Kraken

an anatomy

509 pages

English language

Published Nov. 8, 2011 by Del Rey.

ISBN:
9780345497505
OCLC Number:
670479458

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3 stars (11 reviews)

When a nine-meter-long dead squid is stolen, tank and all, from a London museum, curator Billy Harrow finds himself swept up in a world he didn't know existed: one of worshippers of the giant squid, animated golems, talking tattoos, and animal familiars on strike. Forced on the lam with a renegade kraken cultist and stalked by cops and crazies, Billy finds his quest to recover the squid sidelined by questions as to what force may now be unleashed on an unsuspecting world.

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Review of 'Kraken' on 'GoodReads'

3 stars

Not a terrible yarn, but it seems to wander for a good chunk of the book. The more stream of consciousness writing it hard to get through. It only seems to illustrate that something strange is going on here, which would be fine if it wasn't surrounded by tons of weird stuff going on. Will look out for shorter ones by this author, rather than longer.

Review of 'Kraken' on 'Storygraph'

4 stars

I had a little difficulty wading through this one. It's quite different than Mieville's previous works, though it's not difficult to see how this evolved from them. Characterization is very strong, with characters that strengthen and evolve logically throughout the narrative. The plot and magical system mesh precisely: both are constructed out of thickly layered and highly detailed metaphor. Absolutely a book where every little detail is important, will likely come back to effect the plot at some later point. The missing star in this review is really only to do with the slightly disjointed transition between events, which was rather annoying to me in a few instances. Overall, I would absolutely recommend this book. The magic system in this book is so incredibly brilliant, that I keep coming back to it. I really hope to see Mieville use it again.

Review of 'Kraken' on 'Goodreads'

2 stars

You've all heard the anecdotes about the guy who sits down in a restaurant, plops a chunk of money on the table and says, "this is the tip; I'll be making deductions for every misstep!" What a jerk.



Well, it's a bit how I approach novels. At page one, everyone has five stars (assuming the first line isn't "It was a dark and stormy night.")



The Kraken lost one star a couple of chapters in when I thought "who does this guy think he is: Neil Gaiman?" Think of every derivative work slightly tweaking The Lord of the Rings and I think that's where we're headed with Gaiman's style. Mieville might be the start of it or just the first I've read.



The Kraken lost its second star when I realized that Mieville is no Neil Gaiman. For all its quirk and dark oddity (Mieville might have an edge on …

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Subjects

  • Giant squids
  • Cults
  • Magic
  • Museum curators
  • Fiction

Places

  • England