Perdido Street Station by China Mieville

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 4 Critic Reviews

unrated

Synopsis

BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from China Mieville’s Embassytown.

Beneath the towering bleached ribs of a dead, ancient beast lies New Crobuzon, a squalid city where humans, Re-mades, and arcane races live in perpetual fear of Parliament and its brutal militia. The air and rivers are thick with factory pollutants and the strange effluents of alchemy, and the ghettos contain a vast mix of workers, artists, spies, junkies, and whores. In New Crobuzon, the unsavory deal is stranger to none—not even to Isaac, a brilliant scientist with a penchant for Crisis Theory.

Isaac has spent a lifetime quietly carrying out his unique research. But when a half-bird, half-human creature known as the Garuda comes to him from afar, Isaac is faced with challenges he has never before fathomed. Though the Garuda's request is scientifically daunting, Isaac is sparked by his own curiosity and an uncanny reverence for this curious stranger.

While Isaac's experiments for the Garuda turn into an obsession, one of his lab specimens demands attention: a brilliantly colored caterpillar that feeds on nothing but a hallucinatory drug and grows larger—and more consuming—by the day. What finally emerges from the silken cocoon will permeate every fiber of New Crobuzon—and not even the Ambassador of Hell will challenge the malignant terror it invokes . . .

A magnificent fantasy rife with scientific splendor, magical intrigue, and wonderfully realized characters, told in a storytelling style in which Charles Dickens meets Neal Stephenson, Perdido Street Station offers an eerie, voluptuously crafted world that will plumb the depths of every reader's imagination.
 

About China Mieville

See more books from this Author
China Miéville is the author of several books, including Perdido Street Station, The City & The City, and Kraken. His works have won the Hugo, the British Science Fiction Award (twice), the Arthur C. Clarke Award (three times) and the World Fantasy Award. He lives and works in London.From the Hardcover edition.
 
Published July 29, 2003 by Del Rey. 640 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Horror. Fiction

Unrated Critic Reviews for Perdido Street Station

Publishers Weekly

See more reviews from this publication

Isaac's lover, Lin, unconsciously mimics his scientific pursuits when she takes on the seemingly impossible commission of sculpting a patron whose body is a riot of grotesquely mutated and spliced appendages.

| Read Full Review of Perdido Street Station

http://bestfantasybooks.com

The garuda are part bird and part human (And all analogy for libertarianism).

| Read Full Review of Perdido Street Station

Boomtron

All seeking the same goal but for decidedly different reasons, all explained, in great detail by Mieville, and offers a terrific, imaginative experience, however what separates Mieville, and what makes Perdido Street Station an absolute masterpiece are three thing in my opinion.

Mar 03 2005 | Read Full Review of Perdido Street Station

Vivid Scribe

... M*A*S*H and The Muppet Show – Further Character Parallels · Pop ... All sorts of technological contraptions run on steam, ticking dials and ...

Oct 24 2011 | Read Full Review of Perdido Street Station

Reader Rating for Perdido Street Station
72%

An aggregated and normalized score based on 573 user ratings from iDreamBooks & iTunes


Rate this book!

Add Review
×