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Perdido Street Station | [China Mieville]

Perdido Street Station

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

A magnificent fantasy rife with scientific splendor, magical intrigue, and wonderfully realized characters, told in a storytelling style in which Charles Dickens meets Neal Stephenson, Perdido Street Station offers an eerie, voluptuously crafted world that will plumb the depths of every reader's imagination.

©2003 China Mieville; (P)2009 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

"The author of King Rat delivers a powerful tale about the power of love and the will to survive in a dystopian universe that combines Victorian elements with a fantasy version of cyberpunk. Mieville's visceral prose evokes an immediacy that commands attention and demands a wide readership. Highly recommended." (Library Journal)

"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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    Kaotaja ViennaAustria 07-26-10
    Kaotaja ViennaAustria 07-26-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Fantastic listen!"

    China Mieville creates an incredibly rich world populated with interesting characters and creatures. Very decadent and character driven (at least for the first half). John Lee's narration and character voices are also great.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jeffrey Dame Scottsdale, Az 10-31-09
    Jeffrey Dame Scottsdale, Az 10-31-09 Member Since 2008
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    "fabulous, highly recommended"

    Total immersion in a world rich in believable and and ever so unique characters. Wonderful plot lines, pacing is good narration is fabulous. 24 hours long doesn't matter to me a few minutes repeat here and there, I have to say I didn't even notice. Come to this book from China Mieville The City and The City, also with John Lee; also fabulous. If you're a fan of Asimov's Foundation series or Hobbits on general dive right in.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    neoanachronism 01-06-14
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    "Best written book I've read in quite a while"
    Would you listen to Perdido Street Station again? Why?

    Reminiscent of "You Bright and Risen Angels", but far more detailed, and tightly structured. Narration was brilliant, and perfectly fitting.
    Plenty of monsters (including some all-to-common human personality types), and very complex anti-heroes.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Loved it


    Any additional comments?

    Exceptional.
    Goes beyond horror

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Shawn Tampa, FL, United States 05-06-13
    Shawn Tampa, FL, United States 05-06-13 Member Since 2009
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    "My favorite book with a great narrator"

    China Mieville is an extremely talented author whom has created a rich world, full of interesting characters. Having read the book prior to listening to it, I found that the listening experience was amazing as the slower pace gives my mind more time to visualize. I think first time listeners may need to stick with the book for a bit as a lot of the backdrop unfolds as the story progresses. The wait is well worth it as the setting of the story is as interesting as the plot. The characters are engaging and the plot is complex and engrossing.

    I hope that the two sequels are released on audio as well.

    With regards to the narration, John Lee is one of my favorites.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Aerindel 02-06-11
    Aerindel 02-06-11 Member Since 2008
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    "At little too far..."

    Someone once said that in sci-fi or fantasy your audience can accept one or two completely unbelievable things in any scene as long as everything else is done as realistically as possible.

    Peridod's problem is that ever scene has about sixteen unbelievable things it. If they where the same things from chapter to chapter you could eventually get used to them but nearly every chapter introduces a brand new bizarre concept that you have to learn and remember.

    All are well done and interesting on there own but they are never on their own, they are always just one piece of a wild picture.

    After a while I just got overloaded with strangeness and mostly disengaged from the characters and plot. I think perhaps if 3/4 of the characters hadn't been animal human hybrids or even if they had just been the same kind of hybrid I would have been okay but their are literally thirteen different races in this story all with major parts.

    I am a huge fan of sci-fi and fantasy and have no problem with outlandish worlds filled with alien races and magical machines but in most books they stop through new things at you at some point and let you settle down and enjoy the story. Peridido never does that, right up until the end you are being introduced to new races and technologies at a pace that I found to be always just a little to far ahead of what I could relate to.

    Not a bad book by any means but I was never able to fully connect with it and by the end I was forcing myself to go on listening.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    09-30-09
    09-30-09 Member Since 2004
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    "The New Weird"

    An excellent book and excellent narration. One of the freshest novels I have read in a long time, chock full of imagination and intricate world building.
    While I agree that Audible's files are flawed, this is not a forum for tech support. Contact Audible directly.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Mark J. Carroll USA 06-20-09
    Mark J. Carroll USA 06-20-09 Member Since 2005
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    "Great writer - awesome story - super narrator"

    This is the first book by China Mieville that I have listened to. The man can paint a story with words like no other! 5 Stars John Lee (this narrator is one of the best). The story is very engaging and imaginative. It is more fantasy then sci-fi but I didn't mind that too much (not a huge fantasy fan). This book does not have a fairytale ending and there are a few areas that are a little loose. The author seems to have a problem ending the story effectively as some things were not wrapped up neatly enough - similar to the way that Neal Stephenson ends his stories - on and on a little... I will still listen to more of his audiobooks as he has a superb way with words.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Margit D. Morawietz Albuquerque, NM United States 09-06-10
    Margit D. Morawietz Albuquerque, NM United States 09-06-10 Member Since 2003
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    "Morose"

    I don't know if it is the speaker or the story; probably a combination of both, but for me the story was AGONIZINGLY boring and morose despite the plethora of bizarre imaginations. -Mieville has many unique phantasies and ideas - but I could not fiinish this book. It was hard to understand the reader's theatrical pronunciation and the world of Perdido Station is stuffed full of violence, ugliness and pointlessness.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    N. L. Flowers Orange County, CA 11-03-14
    N. L. Flowers Orange County, CA 11-03-14 Member Since 2014

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    "Best Writer Ever"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kimberley 10-01-14
    Kimberley 10-01-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Strange and Wonderful!"
    If you could sum up Perdido Street Station in three words, what would they be?

    Strange and wonderful!


    What other book might you compare Perdido Street Station to and why?

    So far I haven't found anything quite like this book. I wish I could find more comparable to this, a fantasy/sci fi/fiction with a little horror and steampunk. Great character development. I could feel the heaviness of the people's oppression. I wish their was more books to this story. If you like something different don't be afraid to try this book- John Lee is perfect for this.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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