unleash the “Kraken”

June 23, 2010

China Miéville returns to the world of Perdido Street Station in “Kraken:  An Anatomy.”  from the publisher’s description:

A contemporary fantasy set in present-day London finds people flocking to a British Museum exhibit of a giant squid that is stolen by magical criminals, a crime that propels young curator Billy into a supernatural underworld.

fresh off the heals of 2009’s award-winning “The City & the City,” Miéville’s latest is receiving mixed reviews from PW’sbewildering plot” (link to Powell’s for review, PW now requires a login) to LJ’s starred review whose verdict is

Not for the squeamish, Mieville’s sprawling saga calls to mind the works of H.P. Lovecraft and H.G. Wells with a distinctive 21st-century spin and should draw a large crossover audience as well as genre fans. Highly recommended.

want to give this one a shot?  arc to the first Sno-Isle Libraries employee to respond.

posting by marin


7 Responses to “unleash the “Kraken””

  1. Lesla Says:

    Okay, I’m morbidly curious…

  2. Dawn Says:

    Rats! I’ve been wanting to read that one.

  3. Kelli Says:

    The quote, “Not for the squeamish” piques my curiosity, so must put a hold on it (if it’s like Wells’ work, cool; if it’s like H.P. Lovecraft, my thumb is already tiliting downwards).

  4. David Says:

    Hey, turn that thumb right side up — HP is the MAN!

  5. Lesla Says:

    Dawn as in Dawn at MTL or Dawn at SUL? I’m willing to hand it off if you have strong feelings about it 🙂

  6. myounker Says:

    MTL – it’s an arc lending chain 🙂

  7. Dawn Says:

    Thanks Lesla…got it today! I’m a big fan of giant squid. 😀

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