So when you are travelling carry-on only it is not very smart to buy books... Especially big ones like kraken... If I'm complaining about my back today that is the reason why ;)
Crazy fun story with so many interesting twists.
What a trip! I dunno why Squidapus never read Mieville earlier because urban fantasy like this is his weakness! A book of delightfully witty prose about a preservation specialist and the giant squid that is stolen from him! While occasionally confusing thanks to the ideas this book has about magic it's heavily outweighed by how creative and unique those systems are. Squidapus really enjoys when an author dives deep to make they're fantasy shine!
Oh ho ho, looks like it's time for Squidapus to start reading Kraken! How a propo. Amazingly, as someone writing an urban fantasy novel, Squidapus had never read a Mieville book. Mainly cause a friend said he could be problematic. That friend turned out to be a jerk so maybe he's actually really good! Let's find out!
Well, look what I bought Squidapus while out and about today! He's never read any China Mieville (surprisingly) so I figured Kraken was a good place to start! I also found a cute book about sharks and a graphic novel dealing with trans issues. Maybe he'll forgive me for White Trash Zombie!
...hrm, still mad.
I nearly posted the comment that I am inordinately excited to start this. Stupid, I know. No such thing as disproportionate enthusiasm when it comes to MiÃ©ville.
A great read! Rich and unbelievably quirky with plenty of steam in the punk to bring on the end of... something. Mieville populates his story with fascinating grotesque characters walking in step with the every day, to show his great love for London and examine the age old question: If an apocalypse finishes the world and no one is around to remember it, does the apocalypse really happen?" End conclusion: bring it (whatever it is) on!
I really enjoyed aspects of this book, but found the writing style a bit disjointed and difficult to follow. I constantly found myself rereading pages because I had trouble remembering details. And the main character wasn‘t overly compelling; there were a lot of minor characters I would have liked to see a lot more of. I‘m torn on this but I don‘t think I‘d recommend this to friends. 2.5/5 #marchreads #specfic
What a blinder! Kraken is full of complex ideas, all bound up in a thrilling plot and boundless imagination. It's a challenging, hilarious and astonishing ride, I never need to look up so many words and concepts as when I'm reading his work. This was my second reading and my deeper understanding of physics and eschatology from the intervening years just made me marvel the more at Mr MiÃ©ville's deeply Weird, fiercely, fiendishly intelligent brain.
I love China Mieville‘s work. This book is a fast-paced urban fantasy that keeps the weirdness coming until nothing seems weird anymore. It could have done with a bit of editing, but still very enjoyable. The ride through the magical underbelly of London is exhilarating.
âCollingswood frowned at the clouds, like she did not like what they wrote.â
The first quote that came to mind for #mood #QuotsyFeb18
If you wouldn‘t mind Neverwhere being a little darker and a little edgier, read this book!
âInto sleep's benthos and deeper. A slander that the deepest parts are lightless. There are moments of phosphor with animal movement. Somatic glimmers, and in the trench of sleep those lights were tiny dreams.â
If you like Neverwhere read Kraken!
At the request of @Leniverse and @Pruzy here are my #Top10AuthorRecommendations ummm... I'm usually a stickler for arbitrary rules but... I slipped?
I did try to stick with authors I actually have and do recommend often. I love Gene Wolfe but he's not for everyone, and I kind of feel like I don't need to recommend Tolkien because you already either know his deal and love him or know he's not your bag.
Just finished this one on audio. And unfortunately I just could not get into it. It was a confusing one to listen to and didn't make me want to focus. The narrator was actually quite good but there was so much going on I found it hard to pay attention. Probably better read than listened to. #audiobookstogo #backtoreading
Neil Gaiman: "I'm gonna write a book about an outsider who gets swept up into factional conflict in magical London!"
China Miéville: "Hold my beer."
The story is good on its own merits, but moreso the 500-some pages hold some of the best world-building and characterization I've ever read. Miéville has a gift, and you should read slowly and savor it.
Quotes out of context ftw ð #LitsyAfterDark
(PS: go read this book, especially fans of Neverwhere)
My favorite literary #bodyofwater shows up in Kraken. You see, there is an old Victorian house in the northwest of London filled from floor to ceiling with saltwater. It is the Embassy of the Sea.
You can't talk to the ocean in London. That would be crazy! No, you go to the Embassy, write down your request then put it in a little glass bottle and push it through the mail slot. Your answer will return the same way. The paper will be damp.
A random selection of books featuring #bodiesofwater, most of which are fictional, for #MayBookFlowers. Going to say the Kraken and the Mary Celeste count as #mythslegendsofthesea for #pirateslife #whatawaytolive
It's been a few weeks since I made a big deal about Kraken and how you should read it. I'm slipping.
I don't have a nightstand, but I use this corner of a desk in my room to charge my iPhone and iPad overnight and to stack whatever books I'm currently reading. Kraken is...weird. It's taking me awhile to get through, so I bought the paperback to eliminate the stress of library due dates. #onthenightstand #aprilbookshowers
I think it's time to retire the Bookout app. I've had migraines of varying intensities for days and I'm not feeling any of the books I've started (totally me, not the books). Because I'm in a funk, I'm reading slower and it's showing in my stats, which is stressing me out. I can feel myself not wanting to read the book because I'm reading too slow. What's up with that? #nopressure Definitely time to dump the app & the made up stress! #selfcare
I have a ton of work I need to do around the house (mow the lawn, vacuum, laundry), but I am not feeling well, so I'm going to indulge in a warm beverage and start this book.
Help! I have a question for my fellow audiophile Littens! I am trying to decide my best use for my current credit! I haven't read any China Miéville or listened to any John Lee yet and can't tell if this is a good place to start? The sample sounds great but this might be easier to read rather than listen too?
A day late for #autobuyauthors I think I really only have 3. Neil Gaiman, China Miéville (pictured), and Adrian Tchaikovsky. So basically 3 British guys.
4 of these are TBR. The rest are all spectacular in their own unique ways.
I'm basically going to keep posting about Kraken until everyone checks it out. @CherylDeFranceschi knows what's up. #marchintoreading
Any suggestions as to which one I should begin first?
Visceral and visual. I always enjoy Miéville's use of language. I felt the story got a bit muddled toward the end, but it pulled itself together. If I were going to introduce someone to Miéville's books, I wouldn't start with this one. He's written better in my opinion, but this was an enjoyable, if wholly bizarre read.
I am full of disbelief. How has this author escaped my notice for so long? I'm only about 40 pages in, but I'm already really, really loving his style. Mieville's use of language is wonderfully creative and oddly challenging. I got borrowed this one from the library, but I can already tell you I'm definitely going to want this one in my permanent collection. Also, my TBR has now increased to include his other stuff as well. ð
I couldn't think of anything that seemed purely #steampunk but I did see China Mieville on several lists so I plumped for Kraken. Mr Mieville likes to genre-bend so much there must be some steampunk elements, right? Note to self: reread this! #SeasonsReadings2016