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Perdido Street Station (2000)

de China Miéville

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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. The air and rivers are thick with factory pollutants and the strange effluents of alchemy, and the ghettos contain a vast mix of workers, artists, spies, junkies, and whores. In New Crobuzon, the unsavory deal is stranger to none -- not even to Isaac, a brilliant scientist with a penchant for Crisis Theory. Isaac has spent a lifetime quietly carrying out his unique research. But when a half-bird, half-human creature known as the Garuda comes to him from afar, Isaac is faced with challenges he has never before fathomed. Though the Garuda's request is scientifically daunting, Isaac is sparked by his own curiosity and an uncanny reverence for this curious stranger. While Isaac's experiments for the Garuda turn into an obsession, one of his lab specimens demands attention: a brilliantly colored caterpillar that feeds on nothing but a hallucinatory drug and grows larger -- and more consuming -- by the day. What finally emerges from the silken cocoon will permeate every fiber of New Crobuzon -- and not even the Ambassador of Hell will challenge the malignant terror it invokes ...… (més)
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Es mostren 1-5 de 296 (següent | mostra-les totes)
Perdido Street Station is bustling with life. Imagine a book as a sandwich filled with all sorts of juicy and shiny insects. These insects are intriguing, they look good, they revolt and arouse your curiosity at the same time. I am reminded of the first and only time I ate an insect, it was a beetle, an Asiatic rhinoceros beetle (Oryctes rhinoceros). I don't know why I mentioned that. The point is like my tasting of the beetle, it is nice to subject one's self to new and somewhat harmless experiences every now and then. It is a good thing to appreciate and to try to understand alien things.

The book is gothic, it is brutal, it is very very weird. I slogged through this book about seventy-percent in, because it somehow got boring for me. Lots of geography to take in. Descriptions of streets, roofs, rivers, buildings, architecture. Lots of new creatures to take in - creatures that fly, swim, are half-dead, undead, from this and other dimensions, creatures that can do extreme kinds of damage to you. It can be suffocating. But I managed to do it. I finished it. Overall it was a good experience. The characters are thought-out, well-fleshed. Lots of loose ends left untied. Great exhilarating story. Must read second book. ( )
  rufus666 | Aug 14, 2022 |
Where to even start a review?

This book is a genre-bending, amazing, violent and pure horror. Steam-punk meets sci-fi meets philosophy meets "what the heck did I just read?"

China Mieville is a master world builder. New Crobuzon is a dark, violent city, built on the bones of a long-dead giant - the enormous ribs still soaring above the city.

Very atmospheric and character-driven book. I listened to the audio which was wonderful. ( )
  sriddell | Aug 6, 2022 |
Reached 10%. Nothing happens in this strange book filled with neighborhoods names and tedious descriptions that doesn't mean anything to me. Had high expectations for this one. Disappointed. Sent to /dev/null ( )
  gustavoberman | Jun 29, 2022 |
Ultimately a fantastic book. The novel will take almost 200 pages to get going so hang in there and enjoy Mieville's seemingly pointless (it's not) lush, bizarre, and adjective laden descriptions of New Crobuzon and its denizens.

I suppose this is categorized as science fiction, but its really a complex horror novel with a very unique take on the usual tropes. There is also a lot more going on here than basic horror, with multiple themes running the length of the book. It is also very steampunky.

Once you finish the novel you will realize the focal character is not who you think it is. Read it, then think about it for a bit.

Once the plot gets going the story becomes very suspenseful and is actually very action packed. I found myself page turning through the last 1/3 of the book. ( )
  Gumbywan | Jun 24, 2022 |
Perdidio Street Station er margverðlaunuð fantasía eftir höfundinn China Miéville. Áhrifamikill fantasíuheimur þar sem Miéville skapar dystópískan steampunkaða heimsmynd.
Veröldin er sannarlega engin draumaveröld. Sögusviðið er borgríki undir ofríki þings sem hikar ekki við að beita þegnana ofbeldi og njósnum. Minnir satt að segja nokkuð á sögu George Orwells, 1984. Þetta er fyrsta sagan sem ég hef lesið sem byggir á steampunk sem þýðir að tækni samfélagsins samanstendur af gufuknúnum vélum sem einnig geta verið töfrum vafðar. Allt hefur sína kosti og galla í þessum sagnaheimi. Í New Crobuzon, borgríki Miévilles, er samansafn fjölda kynþátta og furðuskepna sem koma víða að úr heiminum. Þarna er samnúningur ólíkra samfélaga og persóna sem Miéville gerir aðdáanleg skil og ég verð að segja að dýpt og sköpun hans á heiminum er meistaraleg. Áhugaverð heimsmynd sem ég hef hug á að lesa meira um enda mun þetta vera fyrsta af að minnsta kosti þrem bókum.
Hins vegar er ókostur sögunnar sá að Miéville er að lýsa svo sérkennilegum heimi að mikill tími fer í að segja frá samfélögum ólíkra kynþátta, sögu þeirra og einstökum persónum. Sagan kemst því seint á flug og er reyndar ansi skrykkjótt. Það má í raun segja að margar sögur séu sagðar og vonlaust að reyna að fylgjast með hverri og einni sér. Límið í sögunni er beiðni Yaghareks, limlests fuglamanns, sem kemur til vísindamannsins Isaacs og biður hann um hjálp svo hann fái að fljúga aftur. Inn á milli fléttast frásögn af Lin, ástkonu Isaacs, sem er af skordýrsgerð. Hún er listamaður og er fenginn til að vinna verk fyrir einn öflugasta glæpaforingja borgarinnar. Einnig er viðamikill þáttur í sögunni koma fimm rándýra sem lifa á draumum vitiborinna skepna. Þegar þau hafa sogið draumana úr fórnarlömbunum er í raun ekkert eftir af sál einstaklinganna og þau vesalast upp.
Sjálfur er China Miéville mjög vinstri sinnaður og hefur haft einhver afskipti af stjórnmálum. Hann hefur sömuleiðis landað doktorsgráðu með doktorsverkefni sínu um marxisma og alþjóðalög sem birt var 2005. Það má reyndar segja að sjónarhorn hans í pólitík birtist að nokkru leiti í Perdido Street Station. ( )
  SkuliSael | Apr 28, 2022 |
Es mostren 1-5 de 296 (següent | mostra-les totes)
Perdido Street Station is a well written and absorbing story aimed at breaking the rules for a number of different fantasy concepts.
 

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Miéville, Chinaautor primaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Bauche-Eppers, EvaTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Lee, JohnNarradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Miller, EdwardAutor de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Oliver, JonathanNarradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Stevenson, DavidAutor de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Villa, ElisaTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
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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. The air and rivers are thick with factory pollutants and the strange effluents of alchemy, and the ghettos contain a vast mix of workers, artists, spies, junkies, and whores. In New Crobuzon, the unsavory deal is stranger to none -- not even to Isaac, a brilliant scientist with a penchant for Crisis Theory. Isaac has spent a lifetime quietly carrying out his unique research. But when a half-bird, half-human creature known as the Garuda comes to him from afar, Isaac is faced with challenges he has never before fathomed. Though the Garuda's request is scientifically daunting, Isaac is sparked by his own curiosity and an uncanny reverence for this curious stranger. While Isaac's experiments for the Garuda turn into an obsession, one of his lab specimens demands attention: a brilliantly colored caterpillar that feeds on nothing but a hallucinatory drug and grows larger -- and more consuming -- by the day. What finally emerges from the silken cocoon will permeate every fiber of New Crobuzon -- and not even the Ambassador of Hell will challenge the malignant terror it invokes ...

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