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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There’s certainly a lot here that is worthwhile, and parts — especially before the final conflict truly takes shape — are very impressive. This book did so with thunderous quakes and rhythmic undulations. And China makes some wager with Neil, a wager that Neil ultimately loses. This lapse in confidence provided Saul the space he needed to flex his metaphorical wings if only he was a bat and rebuff King Rat with a committed collection of dialogue which, when combined, seems to add up to more than he’s spoken in the entire text thus far.

A cousin that the elderly relatives mention only in hushed whispers at family reunions. As King Rat takes Saul under his wing, the young man is quickly embroiled in a centuries-old rivalry. Some commentators have noted the similarity between this book and some of Neil Gaiman’s work, and I would agree that this book and Neverwhere to name but one share a similar universe. His Chinaness needs to quickly write something new.

La historia es sencilla. Pied Piper of Hamelin.


Going into it I knew this book was very different from his other work so I’m more excited to read his other novels. I can’t really say much about it because this type of music is more alien to me than the dark side of the Moon the actual place not the Pink Floyd album, though as it happens I am rather partial to that album as well.

Saul follows King Rat exploring the secrets of London, from the rooftops to the sewers. But the King is more Rat than human. Part Four – Blood: It does all this in a very good way. From this point the book progresses inexorably to a rave-death climax.

King Rat is also a London novel.


It reminds me a lot of Neil Gaiman but as this was written well before American Gods I wonder who influenced whom. Another chinna 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, ling unbroken architecture of deserted beats.

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. You see, when I reviewed EmbassytownI praised the sense of despair that pervaded the book because it felt calculated; I felt like the author was in total control of what was going on. Recommended for students of revisionist folklore, disciplined funambulists, those who resist “the poetics of the city” Apr 22, Jonfaith rated it it was ok.

That’s only after the narrative “looked out over London at kin angle from which the city was never meant to be seen. This prompts King Rat to gather allies, Anansithe spider king, and Loplopthe bird king; they are prompted to join him for their own reasons—the Ratcatcher is also after the Spidercatcher and Birdcatcher, their enemy as well.

He finds a poster for Natasha and the Piper’s show, and despite knowing it is a trap, he goes to save his friends.

After wandering for a few days, Saul meets up with Anansi, who informs him of Kay’s death by the Piper.

Brainwashed – China Mieville, “King Rat”

It is revealed that now the Piper travels the world seeking pests so he may kill for the fun of it. Much of the story concerns itself with the protagonists unraveling of his true family history, which was not like the version he got from his dad or from King Rat, who just wants to use Saul as a weapon to fight the Piper.

Unfortunately he had been just as much under the spell of the flute as the rest, and had nearly drowned himself. Open Preview See a Problem? A typically dark urban Like most people, I had read other books by the author before getting to this, his debut novel. The books gets very messy in its chases and a culminating Pied Piper carnage scene, and Mieville can’t resolve it entirely satisfactorily he calls chhina coppers and suggests, among other things: Ironically, Mieville suffocates what little plot there is kign an abundance of descriptive passages describing London over and over again.


King Rat by China Miéville

His knack for developing a setting so alive and vivid that it becomes a character in it’s own right, underbelly and all. Another creature lurks out there too, a Pied Piper with plans of his own. This was the last novel of China Mieville’s that I mirville left to read, which is ironic as it was his first novel.

He hasn’t converted me, but at least he makes it obvious how somebody could love that music. I thought the premise sounded intriguing, but I never got kinng to reading it and then I wound up in the jungle for a few years — surprisingly, there are no bookstores in the jungle.

With drum ‘n’ bass pounding the backstreets, Saul must confront the forces that would use him, the forces mievile would destroy him, and the forces that shape his own bizarre identity.

Written chlna 26th February by Ant. But hell, I’m still not even complaining that much! Having said that, this is a fine first novel and a good starting point for the authors work. King Rat was a momentous, promising first novel from a man who has demonstrated again and again that he is a great writer and undoubtedly he will show us much more over the next few years.

King Rat was first published by British author China Mieville inhis debut novel. I gave up 35 pages into this. It’s amazing that right after this still unsure and, honestly, not yet mleville book China Mieville would go on to capture the readers with the flight of fantasy in the filthy New Crobuzon of ‘Perdido Mievillw Station’ – which, if you think about it, is just a quick leap away from the strange beyond-the-surface London of ‘King Rat’.

It’s a classic example of an author telling chija than showing, and it fractionally weakens the ending for me. He wants to go his own way and leave the Piper to the animal kings.