A lover of all types of fiction that are gothic, cyberpunk, sci-fi, space and/or weird
Maybe not for sometime. It is a quite lengthy book and I have two more to go through. But it is good enough that I'm considering buying all three books in paper. Miéville goes through an exhaustive effort to describe the world and does a fantastic job. Additionally, he also applies this verbosity to the character development as well.
Without giving the story away, there were so many times in the story that entirely new races were introduced or strong twists occurred that weren't foreseeable. This, is somewhat shocking after having listened to and read so many books where you know what is going to happen but have to wait for it to occur.
At first it was jarring because it was so different than many of the books I'd listened to lately, but very quickly his cadence, voice acting and inflection grew on me strongly. Now, I'm hooked.
In an alternate world, where steam power was developed in lieu of gasoline. In a world where magic exists and humans aren't the only intelligence. One small group of interconnected folks embarks on a fantastic journey of self discovery and revelation.
Can't wait to read The Scar
I like to read books, but sometimes it's more convenient to listen to them. Just don't say you "read" a book when you really listened to it.
I thought I'd try reading (listening) to China Mieville to see what the buzz was about. I found this novel to be far fetched, even for sci fi. Rather absurd in that the society does not logically fit their own level of technology. It is an outlandish stroy. This form of sci fi may work for some, my brain just won't allow me to imagine such an asburd reality. Waste of money for me.
This was a stunning, strange, original, unpredictable, and beautiful novel, and one of the most original novels I can recall reading. The atmosphere of the city and its denizens, and the many surpsurprising twists and turns of the narrative kidney guessing until the very endI will definitely be reading more by this author.
Also, I found the performance by John Lee to be excellent. His characterization of the voices of the various characters in particular was very well done, and well-suited to the book.
Perdido St station is a thoroughly engrossing adventure, and simultaneously a masterpiece of prose writing and philosophical depth. The sprawling city of New Crobuzon is alive, dirty, dangerous and teeming, and Mieville's characters are unforgettable. John Lee's vocal performance is perfect. A must listen.
It seems like the "steampunk" theme was an afterthought. The depictions of the city lean closer to (and likely had origins in) dieselpunk, but some editor wanted to ride some red felt coattails. Ctrl+R'ing steel for copper, and aluminum for bronze is also too obvious.
I like that it was a story of the city, or stories, but it was just a constant roll. There are no twists because there are no expectations.
John Lee is, as always, great.
Librarian, father, fantasy fool and tech enthusiasts.
This is my third China Mieville book and I'm yet to be disappointed. In the beginning I had now idea where this story was going, mot as it unfold and the ship got real I must say I was mighty impressed. I think this is my favorite thus far! Thank you so much for a great experience. Worth every penny!
Perdido Street Station is vulgar and profane. It also happens to be the most exquisite prose I have ever read in my life. It is filled with the most glorious descriptions of the most vile, beautiful, and even sometimes mundane things. It manages to be the most original story I’ve ever read while incorporating a pantheon of existing mythologies. It’s a putrid stew of wonderfulness. China Mieville, like George R. R. Martin and Donna Tartt, is another one of those intimidatingly good authors. Like Sam Harris his vocabulary is beyond reckoning, and he is not afraid to use every word of it. He may be the best writer I’ve ever read. I am humbled by his work. Perdido Street Station will immerse you in a seedy world of urban noir steampunk mystery sci-fi and fantasy horror. It is a book written for bibliophiles, lovers of the english language and the written word. It’s a real treat. Treat yourself to it.
Beautifully detailed, unique world with a steampunky theme. Unfortunately the story just did not grab me.
I think almost everyone agrees that it takes of very slowly. After getting through 1/3 of the book I went online and found many people like me wondering whether or not to carry through. People assured me to keep going, that it was going to take off. It didn't, at least not for me.