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ISBN13: 9780345458445
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"Un Lun Dun doesn't have the breathless otherness and depth of Perdido Street Station, but it isn't intended to....Un Lun Dun is a nice little morsel that makes a great chaser after a dense nonfiction book, and is a good recommendation for someone who has already read Philip Pullman's fabulous His Dark Materials series (and those books about the boy wizard)." Doug Brown, Powells.com (read the entire Powells.com review)

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Publisher Comments:

What is Un Lun Dun?

It is London through the looking glass, an urban Wonderland of strange delights where all the lost and broken things of London end up...and some of its lost and broken people, too — including Brokkenbroll, boss of the broken umbrellas; Obaday Fing, a tailor whose head is an enormous pin-cushion, and an empty milk carton called Curdle. Un Lun Dun is a place where words are alive, a jungle lurks behind the door of an ordinary house, carnivorous giraffes stalk the streets, and a dark cloud dreams of burning the world. It is a city awaiting its hero, whose coming was prophesied long ago, set down for all time in the pages of a talking book.

When twelve-year-old Zanna and her friend Deeba find a secret entrance leading out of London and into this strange city, it seems that the ancient prophecy is coming true at last. But then things begin to go shockingly wrong.

Review:

"Mieville (King Rat) presents a remarkable bit of world-building.

London teenager Zanna (short for Susanna) starts to experience odd occurrences: clouds that resemble her, strangers who call her the 'Shwazzy,' and graffiti that reads 'Zanna For Ever!' Zanna, it turns out, is the Shwazzy (choisior 'chosen one') of the people of UnLondon (the Un Lun Dun of the title), a surreal mirror-image of London ('Abcities have existed at least as long as the cities,' a book of prophecy tells her, 'Each dreams the other'). Together, Zanna and her friend Deeba wind up in UnLondon, a Gaiman-esque wonderland of ghosts, zombies, walking garbage cans and sentient umbrellas. (Its people have a sense of humor, describing how they disposed of pre-euro currency, and other parallel 'abcities' such as 'Parisn't' and 'No York'). The Smog, a beast borne of London's 'smoke from chemicals and poisons' haunts UnLondon, and it seems that Zanna is the one designated to defeat the Smog. But a twist of fate unleashes unforeseen events and the UnLondoners wind up pinning their hopes on Deeba.

Mieville employs a few tricks from the experimental novelist's bag (five-words-long chapters, others that end mid-sentence, puns and wordplay galore) but by and large relies on his formidable storytelling skill for this lengthy yet swift-moving tale that, with a wink and a nod, cuts through archetypal notions of fate and prophecy. Highly recommended for Neil Gaiman and Clive Barker fans especially." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"[A] dark, charming, robust, comical adventure played according to new rules." VOYA

Review:

"The characters are well realized and the book has a fair amount of sociopolitical subtext, mostly about questioning the status quo and thinking for oneself." Library Journal

Review:

"A book which shows the world as it truly is: full of marvels and monsters and unexpected opportunities for heroism and magic. Un Lun Dun is delicious, twisty, ferocious fun, a book so crammed with inventions, delights, and unexpected turns that you will want to start reading it over again as soon as you've reached the end." Kelly Link, author of Stranger Things Happen and Magic for Beginners

Review:

"Many young readers will no doubt find the adventure compelling....In a way, the novel feels like a screenplay, ready to have its delightful ideas translated to the purely visual." Philadelphia Inquirer

Review:

"Mieville's compelling heroine and her fantastical journey through the labyrinth of a strange London forms that rare book that feels instantly like a classic and yet is thoroughly modern." Holly Black, bestselling author of the YA novels Tithe and Valiant

Review:

"Mieville can spin just about anything into fantastic silk, but he doesn't seem to understand that the kids who read YA books are smart and resilient." Los Angeles Times

Synopsis:

Un Lun Dun is London through the looking glass, an urban Wonderland of strange delights where all the lost and broken things end up — including people. When 12-year-old Zanna and her friend Deeba find a secret entrance into this strange city, it seems that an ancient prophecy is coming true. Illustrations.

Synopsis:

What is Un Lun Dun?

It is London through the looking glass, an urban Wonderland of strange delights where all the lost and broken things of London end up . . . and some of its lost and broken people, too-including Brokkenbroll, boss of the broken umbrellas; Obaday Fing, a tailor whose head is an enormous pin-cushion, and an empty milk carton called Curdle. Un Lun Dun is a place where words are alive, a jungle lurks behind the door of an ordinary house, carnivorous giraffes stalk the streets, and a dark cloud dreams of burning the world. It is a city awaiting its hero, whose coming was prophesied long ago, set down for all time in the pages of a talking book.

When twelve-year-old Zanna and her friend Deeba find a secret entrance leading out of London and into this strange city, it seems that the ancient prophecy is coming true at last. But then things begin to go shockingly wrong.

From the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

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

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Serene, January 1, 2012 (view all comments by Serene)
I just loved the wordplay in this delightful YA novel. Even more appealing to me is the way it skewers (and puts a fresh face on) the usual sexist tropes found in YA girl-hero books. It's one of those books I found really hard to finish, because I didn't want it to end.
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Dead Air, October 1, 2008 (view all comments by Dead Air)
China Mieville's first foray into young adult literature is one part Oz, one part Neverwhere, one part Monty Python's Holy Grail and one part Gulliver's Travels for the cell phone generation.

If you are expecting a kids' version of his Bas Lag novels, this is not even remotely similar to that. If you've read King Rat and some of his more horror tinged stories set in London, that's getting closer, but don't expect that level of edgy darkness. This is satire and often rather whimsical, though not without Mieville's decidedly leftist political agenda as an undercurrent. He takes a swipe at some of the mythical cliches of the very type of story he's telling too. The "chosen one" may not be the hero(iene) in the end when China's spinning the yarn.

Does this stand up as a read for adults as well? Certainly if you're willing to ride with China through a very different world from his other works.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780345458445
Author:
Mieville, China
Publisher:
Del Rey Books
Author:
Mieville, China
Author:
Written and illustrated by China Mi?ville
Author:
Written and illustrated by China Mi?ville
Subject:
Science Fiction - Adventure
Subject:
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Subject:
Fantasy & Magic
Subject:
Science / Adventure
Subject:
Children s-Science Fiction and Fantasy
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20080131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 5
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
496
Dimensions:
8.30x5.56x1.05 in. .87 lbs.
Age Level:
13-17

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Product details 496 pages Del Rey Books - English 9780345458445 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Mieville (King Rat) presents a remarkable bit of world-building.

London teenager Zanna (short for Susanna) starts to experience odd occurrences: clouds that resemble her, strangers who call her the 'Shwazzy,' and graffiti that reads 'Zanna For Ever!' Zanna, it turns out, is the Shwazzy (choisior 'chosen one') of the people of UnLondon (the Un Lun Dun of the title), a surreal mirror-image of London ('Abcities have existed at least as long as the cities,' a book of prophecy tells her, 'Each dreams the other'). Together, Zanna and her friend Deeba wind up in UnLondon, a Gaiman-esque wonderland of ghosts, zombies, walking garbage cans and sentient umbrellas. (Its people have a sense of humor, describing how they disposed of pre-euro currency, and other parallel 'abcities' such as 'Parisn't' and 'No York'). The Smog, a beast borne of London's 'smoke from chemicals and poisons' haunts UnLondon, and it seems that Zanna is the one designated to defeat the Smog. But a twist of fate unleashes unforeseen events and the UnLondoners wind up pinning their hopes on Deeba.

Mieville employs a few tricks from the experimental novelist's bag (five-words-long chapters, others that end mid-sentence, puns and wordplay galore) but by and large relies on his formidable storytelling skill for this lengthy yet swift-moving tale that, with a wink and a nod, cuts through archetypal notions of fate and prophecy. Highly recommended for Neil Gaiman and Clive Barker fans especially." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

"Review A Day" by , "Un Lun Dun doesn't have the breathless otherness and depth of Perdido Street Station, but it isn't intended to....Un Lun Dun is a nice little morsel that makes a great chaser after a dense nonfiction book, and is a good recommendation for someone who has already read Philip Pullman's fabulous His Dark Materials series (and those books about the boy wizard)." (read the entire Powells.com review)
"Review" by , "[A] dark, charming, robust, comical adventure played according to new rules."
"Review" by , "The characters are well realized and the book has a fair amount of sociopolitical subtext, mostly about questioning the status quo and thinking for oneself."
"Review" by , "A book which shows the world as it truly is: full of marvels and monsters and unexpected opportunities for heroism and magic. Un Lun Dun is delicious, twisty, ferocious fun, a book so crammed with inventions, delights, and unexpected turns that you will want to start reading it over again as soon as you've reached the end."
"Review" by , "Many young readers will no doubt find the adventure compelling....In a way, the novel feels like a screenplay, ready to have its delightful ideas translated to the purely visual."
"Review" by , "Mieville's compelling heroine and her fantastical journey through the labyrinth of a strange London forms that rare book that feels instantly like a classic and yet is thoroughly modern."
"Review" by , "Mieville can spin just about anything into fantastic silk, but he doesn't seem to understand that the kids who read YA books are smart and resilient."
"Synopsis" by , Un Lun Dun is London through the looking glass, an urban Wonderland of strange delights where all the lost and broken things end up — including people. When 12-year-old Zanna and her friend Deeba find a secret entrance into this strange city, it seems that an ancient prophecy is coming true. Illustrations.
"Synopsis" by , What is Un Lun Dun?

It is London through the looking glass, an urban Wonderland of strange delights where all the lost and broken things of London end up . . . and some of its lost and broken people, too-including Brokkenbroll, boss of the broken umbrellas; Obaday Fing, a tailor whose head is an enormous pin-cushion, and an empty milk carton called Curdle. Un Lun Dun is a place where words are alive, a jungle lurks behind the door of an ordinary house, carnivorous giraffes stalk the streets, and a dark cloud dreams of burning the world. It is a city awaiting its hero, whose coming was prophesied long ago, set down for all time in the pages of a talking book.

When twelve-year-old Zanna and her friend Deeba find a secret entrance leading out of London and into this strange city, it seems that the ancient prophecy is coming true at last. But then things begin to go shockingly wrong.

From the Hardcover edition.

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