China Miéville, Del Rey, $26 (514p) ISBN 9780-345-49749-9
British fantasist Miéville 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, tank and all, from a London museum, curator Billy Harrow finds himself swept up in a world he didn't know existed: one of worshippers of the giant squid, animated golems, talking tattoos, and animal familiars on strike. Forced on the lam with a renegade kraken cultist and stalked by cops and crazies, Billy finds his quest to recover the squid sidelined by questions as to what force may now be unleashed on an unsuspecting world. Even Miéville's eloquent prose can't conceal the meandering, bewildering plot, but his fans will happily swap linearity for this dizzying whirl of outrageous details and fantastic characters. (July)
Reviewed on: 05/24/2010
Release date: 06/01/2010
Genre: Fiction
Hardcover - 481 pages - 978-0-333-98950-0
Open Ebook - 366 pages - 978-0-345-52185-9
Downloadable Audio - 978-0-307-73595-9
Hardcover - 629 pages - 978-1-59606-337-2
Paperback - 509 pages - 978-0-345-49750-5
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