Sunday, September 03, 2017

Five of the best fantasy novels with awe-inspiring settings

Matthew Kressel is a multiple Nebula Award-nominated writer and World Fantasy Award-nominated editor. One of his five favorite "fantasy novels with fantastic, awe-inspiring settings," as shared at
Perdido Street Station by China Miéville

By all accounts, Miéville’s New Crobuzon should seem familiar to any city dweller: corrupt government officials, crowded street corners, dark alleys, a seedy underbelly, and a working-class center to drive it all. But what makes Perdido Street Station so fascinating is how Miéville takes these familiar elements and makes them utterly alien. There are the cactus-like Cactacae, cockroach-like Khepri, bird-like Garuda, half-human-half-machine Remade, and many more strange creatures who inhabit this world. But it’s the throbbing and pulsing city of New Crobuzon that is the most interesting character of them. The real protagonist in Perdido Street Station is New Crobuzon.
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Perdido Street Station is among Willow Palecek's five top fantastic cities.

--Marshal Zeringue