I loved Perdido Street Station and The City & The City 5 stars for me, and was thrilled to see China Mieville's Kraken. I so wanted this to work, and with John Lee how could you miss? [does Lee ever take a day off?] I struggled with the plot and never could get my arms around it. I just ended up confused. Could be I listen in the house and in bed - possibly this one requires the focus of a solo car ride. I've tried to start it again mid-way several times with no success, but I don't have the strength to start again from the beginning. Have to let it go.
This book covers many of the same interesting themes as Gaiman's American Gods, but less successfully. I just found the book to be surprisingly unengaging. Characters speak in riddles, and the author has a writing style where sentences stretch on so long by the time you finish, you forget what the sentence was about. Moreover, the reader has a sing-song quality to his voice, that for me, made it hard to focus on what he was saying. I found I kept having to go back and relisten to the section of the book I just finished, because none of it registered in my brain. I've never had this problem with any other author or narrator. Despite these impediments to getting into the book, I was still able within the first couple of hours to know just how it was going to turn out. As a result, this book pulls off a rare feat, being impenetrable and predictable at the same time.
I really enjoyed this one by Mieville. It almost feels like something that could have been written by Neil Gaiman, which I mean as a compliment. Definitely one of my favorite books by this author. Compelling characters & excellent world building.
I'm glad I had to read this for a Arts and Humanities class. If you love sci-fi, gods and adventure/mystery, then this is something to read. Mieville brings to life anything and everything in a tale of how a god is stolen and chaos is brought to London. John Lee's accent is icing on the cake as the setting is in London! I could easily tell when a characer change happened. So much emphasis was placed on body and changes; e.g. Watti's ability to move through statues and other objects. Sound wise, there was no background noise that I could pick up.
Some of my favorite characters were Goss and Subby for there terror factor. You get to know each character as they come along, but I would note that there are extras and armies of people that could be tough to remember. This is something to read and then read again before you get the full picture and understanding. A beautiful piece of work and an excellent tribute to the Sea, in my mind.
Great story, but the narrator's various accents tended to blend, making distinguishing the characters difficult at times. Fantastically creepy Mieville, as always!
its unusual, but an awesome book with a very unique mythos it draws from. highly recommend if you are into supernatural-esque mysteries that involve the end of times.
No, the book is great. I own a physical copy. I've struggled to make it 15% of the way into the audiobook. The narrator doesnt do voices well and sounds very stiff.
Yes. I think this would solve my main issue with this book.