Perdido Street Station was the first in China Miéville’s Bas-Lag series and the start of what has been coined the “new weird”. It’s gritty, dark and imaginative, but what is most interesting is its complex story. This book must be read more than once.
At its core, Perdido Street Station is a monster quest. Miéville has the unmatched ability to make every scene interesting. The reader gets to explore the strange world of Bas-Lag and the city of New Crobuzon. A city where the ribs of an ancient beast lie overhead and criminals are remade into grotesque monsters. A place where creatures of all types — human, Kehpri (women with entire bugs for heads), Vodynoi (frog people) and many more — live.
The father of all steampunk fantasy and a must-read.
This story is part of the archive of Steampunk Books, Kevin Steele’s website of hackneyed steampunk book reviews and lists (2016-20). Click here for the full archive.