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Kraken by China Miéville
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May 19, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: first-reads
Read from May 24 to June 07, 2010

Kraken begins when a preserved giant squid is stolen from the Darwin Centre in London. The theft is discovered by Billy Harrow, an employee of the Darwin Centre and an expert in Molluscs. When the squid (giant container and all) disappears without a trace, people come knocking on his door, including an unusual group of police officers who make up the cult investigation squad. Billy then gets pulled into the world of secret London.

Billy Harrow spends most of the novel on the run as warring factions, including an animate tattoo gang-boss, the eternally-neutral Londonmancers, the incredibly creepy Goss and Subby, and a Kraken-worshiping cult (which venerates Harrow’s specimen as a God) converge to bring about or avert the apocalypse.

China Mieville’s language is sometimes challenging. It’s just not a novel to hand to an average teenager who likes fantasy and it’s not a book for a casual read. "Kraken" requires you to pay attention, but if you are willing to put in the work, you will get a quite a pay-off!
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