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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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This book is so good that even after they introduced cactus people and a giant sentient vacuum cleaner, I kept reading.Published 2 days ago by Julianne McGinn
Incredible book, incredible city, mostly amazing characters and a storyline that should keep any reader hooked.Published 24 days ago by Nadia D
Mieville is one of the most challenging and thought-provoking authors of the young 21st century. His vision is very fresh and occasionally ingenious. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Douglass F. Rohrman
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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month ago by misterkel
I love this book. Definitely an excellent read! It's a slow start, but very very worthwhile. Shipped and arrived as expected.Published 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month ago by Catriona