Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Kraken: An Anatomy by China Mieville

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]

[ official China Mieville blog ]

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