Kraken by China Miéville

Reviewed by Andy Venn

Someone has got into the Natural History Museum and removed a preserved giant squid. There are no traces of it. No evidence of how it was taken. But there is a squid shaped gap where it was yesterday evening. The police are investigating, but without any evidence what can they do? There now follows a ride through a London that no one could imagine. Poor Billy Harrow, the man who was, yesterday, preserving giant squids and other creatures, is thrown into this bizarre version of our capital city. He doesn’t want to be there and doesn’t understand any of it. He is bewildered and amazed, threatened, befriended, aided and lost. Continue reading “Kraken by China Miéville”

Kraken by China Miéville

Reviewed by Stephen Aryan

Deep in the research wing of the Natural History Museum is a prize specimen, something that comes along much less often than once in a lifetime: a perfect, and perfectly preserved, giant squid. But what does it mean when the creature suddenly and impossibly disappears? For curator Billy Harrow it’s the start of a headlong pitch into a London of warring cults, surreal magic, apostates and assassins. It might just be that the creature he’s been preserving is more than a biological rarity: there are those who are sure it’s a god. A god that someone is hoping will end the world. Continue reading “Kraken by China Miéville”

The City and The City by China Miéville

When the body of a murdered woman is found in the extraordinary, decaying city of Besźel, somewhere at the edge of Europe, it looks like a routine case for Inspector Tyador Borlú of the Extreme Crime Squad. But as he probes, the evidence begins to point to conspiracies far stranger, and more deadly, than anything he could have imagined. Soon his work puts him and those he cares for in danger.

Borlú must travel to the only metropolis on Earth as strange as his own, across a border like no other. It is a journey as psychic as it is physical, a shift in perception, a seeing of the unseen, a journey to Besźel’s equal, rival, and intimate neighbour, the rich and vibrant city of Ul Qoma. Continue reading “The City and The City by China Miéville”