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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.

There is the Congregation of God Kraken, a sect of squid worshippers whose roots go back to the dawn of humanity — and beyond. There is the criminal mastermind known as the Tattoo, a merciless maniac inked onto the flesh of a hapless victim. There is the FSRC — the Fundamentalist and Sect-Related Crime Unit — a branch of London's finest that fights sorcery with sorcery. There is Wati, a spirit from ancient Egypt who leads a ragtag union of magical familiars. There are the Londonmancers, who read the future in the city's entrails. There is Grisamentum, London’s greatest wizard, whose shadow lingers long after his death. And then there is Goss and Subby, an ageless old man and a cretinous boy who, together, constitute a terrifying — yet darkly charismatic — demonic duo.

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.

Review:

"Mieville, never predictable, lobs a grenade into the urban-fantasy genre, remaking it into wild comedy....Mieville tears through the story with an almost manic energy, bulldozing past the few places where the plot falters." Entertainment Weekly

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"Mieville's fantasy is a rich literary work, full of wordplay and imagery that will appeal to literary-fiction fans as much as to fantasy readers. It is a very dense read, however, and lacks the thrills of City and the City, but Mieville's dedicated readership will be willing to persevere to the end." Booklist

About the Author

China Miéville is the author of King Rat; Perdido Street Station, winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award and the British Fantasy Award; The Scar, winner of the Locus Award and the British Fantasy Award; Iron Council, winner of the Locus Award and the Arthur C. Clarke Award; Looking for Jake, a collection of short stories; and Un Lun Dun, his New York Times bestselling book for younger readers. He lives and works in London.

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h, February 28, 2014 (view all comments by h)
What is squiddity? The essence of the squid. In Miéville's smart, thrilling novel, it's godhood. This is a whodunnit, but with a missing giant squid at the center and several underground religious cults and nefarious organizations swirling around it. The language here is as wonderful as it always is: lines with a poetic cadence, neologisms like "endsick" (a disease that afflicts those feeling the end times). The story doesn't begin in the author's usual territory of fantasy but smoothly and delightfully moves in that direction, and then you're drawn in.
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Greg Metcalfe, January 10, 2012 (view all comments by Greg Metcalfe)
This take on urban fantasy will probably appeal to the widest audience yet. Giant squid? Check. Spooky British Natural History Museum settings? Check. Talking-tattoo crime boss? Of course it's in there. We have to have one of those. Hard-boiled London cult squad cops? Of course.

Read it this winter, before we run out of those long nights, with lots of lovely fog.
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Vincent Grout, July 20, 2011 (view all comments by Vincent Grout)
It's time to get your squid on! The sheer force of Mieville's imagination is enough to propel this eschatological shaggy dog story of fringe beliefs, city streets and brine. Sure, the characterizations are a little haphazard but every turn of the page brings a new wonder including a sentient ocean taking up residence in a London flat and heroic, poingant patchwork angels that watch over the legacies of musuems both relevant and anachronistic. And, at least in this book, it seems that Mieville has finally found the balance between the lyrical and the merely verbose. So jump in, the water's fine, and enjoy this search for a missing giant squid. Finding it may just be the key to saving the world from inky armageddon. A good bet for fans of Jeff Vandermeer.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780345497505
Author:
Mieville, China
Publisher:
Del Rey Books
Subject:
Fantasy - Epic
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-Fantasy-Epic
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20110331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
528
Dimensions:
9.16 x 6.12 x 1.1 in 1.1 lb

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"Review" by , "Mieville, never predictable, lobs a grenade into the urban-fantasy genre, remaking it into wild comedy....Mieville tears through the story with an almost manic energy, bulldozing past the few places where the plot falters."
"Review" by , "Mieville's fantasy is a rich literary work, full of wordplay and imagery that will appeal to literary-fiction fans as much as to fantasy readers. It is a very dense read, however, and lacks the thrills of City and the City, but Mieville's dedicated readership will be willing to persevere to the end."
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