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ISBN: 9781250174000352 Pages
Award-winning fantasy and science fiction author China Miéville's began his astounding career with the fantasy King Rat, a mix of a young man's search for identity with a pulse-pounding story of revenge and madness.
“[Miéville's] prose melds James Herbert's nihilistic violence with the metropolitan paranoia of Martin Amis, circa London Fields.” —The Times (London)
Something stirs in London's dark—and has viciously murdered Saul Garamond's father. Framed for the crime, Saul breaks out of prison with the help of King Rat, and plunges into a subterranean world of rats, garbage, blood, and madness—a world Saul was born to rule. But King Rat has plans for Saul, his special weapon in a war that goes back to a town called Hamelin. . . .
Bram Stoker Awards - Nominee
The trains that enter London arrive like ships sailing across the roofs. They pass between towers jutting into the sky like long-necked sea beasts and the great gas-cylinders...
Praise for King Rat
“[Miéville's] prose melds James Herbert's nihilistic violence with the metropolitan paranoia of Martin Amis, circa London Fields.”—The Times (London)
“China Miéville is a remarkably eloquent new writer who has produced genuine magic here.”—Locus
“As sharp as a Tokyo comic. It's humane and delinquent. And it bites.”—Iain Sinclair
“A deep, dark, velvet journey.”—Pat Cadigan
“A riveting, brilliant novel.”—Charles de Lint