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Perdido Street Station New Crobuzon is a squalid city where humans Re mades and arcane races live in perpetual fear of Parliament and its brutal militia Isaac a brilliant scientist is asked by a bird man Garuda to resto

  • Title: Perdido Street Station
  • Author: China Miéville
  • ISBN: 9780345443021
  • Page: 429
  • Format: Paperback
  • New Crobuzon is a squalid city where humans, Re mades, and arcane races live in perpetual fear of Parliament and its brutal militia Isaac, a brilliant scientist, is asked by a bird man Garuda to restore his power of flight But one lab specimen threatens the whole city A vividly colored caterpillar eating a hallucinatory drug grows in order to consume all.

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    1. Nataliya on said:

      To paraphrase Pratchett, "There's a saying that all roads lead to Ankh-Morpork New Crobuzon. And it's wrong. All roads lead away from Ankh-Morpork New Crobuzon, but sometimes people walk along them the wrong way."(A stunning image of New Crobuzon from curufea)A word of warning: if you read only for the story and plot, this book is not for you. Yes, there is an interesting storyline with mystery and danger and love and betrayal - but it is neither the strength nor the focus of Perdido Street Stat [...]

    2. Traveller on said:

      This Steampunk meets New Weird meets Cyberpunk meets Fantasy novel has so many themes, that I'm not even going to try to give it full credit with some sort of synopsis. I'm rather just going to talk about various aspects of the book as I go along with my review.The way I felt when I finished the novel, I wanted to give it 7 stars. For a few reasons, I'm having second thoughts.Let me start off the bat with some aspects that niggled me.Firstly, certain aspects of the world-building:Mieville used a [...]

    3. j on said:

      Lots of people like to accuse China Miéville of writing with a thesaurus open next to his laptop. How else to explain the frequent appearance of "ossified," "salubrious," "susurrus" and "inveigled" within the 623 pages of Perdido Street Station? Ok, so you can maybe argue that if you write a 250,000 word book, probably less than six of those words should be "palimpsest," but really, I just think he's a smart guy who carefully controls his prose.So the language in The City & The City is stri [...]

    4. J.G. Keely on said:

      My friends call me Senex ('The Old Man') because of my taste in fantasy, or they would, if I had any. It's often been noted that I'll give at least four stars to any fantasy from the Italian Renaissance, and yet rarely give more than two for anything written since the nineteen-sixties. Some have accused me of a staunch prejudice in period, but lo! it is not so.I really love the fantasy genre, but the corollary of this is that I hate most fantasy books, because of how they mistreat that which I l [...]

    5. mark monday on said:

      my dear Perdido Street Station,perhaps it is fated not to be. or perhaps i need to grow a bit more, until i am able to understand and appreciate your unique charms. but for now, i am just not ready. please don't take this personally - i promise that i shall try you out again sometime, perhaps soon. too many people love you, and they love you too, too much for me to give up on you altogether. i will admit that my first impression was off-putting - the way you talked and gestured and sought attent [...]

    6. Ken-ichi on said:

      I feel like I've been reading this book forever. It's long, largely unstructured, and I never became particularly invested in any of the characters, so it just dragged on. The best thing I could say about it is that it's diverting. One of the quotes on the back describes it as "phantasmagoric," which seems accurate. All sorts of crazy random things, soul-devouring moth creatures, interdimensional homicidal spiders, creative reconstructive surgery as state punishment. That's all amusing to a degr [...]

    7. Brad on said:

      WARNING: This review probably contains some (but not many) spoilers, so you may not want to read this if you haven’t read Perdido Street Station yet. This review also contains plenty of vulgarity. Please don't read this if you do not want to see the "f" and other words. Thanks.Me reading my review: I decided to read this on SoundCloud, since BirdBrian has turned me into a recorded voice madman. You can listen right here if you'd like.I fucking hate moths. Seriously. I hate them. They freak me [...]

    8. Lyn on said:

      A brilliant page turner.First of all, any book that begins with a quote from Philip K. Dick is alright in my book and promises a great story to come. This promise was kept, with interest. Perdido Street Station by China Mieville is to steampunk weird fiction as Neuromancer was to cyberpunk – it is the definitive benchmark. An urbane, nightmarish fantasy, Perdido Street Station is similar to Mieville’s The City and the City; but where the later novel was Monte Python absurd, PSS is Charles Di [...]

    9. Stephan on said:

      Finished. I am stunned. 5-star stunned. After having read The City & the City I new I was in for something special, but I had no idea is was going to be anything like this. Perdido Street Station is a rich steampunk fantasy novel. The world is unique and filled to the brim with creative ideas and details. Every sense is involved when wandering through it. If you want to read this, don't be faint of heart. The visuals are sometimes shocking and early on there are animal experiments, then - no [...]

    10. Ian "Marvin" Graye on said:

      I Love You, I Love You, I Love YouFor the fortnight it took me to read this novel, I was in another world and I was in love.Perhaps, now, I’ll retreat from that world and substitute another or others (or perhaps even return to my own world), but I will remain in love.Is this a fantasy love or is it real? I think it’s real.After all, is there any love that is not partly a product of your own mind?How can a writer make this happen? How can a reader experience this? How can a person experience [...]

    11. ✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans) on said:

      ☠ DNF at 11%. Go me and stuff.Yet another overhyped book with a cult following bites the dust! Yay! I obviously read this one wrong! Or maybe I read it right but didn't enjoy it because I'd mistakenly purchased the Swahili version and read it back to front and upside down. This is the most plausible explanation, since I don't belong to the People of Despicable Book Taste Horde (PoDBTH™) and always read books right. Had I bought the English version, I'm pretty sure I wouldn't have noticed how [...]

    12. Jenn(ifer) on said:

      I'm not feeling overly inspired to review this book. I was. At first. At around the 300 page mark, still riveted by the world that Miéville created, I started feverishly composing what would have been what could have been I researched Miéville's background and was prepared to tell you all about his growing up in a lower-class household with just his mum and his sister, but that he was super smart and won scholarships to all the best schools. I was going to tell you about his love for role-play [...]

    13. Bradley on said:

      Lesson learned after reading this?Don't Experiment With Cheese.Can you imagine how many problems could have been avoided had this novel had access to time-travel? It's practically the only trope not explored, and that's saying a damn lot.Off and on through the entire reading, I wanted to declare that this is one of the most brilliant novels ever written. The sheer level of creativity and attention to detail, the fantastic explorations of ideas, the explosion of plot items and complications, and [...]

    14. Cecily on said:

      I've read three other Mievilles before this, and they were 2*, 4*, and 5*.I'm so pleased this was another 5*. What a wonderful, rich, steampunky, fantastical phantasmagoria this isOTIt opens with one of several short, first-person impressions: a newcomer arriving by boat at night. He’s wealthy but anguished, and the boatman fears him. The story then opens in New Crobuzon: an ancient city (some houses nearly 1000 years old) inhabited by many exotic sentient species. We meet Lin, a khepri (insec [...]

    15. David Sven on said:

      What did I just read?! This book is crazy. Mievelle’s imagination is insane.What is Perdido Street Station? Is it fantasy, is it sci-fi, or is it just outright weird fiction? It’s a little hard to explain but I’ll give it a shot.The story is set in a totally made up universe in the city state of New Crobuzon. The setting could loosely be described as steampunk with an early industrial era feel, dirty, dank, corrupt, with a dictatorship for government and an underworld that rules the street [...]

    16. Ryan on said:

      A story about a rogue scientist trying to harness unbelievable powers to help a de-winged birdman fly again. This should have been awesome. It wasn't. Plot lines get mashed together, or abandoned all together. It ends as a vastly different story than it started. I wanted to like this book, I really did. But now the more I think about it, the more disappointed I am. The story is so off the wall you'll never know what's coming next. Sometimes story elements are introduced and won't make any sense [...]

    17. Robin (Bridge Four) on said:

      I finished this about a week ag0 and I still can’t seem to decide if I love it or hate it. I think it is kind of a little of both. The writing is wonderful and the world is fantastic. That easily made me like so many things about this book. BUT this isn’t an “and they all lived Happily Ever After” kind of book and so at the end I was left with this sad empty feeling that I didn’t like. ツ On the Plus Side ツThe world is fascinating and super complex. There are so many different kinds [...]

    18. Emma on said:

      Overall, four stars for the wonderfully weird Perdido Street Station. I say 'overall’ because the book was a bit of a mixed bag. three star bitsI didn’t recognise a large percentage of the words in the text. This made me feel edgy and insecure. My reading was repeatedly halted as I reached for the dictionary to look up beauties such as prestidigitation, curmudgeon, bathetic, palimpsest and opprobrious. The book also prompted a huffy sulk. My husband (who is far too smart for his own good) po [...]

    19. Brendan on said:

      Simply extraordinary.Let's get this out of the way: yes, Mieville likes to get his vocab on. But I don't think it's out of pretension or apprehension (I've seen both suggested in reviews on this site). Mieville's using the language to draw you in to a world that is like ours, but slightly different— a dark, morbid, fantastical dystopia that's something like the dirty lovechild of Edward Gorey, Jules Verne and Charles Dickens. It's a dirty, lowdown, steam-age-with-magic setting that is immediat [...]

    20. Sanaa on said:

      [5 Stars] What did I just read? I'm too emotionally distraught right now to write a proper review. Don't worry because I will write one in the next few days. Regardless, I loved this. It devastated me. It made me think. it is now a favorite of mine.

    21. Markus on said:

      The winds of this city are a more melancholy breed. They explore like lost souls, looking in at dusty gaslit windows. We are brethren, the city-winds and I. We wander together.We have found sleeping beggars that clutch each other and congeal for warmth like lower creatures, forced back down evolutionary strata by their poverty.We have seen the city’s night-porters fish the dead from the rivers. Dark-suited militia tugging with hooks and poles at bloated bodies with eyes ripped from their heads [...]

    22. Nandakishore Varma on said:

      Perdido Street Station is a masterpiece of world creation. China Mieville has created a fantastic twisted universe, as rich as Indian curry, and as weirdly fascinating as a freak show at a village fair. The city of New Crobuzon continues to fascinate long after one finishes one's journey through it.New Crobuzon is a city in an unspecified alternate steampunk universe, positioned at the confluence of the rivers Tar and Canker. It is populated a medley of races, human and non-human: and the non-hu [...]

    23. Aubrey on said:

      Miéville strikes me as the type of author who has weird and fantastical dreams that all too easily dip into nightmares and back again, undergoing a number of cycles in a single night. Dreams that he can't help writing down to share with the rest of us. If this isn't the case, it makes the force of his imagination all the more impressive.Streetways, devils, computing devices, insects, all merge and mutate and flesh themselves together in a riotous dance that both encircles and entraps the city o [...]

    24. Scribble Orca on said:

      Nope. Sorry.A few decades ago when Mr Mieville was traipsing around foreign climes for a year I'd have been prostrating myself at the temple of his wizardry had he written this book then. I never had a problem in those heady daze with Robert Heinlein et al, so I hardly think I'd have failed to make room in my literary bed for good ol' China.Let's just say I've arrived at the party a little too late. He's innovative rather than inventive, he's concocted a christmas cake of the fantasmagorical and [...]

    25. Forrest on said:

      I admit to being a bit inured to the "new weird". In fact, I'd say the new weird . . . is getting old. Strangeness for the sake of strangeness has lost a bit of its luster. I've read, and written, plenty of fiction in this vein. That's not to say that it's atrophied in my mind - I still appreciate the bizarre, but some of it has become so self-referential as to be an inadvertent pastiche of itself. The same can be said of the "steampunk" ouvre. I've argued before that the entirety of the steampu [...]

    26. Conrad on said:

      Others seem to have found PSS's world to have been fleshed out well; I thought it was implausible. No one knows what lies beyond certain parts of the world and someone still found it necessary to invent trains. There's at least one huge city but how there's enough food to go around is anyone's guess. Mieville never writes five words when eighty will do, and his editor must have been asleep at the switch: I'd love to see an adjective count of this book. There are some genre-bending tricks and a f [...]

    27. Apatt on said:

      Oh Jabber! what a pugnacious book! (Sorry, a little in-joke for those who have already read this book.)I normally prefer to read books that are around 400 pages long or shorter because I am too impatient to slog through long books. However, I do make the add exceptions for books that really interest me. The thing with long books for me is that they must be *immersive* because once I am immersed in the story the length of the book become irrelevant. Delving back into the book feels like coming ho [...]

    28. Catie on said:

      When we’ve turned this world into a dried up husk and have to resort to shutting ourselves in to life sustaining pods and “living” within some sort of virtual environment, I vote we nominate this guy to imagine and design our virtual realities. Sure, we’ll probably end up with some weird shit, like fire breathing iguana flowers and pulsating organic clouds that rain mucus and blood (he won’t be able to help himself) but we’ll get the most detailed, complete, panoramic world, and I ca [...]

    29. Lee on said:

      My first review. Story: 3/51: Being Vague, rambling plot with no little believable storyline5: Ripping yarn. Clever, thought provokingThe story is based in a sordid police state world. Where medical advancements have bizarrely evolved yet weaponry remains in the 1700's. It is a dark and dirty setting that reminded me of Neverwhere. Unfortunately Mieville needs you to completely picture this world in your head, to a degree that is utterly frustrating at first. A description of an event, like wal [...]

    30. Camille Stein on said:

      El violento proceso de destrucción y creación era un drama metafísico interpretado sin audiencia. Quedaba oculto tras un opaco telón de seda frágil, una cáscara que ocultaba la transformación con una modestia brutal, instintiva.Obra vasta, enciclopédica, dotada de una mitología abrumadora. Otorgar un cuerpo convincente a un territorio tan complejo como la Ciudad-Estado República de Nueva Crobuzon requiere unas cualidades imaginativas singulares, que desde luego China Miéville posee. S [...]

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