Kraken: An Anatomy
by China Mieville
Kraken is the story
of Billy Harrow, a worker at the British Museum, where he specializes in
the preservation of squids. One day their giant squid vanishes from its
display. Soon thereafter the body of a man is found, impossibly placed
within a glass bottle.
And it just gets exponentially stranger from then on.
Despite the plot being a bit convoluted at times and dragging a
little in the middle, I really enjoyed this surreal trip down the rabbit
hole. Mieville excels in describing an alternate version of London
both disturbing and magical – and manages to keep a straight face
throughout his tale. No small feat considering how utterly absurd (and
entertaining) his story is. -- recommended by Rasmus T. - Anderson and Bethany Branch Libraries
[For other magic versions of London, you may also wish to try Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman and Midnight Riot by Ben Aaronovitch]
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