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  • Perdido Street Station

  • Von: China Mieville
  • Gesprochen von: John Lee
  • Spieldauer: 24 Std. und 21 Min.
  • 4,1 out of 5 stars (59 Bewertungen)

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Von: China Mieville
Gesprochen von: John Lee
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    Inhaltsangabe

    Winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award

    The metropolis of New Crobuzon sprawls at the center of the world. Humans and mutants and arcane races brood in the gloom beneath its chimneys, where the river is sluggish with unnatural effluent and foundries pound into the night. For a thousand years, the Parliament and its brutal militias have ruled over a vast economy of workers and artists, spies and soldiers, magicians, crooks, and junkies.

    Now a stranger has arrived, with a pocketful of gold and an impossible demand. And something unthinkable is released.

    The city is gripped by an alien terror. The fate of millions lies with a clutch of renegades. A reckoning is due at the city’s heart, in the vast edifice of brick and wood and steel under the vaults of Perdido Street Station.

    It is too late to escape.

    ©2003 China Mieville (P)2009 Random House Audio

    Kritikerstimmen

    Winner of the August Derleth Award

    "A masterpiece brimming with scientific splendor, magical intrigue, and fierce characters, from the author who “has reshaped modern fantasy”. (The Washington Post

    “[China Miéville’s] fantasy novels, including a trilogy set in and around the magical city-state of New Crobuzon, have the refreshing effect of making Middle-earth seem plodding and flat.” (The New York Times)

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    A bleak world with more world build than story

    The world of Perdido Street Station is bleak, with only a very few pin points of light... and many of those turn out to be an oncoming train. If you're looking for something nice to escape the real world, avoid like the plague! If you like a challenging world, dive right in.
    While other reviews praise the worldbuilding, I find it to be the worst part of the book. The world is way way way too rich for the story that is being told in it. There are Humans, cactus people, beatle people, zombies, vampires, parasite driven people, great beasts, gryphon men, weird flesh sourcery induced horror people, demons, water elementals, half-sentient "goblin" people, psychers, magic and I probably have forgotten a lot of them.
    There is absolutely no point to use all of the above in just one story. There is no focus to actually get to know the specifics of anything here. It feels as if China Mieville tried his very very hardest to establish the universe of a whole epic series in just one book. And as a result, the world feels overloaded and unfocussed.


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    Great story and great reading

    It might be Sreampunk, but I loved every minute of it! Read it years ago and now heard it again.

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    Wonderful, but almost flawed

    What do I mean by that, then? I'll try to be brief.

    The world building is phenomenal, though the book would have benefited from a map (even the audiobook) - you can find one by China on the web! The characters are very well fleshed out, and there are new ideas and fantastic monsters here. Also, while there is horror, it's not nearly as gruesome or disgusting as others have claimed. The author doesn't focus on it, as such...it feels more like necessity, because this world is a fairly awful place to live in, than choice.

    One thing to bear in mind is that, in my opinion, the true protagonist is this world Isaac and Lin and the others live in. Sometimes the point of view dramatically shifts between characters, between focus on who matters. I'm not sure if this is intentional. It's not jarring, it's more an eyebrow-furrowing "ehm... what happened to X, then?" Also, one of the larger plot twists can be seen coming from literally 70% of the book away.

    This is also where the one almost-weakness of the book lies. Characters are so vividly described, are believable, go through growth....but you can't ever really care for them because this grubby world is in the way. Because that's how the book was written, and because life is really cheap in New Crobuzon. I'm not sure if it's masterful or lacking. The book doesn't ever bore, but there comes a point where you realize you aren't going, aren't intended to get attached to the protagonists and it's an acquired taste.

    I wholeheartedly recommend the book and the performance by Mr. Lee if you want to dive into a fantastic world and not surface for a while. But be mindful the book isn't entirely "easy" to read nor is it easygoing.