Perdido Street Station [Paperback]
- Pan Macmillan
- Publication Date:
- 06 May 2011
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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.
I remember it was a fantastic vision of the city and had really unforgettable characters. Absolutely great.
Probably my favourite book of all time.
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?
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