- Paperback: 528 pages
- Publisher: Pan; Reprints edition (6 May 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0330536680
- ISBN-13: 978-0330536684
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 4.3 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 131,592 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Un Lun Dun Paperback – 6 May 2011
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Top Customer Reviews
Easy to read - moves along nicely. After the initial disappointment of buying myself a kids' book, I'm glad I decided to give it a whirl!
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.Read more ›
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!!
I was genuinely charmed by the world Mieville creates. UnLondon literally leaps off the page and becomes as familiar as the world around you. The characters are vivid and realistic, but I did feel they lacked in depth at times and relationships seemed to spring up all the time with very little development.
The plot is rich and engaging without being over-complex, with a great big dollop of original and interesting ideas. I don't like to write reviews containing plot spoilers, but the resolution of the story was brilliant (if a bit obvious).
Basically, I think this book is smashing and I would highly recommend it. It's a bit of an easier read than most of Mieville's catalogue and I certainly think an enthusiastic teenager could definitely tackle it, although I wouldn't class it as a child's book.
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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I would recommend this to just about anyone, it's a fantastic story and hard to put down - you won't regret it!Published 12 months ago by xanderten50
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Simultaneously a tribute to "chosen one", "quest for a magical object" and "through the looking glass" fantasy tropes and a subversion of them all, there's... Read morePublished 14 months ago by GeekCliché
This is a wonderful romp around an alternative London. It has more than a flavour of Neil Gaiman’s “Neverwhere” but China Miéville fully acknowledges this in the section... Read morePublished 21 months ago by P. J. Dunn
Not at all bad, but not up there with Kraken or some of his earlier stuff...Published on 12 May 2015 by J. Westwood Chandler
It might be a bit unfair of me to review this as it's a children's book and I'm 34, but I've re-read a number of books I read as a child and in comparison to those I found this... Read morePublished on 1 Dec. 2014 by Sarah C