Kraken

Kraken

by China Mieville
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Kraken 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 164 reviews.
Andrew_Shaffer More than 1 year ago
China Mieville has constructed a loving homage to H.P. Lovecraft, right down to the odd characters, mysterious beastlies, and awkward phrasing. Dialogue and sentence construction take backseats to the concepts, though every few pages there is a laugh-outloud line that will keep the reader entertained--but not, necessarily, engaged. KRAKEN reminds me a lot of Warren Ellis's fiction debut, ONE CROOKED VEIN, another "weird" book that seemed to run off the rails at times. A reviewer in the UK put it best: "Less is more where weirdness is concerned." Readers will either embrace the madness or go mad trying to make it through KRAKEN.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In London's Natural History Museum, curator Billy Harrow escorts a tour into the Darwin Center where a giant squid resides in a special tank prepared by him. Billy is proud of what he and most experts consider the top attraction of the Darwin center and perhaps the entire museum. When he and the tour group reach their destination, Billy is stunned to find it empty as that is not possible. What is more eerie is that not just the squid is gone, but the tank and preservative too. Investigating police officer Kath Collingswood explains magical teleportation to a shocked Billy. He has now entered the realm of sorcery where Kath explains the only way to fight back is with sorcery. As Billy learns more about a part of London he and most residents never knew existed, the Congregation of God Kraken worship the giant squid while one of their flock Dane Parnell tries to keep curious Billy safe from two nasty wizards who get off with torture. Sent by their leader Tattoo the insane gangster survived sans body of his own as a tattoo put on the flesh of a wretched soul thanks to the greatest dead wizard. As the curator becomes more acquainted with the other London, city's familiars are refusing to perform as they picket for better pay, improved working conditions and health care. Kraken is a wild over the top of Big Ben urban fantasy starring a likable curator, a fascinating dedicated cop-mage, and a vision of London that feels like something from Alice in Wonderland or Simon R. Green. Although the plot meanders much more than a Hyde Street Park speaker, and at times is overwhelmed by the paranormal antics throughout the city, fans of China Mieville will enjoy his jocular lampooning of the police procedural-amateur sleuth in an urban fantasy environs. Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Brilliant story. Very deep story,but not for kids. Highly recommend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a good book, with levels of lore so deep that it brings me back to the days when I was reading Harry Potter, sticking all of my mental capacity into prying open the magnificent world of wizarding. Even though I enjoyed the read, it is not for everybody. If you have a child that you don't want reading lots of slang and cursing, then you probably shouldn't give this to them. It is also a very complicated world Mieville has opened up, and that makes it a complicated read.
Jacob Sykes More than 1 year ago
This book starts fast and kept me interested with the fascinating setting. However there are some chapters that tend to drag on. Even with those hickups it is a fantastic story!
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Embassytown may be one of my favorite books evrt but this was was just a little too unchained for me. Still a good read.
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