|Publisher:||Random House Inc|
|Publish Date:||Jun 2010|
|Number of Pages:||509|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||1.68|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||6.46 x 1.72 x 9.46|
China Mi ville was born in Norwich, England on September 6, 1972. He received a B.A. in social anthropology from the University of Cambridge in 1994, and a Masters' degree with distinction and Ph.D in international relations from the London School of Economics, the latter in 2001. He has also held a Frank Knox fellowship at Harvard University. His first novel, King Rat, was nominated for both an International Horror Guild and a Bram Stoker award.
His other works include Perdido Street Station, The Scar, Iron Council, Un Lun Dun, The City and the City, and Embassytown. He has won numerous awards for his works including three Arthur C. Clarke Awards, two British Fantasy Awards, the British Science Fiction Award, and the 2008 Locus Award for Best Young Adult Book. He also published a book on Marxism and international law called Between Equal Rights: A Marxist Theory of International Law. He teaches creative writing at Warwick University.
The theft of the preserved body of a giant squid from the British Museum confounds the detectives sent to investigate the crime, but curator Billy Harrow sees the deed as a personal affront because the creature was in his charge. Billy's attempts to find the kraken takes him through a bizarre landscape filled with squid-worshiping cultists, a man with a living tattoo, a trio of special investigators whose methods defy description or reason, and a pair of deadly scoundrels whose names alone strike terror in the hearts of those who have seen their handiwork. Set in a modern-day London awash with strangeness, the latest novel by the author of Perdido Street Station combines brilliant storytelling with doses of eccentric humor and eerily compelling horror.
Verdict: Not for the squeamish, Mieville's sprawling saga calls to mind the works of H.P. Lovecraft and H.G. Wells with a distinctive 21st-century spin and should draw a large crossover audience as well as genre fans. Highly recommended. [Ebook ISBN 978-0-345-52185-9.]
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