11. (11) – Perdido Street Station, by China Miéville

This book is masterfully written, with its grotesque, yet gorgeously written prologue taking you into the city.  Miéville draws you in immediately with just an incredible description of the approach to New Crobuzon. The city itself really becomes a character in the story as you are taken to all kinds of different areas throughout the city from the underworld, to slums, to nicer areas, to the science community, etc. You learn about the rails and the major center of the city at Perdido Street Station.

In this world, Miéville creates several interesting species, each completely unique, with a strong focus on genetically engineered species.  Those that have been reworked are considered to be “remade”. Every part narrated by Yag the Garuda is done exceptionally well.

Miéville’s slake-moths are among the freakiest creations in literature. The story takes a bit of time to really get going, but once it picks up it never lets up. I strongly recommend this book to anyone who has a love of literature. Miéville writes at a level few authors can and creates a world like none I have read before. For excellent fantasy/science fiction/horror/literature it is hard to do better than this. 

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