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Kraken

3 Ratings: 3.0
A book by China Mieville

British fantasist MieÌüville mashes up cop drama, cults, popular culture, magic, and gods in a Lovecraftian New Weird caper sure to delight fans of Perdido Street Station and The City & the City. When a nine-meter-long dead squid is stolen, … see full wiki

Author: China Mieville
Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Publisher: Del Rey
3 reviews about Kraken
review by . June 24, 2010
When a gigantic preserved squid goes missing from London's natural history museum, it's obvious this is no ordinary heist. Billy Harrow, the curator who arrived on the scene of the crime and had also been the one to preserve this particular specimen, is questioned by a special police squad, which suspects that the culprit may have been a local underground cult devoted to kraken worship. It turns out they aren't the only ones with the motive and means to perpetrate such an impossible crime, and the …
review by . July 01, 2010
   I really like China Mieville and have read most (but not all) of his books.  But, he is a bit hit or miss for me.  Kraken is a bit of a miss.       The basic plotline is a giant squid pickled in a jar is stolen from a museum.  Billy Harrow, known for his expertise on these odd sea creatures, becomes deeply involved in a netherworld inhabiting London that includes all sorts of fantasia, such as a man who is only a tattoo on someone’s back, …
review by . May 30, 2010
China Mieville writes like nobody else. Exceedingly erudite (he has a PhD) he throws many words you've never heard of into this fantastic brew taking place in his London- and London to him is a huge living thing, a great breathing, crouching beast. Windows rattle and bricks speak and of course there's plenty of swirling fog to top everything off. His writing is quirky, he uses highly inventive similes such as "Bits of rubbish shifted in gusts, crawled on the pavement like bottom feeders." London …
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