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Kraken Hardcover – 7 May 2010

3.3 out of 5 stars 106 customer reviews

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  • Hardcover: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan; Main Market edition (7 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0333989503
  • ISBN-13: 978-0333989500
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 4.1 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars 106 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 620,477 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'The novel crackles with demotic vocabulary and hip neologisms (''realitysmithing'', ''pistonpunk'') and, as ever with Miéville, London figures prominently - a city crazed with secrets and meaning. Kraken is essentially fantasy with a dusting of urban grit and Miéville's message is clear: the everyday can be extraordinary, and the mundane, magic.' --Financial Times

'While Miéville is far from the first novelist to threaten to obliterate London, he may win the prize for having the most fun along the way... Here we have a prodigious imagination letting rip...The exuberant energy and ambition of Kraken make for a complex novel packed with fascinating and original concepts.' --Guardian

'this epic exercise in cephalopunk eschatology and fundamentalist gang warfare offers the reader a truly delirious ride. Irreverent, funny, full of frenzied action, and unclassifiable except as pure Miéville, Kraken is a feast for its wily creator's fans while giving his detractors a whole new catalog of reasons to clutch their pearls.' --SFReviews.net

'A writer working at the height of his creativity; in terms of sheer imaginative power, Miéville blows most other writers away. Despite its minor flaws, Kraken is an absorbing story that is by turns amusing, shocking and utterly enthralling, and is all wrapped up in the weirdness that Miéville is famed for (along with a healthy dose of gleeful wit). The result is both bizarre and wonderful. Who said the New Weird was dead?' --Speculative Horizons

'Poetic, demented, surprisingly approachable and seething with intelligence, Kraken is a cracking read, no doubt about it.'
--The Speculative Scotsman

'Impressively literate, crafty, and yet reliably China. Recommended.' --SFFWorld.com

'Kraken is urban fantasy as it should be - dark, dangerous, and creative with both a modern and nostalgic feel, and lacking trite pop culture interpretations of mythological monsters covering up romance and wish fulfillment.' --Neth Space

'It's funny, disturbing, incredible inventive and is a meaty read... It's engaging, clever and funny throughout and it also demonstrated to me that Miéville is in a totally different class to most other writers. Kraken is an exceptional and exciting piece of weird fiction.'
--Comic Book Outsiders

'Anyone would struggle to top The City & The City, which bagged China Miéville a third Arthur C Clarke Award this year, yet this leading British fantasy writer again proves he's got imagination tweeting out of his multi-pierced ears by unleashing another cracker with Kraken... Miéville's mind clearly fizzes with curiosity, his work magpie-ing everything from origami to Egyptian death rites. However, it's not just the texture he weaves from them but the inventively engaged way that he expands on them that makes his books so intellectually delightful and, in this case, unusually funny.' --4 stars, Fiction of the Week, Metro

'Fizzing verbal extravagance.' --Daily Mail

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A dark urban fantasy thriller from one of the all-time masters of the genre

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