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Kraken

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The protean Mieville's take on a London full to the brim with Gods, mortals and supernatural manifestations. This is London today but not as we know it as a teeming galaxy of inhuman manifestations invade the streets and skies and the hapless junior scientist and unwilling hero in search of a giant squid must decide between enemy and allies to survive a plague of improbable dimensions. Angels, golems, mummies and so much more crisscross the action with gay abandon. Both hilarious at times and dead scary, this will provide you with the healthiest of nightmares.

If you like China Mieville you might also like to read books by Neil Gaiman, Stephen Donaldson and Ray Bradbury.

Who is Maxim Jakubowski

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Kraken by China Mieville

Deep in the research wing of the Natural History Museum is a prize specimen, something that comes along much less often than once in a lifetime: a perfect, and perfectly preserved, giant squid. But what does it mean when the creature suddenly and impossibly disappears? For curator Billy Harrow it's the start of a headlong pitch into a London of warring cults, surreal magic, apostates and assassins. It might just be that the creature he's been preserving is more than a biological rarity: there are those who are sure it's a god - A god that someone is hoping will end the world.

About the Author

China Mieville

China Miéville lives and works in London. He is three-time winner of the prestigious Arthur C. Clarke Award (Perdido Street Station, Iron Council and The City & The City) and has also won the British Fantasy Award twice (Perdido Street Station and The Scar). The City & The City, an existential thriller, was published in 2009 to dazzling critical acclaim and drew comparison with the works of Kafka and Orwell (The Times) and Philip K. Dick (Guardian). His most recent novel, Kraken, was published in 2010.

In 2010 China Miéville won the prestigious Arthur C. Clarke Award for his novel The City and the City, the first time in its history an author has won it three times.

Maxim Jakubowski's view on PERDIDO STREET STATION...
British author Miéville is one of the most adept practitioners when it comes to creating imaginary worlds and cities which are both alien and recognisable as an extrapolation of the world we live in. The urban and gothic New Crobuzon is a harbour for humans, mutants, magicians and every mysterious species under the sun. Old-fashioned storytelling taken off the leash and exhaustively inventive.

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Book Info

Publication date

1st September 2006

Author

China Mieville

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Publisher

Pan Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan

Format

Paperback
496 pages

Categories

Science Fiction
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Fantasy
Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780330492324

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