Verrebbe voglia di definirlo geniale questo romanzo ma...le continue trovate, assolutamente esagerate, ti fanno perdere le staffe. E così, una storia di fantascienza e "quotidianità", che aveva alimentato aspettative ed entusiasmo si perde in inutili fuorvianti invenzioni che stroncano anche il lettore più incline a vedere le buone intenzioni dell'autore...Continua
I'll try to write this review in English, even though it's not my native language. Perdido Street Station is the best fantasy novel I have read in a very long time, if not ever. And it is made of really, really weird stuff. Forget elves, dwarfs and all the standard Tolkien cliches, there is none of those here. Instead you will find a bleak, distopian, odd world which seems the result of a very disturbing feverish dream. And if you share my taste for really imaginative products of speculative fiction you'll love it. This novel is a study on transitions, on hybrid zones, on how the very disparate can make a perfect whole, ultimately on the beauty of the mongrel. As Derkhan, the true witness of the story says, "There is some mighty godsdamned weird stuff going on here"....Continua
This book blew my mind. For someone who has spent much of their life reading bog standard fantasy, this was a real eye-opener. The book shows a vast imagination in linking typical fantasy and horror tropes with a modern urban sensibility. On one level, you just think wow, what has Mieville created (and it seems so obvious that why hasn't someone else come up with it before), and on an other level you read into the political subtexts and the criticisms of capitalist government, organised crime, their linkage and so on.
Anyone who has any interest in speculative fiction, in fact anyone who has any interest in any kind of fiction at at all should read this book.
This sociological steampunk novel starts as though intended as an examination of life in a standard developed "alt. fantasy" melting pot, but inexplicably degenerates into serviceable urban dungeon crawling.
The best Planescape(TM) book you'll ever read, provided you're willing to overlook the convenience of the half-Douglas Adams, half-Albert Einstein concept of "crisis energy"....Continua
beautiful, unpredictable, sceneries are easily visualized. characters are uncommon, though very "real", each one in his or her own way. nothing happens "for story's sake", you can easily believe every page of it.
so sorry for the way it ended... i wish i could fly so badly, i wanted so much the Garuda to go back in the sky!!!!