Perdido Street Station (New Crobuzon Series #1) / Edition 1

Perdido Street Station (New Crobuzon Series #1) / Edition 1

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by China Mieville
     
 

ISBN-10: 0345459407

ISBN-13: 2900345459403

Pub. Date: 07/29/2003

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

In the Sprawling gothic city of New Crobuzon, a stranger has come to request the services of Isaac, an overweight and slightly eccentric scientist. But it is an impossible request —that of flight—and in the end Isaac's attempts will only succeed in unleashing a dark force upon the city.

Complex, grand, absorbing, and darkly haunting, Perdido Street

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In the Sprawling gothic city of New Crobuzon, a stranger has come to request the services of Isaac, an overweight and slightly eccentric scientist. But it is an impossible request —that of flight—and in the end Isaac's attempts will only succeed in unleashing a dark force upon the city.

Complex, grand, absorbing, and darkly haunting, Perdido Street Station is replete with endless weird and ghoulish places and characters—characters that (apart from human beings) include aliens, hybrids, mythical beings, constructs, and chilling 'Remades'. Merge Dickensian London with the L.A. of Blade Runner, add the characters of Lewis Carroll, and you will begin to get an idea of the hypnotic quality of Perdido Street Station.

About the Author:
China Mieville attended Cambridge. He is currently reading for his Ph.D. at the London School of Economics. He is 27.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900345459403
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
07/29/2003
Series:
New Crobuzon Series, #1
Edition description:
1st Mass Market Edition
Pages:
640

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Perdido Street Station 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 147 reviews.
Jasmyn9 More than 1 year ago
Isaac Dan der Grimnebulin is a scientist that lives on the fringes of society. He is known for his research in things that aren't quite accepted by the rest of the scientific community. His most recent project is for a garuda, a bird-like creature, that has lost his wings. His job is to find a way for him to fly again. Isaac's girlfriend, Lin, is a bug person that has been recently hired by a notorious underworld drug lord to create a sculpture. Now, these two incidents have in common. Well, not too much as first, but as we read further into the story strange and unrelated events turn into a nightmare. Nearly invincible creatures are released into the city and are killing in ways no one can quite figure out and Isaac, Lin, and their friends find themselves the center of it all. I really enjoyed reading this. There was sooooooo much going on that I was a bit overwhelmed when I first finished, but after sitting on my thoughts for a few days I realized how detailed the whole story was. Everything that was mentioned had a purpose. That purpose may not come into play for hundreds of pages, but the set up was perfect. The characters bothered me at first because they were very extreme in their personalities. But, again, as the story went along their quirks and extreme behavior all played a part. They also grew into completely new people as the events around them forced them to change their opinions and beliefs. This is a great book for any fan of SteamPunk, science fiction, or fantasy. I wish I could remember how it got on my wishlist so I could thank the person who recommended it. 5/5
Lelang More than 1 year ago
I've heard about China Mieville for a long time, so I picked this book as a starting point and dove into it. I finished it wholly unsatisfied, but still interested in him as an author. The prose is spectacular and vivid. I have seen many complaints that you need a dictionary to get through some of his descriptive pieces, but to that I say "read more; expand your vocabulary." These pieces are his strong suit and the most pleasurable part of reading this book. He has constructed a vivid world, though I was a bit disappointed that I didn't learn more about it. There was some wasted potential there. If there is a flaw in the writing, it's that he really beat to death the descriptions of New Crobuzon as a polluted industrial city - grime, filth, slime, etc etc. Anyway, the real disappointment is the story. I never cared. The protagonists were caricatures of people, and the monsters, while fascinating, failed to be good antagonists. The plot itself meandered aimlessly through a series of mostly related events that did not cohere into a fully realized plot. The tragedy, again, is that some of the scenes were superb (really!), but they felt like small scenes from a diorama or things that Mieville imagined and thought "Oh yeah, that has GOT to go in my next book," but without the necessary hooks to the rest of the book. The handlingers vs slake moths scene is perhaps the best example of this. TL;DR: I'll probably read King Rat, because it's supposed to be great, but you can safely skip this one.
TheIcemanCometh More than 1 year ago
A rollercoaster of a fantasy novel. Mieville in this novel explores and explodes the boundaries of contemporary fantasy, giving us an immersive "other" world full of well-constructed semi-human characters who are each expressions of that world, and then introduces us to what Farah Mendlesohn might term "intrusion fantasy"--the element of the horrific with which these characters must contend. A dynamic, wonderful read.
RCLewis More than 1 year ago
I have to admit that I was 100% engrossed with this book and really had a hard time putting it down. Character development and plot were absolutely amazing. My only caveat (and the reason for 4 stars rather than 5) is that the ending of the book felt very rushed. I'll try to leave this vague (as not to be a spoiler): there are 2 characters added super late to the story, and it really felt like loose ties of our other main characters were not successfully tied up. That being said, I still really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone else who is looking for a new dark fantasy -ish book.
dalnewt More than 1 year ago
This fantasy is wonderfully complex and vivid. The descriptions of the metropolis of New Crobuzon are macabre and fascinating. The prose is elegant and inventive. The primary characters are appealing and convincing. The plot initially ensnares the reader in a scientist's quest to restore flight to a sentient creature who has been de- winged in punishment for an obscure crime. It transforms into a heart-thumping race to find and kill monstrous predator moths which have escaped because of the scientist's inadvertence. This is not a five star fantasy. It's a ten star fantasy which provides mesmerizing days of reading enjoyment.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mieville has created a world rich in detail, evocative of our own, without glossing it over into unbelievable utopia. The characters are well-drawn, and the his use of language is rich, playful, and masterful. (I reached more than once for my OED.) I've recommended it to friends because I want there to be someone with whom I can discuss it. If I could, I would visit New Crobuzon on my next vacation.
SabsDkPrncs More than 1 year ago
The dystopian city that is the setting of this book is a character of it's own and the dark story is engrossing and detailed. Recommended for a sci-fi fan who is looking for a deeper, darker story than the traditional heroic tale.
LoganK More than 1 year ago
You cannot regret reading this fantastic tale of discovery, adventure, and love. It is steampunk without a Victorian setting. Fantasy with barely a hint of magic. I put off reading this book for years because of its length, but having read it I see that removing anything would have been an injustice to this amazing book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A phantasmagoric speculative novel set in a squalid, semi industrial city that follows a scientist and the deadly creatures he unwittingly looses on the city. Perdido Street Station crosses genres frequently and makes effective combined use of traditional fantasy, SF, and horror elements. The novel is well written and proceeds at a steady pace. Definitely recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read a few other Mieville works before this, and I will certainly read more. I enjoy the complexity of his writing, in terms of plot, environment and character. This is the best Steampunk fiction that I have read to date. It's some of the best contemporary fiction around. That said, it's truly Steampunk: a sort of fiction noire that will not be best loved by readers in search of high action space fare or comic relief.
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No elves, no dragons, none of the usual trappings of fantasy - New Crobuzon is a grubby world with its own story, its own technology, a little bit steampunk, a little bit fantastic, but like nothing else I've encountered in my reading. I generally avoid fantasy, but read and enjoyed this after John Scalzi recommended it on his Whatever blog. It's far too long to read in one sitting, but it completely disrupted my schedule until I finally finished it. Excellent stuff.
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My first China novel, I thought and liked that it was very uniquely imagined.  It just has a little too much town/world description for my taste, it felt repetitive and I'm almost scared to Begin #2  because I'm still not sure if the ending was brutal in a good way or bad, well good I guess because  I definitely do have to read the sequel.
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