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"As far as comparisons go, Miéville could be discussed in the same breath with steampunk authors William Gibson and Neal Stephenson. But it's not a stretch to compare him to the likes of Herman Melville: Both authors have pushed the envelope in their respective genres; both have created memorable, idiosyncratic characters (Bartleby, anyone?); and, perhaps most importantly, they can both be described as fearless and inventive." David Hannon, Powells.com (read the entire Powells.com review)

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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.

Review:

"This science fiction novel rocked my world. Sex with giant insects. Dream-sucking slake moths. An action-packed thriller with high literary production values. A sprawling, vastly ambitious, exquisitely executed science fiction fantasy with the best possible ending: You want more, more, more." Andrew Leonard, Salon.com

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"[An] appetizing, if extravagant, stew of genre themes....[G]enerous enough to accommodate large dollops of aesthetics, scientific discussion and quest fantasy in an impressive and ultimately pleasing epic." Publishers Weekly

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"[A] powerful tale...that combines Victorian elements with a fantasy version of cyberpunk. Miéville's visceral prose evokes an immediacy that commands attention and demands a wide readership. Highly recommended." Library Journal

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"Earthy, sometimes outright disgusting — imagine finding your toilet blocked up by diamonds — but, amazingly in a book of this length, flawlessly plotted and relentlessly,stunningly inventive: a conceptual breakthrough of the highest order." Kirkus Reviews

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"[A] phantasmagoric masterpiece...The book left me breathless with admiration." Brian Stableford

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"More world building than storytelling, the yarn at least suggests that the author of King Rat is marching forward in his fantasy-writing career." Booklist

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"It is the best streampunk novel since Gibson and Sterling's." John Clute

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"China Miéville's cool style has conjured up a triumphantly macabre technoslip metropolis with a unique atmosphere of horror and fascination." Peter Hamilton

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"The most exciting, enthralling novel I have read in a long time. It is about everything important — love, work, hope, worlds we knew were out there but needed a writer like Miéville to show them to us. His imagination is vast, his talent volcanic. Read this book. It just might be a masterpiece." Jonathon Carroll

About the Author

China Miéville is currently reading for his Ph.D. at the London School of Economics. His first novel, King Rat, was published in 1998. He lives in England.

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Shelly Caldwell, January 20, 2012 (view all comments by Shelly Caldwell)
Probably the strangest and most memorable book I read last year. Very involved and disturbing - scary yet funny - all in all WONDERFUL. Mr. Mieville has the most amazing imagination and vocabulary!

I'm now in the process of reading everything he's ever written. But PDS is still my favorite (although The City and The City was a very close second). I highly recommend his work.
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h, September 22, 2011 (view all comments by h)
This is fantasy that transcends the designation and attracts those not yet initiated into the genre. Mieville is always inventive, his voice urgent, and his imagined worlds far from our own yet reflections on our own.
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Mark Joseph, September 2, 2011 (view all comments by Mark Joseph)
I love Tolkien as much as anyone, but sometimes you want something different. Might as well start at the top--this book is maximally different from The Lord of the Rings. Both are "fantasy" novels, but that is the extent of their similarities. Creator and perfecter of the sub-genre "New Weird," Perdido has everything--a heart-poundingly scary plot, brilliant characterization, more moving parts than any novel I can think of, more than one "I didn't expect that" moment, a fair amount of political commentary and/or subtext, and lots and lots of *weird*. This is one of my favorite books ever, and I'd only have one caveat for the potentially interested reader--if you can't handle weird (especially one central romance between a human man and an insect-headed woman), the book may prove a bit too rich for your tastes.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780345443021
Author:
Mieville, China
Publisher:
Del Rey Books
Author:
Mieville, China
Location:
New York
Subject:
Fantasy - General
Subject:
Fantasy fiction
Subject:
Science Fiction - Adventure
Subject:
Dissenters
Subject:
Strangers.
Subject:
Alienation
Subject:
Science / Adventure
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-Fantasy
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st American ed.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
106-1005
Publication Date:
20010231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
720
Dimensions:
9.22x6.30x1.30 in. 2.02 lbs.

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Product details 720 pages RANDOM HOUSE TRADE - English 9780345443021 Reviews:
"Review A Day" by , "As far as comparisons go, Miéville could be discussed in the same breath with steampunk authors William Gibson and Neal Stephenson. But it's not a stretch to compare him to the likes of Herman Melville: Both authors have pushed the envelope in their respective genres; both have created memorable, idiosyncratic characters (Bartleby, anyone?); and, perhaps most importantly, they can both be described as fearless and inventive." (read the entire Powells.com review)
"Review" by , "This science fiction novel rocked my world. Sex with giant insects. Dream-sucking slake moths. An action-packed thriller with high literary production values. A sprawling, vastly ambitious, exquisitely executed science fiction fantasy with the best possible ending: You want more, more, more."
"Review" by , "[An] appetizing, if extravagant, stew of genre themes....[G]enerous enough to accommodate large dollops of aesthetics, scientific discussion and quest fantasy in an impressive and ultimately pleasing epic."
"Review" by , "[A] powerful tale...that combines Victorian elements with a fantasy version of cyberpunk. Miéville's visceral prose evokes an immediacy that commands attention and demands a wide readership. Highly recommended."
"Review" by , "Earthy, sometimes outright disgusting — imagine finding your toilet blocked up by diamonds — but, amazingly in a book of this length, flawlessly plotted and relentlessly,stunningly inventive: a conceptual breakthrough of the highest order."
"Review" by , "[A] phantasmagoric masterpiece...The book left me breathless with admiration."
"Review" by , "More world building than storytelling, the yarn at least suggests that the author of King Rat is marching forward in his fantasy-writing career."
"Review" by , "It is the best streampunk novel since Gibson and Sterling's."
"Review" by , "China Miéville's cool style has conjured up a triumphantly macabre technoslip metropolis with a unique atmosphere of horror and fascination."
"Review" by , "The most exciting, enthralling novel I have read in a long time. It is about everything important — love, work, hope, worlds we knew were out there but needed a writer like Miéville to show them to us. His imagination is vast, his talent volcanic. Read this book. It just might be a masterpiece."
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