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Un Lun Dun

av China Miéville

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Stumbling into an alternate funhouse version of her home city, twelve-year-old Londoner Deeba finds herself trapped in a world of killer giraffes, animated umbrellas, and ghost children, and must take on the role of savior to prevent utter destruction.
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A stiff hike for me to get through the first half. It picked up in the second half. I found it a bit forced all the way through. Delightful wordplay which did remind me of the Tollbooth. The insistence on Deeba as Unchosen was overdone and there were other tropes that felt over used.
Jones the Conductor and The Un-Gun were inspired and brilliant and wonderful. I wish it had been a much shorter book so these could shine brighter. ( )
  Je9 | Aug 10, 2021 |
It doesn’t completely suck, but it is derivative and about as subtle as a sledgehammer. ( )
  amanda4242 | Aug 2, 2021 |
Clearly aimed at the young adult market and therefore not having the depth and scope of the New Crozubon novels - this is still unmistakably Mieville and therefore brilliantly imaginative inventive and enjoyable. Flying London buses with conductors who can really conduct electricity, Ninja Dustbins and a character who is an old fashioned diving suit filled with various forms of sealife. Echoes of Lewis Carroll with syntax, grammer and wordplay becoming integral to the development of the plot. Room for a sequel or 2 based on the ending as well. ( )
  MattCotton | Dec 4, 2020 |
Un Lun Dun by China Mieville It took me a while to work that this was not an adults book. I think it may be described by that universal put down as a Young Adults book.
 
Funny how we don't have Old Adults Books?
 
But by that time I was into it. A story about parallel worlds, friendship, loyalty and destiny.
 
Very readable and at 260 pages easy too. I loved it. ( )
  Ken-Me-Old-Mate | Sep 24, 2020 |
THIS BOOK IS BIZARRE AND FANTASTIC ( )
  ibazel | Aug 7, 2020 |
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This is Miéville’s first book for younger readers. It is also copiously (and well) illustrated by the author. In it Zanna and Deeba, two of a group of normal young teenagers in London, are beset by strange occurrences. They are attacked by smoke tendrils, freaked out by an ambulatory umbrella and Zanna is addressed as Shwazzy several times during different chance encounters in one of which she is given a card naming her as such.

Soon they are both transported to a strange place where the sun is too large - and doughnut shaped - weird and colourful characters abound and telecommunications work through the medium of what can only be described as carrier wasps. Zanna is revealed as the choisi - chosen – the girl who will save the abcity of Un Lun Dun (unLondon) from the menace of the Smog. She is presumed to know the details of the Armets and their secret weapon the Klinneract which saved real London and drove the Smog to Un Lun Dun. (This parallel existence also contains other abcities such as Parisn’t, Lost Angeles, Sans Francisco and Hong Gone.)

The book which contains the Shwazzy prophecy - and which speaks morosely a la Eeyore or Marvin - turns out to be wrong, though, and Zanna is unable to help. She is incapacitated by the Smog whose attack is only driven off by using specially slit and treated unbrellas made by Mister Brokkenbroll to ward off the smog’s projectiles. With this apparent victory Deeba and the still far from well Zanna return to London. But Deeba cannot forget her experiences, realises that not all may be well in Un Lun Dun and so makes her return. On her quest to find a weapon to defeat the Smog she is accompanied by the aforementioned Book of Prophecy, Bling, a silver furred locust, Diss, a brown bear cub, a four-armed, four-legged, many-eyed man called Cauldron, a half-ghost, half-normal boy called Hemi, and Curdle, an animated milk carton Deeba adopts as a pet.

There are some nice coinages - mostly portmanteau words like smombies, Propheseers and smoglodytes. Mister Brokkenbroll - the Unbrellissimo - is a particularly redolent case. There are also glazed, wooden framed, eight legged things called Black Windows. These are just a few examples of Miéville's playful linguistic invention.

There is more than a hint of Alice in Un Lun Dun though generally Through The Looking Glass rather than Adventures In Wonderland. This is underlined on page 296 when the Speaker of Talklands echoes Humpy Dumpty by saying, “WORDS MEAN WHATEVER I WANT.” We also have a pair of Tweedledum/Tweedledee-ish mitre-wearing clerics, in white and deep red robes respectively, who only move in zig-zags. There are parallels too with THE CITY & YTIC EHT Miéville’s recent adult novel.


Un Lun Dun is an enjoyable romp. For its target audience I would have thought it might be more than a touch too long, though its young readers may welcome a long immersion in Miéville’s skewed world.
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Stumbling into an alternate funhouse version of her home city, twelve-year-old Londoner Deeba finds herself trapped in a world of killer giraffes, animated umbrellas, and ghost children, and must take on the role of savior to prevent utter destruction.

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