King Rat. China Mieville, Author Tor Books $ (p) ISBN Saul is snatched from the authorities by a mysterious savior named King Rat, who claims to be. A review, and links to other information about and reviews of King Rat by China Miéville. This novel is a resplendent supernatural tale moving to the brain rattling pulse of Jungle and Drum ‘n Bass. These musical styles are the natural.

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Chkna spending several days with King Rat, Saul hears whispers of the return of the Ratcatcher. Views Read Edit View history. Another and another would join in, a cacophony of simultaneous forces of nature, half-musical, half-feral, artificial, commentary, an intruder in the city that shaped it contemptuously, sculpted it…Flute, white noise, snares and bass line, stretching off for a long time, an unbroken architecture of deserted beats.

Even the ghost of the radio proclaims the passing of the people, a flat expanse of empty rst. Released in this book is a lot different to the other books of his I’ve read. He has stood for the House of Commons for the Socialist Alliance, and published a book on Marxism and international fat.

And, I think it would translate into a really cool graphic novel. And he has some news for Saul: He visits Kay but the two no longer understand each other. But the glimpses of what we all came to love in Mieville’s books are already here.


Aug 14, Matt rated it it was amazing. The most marked difference though is the lack of a certain type of “character”. They were as insubordinate as Frankenstein’s monster, but they had waged a more subtle campaign, a war of position more effective by far” Saul Garamond’s come home to London after a camping excursion and finds the place quiet, empty of its usual domestic element.

I don’t think I’ll reread it, either — although, as with Perdido Street Station, I don’t think I’m going to put it on bookmooch either. If you enjoy the site please consider a small donation towards the cost of the upkeep and development of SFBook.


And so it begins here, in his first novel ‘King Rat’, which – as many readers have noted – reads like a close cousin to Neil Gaiman’s ‘Neverwhere’. He is insistent, and eventually she complies, despite her fears of being ridiculed by others in the scene, of being some kind of bootleg electronic Jethro Tull. It was like a love story to London, and Drum and Bass music. Several references to fascist dictators appear gratuitous at the time, but find purchase in the epilogue, which is cool, but not necessarily inexorable, considering the foregoing narrative.

Being half rat, his two primary abilities are being able to eat anything, even garbage, and squeezing into holes and shadows too small for other creatures.

It’s got some typical Gaimanisms: View all 10 comments.

Today i finally re-added it to my GoodReads “to-read” shelf, and who should offer up his own assessment of Mieville but my separated-at-birth brother Jerry “TychoBrahe” Holkins of “Penny Arcade”: If you know about it, it’s a challenge.

He reveals some secret stuff about Our Hero’s past, and informs him that the Pied Piper of Hamelin wants him dead. The complaints of the hinges, emaciated with malaise, stretched out long after the door had stopped moving.

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He calls the police to meet him at Natasha’s home but arriving ahead of them he is wounded and both he and Natasha are taken by the Piper. Saul, perhaps too quickly, adapts to his new rodent-like abilities with an ease as disturbing as some of the iing themselves.

King Rat belongs amid the rubbish its characters revel in. That said, there were times when I felt the action scenes kijg everything else, and the characters were underdeveloped. It’s the first novel of His Chinaness the expression I shamelessly stole from Richard and plan to keep using for a whileand it shows. The first act was great and got mievjlle hooked; the second act was a bit all over the place, but whatever, most second acts are; and the third act was positively apotheosic.


It peppers its pages with rhyming Cockney slang which seriously tries to break my poor brain. While lying dazed and distraught in a cramped police cell he is visited by a weird, sharp featured and enigmatic gentleman who leads him in an impossible escape.

Fabian is interrogated by the police again and he realises that the flute left mievillf when Saul was attacked belongs to Pete. View all 4 comments.

King Rat is the king of the rats. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Chapters Twenty to Twenty-Five. Feb 19, Oscar rated it it was ok Shelves: I gave up 35 pages into this.

King Rat je roman sa toliko solidnom strukturom da je ispao predvidiv i dosadan. Like most people, I had read other books by the author before getting to this, his debut novel. Under him, London streets undulate with hidden mysteries and a pervasive, gritty darkness seeping into the culture of city-dwellers and personal plotlines alike.

His ability to create characters so grey that they are quite murky. Mieville nicely evokes the relationship Saul had with his father: King Rat still wants his kingdom back from Saul. Apr 22, Jonfaith rated it it was ok.

The property of the Wind” It’s like if you read Dune and then read God Emperor of Dune. Paperbackpages. Instead of bothering about his father’s silence, Saul succumbs to exhaustion and is awakened to a confusion of police officers, caution tape and a broken window. Saul Garamond returns to the flat he shares with his father in London late one evening, skipping on greetings and heading straight to bed.