Monthly Archives: March 2012

#CBR4 Maneuver #9 – Perdido Street Station

Target: China Miéville’s Perdido Street Station

Profile: Speculative Fiction, Weird Fantasy, Psychological Horror, Bas-Lag

Summary: From the Back Cover, “Beneath the towering bleached ribs of a dead, ancient beast lies the city of New Crobuzon, where the unsavory deal is stranger to no one – not even to Isaac, a gifted and eccentric scientist who has spent a lifetime quietly carrying out his unique research.  But when a half-bird, half-human creature known as a Garuda comes to him from afar, Isaac is faced with challenges the has never before encountered.  Though the Garuda’s request is scientifically daunting, Isaac is sparked by his own curiosity and an uncanny reverence for this curious stranger.  Soon an eerie metamorphosis will occur that will permeate every fiber of New Crobuzon – and not even the Ambassador of Hell will challenge the malignant terror it evokes.” Read the rest of this entry

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Leap into Miéville Month

And what better way to ring in the new month than with a terrible pun?

It’s been a long time coming but the time of rejoicing is finally here.  A month of nothing but China Miéville.  Your mileage may vary.  When I read Embassytwon back in June of 2011, I made a quiet vow to start gathering Miéville’s novels for the next Cannonball Read.  I’ve had a few of them sitting in a box thanks to the bargain basement prices of Borders’ burnout, but I was missing a copy of Perdido Street Station which was where I really wanted to start the marathon.  And now I have it!

So I’m declaring March to be Miéville Month, if only so I can have the Miéville March Madness Marathon while the rest of the country is busy with regular March Madness and all the bracketing that entails.  More alliteration is always better.  The reading order will look something like this: Perdido Street Station, The Scar, The City & the City, and Kraken.  I’m holding off on Iron Council for a number of reasons, but if I’m ahead of schedule I might add it just to keep the month purely Miéville.

See you on the other side,