New Crobuzon

3 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 717 ratings

Perdido Street Station: New Crobuzon, Book 1 Summary

Beneath the towering bleached ribs of a dead, ancient beast lies New Crobuzon, a squalid city where humans, Re-mades, and arcane races live in perpetual fear of Parliament and its brutal militia. The air and rivers are thick with factory pollutants and the strange effluents of alchemy, and the ghettos contain a vast mix of workers, artists, spies, junkies, and whores. In New Crobuzon, the unsavory deal is stranger to none—not even to Isaac, a brilliant scientist with a penchant for Crisis Theory.

Isaac has spent a lifetime quietly carrying out his unique research. But when a half-bird, half-human creature known as the Garuda comes to him from afar, Isaac is faced with challenges he has never before fathomed. Though the Garuda's request is scientifically daunting, Isaac is sparked by his own curiosity and an uncanny reverence for this curious stranger.

While Isaac's experiments for the Garuda turn into an obsession, one of his lab specimens demands attention: a brilliantly colored caterpillar that feeds on nothing but a hallucinatory drug and grows larger—and more consuming—by the day. What finally emerges from the silken cocoon will permeate every fiber of New Crobuzon—and not even the Ambassador of Hell will challenge the malignant terror it invokes.

©2000 China Mieville (P)2011 Audible Ltd
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  • Book 1

    • Perdido Street Station: New Crobuzon, Book 1

    • By: China Mieville
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Oliver
    • Length: 31 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 398
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 293
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 289

    Beneath the towering bleached ribs of a dead, ancient beast lies New Crobuzon, a squalid city where humans, Re-mades, and arcane races live in perpetual fear of Parliament and its brutal militia. The air and rivers are thick with factory pollutants and the strange effluents of alchemy, and the ghettos contain a vast mix of workers, artists, spies, junkies, and whores. In New Crobuzon, the unsavory deal is stranger to none—not even to Isaac, a brilliant scientist with a penchant for Crisis Theory.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Slough of pugnaciously ineluctable ululation

    • By Martin on 21-05-13

    Regular price: £29.99

  • Book 2

    • The Scar

    • New Crobuzon, Book 2
    • By: China Mieville
    • Narrated by: Damian Lynch
    • Length: 21 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 204
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 158
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 157

    A pirate city hauled across the oceans.... A hidden miracle about be revealed.... These are the ingredients of an astonishing story. It is the story of a prisoner's journey. Of the search for the island of a forgotten people, for the most astonishing beast in the seas, and ultimately for a fabled place - a massive wound in reality, a source of unthinkable power and danger.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A Stunning, Thought Provoking Read

    • By scotty on 29-04-12

    Regular price: £29.99

  • Book 3

    • Iron Council

    • New Crobuzon, Book 3
    • By: China Mieville
    • Narrated by: Damian Lynch
    • Length: 17 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 115
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 89
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 88

    It is a time of revolts and revolutions, conflict and intrigue. New Crobuzon is being ripped apart from without and within. War with the shadowy city-state of Tesh and rioting on the streets at home are pushing the teeming metropolis to the brink. In the midst of this turmoil, a mysterious masked figure spurs strange rebellion, while treachery and violence incubate in unexpected places. In desperation, a small group of renegades escapes from the city and crosses strange and alien continents in the search for a lost hope, an undying legend.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent story, shame about the narration

    • By Simon Roots on 09-03-15

    Regular price: £22.99