“Beamed Up” review of Kraken by China Mieville

The surreal magic and mind bending story drew me in, in another imaginative world created by Mieville. Although less “Fantasy” than the incredible Bas-Lag series, its hugely enjoyable and a must for anyone who enjoys off-the-beaten, well-worn, and easier-path. One of the many highlights for me,which had me dying, was how funny the scenes that mention the Star Trek Teleportation devices are, I take that back, at first it’s funny, but then it made me think, and that is just a small example of the wonder of Mieville…alas, I can’t watch Star Trek the same anymore, as you will never watch someone getting “beamed-up” in quite the same way. Thanks Mr. Mieville.

This world is crafted very similarly to the world we live in, except for some extremely imaginative differences, including a religion based on a squid, Teleportation devices, Ocean intelligence, End of the world scenarios that “actually” occur..the crazed events only accelerate as the story expands. Yeah, so maybe not so similar to ours. but the geography is the same, could’ve been in the last 10 or 15 years, as far as the culture is concerned, but overlaid with with an End of the world scenario playing out under the noses of the majority of the society.

The story is based in London and centers around a mysterious squid, along with Billy Harrow, a cephalopod specialist, and a cast of wide ranging characters, mixed with magic, museums, science, terror and a good dose of comedy.

My ears devoured this as an audiobook so I definitely want to show some appreciation for the narrator, The incomparable, one and only John Lee. If you haven’t had the opportunity to hear him yet, by all means, find any one of a number of Top Notch Scifi/fantasy Books and you will understand.

I know that was quick but again, time is short in my realm of responsibility. 5 of 5, and 10 of 10…how about instead of stars I just say I read this months ago, yet still think about it fairly often, especially during my evening Star Trek sessions.

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I was not given this book in exchange for a review, I paid for it myself, and write the review out of love and respect for the writing community.

Originally published: May 7,2010

Country: United Kingdom

Genres: Science Fiction, Thriller, Fantasy Fiction, Urban fantasy, Weird fiction

Nominations: Goodreads Choice Awards Best Fantasy

It is published in the UK by Macmillan, and in the US by Del Rey Books.