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Perdido Street Station by China Miéville
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Jul 24, 2011

it was ok
bookshelves: steampunk, fantasy, urban-fantasy
Recommended to Michael by: ♥Xeni♥

Perdido Street Station is a slow burn, so slow in fact that people would find it really boring. China Miéville has spent a lot of time thinking about the world of New Crobuzon in great detail and then goes on to explain every aspect of it. While it does get rather technical and scientific, Miéville’s writing style was enjoyable enough to keep me going (a lesser writer I would have quit 300 pages in). The stunning settings of the seedy New Crobuzon, along with the well-crafted writing was the saving grace of this book.

New Crobuzon is a beautiful city, mixing many elements of Steampunk and Fantasy to create the authors very own version of London. After reading China Miéville’s book The City and The City, I knew that this author did define the weird genre; his imagination of the interlocking cities was so complex it was hard to keep up with it all. Then I came to Perdido Street Station and not only was the city overly thought out, all the creatures and the science behind it all was. I’m not sure how this author does it and I don’t think I would ever want to spend a day in the brain of China Miéville.

The Characters are so flawed, it was actually a joy to learn more about them and everytime they try to ‘do-the-right-thing’ you just know that they don’t know the bigger picture and the consequences of their own actions. The social aspects of this world thought out too, in fact I think the author knows more about the scientific, social and political aspects of New Crobuzon than he does of England and the world.

The two major plots within this book played out rather well and I think if I enjoyed Fantasy novels more that I actually do, I might have enjoyed Perdido Street Station a lot more. For me this book could have used a good editor to thin it out without losing all the proses that Miéville expertly uses. The 880 page paperback was really uncomfortable to read, I think I will stick to an e-reader for the next big book I tackle.
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Reading Progress

July 24, 2011 – Shelved
October 6, 2011 – Started Reading
October 6, 2011 – Shelved as: steampunk
October 6, 2011 – Shelved as: fantasy
October 7, 2011 –
page 32
3.69%
October 8, 2011 –
page 54
6.23%
October 8, 2011 –
page 77
8.88%
October 8, 2011 –
page 90
10.38%
October 9, 2011 –
page 117
13.49%
October 10, 2011 –
page 147
16.96%
October 12, 2011 –
page 191
22.03%
October 12, 2011 –
page 209
24.11%
October 12, 2011 –
page 267
30.8%
October 15, 2011 –
page 375
43.25%
October 15, 2011 –
page 470
54.21%
October 16, 2011 –
page 500
57.67%
October 17, 2011 –
page 523
60.32%
October 17, 2011 –
page 679
78.32%
October 18, 2011 –
page 715
82.47%
October 19, 2011 –
page 753
86.85%
October 19, 2011 –
page 797
91.93% "Two more chapters to go"
October 20, 2011 – Finished Reading
September 10, 2012 – Shelved as: urban-fantasy

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