Very few books put me to sleep, this is one of them.Published 2 months ago by dheeru
China Mieville is my new favorite. His creatures are intriguing and horrifying and the sweeping architecture paints a cacophonous intersection of life and culture. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amara Painter
Great theory and science, mired in verbose, rambling, dragging story. There is eight percent of this book that could be whittled down to a good story. Read morePublished 2 months ago by B. Smith
There is a number of times an author is allowed to use the word "vertiginous" in a story. That number is less than or equal to one. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Phoquess