Kraken With his tale of a giant-squid corpse, Miéville, never predictable, lobs a grenade into the urban-fantasy genre, remaking it into wild comedy. To wit: A… Kraken With his tale of a giant-squid corpse, Miéville, never predictable, lobs a grenade into the urban-fantasy genre, remaking it into wild comedy. To wit: A… 2010-06-29 Fiction Sci-fi and Fantasy Del Rey
Book Review

Kraken (2010)

China Mieville | Kraken by China Miéville
Kraken by China Miéville
EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: Jun 29, 2010; Writer: China Mieville; Genres: Fiction, Sci-fi and Fantasy; Publisher: Del Rey

With his tale of a giant-squid corpse, Miéville, never predictable, lobs a grenade into the urban-fantasy genre, remaking it into wild comedy. To wit: A perfectly preserved Architeuthis dux specimen — percolating in the bowels of London's Natural History Museum — vanishes, plunging curator Billy Harrow into a bizarre shadow world of vampires, criminals, and cults. Miéville tears through the story with an almost manic energy, bulldozing past the few places where the plot falters. (It's saying something about his imagination that the gigantic tentacled creature is one of the least odd things in Kraken.) Anyone who reads this is never going to think about natural-history museums — or aquariums — in the same way again. A–

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Originally posted Jun 22, 2010 Published in issue #1109 Jul 02, 2010 Order article reprints
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