Too Complicated. Try to Read Later. Maybe.
After reading the synopsis I was super excited and really looking forward to this book. It was so overwhelming with all the different kinds of characters, various factions, and bizarre action (real London/alternative London) that I found it hard to understand what was going on, so I would re-read what I just read. Then I was just reading it to simply enjoy the story. Then I was just reading the words not focusing, until after some time I was asking myself what I had just read.
It has a great and interesting start with Billy a museum curator being sought after by the magic-wielding Krakenists and being chased by the dangerous pair Goss and Subby. But by half way through the book, (at the end of Part 2), I simply could not go on. It?s rare that I am not able to finish a book, so that is saying something for me. (The Historian, Icehenge, and this book Kraken are the only ones I?ve never been able to finish reading.)
I realize that some may like this book; I even expect others who?ve read some of China Miéville?s other books may have a one up on me. I do not recommend this book, because it was too difficult to get into the story, stay focused on what?s happening, and it?s too dry and boring. I give it 1 ½ stars instead of just 1star because I didn?t outright hate it. However, I am intrigued by what one of my favorite authors had to say about Kraken.
Terry Brooks Reviews: Kraken
April 5, 2011 ~ T.B. Rating: 5 of 5 stars
This month I am recommending a book that has been out for a year or so, China Miéville?s Kraken. No one writes books like China. Some have said this is a good thing because China?s prose is dense and complex and his language might require that you keep a dictionary close at hand. But this is a really wonderful, compelling story. It possesses elements of science fiction, fantasy, horror and myth, and it is impossible to describe here. But I will take a shot at it anyway. Kraken is an end of the world story centered around a stolen Kraken corpse, a Kraken worshipping cult, strange collections of magic wielders both good and bad, a paranormal police unit, a gaggle of odd heroes and a couple of really terrible villains. It reminded me of Stephen King, among others. You have to work at this book, but even given that I had to put some effort into reading it I could not put it down. It builds as it goes and thunders to a surprisingly satisfying ending. It made me envy China?s storytelling skills, and that doesn?t happen very often.