Un Lun Dun by China Mieville

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

What is Un Lun Dun?

It is London through the looking glass, an urban Wonderland of strange delights where all the lost and broken things of London end up . . . and some of its lost and broken people, too–including Brokkenbroll, boss of the broken umbrellas; Obaday Fing, a tailor whose head is an enormous pin-cushion, and an empty milk carton called Curdle. Un Lun Dun is a place where words are alive, a jungle lurks behind the door of an ordinary house, carnivorous giraffes stalk the streets, and a dark cloud dreams of burning the world. It is a city awaiting its hero, whose coming was prophesied long ago, set down for all time in the pages of a talking book.

When twelve-year-old Zanna and her friend Deeba find a secret entrance leading out of London and into this strange city, it seems that the ancient prophecy is coming true at last. But then things begin to go shockingly wrong.

About China Mieville

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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 February 13, 2007 by Del Rey. 498 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Un Lun Dun by China Mieville Macmillan £9.99 China Mieville has been festooned with awards for his dark fantasy literature for grown-ups.

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BC Books

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Un Lun Dun is not only a wonderfully funny, exciting, and even a little bit sad and scary, story for people of all ages, it also has a really nice message that I'd hope young people, and others too for that matter, can pick up on.

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BC Books

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If you've ever been to one of the older cities in Europe — Paris, London, or Rome — you'll know what it's like to feel the weight of history bearing down on you when you walk through certain parts of the city.

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Entertainment Weekly

Carnivorous giraffes, ''predatory rubbish,'' and corrupt bureaucrats (for realism) are just some of the obstacles heroine Deeba encounters in the otherworldly city of China Miéville's Un Lun Dun, where ''something might be very not-alright.'' Thick, black, and apparently intelligent smog is cho...

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The Bookbag

Summary: Un Lun Dun follows Zanna and Deeba's epic journey across a parallel world where they will meet ridiculous characters and a sinister adversary.

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China Miéville has been making a name for himself since his debut novel, King Rat, hit bookshelves in 1999.

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Fantasy Literature

As much as Iron Council is a western and The City & The City is a police procedural, Un Lun Dun is a young adult urban fantasy.

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The Bas-Lag novels revel in their linguistic richness, but Un Lun Dun is artificial vanilla pudding to those novels crème brulee.

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