Perdido Street Station
China Miéville
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Nov 13, 2019 - 03:11 AM By China Miéville

The metropolis of New Crobuzon sprawls at the centre of its own bewildering world Humans, mutants and arcane races throng in the gloom beneath its chimneys A stranger has come, with an impossible demand, and soon the city is to be gripped by terror.
  • Title: Perdido Street Station
  • Author: China Miéville
  • ISBN: 9780330392891
  • Page: 338
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback


Nataliya Nov 13, 2019 - 03:11 AM
To paraphrase Pratchett, "There's a saying that all roads lead to Ankh-Morpork New Crobuzon. And it's wrong. All roads lead away from Ankh-Morpork New Crobuzon, but sometimes people walk along them the wrong way."(A stunning image of New Crobuzon from curufea)A word of warning: if you read only for the story and plot, this book is not for you. Yes, there is an interesting storyline with mystery and danger and love and betrayal - but it is neither the strength nor the focus of Perdido Street Stat [...]
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Traveller Nov 13, 2019 - 03:11 AM
This Steampunk meets New Weird meets Cyberpunk meets Fantasy novel has so many themes, that I'm not even going to try to give it full credit with some sort of synopsis. I'm rather just going to talk about various aspects of the book as I go along with my review.The way I felt when I finished the novel, I wanted to give it 7 stars. For a few reasons, I'm having second thoughts.Let me start off the bat with some aspects that niggled me.Firstly, certain aspects of the world-building:Mieville used a [...]
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j Nov 13, 2019 - 03:11 AM
Lots of people like to accuse China Miéville of writing with a thesaurus open next to his laptop. How else to explain the frequent appearance of "ossified," "salubrious," "susurrus" and "inveigled" within the 623 pages of Perdido Street Station? Ok, so you can maybe argue that if you write a 250,000 word book, probably less than six of those words should be "palimpsest," but really, I just think he's a smart guy who carefully controls his prose.So the language in The City & The City is stri [...]
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J.G. Keely Nov 13, 2019 - 03:11 AM
My friends call me Senex ('The Old Man') because of my taste in fantasy, or they would, if I had any. It's often been noted that I'll give at least four stars to any fantasy from the Italian Renaissance, and yet rarely give more than two for anything written since the nineteen-sixties. Some have accused me of a staunch prejudice in period, but lo! it is not so.I really love the fantasy genre, but the corollary of this is that I hate most fantasy books, because of how they mistreat that which I l [...]
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mark monday Nov 13, 2019 - 03:11 AM
my dear Perdido Street Station,perhaps it is fated not to be. or perhaps i need to grow a bit more, until i am able to understand and appreciate your unique charms. but for now, i am just not ready. please don't take this personally - i promise that i shall try you out again sometime, perhaps soon. too many people love you, and they love you too, too much for me to give up on you altogether. i will admit that my first impression was off-putting - the way you talked and gestured and sought attent [...]
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Ken-ichi Nov 13, 2019 - 03:11 AM
I feel like I've been reading this book forever. It's long, largely unstructured, and I never became particularly invested in any of the characters, so it just dragged on. The best thing I could say about it is that it's diverting. One of the quotes on the back describes it as "phantasmagoric," which seems accurate. All sorts of crazy random things, soul-devouring moth creatures, interdimensional homicidal spiders, creative reconstructive surgery as state punishment. That's all amusing to a degr [...]
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Brad Nov 13, 2019 - 03:11 AM
WARNING: This review probably contains some (but not many) spoilers, so you may not want to read this if you haven’t read Perdido Street Station yet. This review also contains plenty of vulgarity. Please don't read this if you do not want to see the "f" and other words. Thanks.Me reading my review: I decided to read this on SoundCloud, since BirdBrian has turned me into a recorded voice madman. You can listen right here if you'd like.I fucking hate moths. Seriously. I hate them. They freak me [...]
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Lyn Nov 13, 2019 - 03:11 AM
A brilliant page turner.First of all, any book that begins with a quote from Philip K. Dick is alright in my book and promises a great story to come. This promise was kept, with interest. Perdido Street Station by China Mieville is to steampunk weird fiction as Neuromancer was to cyberpunk – it is the definitive benchmark. An urbane, nightmarish fantasy, Perdido Street Station is similar to Mieville’s The City and the City; but where the later novel was Monte Python absurd, PSS is Charles Di [...]
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Stephan Nov 13, 2019 - 03:11 AM
Finished. I am stunned. 5-star stunned. After having read The City & the City I new I was in for something special, but I had no idea is was going to be anything like this. Perdido Street Station is a rich steampunk fantasy novel. The world is unique and filled to the brim with creative ideas and details. Every sense is involved when wandering through it. If you want to read this, don't be faint of heart. The visuals are sometimes shocking and early on there are animal experiments, then - no [...]
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Ian "Marvin" Graye Nov 13, 2019 - 03:11 AM
I Love You, I Love You, I Love YouFor the fortnight it took me to read this novel, I was in another world and I was in love.Perhaps, now, I’ll retreat from that world and substitute another or others (or perhaps even return to my own world), but I will remain in love.Is this a fantasy love or is it real? I think it’s real.After all, is there any love that is not partly a product of your own mind?How can a writer make this happen? How can a reader experience this? How can a person experience [...]
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Jenn(ifer) Nov 13, 2019 - 03:11 AM
I'm not feeling overly inspired to review this book. I was. At first. At around the 300 page mark, still riveted by the world that Miéville created, I started feverishly composing what would have been what could have been I researched Miéville's background and was prepared to tell you all about his growing up in a lower-class household with just his mum and his sister, but that he was super smart and won scholarships to all the best schools. I was going to tell you about his love for role-play [...]
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Bradley Nov 13, 2019 - 03:11 AM
Lesson learned after reading this?Don't Experiment With Cheese.Can you imagine how many problems could have been avoided had this novel had access to time-travel? It's practically the only trope not explored, and that's saying a damn lot.Off and on through the entire reading, I wanted to declare that this is one of the most brilliant novels ever written. The sheer level of creativity and attention to detail, the fantastic explorations of ideas, the explosion of plot items and complications, and [...]
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✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans) Nov 13, 2019 - 03:11 AM
☠ DNF at 11%. Go me and stuff.Yet another overhyped book with a cult following bites the dust! Yay! I obviously read this one wrong! Or maybe I read it right but didn't enjoy it because I'd mistakenly purchased the Swahili version and read it back to front and upside down. This is the most plausible explanation, since I don't belong to the People of Despicable Book Taste Horde (PoDBTH™) and always read books right. Had I bought the English version, I'm pretty sure I wouldn't have noticed how [...]
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Cecily Nov 13, 2019 - 03:11 AM
I've read three other Mievilles before this, and they were 2*, 4*, and 5*.I'm so pleased this was another 5*. What a wonderful, rich, steampunky, fantastical phantasmagoria this isOTIt opens with one of several short, first-person impressions: a newcomer arriving by boat at night. He’s wealthy but anguished, and the boatman fears him. The story then opens in New Crobuzon: an ancient city (some houses nearly 1000 years old) inhabited by many exotic sentient species. We meet Lin, a khepri (insec [...]
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David Sven Nov 13, 2019 - 03:11 AM
What did I just read?! This book is crazy. Mievelle’s imagination is insane.What is Perdido Street Station? Is it fantasy, is it sci-fi, or is it just outright weird fiction? It’s a little hard to explain but I’ll give it a shot.The story is set in a totally made up universe in the city state of New Crobuzon. The setting could loosely be described as steampunk with an early industrial era feel, dirty, dank, corrupt, with a dictatorship for government and an underworld that rules the street [...]
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Ryan Nov 13, 2019 - 03:11 AM
A story about a rogue scientist trying to harness unbelievable powers to help a de-winged birdman fly again. This should have been awesome. It wasn't. Plot lines get mashed together, or abandoned all together. It ends as a vastly different story than it started. I wanted to like this book, I really did. But now the more I think about it, the more disappointed I am. The story is so off the wall you'll never know what's coming next. Sometimes story elements are introduced and won't make any sense [...]
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Robin (Bridge Four) Nov 13, 2019 - 03:11 AM
I finished this about a week ag0 and I still can’t seem to decide if I love it or hate it. I think it is kind of a little of both. The writing is wonderful and the world is fantastic. That easily made me like so many things about this book. BUT this isn’t an “and they all lived Happily Ever After” kind of book and so at the end I was left with this sad empty feeling that I didn’t like. ツ On the Plus Side ツThe world is fascinating and super complex. There are so many different kinds [...]
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Emma Nov 13, 2019 - 03:11 AM
Overall, four stars for the wonderfully weird Perdido Street Station. I say 'overall’ because the book was a bit of a mixed bag. three star bitsI didn’t recognise a large percentage of the words in the text. This made me feel edgy and insecure. My reading was repeatedly halted as I reached for the dictionary to look up beauties such as prestidigitation, curmudgeon, bathetic, palimpsest and opprobrious. The book also prompted a huffy sulk. My husband (who is far too smart for his own good) po [...]
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Brendan Nov 13, 2019 - 03:11 AM
Simply extraordinary.Let's get this out of the way: yes, Mieville likes to get his vocab on. But I don't think it's out of pretension or apprehension (I've seen both suggested in reviews on this site). Mieville's using the language to draw you in to a world that is like ours, but slightly different— a dark, morbid, fantastical dystopia that's something like the dirty lovechild of Edward Gorey, Jules Verne and Charles Dickens. It's a dirty, lowdown, steam-age-with-magic setting that is immediat [...]
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Sanaa Nov 13, 2019 - 03:11 AM
[5 Stars] What did I just read? I'm too emotionally distraught right now to write a proper review. Don't worry because I will write one in the next few days. Regardless, I loved this. It devastated me. It made me think. it is now a favorite of mine.
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Markus Nov 13, 2019 - 03:11 AM
The winds of this city are a more melancholy breed. They explore like lost souls, looking in at dusty gaslit windows. We are brethren, the city-winds and I. We wander together.We have found sleeping beggars that clutch each other and congeal for warmth like lower creatures, forced back down evolutionary strata by their poverty.We have seen the city’s night-porters fish the dead from the rivers. Dark-suited militia tugging with hooks and poles at bloated bodies with eyes ripped from their heads [...]
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Nandakishore Varma Nov 13, 2019 - 03:11 AM
Perdido Street Station is a masterpiece of world creation. China Mieville has created a fantastic twisted universe, as rich as Indian curry, and as weirdly fascinating as a freak show at a village fair. The city of New Crobuzon continues to fascinate long after one finishes one's journey through it.New Crobuzon is a city in an unspecified alternate steampunk universe, positioned at the confluence of the rivers Tar and Canker. It is populated a medley of races, human and non-human: and the non-hu [...]
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Aubrey Nov 13, 2019 - 03:11 AM
Miéville strikes me as the type of author who has weird and fantastical dreams that all too easily dip into nightmares and back again, undergoing a number of cycles in a single night. Dreams that he can't help writing down to share with the rest of us. If this isn't the case, it makes the force of his imagination all the more impressive.Streetways, devils, computing devices, insects, all merge and mutate and flesh themselves together in a riotous dance that both encircles and entraps the city o [...]
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Scribble Orca Nov 13, 2019 - 03:11 AM
Nope. Sorry.A few decades ago when Mr Mieville was traipsing around foreign climes for a year I'd have been prostrating myself at the temple of his wizardry had he written this book then. I never had a problem in those heady daze with Robert Heinlein et al, so I hardly think I'd have failed to make room in my literary bed for good ol' China.Let's just say I've arrived at the party a little too late. He's innovative rather than inventive, he's concocted a christmas cake of the fantasmagorical and [...]
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Forrest Nov 13, 2019 - 03:11 AM
I admit to being a bit inured to the "new weird". In fact, I'd say the new weird . . . is getting old. Strangeness for the sake of strangeness has lost a bit of its luster. I've read, and written, plenty of fiction in this vein. That's not to say that it's atrophied in my mind - I still appreciate the bizarre, but some of it has become so self-referential as to be an inadvertent pastiche of itself. The same can be said of the "steampunk" ouvre. I've argued before that the entirety of the steampu [...]
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Conrad Nov 13, 2019 - 03:11 AM
Others seem to have found PSS's world to have been fleshed out well; I thought it was implausible. No one knows what lies beyond certain parts of the world and someone still found it necessary to invent trains. There's at least one huge city but how there's enough food to go around is anyone's guess. Mieville never writes five words when eighty will do, and his editor must have been asleep at the switch: I'd love to see an adjective count of this book. There are some genre-bending tricks and a f [...]
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Apatt Nov 13, 2019 - 03:11 AM
Oh Jabber! what a pugnacious book! (Sorry, a little in-joke for those who have already read this book.)I normally prefer to read books that are around 400 pages long or shorter because I am too impatient to slog through long books. However, I do make the add exceptions for books that really interest me. The thing with long books for me is that they must be *immersive* because once I am immersed in the story the length of the book become irrelevant. Delving back into the book feels like coming ho [...]
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Catie Nov 13, 2019 - 03:11 AM
When we’ve turned this world into a dried up husk and have to resort to shutting ourselves in to life sustaining pods and “living” within some sort of virtual environment, I vote we nominate this guy to imagine and design our virtual realities. Sure, we’ll probably end up with some weird shit, like fire breathing iguana flowers and pulsating organic clouds that rain mucus and blood (he won’t be able to help himself) but we’ll get the most detailed, complete, panoramic world, and I ca [...]
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Lee Nov 13, 2019 - 03:11 AM
My first review. Story: 3/51: Being Vague, rambling plot with no little believable storyline5: Ripping yarn. Clever, thought provokingThe story is based in a sordid police state world. Where medical advancements have bizarrely evolved yet weaponry remains in the 1700's. It is a dark and dirty setting that reminded me of Neverwhere. Unfortunately Mieville needs you to completely picture this world in your head, to a degree that is utterly frustrating at first. A description of an event, like wal [...]
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Camille Stein Nov 13, 2019 - 03:11 AM
El violento proceso de destrucción y creación era un drama metafísico interpretado sin audiencia. Quedaba oculto tras un opaco telón de seda frágil, una cáscara que ocultaba la transformación con una modestia brutal, instintiva.Obra vasta, enciclopédica, dotada de una mitología abrumadora. Otorgar un cuerpo convincente a un territorio tan complejo como la Ciudad-Estado República de Nueva Crobuzon requiere unas cualidades imaginativas singulares, que desde luego China Miéville posee. S [...]
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Perdido Street Station By China Miéville The metropolis of New Crobuzon sprawls at the centre of its own bewildering world Humans, mutants and arcane races throng in the gloom beneath its chimneys A stranger has come, with an impossible demand, and soon the city is to be gripped by terror.

Perdido Street Station Perdido Street Station is a weird fantasy novel by British writer China Miville, the first of three independent works set in the fictional world of Bas Lag, a place where both magic referred to as thaumaturgy and steampunk technology exist The novel has won several literary awards. Perdido Street Station New Crobuzon, by China Miville Perdido Street Station is a rich steampunk fantasy novel The world is unique and filled to the brim with creative ideas and details Every sense is involved when wandering through it If you want to read this, don t be faint of heart. Perdido Street Station China Miville Perdido Street Station takes place in the fantastical city state of New Crobuzon, on the continent of Bas Lag The massive city is inhabited by not only humans, but a variety of xenian creatures both mythological and invented, from cactus people to the beetle headed Khepri. Perdido Street Station New Crobuzon Series by China Wildly inventive, droll, and at times farcical, Perdido Street Station is a fine addition to a body of work that is already filled with captivating, daring, and evocative novels Tom Piccirilli Tom Piccirilli is the author of eight novels, including Hexes and Shards, and his Felicity Grove mystery series, consisting of The Dead Past and The SF Site Featured Review Perdido Street Station That s not the sort of thing run of the mill, fantasy by the numbers likes to dwell on And, if what you re looking to do is escape reality, there s certainly nothing wrong with that kind of entertainment However, if you read fantasy or just plain read to probe existential meaning, Perdido Street Station Perdido Street Station novel Bas Lag Wiki FANDOM Perdido Street Station is the first novel set in Bas Lag, China Miville s created world It is Miville s second novel, and was first published in by Macmillan This article is a stub You can help Bas Lag Wiki by expanding it Contents Plot summary Edit. Perdido Street Station NPR Perdido Street Station NPR coverage of Perdido Street Station by China Mieville News, author interviews, critics picks and . Perdido Street Station by China Miville About Perdido Street Station 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. Catherine Siemann New Jersey Institute of Technology Catherine Siemann, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Humanities Department, Department Member New Jersey Institute of Technology, Humanities, Department Member Unfollow Follow Unblock , through China Mieville s iPerdido Street Station i , to recent works by Stephen Hunt, Cherie Priest, and N K Jemisin, I will Perdido Street Station China Miville 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.

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