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Kraken | [China Mieville]

Kraken

With this outrageous new novel, China Miéville has written one of the strangest, funniest, and flat-out scariest books you will read this—or any other—year. The London that comes to life in Kraken is a weird metropolis awash in secret currents of myth and magic, where criminals, police, cultists, and wizards are locked in a war to bring about—or prevent—the End of All Things.
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Publisher's Summary

With this outrageous new novel, China Miéville has written one of the strangest, funniest, and flat-out scariest books you will read this—or any other—year. The London that comes to life in Kraken is a weird metropolis awash in secret currents of myth and magic, where criminals, police, cultists, and wizards are locked in a war to bring about—or prevent—the End of All Things.

In the Darwin Centre at London’s Natural History Museum, Billy Harrow, a cephalopod specialist, is conducting a tour whose climax is meant to be the Centre’s prize specimen of a rare Architeuthis dux—better known as the Giant Squid. But Billy’s tour takes an unexpected turn when the squid suddenly and impossibly vanishes into thin air.

As Billy soon discovers, this is the precipitating act in a struggle to the death between mysterious but powerful forces in a London whose existence he has been blissfully ignorant of until now, a city whose denizens—human and otherwise—are adept in magic and murder.

All of them—and others—are in pursuit of Billy, who inadvertently holds the key to the missing squid, an embryonic god whose powers, properly harnessed, can destroy all that is, was, and ever shall be.

©2010 China Mieville (P)2010 Random House

What the Critics Say

"Mr. Miéville's novels - seven so far - have been showered with prizes; three have won the Arthur C. Clarke award, given annually to the best science fiction novel published in Britain…. [H]e stands out from the crowd for the quality, mischievousness and erudition of his writing…. Among the many topics that bubble beneath the wild imagination at play are millennial anxiety, religious cults, the relationship between the citizen and the state and the role of fate and free will." (The New York Times)

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    Paul Columbus, OH, United States 11-04-10
    Paul Columbus, OH, United States 11-04-10 Member Since 2014

    TimeLord

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    "not neverwhere"

    not awful, just not very good. i like the effort, just not my style. riddlin might help.

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    Kindle 10-28-10
    Kindle 10-28-10

    As you may be able to tell from the few reviews I've done, I not a fan of books that reference other books, or TV shows, or movies, or ... I want a book to help me escape from my own world. But referencing some hit TV show from our own pop culture always ruins the mood. I want authors to tell their own stories without leaning on others.

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    "Too much for me"

    Pure gibberish. I assume the author deliberately tried to keep the reader confused. I'm still not sure what the plot was supposed to be. Not recommended. I wasted a credit. Nuts.

    1 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    sheralyn Dawsonville, GA, United States 07-31-10
    sheralyn Dawsonville, GA, United States 07-31-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Amature Writing"

    I enjoy reading many different genres and I have read many books. What makes a book great is the way that it is written. Either this author had a bad editor or the author does not have an imagination when it came to word choice. My fourth grade students could give this author a lesson on using different words for “said”. It got so monotonous that I could not finish the book.

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    Michael Reno, NV, United States 08-02-10
    Michael Reno, NV, United States 08-02-10 Member Since 2006
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    "Kraken"

    Just a horrible rip-off of Neil Gamon. Sad. It is always the case that one author's formula for success will be emumlated, this is shameless example. If it was even half as good a Gamon's work, it might be worth half the price. It isn't.

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