Deep in the research wing of the Natural History Museum is a prize specimen, something that comes along much less often than once in a lifetime: a perfect, and perfectly preserved, giant squid.
But what does it mean when the creature suddenly and impossibly disappears?
For curator Billy Harrow it's the start of a headlong pitch into a London of warring cults, surreal magic, apostates and assassins.
It might just be that the creature he's been preserving is more than a biological rarity: there are those who are sure it's a god - A god that someone is hoping will end the world.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 400 pages
- Publisher: Pan Macmillan
- Publication Date: 01/09/2006
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780330492324
- EPUB from £7.19
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Review by gregandlarry
An amazing story. You can feel London's cobbles when you read this.
Review by Crayne
Kraken is a bit of a mixed bag, really. It's Gaiman, it's Powers, it's British, it's American, it's overflowing with cool concepts and lacking in coherent world building. It's also really enjoyable in the same way a well-made B-movie is enjoyable. I couldn't stand Miéville's Perdido Street Station (and yes, I realize I am apparently the sole member of the human race to feel that way), but I thoroughly enjoyed Kraken. His ability to turn almost any mundane concept into something occult runs wild through its pages and you find yourself hoping you'll get to see some more. And that's the one thing where the novel disappoints: it doesn't show you more. Gunfarmers, Londonmancers, Memory Angels, Krakenists, Monsterherds, fleshcrafted appliances, a house that serves as an embassy for the sea as an entity in its own right...they all hint at superb, tasty urban fantastical goodness, but never become more than that hint. I'd like to see Miéville expand this universe, flesh out the skeletons he's constructed in Kraken. I want more...
Review by cuffs
I really like China Miévilles earlier books but not so much this one. The story is very much Neil Gaiman Neverwhere with a sprinkling of Charles Stross Laundry series. Not bad, but not with that sparkling originality Miéville usually exhibit. The prose sometimes feels pointlessly convoluted, at least to someone where english is not a first language.I enjoyed the book so by all means read it. Just do not expect as much of this book as from (for example) Perdido Street Station.
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Review by Schizophrenia86
I didn't expect too much from this book, just a neat little fantasy-story in a contemporary urban environment. At the beginning it made me think of Wolfgang Hohlbein's "Azrael" (being the only other "Urban Fantasy" book I read so far), but "Kraken" beats it by lenghts.Instead of just some quite conventional fantasy elements settled in a modern day city "Kraken" creates a London full of ideas both pretty new and pretty sick (in a good way). Angels of memory coming alive from all the collected memory in museums, Gunfarmers "planting" bullets into their victims and growing more ferocious weapons out of them, and a magician trying to imitate Star Trek and thereby killing himself many times without realizing it by beaming himself are just some of Kraken's innovative features. And yes, it gradually becomes a pretty epic story. I mean, it has apocalypses in it. In plural. Simultaneously. Too bad I didn't really buy the ending, which ruins a possible 5 star rating.
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