WINNER OF THE AUGUST DERLETH AND ARTHUR C. CLARKE AWARDS • A masterpiece brimming with scientific splendor, magical intrigue, and fierce characters, from the author who “has reshaped modern fantasy” (The Washington Post)
“[China Miéville’s] fantasy novels, including a trilogy set in and around the magical city-state of New Crobuzon, have the refreshing effect of making Middle-earth seem plodding and flat.”—The New York Times
The metropolis of New Crobuzon sprawls at the center of the world. Humans and mutants and arcane races brood in the gloom beneath its chimneys, where the river is sluggish with unnatural effluent and foundries pound into the night. For a thousand years, the Parliament and its brutal militias have ruled over a vast economy of workers and artists, spies and soldiers, magicians, crooks, and junkies.
Now a stranger has arrived, with a pocketful of gold and an impossible demand. And something unthinkable is released.
The city is gripped by an alien terror. The fate of millions lies with a clutch of renegades. A reckoning is due at the city’s heart, in the vast edifice of brick and wood and steel under the vaults of Perdido Street Station.
It is too late to escape.
Great reading of an amazing book
I was very impressed by the narrator giving different voices and styles to so many characters. Some of the minor characters become much more lifelike.
This is one of the best books of all time and I am glad it is now available in audio. Here's hoping that the Scar and Iron Council are not far behind.
** BEWARE ** Chapter 46 contains skipping!
Good book. 1 Star because chapter 46 is incomplete. I will remove this review when and if Apple notifies me with a fix to this issue.
Perdido Street Station
I'm always impressed with China Mieville's work. His creativity and intelligence is unsurpassed by most modern authors. His ability to craft a scene and fill it with vivid detail is always astounding to me. This, the first of his works of fiction set in the Bas Lag universe, is an incredible blend of science fiction, fantasy, and horror set in a vibrant cityscape and filled with monsters, humanoids, and all kinds of beasts in between. Throw in sociopolitical unrest, cults of many shapes and colors, and a wholly original story and you've got Perdido Street Station. I love this book and the narration by John Lee is brilliant as always. My only complaint is that they haven't yet followed up with an audio book for its sequel, The Scar. I'll be waiting with bated breath and fingers crossed, because I believe this is fiction writing at its very best, and I want more.