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Perdido Street Station by China Miéville
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Perdido Street Station (2000)

by China Miéville

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Series: Bas-Lag (1), New Crobuzon (1)

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  1. 80
    Embassytown by China Miéville (mclewe)
    mclewe: For Miéville's ability to create a complete world, incomprehensible, fascinating, intelligent.
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    souloftherose: Although The Windup Girl is more science fiction than steampunk/fantasy, I felt there were similarities in the exoticness of the world-building and readers who enjoyed Perdido Street Station may also enjoy The Windup Girl.
  4. 30
    Iron Council by China Miéville (kaipakartik)
    kaipakartik: Same universe, a lot of the same creatures. Brilliantly done as well
  5. 53
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    aaronius: Another dystopian dream-city to get lost in with weird sex and fantastic writing.
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    MyriadBooks: For the world building, for the heft of the plot.
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    Jarandel: Similar dark, steampunk-ish urban environments that sometime veer into the horrific and fantastical.
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    majkia: no idea why exactly, but the two seem similar to me.
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    electronicmemory: Two excellent examples of twisted, dark and brutal stories with unexpected sci-fi/fantasy elements and engrossing worlds.
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    Aerrin99: An interesting world filled with unexpected people.
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Very weird, very grungy, very long, very good. The vivid characters and the dirty, fascinating city kept me going. I loved the way Mieville puts in all sorts of species and makes them and their interactions with each other completely believable. My favorite character was the bug woman artist. ( )
  JanetNoRules | Sep 17, 2018 |
Para que un libro me encante de verdad, han de coincidir a buen nivel el estilo del escritor y la historia que me esté contando.

Bien, pues con este "La estación de la calle perdido" me ha fallado un poco lo primero. Le reconozco una gran imaginación y mundo personal, pero a mí no me consiguió encandilar su forma de escribir.
Eso sí, la historia sí que merece la pena -aunque al libro le sobren bastantes páginas, en mi opinión-; se puede hacer algo pesado, pero la lectura en su conjunto sí merece la pena.

Te sorprenderá casi con seguridad.

Mi reseña completa aquí. ( )
  LuisBermer | Sep 2, 2018 |
Wow, this book was … a lot to take in. I liked it very much. Getting thrown into an Ankh-Morporkesque city, discovering alien races, and characters, and social structures was awesome. I noted with thanks that there was very little of a conventional story arch, so that the overall direction of the story only grew really clear when reaching 50-65% of the story. The very clear-cut and very different characters were relatable and realistic, and the final twists were all the better for the fact that they were not positive.

Also, screw those transcendent moths with their creepy fractal wings ewwwww. ( )
  _rixx_ | Aug 30, 2018 |
This book went from really good in the first half to a bit sloppy in the second half. ( )
  simonspacecadet | Jul 29, 2018 |
The author acknowledges Gormenghast as an inspiration for this long novel that spends as much or more time describing the claustrophobically dense city in which all the action takes place as it does on the characters and plot. This would have worked better for me if the drumbeat wasn't constantly how filthy New Crobuzon is. Paragraph after paragraph of synonyms for fetid. The other dominant element is horror, a la Simmons and King. When death comes, it's usually with a big splat.

For all that it's over the top, and has few too many balls for Mieville to keep in the air, it's still a worthwhile read. Characters have to make very hard decisions, and live with the consequences. Something new is always happening. The locale is not quite like any you've seen before, unless you've read the The Scar.

Recommended, as long as horror is OK by you. ( )
2 vote ChrisRiesbeck | Jun 15, 2018 |
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Perdido Street Station is a well written and absorbing story aimed at breaking the rules for a number of different fantasy concepts.
 

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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Miéville, Chinaprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bauche-Eppers, EvaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lee, JohnNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Miller, EdwardCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Oliver, JonathanNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Stevenson, DavidCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Villa, ElisaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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'I even gave up, for a while, stopping by the window of the room to look out at the lights and deep, illuminated streets. That's a form of dying, that losing contact with the city like that.'

Philip K. Dick , We Can Build You
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Veldt to scrub to fields to farms to these first tumbling houses that rise from the earth.
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Do not combine with either Die Falter or Der Weber. Perdido Street Station was split into two volumes for publication in Germany.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0345459407, Mass Market Paperback)

When Mae West said, "Too much of a good thing can be wonderful," she could have been talking about China Miéville's Perdido Street Station. The novel's publication met with a burst of extravagant praise from Big Name Authors and was almost instantly a multiaward finalist. You expect hyperbole in blurbs; and sometimes unworthy books win awards, so nominations don't necessarily mean much. But Perdido Street Station deserves the acclaim. It's ambitious and brilliant and--rarity of rarities--sui generis. Its clearest influences are Mervyn Peake's Gormenghast trilogy and M. John Harrison's Viriconium books, but it isn't much like them. It's Dickensian in scope, but fast-paced and modern. It's a love song for cities, and it packs a world into its strange, sprawling, steam-punky city of New Crobuzon. It can be read with equal validity as fantasy, science fiction, horror, or slipstream. It's got love, loss, crime, sex, riots, mad scientists, drugs, art, corruption, demons, dreams, obsession, magic, aliens, subversion, torture, dirigibles, romantic outlaws, artificial intelligence, and dangerous cults.

Generous, gaudy, grand, grotesque, gigantic, grim, grimy, and glorious, Perdito Street Station is a bloody fascinating book. It's also so massive that you may begin to feel you're getting too much of a good thing; just slow down and enjoy.

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. --Cynthia Ward

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:19:08 -0400)

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In the squalid, gothic city of New Crobuzon, a mysterious half-human, half-bird stranger comes to Isaac, a gifted but eccentric scientist, with a request to help him fly, but Isaac's obsessive experiments and attempts to grant the request unleash a terrifying dark force on the entire city.… (more)

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