This site uses cookies to deliver our services, improve performance, for analytics, and (if not signed in) for advertising. By using LibraryThing you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your use of the site and services is subject to these policies and terms.
Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

Perdido street station by China Miéville

Perdido street station (original 2000; edition 2001)

by China Miéville (Author)

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingMentions
7,572249688 (4.06)640
Title:Perdido street station
Authors:China Miéville (Author)
Info:Del Rey (2001), 710 pages
Tags:fiction, sci-fi, 21c, british, fantasy

Work details

Perdido Street Station by China Miéville (2000)

  1. 80
    Embassytown by China Miéville (mclewe)
    mclewe: For Miéville's ability to create a complete world, incomprehensible, fascinating, intelligent.
  2. 70
    City of Saints and Madmen by Jeff VanderMeer (bertilak)
  3. 96
    The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi (souloftherose)
    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
    Geek Love by Katherine Dunn (fyrefly98)
  6. 32
    Dhalgren by Samuel R. Delany (aaronius)
    aaronius: Another dystopian dream-city to get lost in with weird sex and fantastic writing.
  7. 10
    This Alien Shore by C. S. Friedman (MyriadBooks)
    MyriadBooks: For the world building, for the heft of the plot.
  8. 21
    The Etched City by K. J. Bishop (Jarandel)
    Jarandel: Similar dark, steampunk-ish urban environments that sometime veer into the horrific and fantastical.
  9. 00
    The Dervish House by Ian McDonald (majkia)
    majkia: no idea why exactly, but the two seem similar to me.
  10. 00
    The Last City by Nina D'Aleo (GuyMontag)
  11. 00
    City of Bohane by Kevin Barry (Macon)
  12. 11
    God's War: Bel Dame Apocrypha Volume 1 by Kameron Hurley (electronicmemory)
    electronicmemory: Two excellent examples of twisted, dark and brutal stories with unexpected sci-fi/fantasy elements and engrossing worlds.
  13. 00
    Sea of Ghosts by Alan Campbell (iftyzaidi)
  14. 13
    Earth by David Brin (freddlerabbit)
  15. 02
    Santa Olivia by Jacqueline Carey (Aerrin99)
    Aerrin99: An interesting world filled with unexpected people.

Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

No current Talk conversations about this book.

» See also 640 mentions

English (246)  Italian (2)  Spanish (1)  Finnish (1)  All languages (250)
Showing 1-5 of 246 (next | show all)
A brilliant scientist challenged by a half-man half-bird to help him fly again, the scientist's half-bug half-woman artist girlfriend and her scary mob boss client, a renegade journalist hunted by the corrupt government, a massive self-aware, self-made robot, and a pack of intensely nasty, huge moths with psychedelic wings and a taste for brain juice. They all come together in a crazy-weird quest for knowledge and justice and redemption and also, by the end, simple survival, in a cool, steampunky city partially built on the bones of a giant and disturbing-on-some-mystic-level creature. Yeah, that's the best I can do to describe this one, so I'll leave it at that, along with saying that I loved it. A weird and crazy and seat-edgy ride with excellent and intricate world-building and wonderfully created characters. ( )
  scaifea | Oct 29, 2018 |
China Miéville is a brilliant writer. His creativity and vocabulary is breathtaking. His sentences describe in vivid detail, engage all the senses, jam-pack them with action, smells, full-fleshed visuals ... of nightmares, terrors, monsters, muck and grime, insects, rotting and slime. We see, smell, touch and recoil.

His biggest subject is the city itself. Buildings and people in various stages of decay. Mongrels of humans and insects or plants, mechanical and organic parts, moral and physical corruption. Twisted politicians, murderous drug lords, torture, oppression, secret police, theft, prostitution, betrayals. The technology is powered with steam gained from burning coal, we have levers, gears, pistons and cables, primitive computing engines that work with punch cards, and an artificial intelligence made of junk and ghastly human parts, that of course stinks. A few thaumaturgs practice some magic, but none too powerful.

Miéville, as one of his characters explains, is interested in transitions. Where mechanical and organic meet, where sentient and artificial minds collide, where bird transitions into man, where friends transition into betrayal, nightmares into reality. In this book the monsters of the night are of the terrors, feed on them, create them - they are horrifying, because some things are worse than death.

This book is full of them.

This is a brilliant book. The writing is superb. The plot starts a bit slow but from about 40% I could not put it down. It is grimy and slimy and genius. But, also horrifying and ultimately depressing.

Edit: after a couple days I realized that this book is genius even if it is depressing, so I upped the rating to five stars. ( )
  Gezemice | Oct 29, 2018 |
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 |
Showing 1-5 of 246 (next | show all)
Perdido Street Station is a well written and absorbing story aimed at breaking the rules for a number of different fantasy concepts.

» Add other authors (16 possible)

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
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Series (with order)
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Original publication date
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
'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
to Emma
First words
Veldt to scrub to fields to farms to these first tumbling houses that rise from the earth.
Last words
(Click to show. Warning: May contain spoilers.)
Disambiguation notice
Do not combine with either Die Falter or Der Weber. Perdido Street Station was split into two volumes for publication in Germany.
Publisher's editors
Publisher series
Information from the Italian Common Knowledge. Edit to localize it to your language.
Original language
Canonical DDC/MDS

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English (1)

Book description
Haiku summary

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)

(see all 4 descriptions)

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)

(summary from another edition)

» see all 9 descriptions

Quick Links

Popular covers


Average: (4.06)
0.5 6
1 43
1.5 9
2 90
2.5 35
3 261
3.5 106
4 741
4.5 167
5 772

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.


About | Contact | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 130,222,994 books! | Top bar: Always visible