Perdido Street Station

623 pages

English language

Published Nov. 11, 2003 by Del Rey/Ballantine Books.

ISBN:
9780345459404
OCLC Number:
52815141

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4 stars (18 reviews)

In the squalid, gothic city of New Crobuzon, a mysterious half-human, half-bird stranger comes to Isaac, a gifted but eccentric scientist, with a request to help him fly, but Isaac's obsessive experiments and attempts to grant the request unleash a terrifying dark force on the entire city.

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3 stars

I can see why many love this book - but I'm not one of them. Florid poetry about life in steampunk fantasy sewers just doesn't turn my crank, even if you throw in Skynet and some vampires for a plot and then do some drunkard meanderings around things vaguely resembling art and science by flawed heroes.

It's not badly written. I can appreciate the artistry in its creation, and I really disliked the result. Three stars is only because I seem to be so far in the minority on this one I don't want to seem like a complete fool.

Read a bit of it before laying your money down.

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Subjects

  • Strangers
  • Dystopias
  • Dissenters
  • City and town life
  • Fiction