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Perdido Street Station (2000)

by China Miéville

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Series: Bas-Lag (1)

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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 ...… (more)
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Ultimately a fantastic book. The novel will take almost 200 pages to get going so hang in there and enjoy Mieville's seemingly pointless (it's not) lush, bizarre, and adjective laden descriptions of New Crobuzon and its denizens.

I suppose this is categorized as science fiction, but its really a complex horror novel with a very unique take on the usual tropes. There is also a lot more going on here than basic horror, with multiple themes running the length of the book. It is also very steampunky.

Once you finish the novel you will realize the focal character is not who you think it is. Read it, then think about it for a bit.

Once the plot gets going the story becomes very suspenseful and is actually very action packed. I found myself page turning through the last 1/3 of the book. ( )
  Gumbywan | Jun 24, 2022 |
Perdidio Street Station er margverðlaunuð fantasía eftir höfundinn China Miéville. Áhrifamikill fantasíuheimur þar sem Miéville skapar dystópískan steampunkaða heimsmynd.
Veröldin er sannarlega engin draumaveröld. Sögusviðið er borgríki undir ofríki þings sem hikar ekki við að beita þegnana ofbeldi og njósnum. Minnir satt að segja nokkuð á sögu George Orwells, 1984. Þetta er fyrsta sagan sem ég hef lesið sem byggir á steampunk sem þýðir að tækni samfélagsins samanstendur af gufuknúnum vélum sem einnig geta verið töfrum vafðar. Allt hefur sína kosti og galla í þessum sagnaheimi. Í New Crobuzon, borgríki Miévilles, er samansafn fjölda kynþátta og furðuskepna sem koma víða að úr heiminum. Þarna er samnúningur ólíkra samfélaga og persóna sem Miéville gerir aðdáanleg skil og ég verð að segja að dýpt og sköpun hans á heiminum er meistaraleg. Áhugaverð heimsmynd sem ég hef hug á að lesa meira um enda mun þetta vera fyrsta af að minnsta kosti þrem bókum.
Hins vegar er ókostur sögunnar sá að Miéville er að lýsa svo sérkennilegum heimi að mikill tími fer í að segja frá samfélögum ólíkra kynþátta, sögu þeirra og einstökum persónum. Sagan kemst því seint á flug og er reyndar ansi skrykkjótt. Það má í raun segja að margar sögur séu sagðar og vonlaust að reyna að fylgjast með hverri og einni sér. Límið í sögunni er beiðni Yaghareks, limlests fuglamanns, sem kemur til vísindamannsins Isaacs og biður hann um hjálp svo hann fái að fljúga aftur. Inn á milli fléttast frásögn af Lin, ástkonu Isaacs, sem er af skordýrsgerð. Hún er listamaður og er fenginn til að vinna verk fyrir einn öflugasta glæpaforingja borgarinnar. Einnig er viðamikill þáttur í sögunni koma fimm rándýra sem lifa á draumum vitiborinna skepna. Þegar þau hafa sogið draumana úr fórnarlömbunum er í raun ekkert eftir af sál einstaklinganna og þau vesalast upp.
Sjálfur er China Miéville mjög vinstri sinnaður og hefur haft einhver afskipti af stjórnmálum. Hann hefur sömuleiðis landað doktorsgráðu með doktorsverkefni sínu um marxisma og alþjóðalög sem birt var 2005. Það má reyndar segja að sjónarhorn hans í pólitík birtist að nokkru leiti í Perdido Street Station. ( )
  SkuliSael | Apr 28, 2022 |
too dark. I might try it again later. ( )
  jennybeast | Apr 14, 2022 |
*yawn* looking for well-written science fiction and this came up in a list... Apparently lots of folks mistake "wordy" for well-written. ( )
  wideblacksky | Mar 19, 2022 |
A fun weird horror romp. Not what I expected and it took a while to get started but the second half was great. I found it jarring that the storylines were all over the place in terms of detail, but rather had a roving eye that gazed upon characters randomly, some in great detail, others in apparent insufficient detail. I would have liked to have heard more about the constructs before they became central to the story. We heard much more about the remades and they were only side colour. One of the few novels where I would want a few dozen more chapters of world and character development. ( )
  mjduigou | Feb 27, 2022 |
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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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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 ...

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