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
"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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The descriptions of the city are amazing. Words that help you smell and see, love it.
The book has a mystery to solve and characters to fall in love with, but it is the city that makes the story.
Issac, sad, smelly, smart and in a bad place.
This was my first John Lee. The reading was steady, but sometimes he needed a glass of water.
No, lots of information to process and I just wanted to digest what had just happened.
I've always enjoyed John Lee's narration of Peter F. Hamilton's works, and I really enjoyed "The City and The City". So yes, I'd try another book by either.
What troubled me as I worked through the book was that John Lee's voice kept making me think I was "reading" a Peter F. Hamilton book, and I was constantly being disappointed by the descriptions of things and the level of detail in the book. Then I'd remember it was Mieville and would cheer up again for a while until, once again, I'd realize that I was disappointed. I ended up with about 4 hours left in the book and just turned it off to listen to something else. It just didn't grab me at all. I don't want books to make me work to stay interested. Mieville's other books have kept me enthralled, so I'm not sure what happened here.
Literally like nothing I've read before or since. It was staggering when I read the novel and now, years later, I'm impressed with the audio book. John Lee does a great job imparting emotions to the characters and brings a wonderful gravitas to the narration. I could feel the grit of New Crobuzon, smell the construct steam mingling with the strange smells of xenian cooking. top notch baroque fantasy.
There was a whole bunch of bug people and frog people and robot people and dead guys with wires in their heads! Oh! And there was a magical spider who made me feel weird and a bunch of scary moth monsters who french people and suck out their brains! Oh man! Then there's this fat guy who seems to be really smart and tough, but he has all of these realistic human frailties, but he's also a hero! And the fat guy totally does it a bunch of times with a chick who has a beetle for a head (but the gangsters and the moth monsters turn her retarded)! Oh man, it's a good book! A+++++++!
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
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.
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