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Perdido Street Station: 1 Audio CD – Unabridged, 1 August 2020

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  • Publisher : Bolinda/Audible audio; Unabridged edition (1 August 2020)
  • Language : English
  • ISBN-10 : 0655685316
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0655685319
  • Dimensions : 13.2 x 1.4 x 12.2 cm
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.3 out of 5 stars 775 ratings

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'A well-written, authentically engrossing adventure story, exuberantly full of hocus-pocus ... Miéville does not disappoint.' -- Daily Telegraph

'A work of exhaustive inventiveness . . . superlative fantasy.' -- Time Out

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Winner of the August Derleth award, Perdido Street Station is an imaginative fantasy thriller, and the first of China Miéville's novels set in the world of Bas-Lag.

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David H
5.0 out of 5 stars Fed up of Tolkien? Or not. Either way it’s great
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 15 July 2018
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fed up of Tolkien? Or not. Either way it’s great
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 15 July 2018
This book is long. Really long. Like nearly a 1000 pages long. It is fantasy after all.

But it's not fantasy as you know it. Mieville, as always, bucks the trend and sticks every middle finger and tentacle up at fantasy stereotypes. You won't find elves here, instead finding humanoid insects and living, breathing cacti.

Mieville's worldbuilding and prose are dense and at times difficult, but I did not once find myself tempted to stop. There's a distinct danger of attempting to read the book cover to cover, something I'm not sure is even possible with such a hefty tome (if you need an extra little bit of justification to buy the paper copy, it would make a handy door stop or paperweight or blunt-force weapon should you be burgled).

It's hard to decide which bit I liked most: the depth and connection with the characters (a difficult feat in fantastic literature, especially when key characters include a mysterious giant bird man (who lost his wings, of course) and an anthropomorphised insectoid artist.), the quality of the prose or the gripping plot. Yes, it's not perfect, every book has its flaws. This is certainly a more literary and weird version of the fantastic than many readers will be used to. But the rewards are worth it.

You should go into this with the full knowledge that you will soon be purchasing the sequels, and lamenting the fact that only three exist in the series. At a push, I'd say The Scar manages to trump Perdido, which you may find hard to believe when reading it. You'll then go on to buy Mieville's entire catalogue. It's a good thing the paper copies are so well designed; I have one very well decorated shelf in my book case. After completing Bas Lag, I'd recommend (well, anything) Embassytown or The City & The City, which the BBC just released a four-part series of. That Perdido Street Station has not had the GoT treatment yet is criminal.

Halfway through reading the book I had already purchased both sequels, and given copies to three friends. Why are you still reading? Buy it now. I don't think I could ever recommend a book more.

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1.0 out of 5 stars God I tried, I really really tried...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Probably the best fantasy novel I have ever read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is a work of mad imagination and I have never read anything like it before
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perilous quest for science
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