Kraken

China Miéville

Kraken

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. 3.5 out of 5 based on 6 reviews
Kraken

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Classification Fiction
Genre Science Fiction & Fantasy
Format Hardback
Pages 400
RRP £17.99
Date of Publication May 2010
ISBN 978-0333989500
Publisher Macmillan
 

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.

Reviews

The Independent

Roz Kaveney

The great strength of this book is Mieville's understanding of belief as a way of life: the multiplicity of cults that live together in his world, only occasionally turning on one another in frenzy, have, as one would expect from his left-wing political background, more than a passing reference to the multiple versions of Marxism/Leninism... [An] excellent urban fantasy

21/05/2010

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The Independent on Sunday

Nick Garrard

Simultaneously reverent and brimming with punky attitude, Kraken proves Miéville is ever forging new ground, even when walking the same grey pavements as his readers.

23/05/2010

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The Times

Lisa Tuttle

...constantly surprising, inventive, and written with a stylish élan too often lacking in this field... At one point I wondered if, enjoyable as it was, Kraken might not turn out to be nothing more than a long shaggy squid story. But the shock of the ending overturns all expectations as it changes everything, giving this very different book an impact nearly as powerful as Miéville’s multi-award-winning The City & The City.

05/06/2010

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The Financial Times

James Lovegrove

The novel crackles with demotic vocabulary and hip neologisms (“realitysmithing”, “pistonpunk”) and, as ever with Miéville, London figures prominently – a city crazed with secrets and meaning. Kraken is essentially fantasy with a dusting of urban grit and Miéville’s message is clear: the everyday can be extraordinary, and the mundane, magic.

17/05/2010

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The Guardian

Damien G Walter

The exuberant energy and ambition of Kraken make for a complex novel packed with fascinating and original concepts. Miéville powers through that conceptual density with an action-filled plot, a technique that has served him well in earlier novels. But here the combined weight of ideas and plot press down on the characters, which struggle to grow beyond entertaining pop-cultural caricatures.

15/05/2010

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The Daily Mail

Harry Ritchie

Sounds crazy? Well, yes, it is crazy, this world teeming with gods, ghosts and spirits, and although Mieville conjures them up with fizzing verbal extravagance, a basic problem remains - it's all just far too daft to convince.

04/06/2010

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