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characters Perdido Street Station ¸ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Í A magnificent fantasy rife with scientific splendor magical intrigue and wonderfully realized characters told in a storytelling style in which Charles Dickens meets Neal Stephenson Perdido Street Station offers an eerie voluptuously crafted world that will plumb S own curiosity and an uncanny reverence for this curious strangerWhile Isaac's experiments for the Garuda turn into an obsession one of his lab specimens demands attention a brilliantly colored caterpillar that feeds on nothing but a hallucinatory drug and grows larger and consuming by the day What finally emerges from the silken cocoon will permeate every fiber of New Crobuzon and not even the Ambassador of Hell will challenge the malignant terror it invokes BONUS This edition contains an excerpt from China Mieville’s Embassytow. my dear Perdido Street Stationperhaps it is fated not to be or perhaps i need to grow a bit until i am able to understand and appreciate your uniue charms but for now i am just not ready please don't take this personally i promise that i shall try you out again sometime perhaps soon too many people love you and they love you too too much for me to give up on you altogether i will admit that my first impression was off putting the way you talked and gestured and sought attention only created annoyance but still i was determined to soldier on knowing of the wonders that many others have enjoyed in your embrace i thought that there must be something there some uality underneath all of the affectation and all of the almost desperate attempts to dazzle and to provoke i felt confident that beneath all of the ruffles and ribbons and silky trifles and shiny buttons that there would be something interesting and of value buried down deep but as i undressed you instead of a warm beating heart i found only rococo haberdashery there was no there therebut you know once i felt the same way about samuel delany about ronald firbank and lo behold i now admire them both i respond rather uickly to their bold instigations their often sharp tongues their secretly dreamy temperaments it just took time and i'm sure yours will come as well but not now i simply haven't the energy or patience to get to know you and i am certain in the end my affection must mean little to you Perdido you are too beloved by all to be wounded too deeply by this minor affront please do forgive my rash bout of grappling and its abrupt finish this lectio interruptus i take full responsibility this i do promise to be continued we will once again tumble into each other's arms hoping for some kind of delight or satisfaction this evening was simply not meant to be the housekeeper will take care of the sheets and mess; please do me a kind favor and take your leave through the servants' entrance'til the time of our sweet reunionyoursmark monday

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A magnificent fantasy rife with scientific splendor magical intrigue and wonderfully realized characters told in a storytelling style in which Charles Dickens meets Neal Stephenson Perdido Street Station offers an eerie voluptuously crafted world that will plumb the depths of every reader's imagination Beneath the towering bleached ribs of a dead ancient beast lies New Crobuzon a sualid city where humans Re mades and arcane races live in perpetual fear of Parliament and its brutal militia The air and rivers are thick with factory po. My friends call me Senex 'The Old Man' because of my taste in fantasy or they would if I had any It's often been noted that I'll give at least four stars to any fantasy from the Italian Renaissance and yet rarely give than two for anything written since the nineteen sixties Some have accused me of a staunch prejudice in period but lo it is not soI really love the fantasy genre but the corollary of this is that I hate most fantasy books because of how they mistreat that which I love Whenever I am called to task for loving old books and despising new ones I give a silent thanks to China Mieville for writing a book within the last decade that I can with all honesty and aplomb say is both eminently enjoyable and well writtenThere are so many rich veins that run through the history of fantastical literature from the epics the matter of France and fairy tales to metaphysical poetry and the pulps; and yet today the core of the genre is content to keep digging deeper into a spent shaft Mieville's work shines because he divines unusual sources of inspiration and then carefully prises polishes and sets themFantasy has been tirelessly driven on a myth of the late medieval so much so that any small deviation is lauded as a 'uniue vision' But gladly Mieville isn't of the school that thinks a gritty escapist pseudo medieval romance is utterly distinct from a heroic moralizing pseudo medieval romance He belongs to a much older school—several in factOne thread Mieville draws on are the 'Weird' authors of early century pulp who combined horror fantasy and science fiction and didn't delineate where one ended and the other began Science fiction cannot just sit on its laurels like fantasy if only because it is constantly outstripped by new science and technologyLovecraft fantasized Verne LeGuin fantasized Doc Smith and Mieville has a whole new world of bursting technologies to draw from The information and biotech boom led to an entirely new vision of the future completely unavailable to writers of the Silver or Golden age one which was snatched up by the young hungry dirty Cyberpunk writersIf there were an easy way to sum up his work you might say Mieville has written a 'cyberpunk fantasy' concentrating on the same flawed sprawling cities plucky heroes and confirmation that knowledge is valuable than martial puissance Not since Snowcrash have I read a book that was as fun as it is intelligent Both authors have worlds that are underpinned by ideas and philosophiesFor Stephenson it was the social theory of Jaynes but for Mieville it's economics As an economist he can't help but enumerate the world; for him events unerringly lead back to fundamental causes like need supply gain and zero sum games This isn't overt in his books it's merely the mechanism that underpins the drive of his plotPerhaps this explains why he was drawn to a setting reminiscent of the Victorian and not the Medieval since economic historians suggest that before this period economics could hardly have existed as a science since the fundamental uestions which underpin it had no answer in a system based on guild and fealty But once economics bloomed it did so grandly such that economics could be the basis for a fantasy or a farceYet Mieville's particular economic views are not the theme of the story He is not a moralist but a cynic capable of representing the failure of good ideas even one he believes in and the success of harmful ones His 'gritty realism' is not merely a collage of pointless sex violence and cruelty like some other fantasy authors I could name but a representation of necessary evils difficulties and desiresBut he is not merely a Cyberpunk author dabbling in fantasy any than Lovecraft was a fantasist who wrote about space aliens Indeed Mieville takes notes from Lovecraft remembering that the most interesting magic is that which is only vaguely explained and which suggests a strange and interesting world beyond the characters' understanding I still recall the throwaway line some plankton from a huge brine dimension in The Scar sparking my imagination than entire books by other authors and of course evoking the colliding branes of String TheoryThe mindless 'grey goo' antagonists are eually Lovecraftian but Mieville does interesting things with The Weaver an unfathomable huge spider who exists between space and time So many authors after Lovecraft tried to bring the Mythos closer to human understanding giving the unknowable beings dialogue and motivation but nothing kills frighteningly alien creatures faster than poorly written dialogue; indeed I would have said giving the creatures any level of comprehensible consciousness ruins them but I'm glad to be proven wrongThe Weaver is neither ally nor antagonist nor does his dialogue bring him down to our level If anything it makes him seem uncanny since it is easier to shrug off some silent terror than to discover something that almost seems to make sense but the truths it dances around suggest a world we would not wish to understand because it is inconceivable overawing and deeply ironicBut then that is the scientific lesson from which Mieville profits on both the micro and macro levels the universe seems to flaunt everything we take for granted The spider could be telling men about Heisenbergian concepts of non causality and total existence failure and be no less right nor any less unnervingAnd yet for all Mieville's gravitas there is something undeniably frivolous and delightful about his characters They never get so bogged down in their difficulties that they lose the fundamental vivacity with which he endows them It is rare to find an author who deals with such vibrant surrealism and yet is capable of reigning it in before it overwhelms the story Mervyn Peake might be the master of using carefully rationed absurdism to create a world realistic and believably than any stark vision of Post Modern Realism Like Peake Mieville's characters and setting are always strange enough to seem unusually realSome have suggested that this frivolity undermines the very serious uestions and ideas he presents elsewhere but I for one am glad to find him capable of reveling in joy for Nietzsche once observed that excess is not the result of joy but joylessnessI compared Mieville favorably to Snowcrash but Stephenson's other books simply cannot measure up to his first success and it is because they are joyless They delve passionately into ideas and minutia but do not revel in the characters the place or the events I would rather an author dance lightly across his treatise than for a moment begin to imagine that what he writes is portentous and grandioseNor does Mieville err too far on the other side of the fantastical for all the implausible absurdity of his setting and characters he never gives in to the temptation to turn the book into a nonsensical fever dream Unlike Calvino's Invisible Cities Mieville does not lose himself in the false profundity of metaphysics and never once suggests the meaningless New Age aphorism that I am remarkable precisely because I know that I am ignorant What is remarkable in the mind of man is the cusp of knowledge not the unknown that lies beyond itHis story is infused with the search for knowledge and understanding which plays through all his economic causes his scientific metaphysical exploration no less far fetched than M theory and considerably accessible and of course the pseudo scientific interests of his characters What prevents this from dragging down into the sort of detail mashing explanations that can kill a good book or a good idea is that Mieville is interested in the love of discovery than in stagnating over what is already knownEvery book should be as concerned and excited with discovery as readers we are always discovering always mulling over always seeking to turn the next page and renew ourselves with an unexpected turn or the final arrival of some foreshadowed conclusionBy seeking out strange and varied inspirations for his work Mieville has shown once again that an author is only as good as the works he draws from and only as original as the ideas he adopts He rejects Tolkien's empty wilderness and ancient stone palisades for Henry Mayhew's London and Gibson's Tokyo He invests his magic with alchemy uantum theory and transhuman biotech He replaces heroism and escapism with economic theory and passionate individualismHe has world character and plot than most fantasists and yet it is not overwrought it is all a romp all a vivacious and unapologetic adventure Most genre writers not only have higher literary pretensions but fail to deliver on them while at the same time having less fun doing it Mieville puts them to shame I can only hope fantasy authors of the future will be inspired by him and save this genre from itself and its ponderous long winded Old GuardMy Fantasy Book Suggestions

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Perdido Street StationLlutants and the strange effluents of alchemy and the ghettos contain a vast mix of workers artists spies junkies and whores In New Crobuzon the unsavory deal is stranger to none not even to Isaac a brilliant scientist with a penchant for Crisis TheoryIsaac has spent a lifetime uietly carrying out his uniue research But when a half bird half human creature known as the Garuda comes to him from afar Isaac is faced with challenges he has never before fathomed Though the Garuda's reuest is scientifically daunting Isaac is sparked by hi. I feel like I've been reading this book forever It's long largely unstructured and I never became particularly invested in any of the characters so it just dragged on The best thing I could say about it is that it's diverting One of the uotes on the back describes it as phantasmagoric which seems accurate All sorts of crazy random things soul devouring moth creatures interdimensional homicidal spiders creative reconstructive surgery as state punishment That's all amusing to a degree enough to keep boredom at bay while waiting in line or riding the trainWhich is not to say that this is a work of complete and utter novelty All kinds of fantasy and scifi tropes sentient parasite societies machines acuiring intelligence hawk people oppressive government blah blah There are also passages like thisThe glass was painted opaue It vibrated minutely in eldritch dimensions buffeted by emanations from withinandDark figures slid expertly at breakneck speed the length of the cords They came in a constant uick drip They looked like glutinous clots dribbling down the entrails of the disemboweled airshipsI mean yes hilarious but imagine having to say these things out loudUltimately the author who's smug mug defaces the back cover in possibly the worst author photo I've suffered to date seems far too obsessed with the little hodgepodge world he's thrown together too eager to throw in every little wouldn't it be cool if moment he ever imagined instead of focusing on the story Maybe I just didn't like his writing Or the fact that he used the word 'bituminous' on practically every page That and 'ichor' Anyway I don't recommend it