- Published: New York : Del Rey/Ballantine Books, 2003, c2000.
- Year Published: 2000
- Description: 623 p. : map ; 18 cm.
- Language: English
- Format: Book
- City and town life -- Fiction.
- Strangers -- Fiction.
- Dissenters -- Fiction.
- Dystopias -- Fiction.
- Steampunk fiction.
- Fantasy fiction.
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Perdido Street Station
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Call number: Fiction
"Originally published in Great Britain by Macmillan Pub. in 2000"--T.p. verso.
In the squalid, gothic city of New Crobuzon, a mysterious half-human, half-bird stranger comes to Isaac, a gifted but eccentric scientist, with a request to help him fly, but Isaac's obsessive experiments and attempts to grant the request unleash a terrifying dark force on the entire city.
Reviews & Summaries
--It was a slog.
--Terrible Star-Trek-alienitis. The non-human half of the hero duo was just a human with a--gasp--beetle for a head. Perhaps this silly, lazy morphology makes more sense by the end but I'd be surprised.
--Miéville brandished his politics like a club, they were thuddingly obvious and unsophisticated. Government is gosh-darned corrupt, counterculture is heroic, the rich are evil and selfish. Not that these ideas aren't worth some screentime, but it was just so...simple.
--The hyper-taboo, socially repugnant interspecies sexual relationship was the best part of the book. The danger of discovery felt real. The artistic subculture that exhibited varying degrees of acceptance and laissez-faire was the only thing that made me want to keep reading.
EDIT: A friend who is good at reviewing reviews pointed out that thus far my rating is not in alignment with my "scathing" criticism. So I should add that:
--Miéville writes real purty.
--His world-building was actually quite good.
Had the library not been whanging me with onerous 25-cents-per-day fines I would have finished reading it. It's just not worth it to me to check it out again I guess.
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