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Perdido Street Station (Bas-Lag) (original 2000; edition 2001)

by China Mieville (Author)

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Title:Perdido Street Station (Bas-Lag)
Authors:China Mieville (Author)
Info:Del Rey (2001), 710 pages

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Perdido Street Station by China Miéville (2000)

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This book has fantastical, dark, unforgettable images plus there is beautiful language, an involving plot and exciting action sequences. What more could you want? Maybe it could have been a little less confusing at times (and shorter). Trying to summarize the plot would be an insane mission. I haven't connected with all of the books that I've read by this author, but I loved this one. John Lee, the narrator of the audiobook, did an excellent job. ( )
  fhudnell | Oct 13, 2017 |
Perdido street station is an amazing work of world-building. The story of this book takes place in the city of New Crobuzon, In which humans live along with an interesting collection of bizarre, sentient species. Among them are women with insect heads, sentient cacti, the “Remade” and a giant artistic spider.

New Crobuzon is a city full of alienated individuals, groups and species. It is a huge metropolis, a place of squalor with a brutal government and a strong criminal network. A polluted, crime-infested industrial city. There is a lot of cultural diversity among the various inhabitants of the city. In this setting, Mieville brings out a lot of elements of class struggle.

So this world, apart from everything fantastic is i think somewhat similar to our own.

The protagonists in the story are all outcasts living on the fringes of the society. None of them are noble heroes. They are not likable, they keep struggling with their flaws throughout the book and they change a lot by the end.

There is a plot in the book, but the i think the strong point of it is the world-building. It is highly imaginative, very interesting and is also very grotesque. The people of New Crobuzon are victims of the society and industry. There is extreme poverty and utter hopelessness among most of the residents of the city. Everything is dirty and polluted. we also catch glimpses of the world outside New Crobuzon which seems even more bizarre.

The various cultures and societies depicted are all incredibly interesting and the conflicts are very well portrayed. A lot of serious moral issues and ideas are explored throughout the book. I thoroughly enjoyed it for the fantastic world with its conflicts and cynicism that Mieville has created. ( )
  kasyapa | Oct 9, 2017 |
I just do not give a shit about these people. ( )
  Kitty.Cunningham | Jul 19, 2017 |
Not my favorite Miéville, but still good. Started slow, but got better and threw me a couple of curve balls at the end. ( )
  pan0ramix | May 26, 2017 |
Perdido Street Station is a wonderful melting pot of genres. There's fantasy, science fiction, steampunk, and even horror elements that all combine into a cohesive, gripping story.

Isaac van der Grimnebulin is a scientist and inventor living in the city of New Crobuzon. One day, a garuda, an avian-type humanoid, visits his workshop with one request: make him fly again. This garuda, Yagharek, has committed some type of crime in his society, and the punishment was the removal of his wings. Isaac's research into flight makes up the main crux of the first third of the novel, until a caterpillar he has been keeping eventually pupates into something frightening - this is where the shit hits the fan, so to speak.

One thing that immediately stood out to me about this novel was Miéville's phenomenal writing style and worldbuilding ability. His writing is evocative and, at times, visceral as he vividly describes the world around Isaac. The city of New Crobuzon feels dingy yet alive, full of various people and creatures. Miéville goes about worldbuilding in a very natural way: he sneaks in information about the world and creatures within it in such a way that it never feels out of place, and there is no info-dumping to be found.

The characters in this novel are also well-crafted and wonderfully realized, from Isaac and Yagharek to Lin, Isaac's chitinous lover, and Motley, a crime kingpin, and many more. As the novel goes on, I started to feel for Isaac, Yagharek, and Lin, and by the end I was emotionally invested in their story, making the ending all the more effective. This is a stunning novel from front to back, and I cannot wait to read more of Miéville's work. ( )
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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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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

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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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