Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Perdido Street Station
Even as an audiobook this was a bit of a slog to get through. It is a dark, dreary and often grotesque story of the city-state of New Crobuzon, a place inhabited by humanoids and a miscellany of bizarre mutant creatures. According to the author's description "it's an early industrial capitalist world of a fairly grubby, police statey kind!" The main character, Isaac, is a scientist who, in an effort to help a mutilated man-bird creature has allowed a terrifying, brain sucking creature called a slakemoth to be born and terrorize the city along with others of its species. Gory, disturbing violence ensues in an effort to stop the creatures who are also a source of a drug the government sells to the people to help control them. To be honest, I almost quit this book more than once because it seemed never ending and just too icky. However, I admire Mieville's imagination and his detailed descriptions.