Perdido Street Station

Perdido Street Station

Paperback - 2001
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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.
Published: New York :, Del Rey, Ballantine Publishing Group,, 2001.
Edition: First American edition.
ISBN: 9780345443021
0345443020
Branch Call Number: F MIE
Characteristics: 710 pages :,1 map ;,24 cm

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This one started slowly for me, but after pushing through the first portion I was utterly absorbed. Not a title for the squeamish, but if you appreciate political intrigue, speculative science, word craft and moral conundrums, this might be for you.

~Alexa

This author has an amazing, intelligent and challenging writing style. You may need to keep a dictionary handy (although this isn't a bad thing). This is the first in the BasLag series.

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smeddley
Feb 25, 2015

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klm_dragon
Feb 02, 2012

This book totally mesmerized me. He has created a world that is thoroughly complex and satisfying without being hard to follow, and the depth of both the individual characters and the sociological milieu is impressive. And the writing! He writes like a dream. I loved this book.

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arykahmarye
Jul 18, 2011

Trying to stuff this book in a genre would be a hopeless task, so i can only recommend it to all those who love to read something new and different, something that isn't a easily defined, but draws you in completely.

The story is complex with a variety of flavors and ideas hitting you, and a conclusion i could not have seen when diving into the first pages. At times i found myself frustrated with all that was going on with what seemed to be a complete lack of progression or explanation - but when i threw this book to the side, i always found myself picking it back up again, hungry to know what it was all leading to.

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Adzebill
Jun 22, 2011

First of his fantasy series, showing up most fantasy books as the pale derivative things they are.

If I could give this book more stars I would. I'm not a big fantasy fan as my tastes run more towards Hard Scifi and I have a difficult time suspending my disbelief long enough to take the time to understand worlds and species based entirely on imagination. But Mievill'e's writing is so evocative that it carried me past my initial misgivings and before I knew it I was lost in a great story.

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stuvw27
Sep 08, 2010

There I was looking for something new and outlandish... brother, did I find it! This thing nailed me to the back wall and kept me there until I finished reading "the Scar". As luck would have it China was busy at work on "The Iron Council" so I did not have long to wait for another dose.

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div_dbrl
Mar 16, 2010

This is an incredible book, one of the best that I've read. Mieville reads like the hyperliterate child of Philip K. Dick and Dr. Hunter S. Thompson. He uses words and ideas in new ways, like fiction is supposed to do. The world-building in this novel is simply incredible, and his descriptions make New Crobuzon almost palpable. You can almost feel it, smell it.

In a world full of vampire books, Mieville has either pulled from more obscure legends (like the garuda) or created his own weird creatures (like the khepri), and in both cases, he has humanized them in a way that few authors bother. He develops even his "monsters" more than many authors develop their main characters.

This book is, simply put, epic. I devoured it and then recommended it to everyone I knew. I may end up having to buy another copy, as mine is getting so worn from lending. If you're interested in reading something out of the ordinary, I highly recommend this book.

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kwsmith
Dec 10, 2009

China Mieville once again creates an astounding imaginative world, seamlessly blending elements from steampunk, horror, fantasy, and science fiction. But the real magic is how well China tackles traditional literary themes such as how compulsive desire often touches upon obsession. Dark and gritty, the heroes of this story suffer in the end because true enlightenment sometimes comes at a cost.

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