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Old 09-01-2009, 12:54 PM   #1
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Free on Kindle - Perdido Street Station

Free at Amazon - Perdido Street Station, by China Mieville.

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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 . . .

A magnificent fantasy rife with scientific splendor, magical intrigue, and wonderfully realized characters, told in a storytelling style in which Charles Dickens meets Neal Stephenson, Perdido Street Station offers an eerie, voluptuously crafted world that will plumb the depths of every reader's imagination.
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Old 09-01-2009, 01:08 PM   #2
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Thank you. This is one I've been wanting to read, so I snapped it up.
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Old 09-01-2009, 01:57 PM   #3
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That's great! One of my all time favorite fiction books!
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Old 09-01-2009, 03:08 PM   #4
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Nice! Here's hoping it goes free on the Sony eBookstore soon, too. I borrowed a paper copy of this from a friend many many months ago, but have never gotten around to reading it.
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Old 09-01-2009, 04:34 PM   #5
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I'm glad this book has some fans. I feel like it took 8 hours of my life that I'll never get back. But I won't be a dog in the manger about it -- I'll leave that for the anti-romance brigade.

It is nice to see a best seller for free.
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Old 09-01-2009, 07:47 PM   #6
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Hey, Koland:

Thanks for the info on this.

(I just deleted my duplicate post, after having spotted yours.)


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Old 09-01-2009, 09:49 PM   #7
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Nice! Here's hoping it goes free on the Sony eBookstore soon, too. I borrowed a paper copy of this from a friend many many months ago, but have never gotten around to reading it.
It's a Suvudu freebie for September, so it's available at the Sony store and elsewhere. See this thread for links to the Sony store --> http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=55309
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Old 09-02-2009, 01:59 AM   #8
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Glad to see Suvudu ]finally updated (it had not earlier today).

Too bad all they have is PDF for non-DRM.

EDIT TO ADD: I take it back - they still haven't updated the free library page. If you want them in PDF form, I guess you have to know about them and about scribd.com

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Old 09-02-2009, 11:59 AM   #9
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Interestingly - the price of his latest (The City and the City) dropped $1 (from $14.74 to $13.73). Hope it continues to fall.
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Old 09-02-2009, 12:27 PM   #10
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I quite liked The City and the City... not his greatest work, but interesting and fun to be sure.
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Awesome! It took me awhile to get into it, but I really loved this book.
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