Brendan's Reviews > Perdido Street Station

Perdido Street Station by China Miéville
Rate this book
Clear rating

by
413744
's review
Sep 24, 2007

it was amazing

Simply extraordinary.

Let's get this out of the way: yes, Mieville likes to get his vocab on. But I don't think it's out of pretension or apprehension (I've seen both suggested in reviews on this site). Mieville's using the language to draw you in to a world that is like ours, but slightly different— a dark, morbid, fantastical dystopia that's something like the dirty lovechild of Edward Gorey, Jules Verne and Charles Dickens. It's a dirty, lowdown, steam-age-with-magic setting that is immediately recognizable and intricately defamiliarizing.

In short, it's exactly what so-called "speculative" fiction should be.

I don't want to spoil anything, and I'm finding it difficult to summarize this book without launching into a dissertation, so instead I'll just give you some advice:

Read this book. Read it now. View the language not as an obstacle, but as part of his world's fiber (not unlike Joss Whedon's use of Chinese in Firefly). It's a long, slow drink of whiskey served by a curmudgeonly idealist, and you'll be better for it.
38 likes · flag

Sign into Goodreads to see if any of your friends have read Perdido Street Station.
Sign In »

Reading Progress

Finished Reading
September 24, 2007 – Shelved

No comments have been added yet.