Kraken

Kraken

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eBook - 2010
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Being chased by cults, a maniac, and the sorcerers of the Fundamentalist and Sect-Related Crime Unit, cephalopod specialist Billy Harrow inadvertently learns that he holds the key to finding a missing squid--a squid that just happens to be an embryonic god whose powers, properly harnessed, can destroy all that is, was, and ever shall be.
Publisher: New York : Del Rey/Ballantine Books, [2010]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2010
ISBN: 9780345521859
0345521854
Characteristics: 1 online resource (509 pages)

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lukasevansherman
May 31, 2020

England's China Mievelle is one of the smartest writers working in sci-fi today, which sometimes can be a hindrance. I've read three of his novels (He also wrote a history of the Russian Revolution.) and enjoy them without always understanding them. As others have noted "Kraken," which is more in the fantasy genre, is long and uneven. A stronger focus and tighter structure would've helped. I did like the convoluted story line, which involves competing religious cults, including one that worships the kraken. Weird and wacky stuff.

Hillsboro_JeanineM Apr 21, 2020

An interesting read but far too long for my likes. I did love the character, Kath Collingwood. I could imagine her being played by Kate McKinnon.

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djburns
Sep 25, 2019

OK, but that's teh best I can say.
Didn't get involved with the personalities at all. Choppy writing.
There are many better magic/fantasy books out there.

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travisjbenn
Sep 30, 2016

Read Neil Gaiman's "Neverwhere" and loved it. Really wanted to like this book too, but, honestly, found it to be derivative of, and less well-done than, "Neverwhere".

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erfar
Aug 14, 2016

A very long fantasy voyage through a London populated with a plethora of bizarre competing cults, on of which is trying to bring about the world's end. Over the top, even for China Miéville.

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Chapel_Hill_KenMc
Dec 20, 2014

This is an incoherent hodgepodge of apocalyptic fantasy set in an alternate London, somewhat redeemed by Mieville's prolific imagining of odd and startling concepts overlaid on mundane urban life. But his most compelling characters are derived from a pair of sociopaths in Neil Gaiman's "Neverwhere." Your time might be better spent in re-reading that classic of an "other London."

ColemanRidge Feb 07, 2013

This is huge fun. Mieville walks over into Neil Gaiman's territory with a story of gods and sorcerers warring in a hidden London. One value of this book is that it serves notice to Gaiman that if he wants to hold his place, he had better stop fooling around with children's stories and write something of stature. There is a lot of solid thinking about the nature and use of religion going on in the background of the story, mostly as invisibly as Tolkien's work on the Silmarillon in the Trilogy, but giving the work the same feeling of hidden depth. The bits of thought that do peek through are well worth reading. Mieville is a smart, well-educated Marxist, and Marxist critique of religion is much more sympathetic and subtle than recent popular efforts along the same line. Almost every story Mieville has ever written is set in some version of London, and in this one, he gets very close to the real London. The work gets life from the near presence of his beloved. As always, his imagery is disturbingly different from the usual fantasy menagerie. The Angels of Memory, guardian spirits coalesced from the innate magic of the city's museums and libraries, are an example. The Museum of Natural History's angel is a huge specimen jar of formaldehyde and bits of tissue, topped by a skull and ringed by sharp bone arms around its neck. Also, hidden streets, secret doors, running up and down walls, fighting, shooting, magic, a striking and effective allusion to the children's picture book Zoom at Sea, and an oddly sexy, moderately bad police witch.

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shelleysf
Aug 18, 2012

One of Mieville's finest and most entertaining books. Readers of The City & The City will recognize familiar themes in the magical side of London that exists for cultists and magicians, that most of its citizens are never aware of. This book contains a huge mash-up of magic, fantasy, steampunk, and science fiction. It's a big book that rewards the time that it takes to read it. Clever and fast-paced fun.

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MrTubanana
Jun 03, 2012

Although I liked "The City and The City", this book is written in what is to me a very confusing and garbled style. I abandoned the book at page 255. Enough is enough.

GManBruce May 04, 2012

If Mr. Mieville were the unlikely spawn of Harlen Ellison, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Roger Zelazny and Anne Rice then one woudn't be surprised by the imagination and sheer complexity of this book! It's got everything and finally, London is no longer a boring place.

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