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 ...
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 never heard of China Mieville until I picked up an issue of Dragon magazine and read a lengthy review on his works of fiction. Upon first picking up my recently purchased copy of Perdido Street Station I wasn't sure what to think of Mieville's style of writing at first. The story was a little slow at the beginning and there was a lot of descriptive sentences to pick through but as the narrative progressed and I found all the description of New Crobuzon fleshing out the city with beautiful clarity allowing me to stroll through its streets as if I was there. The further I progressed through the story I found myself deeply entrenched in the story and gripping on to every moment that ticked by not wanting to miss a beat. I would strongly recommend this book to fantasy lovers and non-fantasy lovers alike.
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