What do you guys think of Steampunk?@Lanko
Before the book club in the forum returned, i joined one in Goodreads and that is the theme for December. Book chosen was Perdido Street Station, by China Miélville. Don't know the genre, so not sure if i pick up the book.
, Perdido Street Station i
sn't really steampunk, or urban fantasy, or SciFi but a strange mixture of all and more. China Mieville defines his writing as 'New Weird" and that sums it up pretty well.
I would suggest that you do not read any in depth reviews but go to this book with a very open mind. You could google it just for images which may prepare you for what to expect. It is unlike anything I have ever read before and it is now one of my favourite books. Great admiration and awe for the writing, imagination and the strange, crazy, horrible world that unfolds.
In brief it basically takes place in the city of New Crobuzon, which is huge miserable and filthy, inhabited by strange misfits - humans and many other species, also some interbred and Remade. It follows two lovers, Isaac, a human and Lin, a Kephri (flying insect like being) and what happens when an experiment goes wrong and also when each takes on a new work contract, but far more than just that. There are questions of morality and politics all mixed in with strange action and characters.
Won't say more - this story is grim all the way through, no let up, but if you are prepared for that it is fascinating. You may love it or hate it, but it is worth giving it chance. Maybe get from the library in case you hate it.