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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 --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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A truly interesting book about another similar-ish world. Read it awhile ago and still have thoughts stir up from it. Starts slow, finishes fast!Published 3 days ago by Imaginable
Overall I really did enjoy this book, even if I did come away feeling slightly grubby... in the literal and figurative sense. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Ben
Great work, China. The weirdness of the characters reminded me of Scar Jones. Perdido is vividly imagined, pretty well executed. A bit longish,with a LOT of descriptive passages. Read morePublished 5 days ago by K. Mitchell
I love this book. Definitely an excellent read! It's a slow start, but very very worthwhile. Shipped and arrived as expected.Published 6 days ago by The Uncanny Canary
Perdido Station stand outs from the crowd of Science Fiction genre. Mieville has created a fascinating and unique world. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Nancy Kazar
The book is a stunning feat, portraying a highly complex and gritty world. The characters are compelling and the story engaging. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Catriona
The plot line is interesting. The characters are definitely unique. The prose is top shelf. The setting is a bit too dark for my liking.Published 1 month ago by T. Darby
This book takes you on quite a wondrous ride. You really can see and feel the world created by Mieville and are in for a very different exposition in the process. Read morePublished 1 month ago by V. Volmut
Vox Day raved over this novel so I was very curious about it. Mieville's world building is richly and precisely detailed, but there's nothing in this book you can't find in Clive... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Peter Buxton