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SUMMARY á Kraken An Anatomy Lts surreal magic apostates and assassins It might just be that the creature he's been preserving is than a biological rarity there are those who are sure it's a godA god that someone is hoping will end the world. Four and a half suidshttpsclsiewertwordpresscom2015 Enter that room and you breached a Schwarzschild radius of something not canny and that cephalopod corpse was the singularity I rather get why Mi ville s normally fantastic fanish fans don t like Kraken much I will note that I ve had intermediate success with Mi ville finding a couple of his works uite memorable and some uite putdownable Kraken is one I enjoyed muchly primarily due to its absurdity the absence of didacticism and its clever clever use of language Speaking of however I would have like a bit on the language front specifically the description sort of language words that might have given insight into what was happening As it was I felt rather like Arthur Dent after meeting Ford Prefect Sometimes you can t get bogged down in the how Baron said Sometimes things happen that shouldn t and you can t let that detain you But the why we can make headway with But I rather suspect idea satiation of the text was part of the point and indeed Mi ville says it was a bit of a kitchen sink of ideas in Kraken Again not knocking it The first book of Mi ville s that I truly respected and whatever else because love isn t the sort of word you use with that book was Embassytown which was a bit of a mind bender of a science fiction book Science fiction being what it is it s easier for me to take those realities with a grain of salt or in that case with a rather large tub of popcorn to help all that salt go down because wow was that book ever idea dense This is idea dense too but in a creative silly bizarre candy shop sort of way not so much a philosophical one And yes no it couldn t have no disappeared so many metres of abyss meat could not have gone There were no giant tank no suid shaped holds cartoon style in the wall It could not have gone but there is was not Kraken is nominally at least about Billy a man who is a museum curator at the Darwin Centre He s leading a tour group when they discover the star attraction a perfectly preserved specimen of a thirty foot giant suid has disappeared without a trace Dane the security guard is also mysteriously absent As the police go through their investigative routine Billy makes a gruesome discovery in the storage rooms A special division of police make Billy an offer but before he can think twice events have spiraled out of his control into weirdness What follows is a journey across London through a city with dissident gods and magic workers where crime overlapped with faith as Billy seeks to understand his role in world changing events and recover the suid What my colleague is getting at Baron said is we re facing a wave of StJohns A bit of an epidemic of eschatologies My most serious challenge was developing an emotional connection to the characters None really seemed sympathetic and while I m mentioning it Billy was than a bit Arthur Dentish in the beginning wandering around and saying what what I don t understand all the time when he really needed to get with the program The police are little help although they contribute to the attempts towards law n order they are just as apt to handcuff those preventing the apocalypse as much as those starting one Perhaps the one I felt most affection for was a millennia old rebellious spirit leading a strike of the city s magical assistants and familiars against exploitation The villains were truly horrific and Mi ville deserves kudos for imbuing them with scary life in such brief appearances Goss and fucking Subby Sliding shifty through Albion s history disappearing for ten thirty a hundred blessed years at a time to return evening all wink wink with a twinkle of a sociopathic eye to unleash some charnel degradation for hireThere was no specificity to Goss and Subby On the other side the language is something else something that makes me enjoy it and yet makes my brain work a bit too because not only does he flat out improve my vocabulary he takes a rather deconstructionist approach to structure at times Often it takes me a minute to work out meaning I think Or at least glean on to partial intention I most definitely feel like is one Mi ville that you can re read for meaning if only you can stand the story I don t mean that in a snarky way despite how it sounds I m reflection on my own experience with his works how some were like a full five course dinner of things I liked but were arranged in unusual ways but some of his works were like five course dinners of things I mostly didn t like except for maybe the appetizer and dessert Not to take away from the creativeness of it as much as the saturation of the effortYou know what else is enjoyable about his stories Utterly unpredictable There will be no tropes here or if they are they shall be used ironically and with abrupt changes in meaning to turn reader assumptions sideways There s so much that is fun good and oh yes here the Sea the motif of the ink the angels the museum the ramifications of a disappearing skill the smallest ode to Star Trek and the suiddity of it all There is satisfying ending even if it isn t precisely the one expected While I originally rated this slightly lower it grew on me the I thought about it and the I thought about it the I wanted to read it again This might be one worth adding to the library for the sheer inventiveness the languageness of it Yes I think I will We ve been arguing about books said Marge Best sort of argument said Billy What was the substance Virginia Woolf versus Edward Lear I went for Lear said Leon Partly out of fidelity to the letter L Partly because given the choice between nonsense and boojy wittering you blatantly have to choose nonsense

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SUMMARY á Kraken An Anatomy A dark urban fantasy thriller from one of the all time masters of the genreDeep in the research wing of the Natural History Museum is a prize specimen something that comes along much less often than once in a lif. Unpredictable funny and chock full of weird with a side of SUIDDITY apocalypse and yet oh blasphemy Kraken is my first 3 starred Mi ville This hurts my fangirl soulBut here s the thing even the weakest book by His Chinaness is still better that the strongest offerings of most other writers Therefore me giving it 3 stars in NO WAY puts it in the same category that some of the drecks that I ve read I liked this one It s just that it in NO WAY measures up to the usual amazing and brain popping experience I came to expect from CMI think of this book as a grittier weirder Mi ville edition of Gaiman s Neverwhere The strange other London where things are not what they seem Goss Subby Croup and Vandemar Billy is another Richard Mayhews the ordinary wide eyed chap dragged through the ever escalating weirdness by experienced warriors destined for something bigger in the end But really Gaiman is Mi ville lite whereas Mi ville is Gaiman full roast black hold creamer and sugar add extra weird Usually this would be a recipe for success as far as I m concerned Alas Kraken misses the mark a bitAll this sea creature talk in the book makes me crave the SUIDDITY deliciousness y all Now here s what I loved for the sake of the oreo cookie effect here yes calamari suid talk DID make me hungry so scuse me before breaking my heart with the less awesome parts In a city like London Stop that was an unhelpful way to think about it because there was no city like London That was the point Mi ville is amazing at creating fully alive weird cities and making them be real protagonists of his stories examples New Crobuzon Armada Besz lUl oma UnLondon Here his setting is contemporary London that apparently has a secret supernatural side to it which is still firmly ground in reality I mean it s the place where the paranormal creatures form picket lines for crying out loud The strike paralysed large sections of occult industry The economy of gods and monsters was stagnatingThere were pickets of insects pickets of birds pickets of slightly animate dirt There were circles of striking cats and dogs surreptitious doll pickets like grubby motionless picnics and flesh puppets pickets of what looked like and in some cases had once been humans Which neatly takes me to my next point Mi ville is unabashedly joyful about airing out of his political views on politics of labor and religion in this case Ever since reading London s Overthrow I have extra appreciated the political musings of Dr Mi ville PhD the proud author of Between Eual Rights A Marxist Theory of International Law He knows religion is bollocks Collingswood said He just wishes he didn t That s why he understands the nutters That s why he hunts them He misses pure faith He s jealous There are so many side characters that are unbelievably fascinating and each one of them could easily merit an entire book to himherself The cast is uite an interesting ensemble to say the least However it brings me to the bad part of the oreo cookie metaphor actually kind of a reversed oreo cookie since honestly the middle is the best part but bear with me here I m hungry okay With all the awesome side characters and fascinating side plots this book is too overstuffed with awesome than this story can take maybe if he had spread the ideas over a trilogy it would have worked better There are too many plots and ideas that he tries to tie together to make a coherent story and it is not that successful of an attempt honestly The main storyline becomes not only hard to follow but is almost impossible to identify leaving the reader to just blindly go along on this crazy ride And combined with the uneven pacing it can get frustrating Seriously this is the first time in my Mi ville reading experience 6 books a few short stories that I felt the pacing was poorly done In some sections the story drags in others it moves along at lightning speed giving you a whiplash And finally despite the palpable threat despite the fights and weirdness and humor I found it hard to care about what is going to happen The characters failed to make me completely invested in them Billy Ugh Collingswood Bleh Dane Parnell Kinda but ergh Wati Yeah but not enough I did not feel very invested it did not have the now expected thought provoking uality and did not leave me in the vague state of unease that I came to cherish as a part of my Mi ville reading experience In short the book never became dull but never became uite that interesting And to finish off the reverse Oreo comparison here is the final layer the good one All the griping aside it was a fun read even though not the most memorable The sheer amount of bizarro is enough to keep you chuckling and perhaps having uite vivid dreams I know I did while reading this It is fun as usual to see Mi ville allow his imagination run wild taking us on the crazy plot turns that nobody could have predicted coming It is not deep or profound or thought provoking but it s a good and honest fun Just because someone uses something wrong doesn t mean it s uselessFinal verdict 3 stars Read this one if you are an established Mi ville fan Probably stay clear of it if you re just trying to get into CM writing pick up Perdido Street Station Un Lun Dun The Scar or The City The City instead and leave this for the time when you re so hooked on Mi ville that you are ready to read even his grocery list and believe me that time WILL come You may not be interested in the gods of London but they re interested in you And here is what Mr Mi ville himself has to say about Kraken Courtesy of Seak Bryce L the interview is here thanks Catie for pointing it out to me Kraken by contrast was a kind of loving valedictory to what I hope is an enjoyable but rather chaotic kitchen sink excess of the Bas Lag books It s a book all about totality it s full of stuff it attempts whether successfully or not to make a virtue of a certain kind of I hope not exactly ill discipline but sort of distraction like the book itself gets distracted but that those distractions I hope are engaging Something that no one I ve ever read does as well as Pynchon to whom this book is among other things a tentacular pulp homage Corse - Guide de conversation (Guide de conversation Assimil) just that it in NO WAY measures up to the usual amazing and brain popping experience I came to expect from CMI think of this book as a grittier weirder Mi ville edition of Gaiman s Neverwhere The strange other London where things are not what they seem Goss Subby Croup and Vandemar Billy is another Richard Mayhews the ordinary wide eyed chap dragged through the ever escalating weirdness by experienced warriors destined for something bigger in the end But really Gaiman is Mi ville lite whereas Mi ville is Gaiman full roast black hold creamer and sugar add extra weird Usually this would be a recipe for success as far as I m concerned Alas Kraken misses the mark a bitAll this sea creature talk in the book makes me crave the SUIDDITY deliciousness y all Now here s what I loved for the sake of the oreo cookie effect here yes calamari suid talk DID make me hungry so scuse me before breaking my heart with the less awesome parts In a city like London Stop that was an unhelpful way to think about it because there was no city like London That was the point Mi ville is amazing at creating fully alive weird cities and making them be real protagonists of his stories examples New Crobuzon Armada Besz lUl oma UnLondon Here his setting is contemporary London that apparently has a secret supernatural side to it which is still firmly ground in reality I mean it s the place where the paranormal creatures form picket lines for crying out loud The strike paralysed large sections of occult industry The economy of gods and monsters was stagnatingThere were pickets of insects pickets of birds pickets of slightly animate dirt There were circles of striking cats and dogs surreptitious doll pickets like grubby motionless picnics and flesh puppets pickets of what looked like and in some cases had once been humans Which neatly takes me to my next point Mi ville is unabashedly Guide Wolof joyful about airing out of his political views on politics of labor and religion in this case Ever since reading London s Overthrow I have extra appreciated the political musings of Dr Mi ville PhD the proud author of Between Eual Rights A Marxist Theory of International Law He knows religion is bollocks Collingswood said He 40 LECONS POUR PARLER ANGLAIS(ancienne édition) just wishes he didn t That s why he understands the nutters That s why he hunts them He misses pure faith He s English File : Upper Intermediate Student's Book jealous There are so many side characters that are unbelievably fascinating and each one of them could easily merit an entire book to himherself The cast is uite an interesting ensemble to say the least However it brings me to the bad part of the oreo cookie metaphor actually kind of a reversed oreo cookie since honestly the middle is the best part but bear with me here I m hungry okay With all the awesome side characters and fascinating side plots this book is too overstuffed with awesome than this story can take maybe if he had spread the ideas over a trilogy it would have worked better There are too many plots and ideas that he tries to tie together to make a coherent story and it is not that successful of an attempt honestly The main storyline becomes not only hard to follow but is almost impossible to identify leaving the reader to Les plus beaux voyages en train: L'art du voyage - Les Guides Bleus just blindly go along on this crazy ride And combined with the uneven pacing it can get frustrating Seriously this is the first time in my Mi ville reading experience 6 books a few short stories that I felt the pacing was poorly done In some sections the story drags in others it moves along at lightning speed giving you a whiplash And finally despite the palpable threat despite the fights and weirdness and humor I found it hard to care about what is going to happen The characters failed to make me completely invested in them Billy Ugh Collingswood Bleh Dane Parnell Kinda but ergh Wati Yeah but not enough I did not feel very invested it did not have the now expected thought provoking uality and did not leave me in the vague state of unease that I came to cherish as a part of my Mi ville reading experience In short the book never became dull but never became uite that interesting And to finish off the reverse Oreo comparison here is the final layer the good one All the griping aside it was a fun read even though not the most memorable The sheer amount of bizarro is enough to keep you chuckling and perhaps having uite vivid dreams I know I did while reading this It is fun as usual to see Mi ville allow his imagination run wild taking us on the crazy plot turns that nobody could have predicted coming It is not deep or profound or thought provoking but it s a good and honest fun Just because someone uses something wrong doesn t mean it s uselessFinal verdict 3 stars Read this one if you are an established Mi ville fan Probably stay clear of it if you re Guide Créole Martiniquais just trying to get into CM writing pick up Perdido Street Station Un Lun Dun The Scar or The City The City instead and leave this for the time when you re so hooked on Mi ville that you are ready to read even his grocery list and believe me that time WILL come You may not be interested in the gods of London but they re interested in you And here is what Mr Mi ville himself has to say about Kraken Courtesy of Seak Bryce L the interview is here thanks Catie for pointing it out to me Kraken by contrast was a kind of loving valedictory to what I hope is an enjoyable but rather chaotic kitchen sink excess of the Bas Lag books It s a book all about totality it s full of stuff it attempts whether successfully or not to make a virtue of a certain kind of I hope not exactly ill discipline but sort of distraction like the book itself gets distracted but that those distractions I hope are engaging Something that no one I ve ever read does as well as Pynchon to whom this book is among other things a tentacular pulp homage

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SUMMARY á Kraken An Anatomy Etime a perfect and perfectly preserved giant suid But what does it mean when the creature suddenly and impossibly disappearsFor curator Billy Harrow it's the start of a headlong pitch into a London of warring cu. A preserved giant suid is stolen from London s Natural History museum and curator Billy Harrow is at the top of everyone s list for answers But who stole the Kraken and why Was it the Londonmancers Or minions of the Tattoo Or the Church of the God Kraken Or someone else all together That s what Billy Harrow and Dane Parnell a renegade from the Church aim to find out But can they recover the Kraken before it s used to trigger ArmageddonChina Mieville appears to have the Midas touch at times In Kraken he takes the conspiracy thriller and infuses it with so much new weirdness that green goo is oozing from between the pages Where do I start Do I talk about the Londonmancers shamanic magicians who dwell in and shape London s streets Or Wati the sentient statue thing that s unionizing London s familiars Or the gunfarmers Or the chaos nazis Mieville throws so much at you in this one that it s hard to pick out one outlandish concept as the favoriteI see people comparing this to Neil Gaiman s Neverwhere or American Gods the works of Tim Powers or even Mieville s own Un Lun Dun but the book that it reminds me the most of is The Domino Men by Jonathan Barnes There are conspiracies galore gods created by belief and the psychotic duo of Goss and Subby who remind me both of Croupe and Vandemaar of Neverwhere fame and of The Domino MenThe characters are an interesting bunch Billy Harrow s in the Arthur Dent mode of protagonists Parnell drives the story forward as do the impressive array of interesting Londoners In fact Billy s probably the least interesting character within the book But really when one of the characters is a talking tattoo he s got competitionEaster eggs about within Kraken s piscine pages There are multiple Star Trek references including a magic powered phaser and a Tribble a Lolcats reference Dr Who Michael Moorcock the list goes on and on And Mieville both mentions the criminally unknown Hugh Cook of the delightful The Walrus and the Warwolf in the forward and includes one of his poems The Kraken Wakes within the pages Any complaints Only that there was a little too much going on at times Kraken was a good read but it was never a drop everything and neglect your personal hygene kind of gripping I found myself procrastinating a few times rather than go back to it Once the story passes the 33% mark it really takes offIf suid based conspiracies are your bag this book is for you Otherwise this book should appeal to Mieville fans conspiracy fans and fans of Neil Gaiman and Jonathan Barnes Now get reading before I send the gunfarmers after youLater In the interest of being much crotchety than I was in 2011 I m downgrading this to a 3 While brimming with ideas it is by far a lesser Mieville


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  • Paperback
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  • Kraken An Anatomy
  • China Miéville
  • English
  • 14 August 2018
  • 9780330492324