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Un Lun Dun Hardcover – Unabridged, 6 Apr 2007
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"Mieville's compelling heroine and her fantastical journey through the labyrinth of a strange London forms that rare book that feels instantly like a classic and yet is thoroughly modern." -- Holly Black, bestselling author of the YA novels TITHE and VALIANT "A book which shows the world as it truly is: full of marvels and monsters and unexpected opportunities for heroism and magic. UN LUN DUN is delicious, twisty, ferocious fun, a book so crammed with inventions, delights, and unexpected turns that you will want to start reading it over again as soon as you've reached the end."-- Kelly Link, author of STRANGER THINGS HAPPEN and MAGIC FOR BEGINNERS "From the Hardcover edition."
From British fantasy’s rising star comes this astonishing first novel for children.See all Product description
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The tone is lighter than both “Neverwhere” and much of the rest of China Miéville’s works, but it is aimed at a dual adult and young adult audience.
One nice throwway gem is the brief mention of alternative sequel to Miéville’s almost namesake Herman Melville’s book “Bartleby, the Scrivener” apparently entitled “Oh, All Right Then': Bartleby Returns”.
The 11 year old is not a keen reader but became hooked on this one and insisted on taking the book home to read herself, resulting in tears from the 8 year old who reminded me that she actually is the reader in the family!
So I had to get another copy for her to take home, I think she is a
little young really,to read it for herself but its on her bookshelf now and no doubt in time she will be encouraged to get started on it and will be as excited by the book too.
I think it really is interesting for children, different, and opens their eyes to the possibilities of other worlds and ideas, as well as giving people of my age the opportunity to talk of the clean air act and London smog, and why it happened...China Mieville brings together the fantastic and historical facts and possibilities. Buy it for your young ones!!
Why it doesn't quite rate higher for me is that some of those twists, plus the names of places & people seemed a little too obvious and on the nose. A lot of the suspense was lost as I could see what was coming a long way off. On the other hand, binjas are a work of genius.
The slang used by the main character got annoying. "We was" etc.. If you can ignore that then it's fine.
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