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Un Lun Dun

Un Lun Dun [Kindle Edition]

China Mieville
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

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'A modern day Alice in Wonderland, this is where the New Weird is at...' -- Death Ray

'It's funny and it's frightening...The characters are wondrous...' -- Fortean Times

Fortean Times

'It's funny and it's frightening...The characters are wondrous...'

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3761 KB
  • Print Length: 540 pages
  • Publisher: Tor; Unabridged edition (4 Sep 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0058GLUUU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #111,616 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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China Miéville lives and works in London. He is three-time winner of the prestigious Arthur C. Clarke Award (Perdido Street Station, Iron Council and The City & The City) and has also won the British Fantasy Award twice (Perdido Street Station and The Scar). The City & The City, an existential thriller, was published in 2009 to dazzling critical acclaim and drew comparison with the works of Kafka and Orwell (The Times) and Philip K. Dick (Guardian).

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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
Un Lun Dun is the fifth novel by British fantasy author China Mieville. Mieville has become the guiding light of the 'New Weird' fantasy movement which has become a major force in the genre in the last few years, and in his Bas-Lag novels he's created a compellingly different secondary world mixing elements of fantasy and steampunk to good effect. However, in this latest book Mieville takes a break from Bas-Lag to instead write and illustrate his first novel for younger readers. Given that Mieville's adult work has a grotesque fairy-tale quality to it, this isn't as strange a move as it first seems, and his writing and the subject matter turn out to be a winning combination.

Another world lies beyong this one, separated from it by immense distance but at the same time accessible through cracks in reality. Each city in our world has its own reflection or 'abcity' in this other world. The great metropolis of London is shadowed by UnLondon, a city of the dispossessed and the magical, a city under threat by a sinister force known only as the Smog. Into this world come two young girls, Deeba and Zanna, whose coming has long been foretold. They are prophecised to save UnLondon from the Smog, but there is one snag: they haven't a clue how they're going to do it.

Un Lun Dun opens with Mieville on slightly shaky ground, betraying a slight lack of confidence in tackling this new audience (particularly in his handling of how streetwise London kids talk and interact). Perhaps aware this isn't his natural element, he very quickly hurls his characters into the streets of UnLondon and unleashes his fertile imagination in full force, rapidly ensnaring our protagonists in a very strange but at the same time familiar landscape populated by all manner of weird and wonderful creatures.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic fun! 4 April 2007
By kehs TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Deeba and Zanna discover a wheel in a basement, Zenna turns it and realizes that something weird is happening - London is being switched off! Zanna and Deeba are two best friends and they find themselves in the world of UnLondon, a place where London's discarded things somehow end up. UnLondon is under siege by the sinister Smog (a poisonous cloud) and is waiting for its saviour to arrive as prophesised by their magic book that can speak. Guided by this book the girls have to try and put an end to the poisonous cloud. A crew of UnLondon locals, the likes of which you will have never dreamed, joins them in their quest! UnLondon is more than a little unusual but an absolute wonder to read about.

If you love Neil Gaiman (especially Neverwhere), Terry Pratchett and Lewis Carroll then this book will be a particular delight for you
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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun! 5 May 2007
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Having just read the disappointing Iron Council I was happily very impressed with Un Lun Dun. It's supposed to be a children's book but me at 43 years old truly enjoyed this fantastic fantasy adventure. It's 520 pages long (in hard back) but it's so exciting that if you pick this book up you'll fly through it in no time. This is the first book I've ever read that at the end of it I wanted to start it all over again! China Miéville is a real great talent. For the adults out there I also recommended his Bas Lag novels "The Scar" and "Perdido Street Station", which is one of my favourite novels of all time. But those novels are definitely not for children. I've given "Un Lun Dun" Five out of five. Go get it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars un.lun.don 15 April 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
This book i found to be very good i enjoyed the story from the start its wonderfull. Ill update when i finsh i will be getting more by this aurther thank you leila
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Undone Lun Dun 7 Jun 2009
"In an unremarkable room, in a nondescript building, a man sat working on very nondescript theories..."

It's a determinedly unremarkable beginning for a very unique, very bizarre fantasy book, but I guess you can expect no less from fantasy's current prince of the bizarre, China Mieville. His oddly-named children's book "Un Lun Dun" immediately immerses the reader in a vaguely Gaimanesque glimpse into another world, with vaguely sinister, colourful prose and a likable cast of very odd characters.

Twelve-year-old Zanna is being followed by weird things -- odd graffiti, moving umbrellas, fearless foxes, and malevolent smoke. But their search for answers leads them to a strange otherworld with a holey sun and bizarre inhuman inhabitants, known as Un Lun Dun (Un-London, get it?) -- where discarded or lost things are sent. Like any such heroine, Zanna and her friend Deeba are mainly interested in getting home... but of course, it's not that simple.

Turns out that Zanna is the Shwazzy (the required chosen one) and there's a prophecy about her (natch), and how she has to destroy the Smog -- the coagulated remains of all that was bad, which can only be destroyed by the magical Klinneract. The girls set out to stop the Smog, and suffer some fairly nasty setbacks in their battle against it. They'll try their best -- but Zanna may not be quite up to fulfilling the prophecy.

Pincushion-headed tailors, fly-riding pirates, flesh-eating giraffes, ninja dustbins, pet milk cartons, walking lobsters and attacks from trashbags -- China Mieville has a knack for taking the ordinary, and twisting it just enough that it becomes wonderfully grotesque.
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2.0 out of 5 stars I love Cina Mielville
This a kids book. Nowhere on the reviews did it tell you that. I love Cina Mielville, and I've no doubt this is a great kids book. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Drue Zell
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Another classic from my favourite sci fi writer - if you've not tried him - go for it!!
Published 1 month ago by DrLin
1.0 out of 5 stars Rubbish
I really tried with this book, but its one of the few books I've ever abandoned. The premise of the book - an alternative hidden London- is fine, but it's just such a turgid... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for us.
The book was perfect. My son has to read it at highschool. It arrived no the date You told us.
Published 12 months ago by Cristina Zozaya
2.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't get into this steampunky spectacular
This book started out fairly promisingly but the plot soon fizzled out to be swamped by surreal imagery and an unrealistic alternative London. Read more
Published 16 months ago by lewiscarrollnut
4.0 out of 5 stars Un Lun Dun
my brother, his granddaughter, myself and my grandson all loved this story.
accessable to teenagers who may go on to read PERDIDO STREET STATION.
Published 23 months ago by exglueboy
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story, slang can get annoying
I liked a lot of the story. The characters were interesting. I was often reminded of The Phantom Tollbooth, which is good. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Stuart
5.0 out of 5 stars Super Children's Book
I started reading this book to my two grand daughters as I have read all his adult books and also this one before starting it for the girls... Read more
Published on 7 Sep 2012 by N.A.Calder
5.0 out of 5 stars Neverwhere for the new century
I was nervous that this would be Mieville-lite, sanitised and twee for the children. I needn't have worried - it has the same edge as his adult work, but at the same time is at a... Read more
Published on 29 Aug 2012 by Dragon63
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