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Generous, gaudy, grand, grotesque, gigantic, grim, grimy, and glorious, Perdito Street Station is a bloody fascinating book. It's also so massive that you may begin to feel you're getting too much of a good thing; just slow down and enjoy.
Yes, but what is Perdido Street Station about? To oversimplify: the eccentric scientist Isaac Dan der Grimnebulin is hired to restore the power of flight to a cruelly de-winged birdman. Isaac's secret lover is Lin, an artist of the khepri, a humano-insectoid race; theirs is a forbidden relationship. Lin is hired (rather against her will) by a mysterious crime boss to capture his horrifying likeness in the unique khepri art form. Isaac's quest for flying things to study leads to verification of his controversial unified theory of the strange sciences of his world. It also brings him an odd, unknown grub stolen from a secret government experiment so perilous it is sold to a ruthless drug lord--the same crime boss who hired Lin. The grub emerges from its cocoon, becomes an extraordinarily dangerous monster, and escapes Isaac's lab to ravage New Crobuzon, even as his discovery becomes known to a hidden, powerful, and sinister intelligence. Lin disappears and Isaac finds himself pursued by the monster, the drug lord, the government and armies of New Crobuzon, and other, more bizarre factions, not all confined to his world. --Cynthia Ward --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
I first read Perdido Street Station a number of years ago and was blown away by Mieville's fertile imagination. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Thomas B. Friedman
Welcome to New Crobuzon! A disgusting and wretched city...where lots of fascinating people live. This is my fourth book by Miéville and none of them have ever disappointed... Read morePublished on Jan. 18 2013 by Robert Villeneuve
China Mieville is a Role Playing Game nerd, socialist punk and a damn fine author. If you are a fan of science fiction/fantasy, you *need* to read Perdido Street Station, one of... Read morePublished on Oct. 16 2012 by Mr. S. Garcia Camargo
Boring plot, boring setting, poorly strung together. You can see where the author is trying to go with this, but the end result is infantile over-use of shock imagery with an... Read morePublished on June 13 2012 by Tim Lenhardt
When I first picked up this book, I found the first third of it long and weird. Where were we getting at with all this stuff? Read morePublished on July 6 2011 by G. Larouche
An impressive dedication to worldbuilding and well written prose make for a very engrossing storyline that has kept me interested. Read morePublished on Feb. 20 2011 by Wir
Ugh! That's my impression of this book. I haven't read anything else by Mieville, and certainly won't after this fiasco of a novel. Read morePublished on Nov. 4 2010 by MacManji
Miéville’s world is one of a complex urban freak show that takes place a step out of reality, mashing the existential woes of a dozen-odd cross-species, sub-species,... Read morePublished on June 19 2007 by B. Salomons
In my opinion you'll either love this book or hate it. I love it, but I had to hold back a star because the ending may have been realistic, but it wasn't satisfying. Read morePublished on Nov. 20 2006 by L. A. Turner