Perdido Street Station, Paperback book

Perdido Street Station[Paperback]

by China Mieville

3.69 out of 5 (89 ratings)

Pan Macmillan 
Publication Date:
06 May 2011 


The metropolis of New Crobuzon sprawls at the centre of its own bewildering world. Humans and mutants and arcane races throng the gloom beneath its chimneys, where the rivers are sluggish with unnatural effluent, and factories and foundries pound into the night. For more than a thousand years, the parliament and its brutal militia have ruled over a vast array of workers and artists, spies, magicians, junkies and whores. Now a stranger has come, with a pocketful of gold and an impossible demand, and inadvertently something unthinkable is released. Soon the city is gripped by an alien terror - and the fate of millions depends on a clutch of outcasts on the run from lawmakers and crime-lords alike. The urban nightscape becomes a hunting ground as battles rage in the shadows of bizarre buildings. And a reckoning is due at the city's heart, in the vast edifice of Perdido Street Station. It is too late to escape. 'A work of exhaustive inventiveness ...superlative fantasy' Time Out 'A well-written, authentically engrossing adventure story, exuberantly full of hocus-pocus ...Mieville does not disappoint' Daily Telegraph

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  • I loved this book. The characters, the world, the description. To begin with, I'm a sucker for stories set in fantasy settings. Something about the urban hodgepodge being translated into a melting pot of not just different cultures, but even different races and forms of life intrigues me. I guess I'm tired of the fantasy that gives each race its own territory. The dark tone of the story was wonderful, and the description conveyed the mood and the grit of the city well. All the cast of people and creatures were wonderfully imagined and entertaining. I loved the influence from lesser known myths present in some of the species like the khepri and the vodyanoi. I especially love how this is one of those stories where things aren't necessarily black and white, bad things get done by good people and not everything turns out sunshine and roses in the end. In the end I definitely walked away from this book satisfied and wanting more of the world of Bas-Lag. Definitely one of my top recommendations.

    5.00 out of 5


  • I remember it was a fantastic vision of the city and had really unforgettable characters. Absolutely great.

    5.00 out of 5


  • Probably my favourite book of all time.

    5.00 out of 5


  • Bas Lag = half-human "aliens", stop the baddie, steampunk scientistsPlot was a bit more – I don't know – "children's"? than expected. Standard adventure shape, completely apart from that cute D&D characters' interlude and the unhappy ending and the sex and the grime.Good Shit, though, man. Good. Shit. I want somebody to licence some kind of "more more more". Manga, maybe. Couldn't Miyazaki do something with this?

    5.00 out of 5


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