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Kraken av China Mieville
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Kraken (urspr publ 2010; utgåvan 2010)

av China Mieville

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Being chased by cults, a maniac, and the sorcerers of the Fundamentalist and Sect-Related Crime Unit, cephalopod specialist Billy Harrow inadvertently learns that he holds the key to finding a missing squid--a squid that just happens to be an embryonic god whose powers, properly harnessed, can destroy all that is, was, and ever shall be.… (mer)
Medlem:gembird
Titel:Kraken
Författare:China Mieville
Info:Macmillan (2010), Hardcover, 400 pages
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek
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To me this was a 250-300 page story stretched out to 500 pages. I loved the start of the book but it just dragged on and on. Good enough that I finished it but I was having to force myself to read it. ( )
  richvalle | Jul 11, 2021 |
Adult fiction/fantasy. Sort of like Neil Gaiman's American Gods, but with squid. Starts off decently with a mystery, trouble from evil deities, pending apocalypse--and then continues for another 400 pages with odd twists and half-revelations; I got to page 300 or so before giving up on the story. ( )
  reader1009 | Jul 3, 2021 |
I had to read this one twice. The first time through, for some reason, the character Goss became intolerable. Not in the bad way of I hate him but in the way of creeping me out so much my testicles wanted to hide inside of my body any time the narrator put on the Goss voice. Great read once I got used to that though. I always wondered squid worshiping fundamentalist would be like! ( )
  frfeni | Jan 31, 2021 |
I’m not sure what I was expecting when I picked up this particular novel, but it certainly didn’t turn out to be what I thought it was. I was under the impression that it was going to be a science fiction novel about a giant squid, which it is, but the squid only one of many minor characters in the overall plot. If I had to classify it, I might say science fiction/fantasy with a strong urban horror bent.

The novel starts out seemingly grounded in reality, with Billy Harrow, a curator and specialist in cataloguing and preservation, giving a tour at the Natural History Museum in London. The highlight of the tour is a giant squid, which Billy worked on during the preservation process. However, on this particular day, when Billy opens the door to the room, it is gone. “It couldn’t have, not disappeared, so many metres of abyss meat could not have gone. There were no suspicious cranes. There were no giant tank-nor squid-shaped holes cartoon style in the wall. It could not have gone, but there it was, not.” Billy soon becomes acquainted with several members of a special investigative team, and within sixty pages, is violently introduced to two of the strangest and most horrifying characters, oddly named Goss and Subby. Ancient Egyptian spirits, animal familiars, a malevolent tattooed figure, and an obsessive Star Trek fan also join the cast.

In many ways, this novel reminds me of a mashup of Charles de Lint and Stephen King, with the fantastical urban setting and the corruption of humans fueling the plot. While it certainly wasn’t what I thought it was, and not something which I would read for pleasure, I can see its appeal. At just over six hundred pages, it is not a quick read, although the pace is fast if you can keep up with the many many names and characters which pass through. ( )
  resoundingjoy | Jan 1, 2021 |
Well this was a ride. Kraken gives us a world as diverse and shifting as Bad-Lag, with a bizarre and fascinating array of characters - sentient tattoos, Warhammer 40k-esque Nazis, X-Men style mages, special agents, sentient animals, spirits, fortune-tellers, pseudo-zombies, assassins....what I'm trying to say is its a full package. They are not well-rounded characters - the use of allegory and symbolism is just as if not more prevalent in Kraken than it is in Scar or Embassytown. I do wish the rules were a tad more clear and the world a bit more fleshed out - knack magic in particular seems to do whatever the plot requires.

The other Mieville novels I've read were very different in pacing, more contemplative and thoughtful compared Kraken, which has a pace that best resembles the movie Crank. The chapters are short and punchy (I would say like Dan Brown's but don't want to insult this book) and there is near constant action.

Because it moves fast and is introducing new elements, side plots, characters, etc. it can be hard to keep up with - this is a book that might benefit from a re-read to catch that I missed last time. ( )
  kaitlynn_g | Dec 13, 2020 |
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Kraken utilises Miéville’s common setting of London, albeit a strange London. This otherness beside the familiar is a strand in his work evident from King Rat and Un Lun Dun through to THE CITY AND YTIC EHT.

This one started out as if it may have been written with a film or TV adaptation in mind - one with a potentially light-hearted take - but soon veers off down strange Miévillean byways which may be unfilmable. For these are the end times and cultists worshipping all manner of weird gods abound.

It begins with a kind of locked room mystery as a giant squid, Architeuthis, has been stolen - formalin, tank and all - from its stance in the Darwin Centre, a natural history museum where Billy Harrow is a curator. He helped to prepare the squid for show and is thought to hold the knowledge that might allow all those interested in its recovery to find it. The police fundamentalist and cult squad, the FSRC, is called in to help investigate the disappearance which becomes more involved when Billy discovers a body pickled (in too small a jar) in the museum’s basement. And these are merely the first strangenesses to be encountered in this book. We also have the consciousness of a man embedded within a tattoo, a tattoo which moves and speaks. Then there is the double act of Goss and Subby - two shapeshifting baddies from out of time (they shift other people’s shapes) - and weird sects, cults and mancers of all sorts.

Never short of incident and brimming with plot the novel is probably a bit too convoluted, with too many characters for its own good, and its one-damn-strange-thing-after-another-ness can verge on overkill. But this is an unashamed fantasy, a form to which I am antipathetic when it is taken to extremes; and Miéville is not one for restraint.

While Kraken sometimes skirts along the edge of comedy it never fully embraces it. There are too many killings and acts of violence for comedy to sit comfortably. I might have liked the novel better if it had. Its main fault is that it never manages to settle on which sort of book it is meant to be, straddling various narrative stools such as police procedural, one man against the odds, woman in search of the truth about her vanished lover, etc.
tillagd av jackdeighton | ändraA Son Of The Rock, Jack Deighton (Jan 29, 2011)
 
Miéville has done what all great science-fiction has done—and great so-called literary fiction, when it gets around to it—provide a nuanced, highly imagined critique of the zeitgeist, dressed up in a crackerjack story.
 
""... "Kraken" is, no mistake, a literary work. The hint is in the subtitle, "An Anatomy," because Miéville is exploring the gap between the prosaic squid and the mythic Kraken, between the mundane ground of everyday life and the sacred. What precisely turns a fish into a god? What is the anatomy of a legend? And how do gods manifest themselves in our world?
...Miéville's best work since "Perdido Street Station."
 

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Being chased by cults, a maniac, and the sorcerers of the Fundamentalist and Sect-Related Crime Unit, cephalopod specialist Billy Harrow inadvertently learns that he holds the key to finding a missing squid--a squid that just happens to be an embryonic god whose powers, properly harnessed, can destroy all that is, was, and ever shall be.

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