Perdido Street Station by China MievilleSuvudu‘s at it again. The latest update to their Free Library includes a heavy-hitter: China Mieville’s Perdido Street Station, a book often saddled with the nebulous ‘modern classic’ moniker.

Beneath the towering bleached ribs of a dead, ancient beast lies New Crobuzon, a squalid city where humans, Re-mades, and arcane races live in perpetual fear of Parliament and its brutal militia. The air and rivers are thick with factory pollutants and the strange effluents of alchemy, and the ghettos contain a vast mix of workers, artists, spies, junkies, and whores. In New Crobuzon, the unsavory deal is stranger to none-not even to Isaac, a brilliant scientist with a penchant for Crisis Theory.

Isaac has spent a lifetime quietly carrying out his unique research. But when a half-bird, half-human creature known as the Garuda comes to him from afar, Isaac is faced with challenges he has never before fathomed. Though the Garuda’s request is scientifically daunting, Isaac is sparked by his own curiosity and an uncanny reverence for this curious stranger.

While Isaac’s experiments for the Garuda turn into an obsession, one of his lab specimens demands attention: a brilliantly colored caterpillar that feeds on nothing but a hallucinatory drug and grows larger – and more consuming – by the day. What finally emerges from the silken cocoon will permeate every fiber of New Crobuzon – and not even the Ambassador of Hell will challenge the malignant terror it invokes…

You can find the Suvudu Free Library entry HERE. Perdido Street Station can be downloaded in the following formats:

  • Alex Carnegie September 2, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    As Perdido is one of my favourite novels this news amazed and delighted me. It strikes me as an act of tremendous generosity to give away free copies of a work that I’d honestly say is priceless, especially since it’s not even been a decade since it was originally published.

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