Un Lun Dun

Un Lun Dun BONUS This edition contains an excerpt from China Mieville s Embassytown What is Un Lun Dun It is London through the looking glass an urban Wonderland of strange delights where all the lost and broke

  • Title: Un Lun Dun
  • Author: China Miéville
  • ISBN: 9780345495167
  • Page: 191
  • Format: Hardcover
  • BONUS This edition contains an excerpt from China Mieville s Embassytown What is Un Lun Dun It is London through the looking glass, an urban Wonderland of strange delights where all the lost and broken things of London end up and some of its lost and broken people, too including Brokkenbroll, boss of the broken umbrellas Obaday Fing, a tailor whose head is an enoBONUS This edition contains an excerpt from China Mieville s Embassytown What is Un Lun Dun It is London through the looking glass, an urban Wonderland of strange delights where all the lost and broken things of London end up and some of its lost and broken people, too including Brokkenbroll, boss of the broken umbrellas Obaday Fing, a tailor whose head is an enormous pin cushion, and an empty milk carton called Curdle Un Lun Dun is a place where words are alive, a jungle lurks behind the door of an ordinary house, carnivorous giraffes stalk the streets, and a dark cloud dreams of burning the world It is a city awaiting its hero, whose coming was prophesied long ago, set down for all time in the pages of a talking book When twelve year old Zanna and her friend Deeba find a secret entrance leading out of London and into this strange city, it seems that the ancient prophecy is coming true at last But then things begin to go shockingly wrong.

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    About “China Miéville

    • China Miéville

      A British fantastic fiction writer He is fond of describing his work as weird fiction after early 20th century pulp and horror writers such as H P Lovecraft , and belongs to a loose group of writers sometimes called New Weird who consciously attempt to move fantasy away from commercial, genre clich s of Tolkien epigons He is also active in left wing politics as a member of the Socialist Workers Party He has stood for the House of Commons for the Socialist Alliance, and published a book on Marxism and international law.Excerpted from.

    475 thoughts on “Un Lun Dun

    • If for whatever strange reason you ever wondered what a love child of Alice in Wonderland and Gaiman s Neverwhere would look like if it were raised by the Master of Weird well, say hello to Un Lun Dun I know you re not a sidekick No one is Deeba shouted That s no way to talk about anyone To say they re just hangers on to someone important This is an ode to all the sidekicks out there, those who were destined to be on the sidelines, to be the funny one or brainy one or whatever one to the Chosen [...]


    • Let me begin this sadly negative review by saying that I think China Mieville is one of the BEST writers working today To put it simply he is THE MAN Unfortunately, and it pains me to say, he is THE MAN in this case that wrote a really shitty book It happens to the best of artists at some point in their career Al Pacino did Author, Author, Steven Spielberg did Always and even Will Ferrell didBewitched Well, I must report that this is Mr Mieville s Ishtar, sans Dustin Hoffman and Warren Beatty No [...]


    • For the second book in a row, China Mi ville s writing has reminded me of nothing so much as one of Stefon s drug fueled gay fantasies UnLondon s hottest club is Smog This place has everything naked ghosts, balloon zombies, sentient pollution, buses with lizard feet, spider windows, ninja R2D2s You know that thing where a trash can has been trained in the martial arts This year it was my goal to read 100 books Which I have accomplished with several weeks to spare Number one, read in January, was [...]


    • One star off for making this too long Mr Mielville Towards the end I felt tired and just wanted it to finish despite the fact that I did enjoy the book The best books are the ones that finish and leave you wanting This did not do that In many ways I was reminded of reading The Golden Compass which meandered along from one danger to another in similar fashion to the point where danger became tedious instead of suspenseful.Anyway enough of what I did not like and about what I did I always love C [...]


    • What is it about London that makes it the prime place to create another world, not hidden in the shadows, but accessible through secret passageways that tend to close tight behind those who stumble in Neil Gaiman s Neverwhere jumps to mind, which China Mieville I don t know how to do the accents credits as an inspiration, and now Un Lun Dun.Although I guess the other example that I can think of, J Michael Straczynski s Midnight Nation, is set in the States Never mind And in this book, UnLondon i [...]


    • from English to Tagalog to Hungarian to Esperanto to Chinese and back to English again It is quite a challenge in front of me, I also played its ideas Children s Literature in the tradition of Alice in Wonderland, but not for me I do not usually a fan of fun and good times and random stupidity, I m not really a fan of word games I like the rules and logic of literature and children s literature is no exception Almost stimulate me whiny, uninteresting characters It really grated But then I began [...]


    • I hated this book to start with, which is to say the first third or so However, since I was reading it for work, I stuck with it, and finally came around to the novel My specific gripes with the first third are that it s clich d, the characters lack distinction, and it falls into the classic sci fi fantasy trap of deluging the readers with unfamiliar and hard to describe details, thereby alienating them from the workings of plot and character Instead of coming off as unique and charming, instead [...]


    • When I started this book, I thought to myself oh lord, I hope this isn t another _Neverwhere_ I liked Gaiman s novel just fine, but I had in my hand ANOTHER urban fantasy, with a Dave McKean esque cover, and I didn t think that I could handle it.Kudos to Mieville for taking my worries and drop kicking them into the ocean.There s so much to like about this novel The protagonist isn t who it seems at first The level of imagination is astounding quirky, gentle, but with a definite Mieville flavor T [...]


    • Wow How do I describe this book It s on the one hand a bit of an ode to all of the quest based, parallel world containing fantasies that have come before The Wizard of Oz, Narnia, Mary Poppins, Alice in Wonderland, most of Neil Gaiman s catalogue, hell even Harry Potter On the other hand, it undermines the typical tenets of these books in a way that s a bit of a fuck you to the whole genre It also manages to transcend both of these things and become a decent quest based, parallel world containin [...]


    • As I came to the end of Un Lun Dun, I decided that one of my New Year s resolutions should be to make this story into a script for an animation movie Maybe I ll Google it and see if anyone owns the rights It would be a lot of fun, I think, to pare this novel s fantastical events, curious assortment of characters, and diverse settings into a two hour movie Not that I m a movie maker, I m just saying there would be a lot to work with.The story is a wonderful adventure written for children and adul [...]


    • The thing I DON T like about reviewing books from my very favorite authors is that I always find myself praising the same things like a broken record So, by the time I m writing a fourth review for an author, I barely talk about the book at all, and instead keep myself entertained by writing something ridiculous See my review of Blood Meridian, which I would link to if I weren t technologically handicapped So let s get the boring part out of the way right now in this book, Mieville is every bit [...]


    • I am not sure what to make of this book or its author.Considerable time is spent attacking cliches of the fantasy genre, yet Mieville s Unlondon is acknowledged as derivative of Gaiman s Neverwhere Isn t being obviously derivative of your predecessors both a cliche and the worst crime of the fantasy genre I give credit for open admission of the debt, though One of the cliches attacked is that of the the Protagonist with a Heroic Destiny PHD Fairy Nuff, but you can see the attack coming from abou [...]


    • Okuyal bir hayli zaman oldu ve ben okudu umdan beri ok ki iye bu kitab tavsiye ettim nk bu kitap zg n nk bu kitap lg n nk bu kitap fena bir ters k e Her t r basmakal p macera basama na her ad mda bir tekme savuruyor.China Mi ville in bildi im kadar yla gen okurlar i in yazd tek eser Ancak gen okurlar deyince sak n burun k v rmay n, nk Mi ville yine her eyin sonunda, adeti oldu u zere politik duru unu g steriyor Mesaj n yine veriyor Evet, yine siyasi bir mesaj var.Yazar n a k a s yledi i ve kitab [...]


    • A year late review but my impressions didn t fade, that is why this books is on my favorites shelf.I read Mieville s book recently, and ended thinking about his other works and decided to write something about this book too.Of course one might argue that I am doing it only because if I didn t I would be cleaning house, getting ready for work and other adult stuff I avoid doing.Yeah I suck at being adult.If you haven t read Mieville s books before I would describe Un Lun Dun as Alice in Neverwher [...]


    • Cada vez que hago una rese a de un libro de China Mieville, lo s , me repito como el ajo Y es que creo que nunca dejar de sorprenderme con su imaginaci n, con los mundos que crea y las criaturas que se saca de la manga, como ventanas ara a, Jirafas carn voras,un tetrabrik de leche muy achuchable o cubos de basura ninja.Este tiene un tono muy juvenil y me ha recordado mucho a Neverwhere Es una historia sencilla y con un final muy abierto y aunque no va a ser de mis favoritos su lectura ha valido [...]


    • A sort of kiddieNeverwhere and Mi ville does indeed creditNeil Gaiman in the intro , this is one of those books that s packed with cleverness and really, really aware of it I like some of Mi ville s attempts to turn the typical quest y fantasy on its ear The Chosen One turns out to be fairly useless The tasks one must complete to defeat the bad guy are highly skippable but UnLondon never felt like a real place to me, or its denizens real people I m still really not sure who Deeba was supposed to [...]


    • What do you get if you cross one of Hyao Miyazaki s animated films with Neil Gaiman s Neverwhere, the imagination of Clive Barker, and Alice in Wonderland You get this book Un Lun Dun by China Mieville When young friends Zanna and Deeba follow a broken umbrella down to a sewer with a steering wheel, they turn it and enter the world of Un Lun Dun Un Lun Dun or UnLondon is an urban wonderland where things that are thrown away in regular london are found and given a new purpose there Upon entering [...]


    • I don t know what I expected when I picked this up for a group read, but it certainly wasn t what I got This was like a blending of different things Neil Gaiman s Neverwhere which the author admitted to having inspired him for its setting in an alternate London hidden from the regular one Rowling s Harry Potter for the whole way the London children are discovering this world within our world, full of magic and wonder, as well as a double decker bus that has unusual properties There was also a to [...]


    • A poor man sNeverwhere I ll admit that I stopped reading after 115 pages.I read several glowing reviews of this, saying it was going to rescue us in this, the time of no harry potter And lookee It has female protagonists But no A typical adventure sci fi premise someone from our world gets transported to a different world and must save something do a quest a It is, at least in the first 115 pages, entirely plot driven I know nothing about what separates the two main characters from one another [...]


    • 3.75 starsMy first introduction to Mi ville s writing was Railsea I had an almost instant reaction to it confusion, frustration, amazement that only grew stronger as the story progressed and changed into shock, awe and adoration, and finished with the literary equivalent of being hit on the head with a shovel Un Lun Dun disappointed me for the supremely unfair on my behalf reason that it didn t draw much of a reaction from me.I think that where YA and children s books are concerned, there are tw [...]


    • I wasn t sure whether or not to give this book a 3 or a 4 if we had a refined rating system, I d give it a 3.7 3.8 because it started out a bit slow but as soon as Mieville focused on Deeba, the story picked up its pace and became much interesting.Short plot outline which doesn t contain spoilers Like many young adult adult fantasies, there s another version of London and the world that exists just around the corner or in between the stacks in a library that it s sometimes possible to get to I [...]


    • Maybe sort of 2.5 I was excited about the premise of this story I like Wonderland type stories, especially Gaiman s Neverwhere, which Mieville does specifically mention as being an influence But this story never really got above alright for me Part of the problem was that I never really clicked with or cared that much about the characters I liked the role of Deeba at first the friend who reluctantly gets dragged into an adventure but I never really clicked with her as a person All the various s [...]


    • If there was an award given for most imagination used in a novel, China Mi ville would have trophies than he would know what to do with.The man really outdoes himself in this one as he introduces a multitude of fascinating characters who are to say the least rather unusual A man with a bird in a cage for a head, no nonsense garbage cans wielding nunchucks appropriately called binjas, and the creepy black windows of Webminster Abbey, just to name a few.The comparison toAlice in Wonderlandis obvi [...]


    • Un Lun Dun, by China Mi ville, is about the underside of London The forgotten parts So far, so very Neverwhere, I thought, at first But actually, Un Lun Dun is a different kind of book Cleverer, in that it twists fantasy clich s the UnChosen one being the biggest example , quirkier I didn t see a living milk carton called Curdle, or living ninja bins, binja, in Neverwhere , and lighter It s definitely aimed at younger people, and actually, I think China Mi ville does a good job of it The pacing [...]


    • Un Lun Dun es la obra m s reciente que se ha publicado en nuestro pa s de China Mi ville, una versi n paralela, alucinada e imaginativa hasta extremos imposibles del Londres contempor neo donde Mi ville nos invita a cruzar las barreras de lo inveros mil, con destino a una ciudad en la que se est gestando el fin del mundo tal y como lo conocemos Ya desde la primera p gina, Mi ville consigue cautivarnos con un t ndem de j venes y carism ticas protagonistas que, hilando una serie de extra os aconte [...]


    • This was great A gritty, Pratchetty, deceptive, in control Dorothy type fairy tale with a satisfying end Only my second Mi ville but I want to read everything he s written right now Review to come


    • China Mieville, Un Lun Dun Ballantine, 2007 I have written many times than I can count, certainly about the dangers of message fiction Chief among them is that the author gets so wrapped up in the message that he forgets he s first and foremost supposed to tell a story When I realized that Un Lun Dun, China Mieville s first childrens book, was of the message fiction stripe, I quailed in despair, thinking I might have encountered my first Mieville book and I ve read em all I wasn t going to like [...]


    • 3.5 Mi ville s creation of an alternate London existing just beyond a veil is not unique We ve seen many similar places across the urban fantasy landscape the most frequent comparison being Gaiman s Neverwhere where ideas, people, and things cross from side to side, each location influencing the trajectory of the other When dealing with this trope, it s not the generalizations that are important but the details Do we believe this place exists Do we care about the residents Do we wish we could cr [...]


    • A young girl in London is visited by strange people who seem to know her They call her the Schwazzy and mysterious graffiti seems to imply that young Zannah is a mysterious savior in waiting There s a mysterious world, unknown to most people, and only she can save them This is pretty much how the book begins At this point, I found myself thinking, How long will it be before people can read something like this without thinking of Harry Potter I mean, the whole displaced child messiah thing is fun [...]


    • China Mi villeUn Lun DunDel Rey470 pages8.0 In Un Lun Dun s acknowledgment page, Mi ville specifically thanks Neil Gaiman for generous encouragement and for his indispensable contributions to London phantasmagoria, especially Neverwhere Un Lun Dun s resemblance with Neverwhere is undeniable Both take place in the hidden City of Adventure of London, with a fascinating worldbuilding and obscure creatures I haven t read the whole Neverwhere I first borrowed it from my friend back when I was still i [...]


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