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Un Lun Dun
Un Lun Dun | China Miville
37 posts | 55 read | 46 to read
The iron wheel began to spin, slowly at first, then faster and faster. The room grew darker. As the light lessened, so did the sound. Deeba and Zanna stared at each other in wonder. The noise of the cars and vans and motorbikes outside grew tinny . . . The wheel turned off all the cars and turned off all the lamps. It was turning off London. Zanna and Deeba are two girls leading ordinary lives, until they stumble into the world of UnLondon, an urban Wonderland where all the lost and broken things of London end up . . . and some of its lost and broken people too. Here discarded umbrellas stalk with spidery menace, carnivorous giraffes roam the streets, and a jungle sprawls beyond the door of an ordinary house. UnLondon is under siege by the sinister Smog and its stink-junkie slaves; it is a city awaiting its hero. Guided by a magic book that cant quite get its facts straight, and pursued by Hemi the half-ghost boy, the girls set out to stop the poisonous cloud before it burns everything in its path. They are joined in their quest by a motley band of UnLondon locals, including Brokkenbroll, boss of the broken umbrellas, Obaday Fing, a couturier whose head is an enormous pincushion, and an empty milk carton called Curdle. The world of UnLondon is populated by astonishing frights and delights that will thrill the imagination.
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Carolyn11215
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Good reading month in Oct. My faves were Un Lun Dun (so creative, such amazing wordplay) and All Systems Red (Snarky A.I. with social anxiety disorder). Not a disappointment in the bunch!

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Carolyn11215
Un Lun Dun | China Miville
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Pickpick

Amazingly clever 5 ⭐️ read. As one reviewer wrote, if Alice in Wonderland and Neil Gaiman‘s Neverwhere had a baby, this book would be the result. An “unchosen” girl hero travels to UnLondon where she outsmarts dangerous beings like Black Windows in Webminster Abbey and, with a group of new friends, fights to protect the quirky residents of UnLondon, an upside down version of London, from a vicious sentient smog that destroys all in its path.

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rkeo
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Panpan

Too fantastical. I felt like the author was trying to one-up himself constantly, challenging himself to make the next event/character more over-the-top than the last. It was almost as if he had a thousand ideas for different books that he rolled together into one hot mess. Despite my negative feelings while reading, I found myself wishing it had been around when I was 10/11. I would have loved it and the entire crazy world the author created.

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frenky_muller
Un Lun Dun | China Miville
Pickpick

You don't need to be the Chosen One. You can be the Hero just because you want it )

“Tell me something I don't know,“ said Deeba. “You're talking to the Unchosen One.“
“Yeah, but where's the skill in being a hero if you were always destined to do it?“ said Hemi.

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Dragon
Un Lun Dun | China Miville
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Pickpick

I‘ve been reading this book during my lunch breaks at work. A YA fantasy set in an alternate London. This is a very imaginative fantasy adventure. Two teenage girls stumble from London into UnLondon , meeting a very eclectic mix of characters. I‘m not the target audience so the beginning was slow for me, but the adventure really picked up in the middle. I‘m wavering between a pick and a so-so. Its cool glossary and great imagery convinced m👍👍

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tessavi
Un Lun Dun | China Miville
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Mehso-so

The first book I finished in 2019. Loved the world building and the drawings, but the story was so-so.

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AnansiGirl
Un Lun Dun | China Miville
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Oh shiitake mushrooms, I missed #manicmonday yesterday 🤦🏻‍♀️

📖 Un Lun Dun

🖋 Luis Alberto Urrea

📺 Ugly Betty

🍋 Ugli Fruit

@JoScho

JoScho 💕😊 11mo
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CSeydel
Un Lun Dun | China Miville
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Pickpick

Continuing my catch-up reviews. This book was fantastic! It took me a little while to get into it - I kept feeling like it was just a little too impressed with its own cleverness - but once the story hooked me, I really enjoyed it. A very original take on the “chosen one/fish out of water” genre. Some have complained about it having a heavy-handed message, but I just didn‘t see it — and I‘m highly averse to that sort of thing. Fun and engaging.

vivastory I really liked this one. I recently read Kraken. One of the wildest (& best) I've read all year. 1y
CSeydel @vivastory I‘ll check it out! This was my first Miéville, and I look forward to reading more of his. (edited) 1y
Bookishthoughts "A little to impressed with it's own Cleverness" ? that made me laugh! 1y
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vivastory
Un Lun Dun | China Miville
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China Miéville is a genius

TobeyTheScavengerMonk Yes indeed. 2y
Swe_Eva I concur. 2y
Leftcoastzen 😁 2y
readinginthedark 😯❤️ 2y
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GrilledCheeseSamurai
Un Lun Dun | China Miville
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#AprilBookishMadness #ChildProtagonist
@maich

A modern Alice in Wonderland like story that I liked very much. So much whimsy and charm with a darkness lurking just below the surface. 🤘

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Litmajorz
Un Lun Dun | China Miville
Pickpick

Quirky urban fantasy, good for young fantasy lovers and radical adults

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Moray_Reads
Un Lun Dun | China Miville
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Pickpick

I'm continuing my run of brilliant children's/YA lit. This was a re-read of a witty, exuberant story about the abcity of UnLondon. Miéville revels in twisting tropes and he can find a pun in almost everything. His world manages to be silly and charming without losing the darkness and the plain weirdness that are his hallmarks. Carnivorous giraffes, Parisn't, smoglodytes, Bookaneers, Manifest Station, it's all glorious.

vivastory Having a hard time deciding between this and Kraken for my next Mieville 2y
Moray_Reads @vivastory this is lighter and more fun as you might expect but Kraken was my first Miéville and I loved it. Still mean to re-read it. They're both brilliant! 2y
vivastory Might read this one. I have two others that are must read for the week & I'm intrigued by your mention of bookaneers 2y
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KtheBookwyrm
Un Lun Dun | China Miville
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Made a little pit stop while out buying apartment things yesterday.

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Brie
Un Lun Dun | China Miville
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BarbaraBB 😍 2y
RealLifeReading Oooh so pretty 2y
Soubhiville Love! 2y
emilyhaldi So pretty! 🍂🍁🌾 2y
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Bookbeez
Un Lun Dun | China Miville
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My book shopping buddy. She naps, mama shops for all the books. #usedbooks #bookishbabies

Megabooks 😍😍😍💕💕 2y
Robothugs So precious! 💕 2y
Redwritinghood 😍😍 2y
AiBBot I loved Un Lun Dun. I wish my kids were still small when it came out so I could have read it out loud with them. Enjoy. 2y
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Rudis
Un Lun Dun | China Miville
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#jubilantjuly #compasspoints Went a little unorthodox with this one - chose one set in a place where compasses don't work properly, since I didn't have any compass/direction related books.

RealLifeReading Good pick! 2y
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Moray_Reads
Un Lun Dun | China Miville
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Maybe not #LondonCalling but how about UnLondon? A fun YA urban fantasy about what it means to NOT be the Chosen One. Plus some crazy illustrations from the man himself #rockinmay

Cinfhen Sounds wonderful 💗😊 2y
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Soubhiville
Un Lun Dun | China Miville
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#LondonCalling
This is a dark and fun book with a very Alice in Wonderland feel. A quest through another dimension of London- Un Lun Dun! #recommendsday. #rockinmay

monalyisha I love this book. 💖😊 2y
Foragingfantasy Is this Neverwhere-ish? 2y
Lindy This was my first Mieville. I went on to many more. ❤️ 2y
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Cinfhen Such an awesome title 😂😂I haven't read Mieville but I know his books are meant to be brilliant 2y
monkeygirlsmama I either read this and can't remember it or have had it on my list of books I want to read for YEARS. Either way, I'm adding his to my stack. 2y
ElizabethAndino Just got my mom "three moments of an explosion" for Mother's Day. This one looks really good! 2y
Soubhiville @Foragingfantasy it's a little Neverwhere-ish, except I think a little lighter, and the main character is a kid. 2y
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BookishMe
Un Lun Dun | China Miville
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Pickpick

#35BookParty 1
The #eBook that convinced me that the format need not stop me from reading. This title was not available at the library and then #overdrive came to my rescue (once again! ;))

What an adventure this was! #unlundun #london

Librarybelle Awesome! 3y
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gossamerchild
Un Lun Dun | China Miville
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When it's sunny and warm (ish) and you live in #madison, you go to the Terrace for beer and books. Love this weather! #amreading

Moray_Reads This one is so much fun 3y
gossamerchild @Moray_Reads it's gloriously weird. 3y
Moray_Reads Two words that totally encapsulate Miéville's work! 😉 3y
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BillBlume
Un Lun Dun | China Miville
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Pickpick

Just finished reading Un Lun Dun, and I loved a lot about it. The concept of the "Unchosen One" and twisting so many fantasy tropes makes it refreshing. I just wish it had been a little shorter. By the time it hit the three-quarters mark, I was ready for it to be over. Deeba is a great hero, though. Loved her!

My Goodreads review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1842354359

#UnLunDun #ChinaMieville #London #fantasy

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BillBlume
Un Lun Dun | China Miville
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Um... I can't decide if China is being overly clever with the name for the "car boats." I mean, even the main character can't pronounce it. Part of me thinks it's China poking fun at unpronounceable names in fantasy, given how much of this book is a big twist on the fantasy cliches of "Chosen One" stories, but still... #UnLunDun #ChinaMieville #fantasy #SayWhut???

BiblioNyan It probably is him poking fun. He tends to pick apart certain popular tropes that way in his books. 3y
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BillBlume
Un Lun Dun | China Miville
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If I have a mild gripe, it would be how China will sometimes end a chapter in mid-sentence and then finish the sentence at the start of the next chapter. It felt clever and creative the first time, but I think he's overused it. Perhaps it wouldn't be as big a deal if I was reading a hardback or paperback, but in the ebook, it's frustrating since I can't see the pages side-by-side. #Tricksy #UnLunDun #ChinaMieville #fantasy #London #UnLondon

GypsyKat That would bug me, too. 3y
moranadatter Wow! That could be super annoying in an audiobook. 3y
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BillBlume
Un Lun Dun | China Miville
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About halfway through Un Lun Dun, I don't know that I ever want to go near a broken umbrella (aka "unbrella") again. It's like Steven Moffat's Weeping Angels and the Vashta Nerada. Thanks, China. Thanks a lot. #fantasy #UnLunDun #ChinaMieville #unbrella #umbrella #London #DoctorWho #StevenMoffat #WeepingAngels #VashtaNerada #creepyshyte

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BillBlume
Un Lun Dun | China Miville
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I'm a fifth of the way through Un Lun Dun, and one of my favorite characters so far hasn't a single line of dialogue. China makes the milk carton Curdle as cute as a puppy (but even Curdle can't match my dog Wicket for cuteness...just sayin').

#MilkCartonsOfLitsy #DogsOfLitsy #fantasy #ChinaMiéville #UnLunDun #London #WicketsWorld #GotMilk

Vexingcircumstance Your dog is so cute! 3y
BillBlume @Vexingcircumstance, thanks! We love our little furball. 3y
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BillBlume
Un Lun Dun | China Miville
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As a dog person, I love China Miéville's blatant dis of the cat kingdom. Of course, my nickname is Wildcat, so...hmmmm... #cats #catsoflitsy #dogsrule #disinformation #UnLunDun #ChinaMieville #fantasy

BiblioNyan Omg the cat lady in me is screaming hahaha. But that is funny nonetheless. 😆😆 3y
BorghalRantipole I am all about that cat lyfe so naturally I was utterly scandalized upon reading that... Until I remembered that my cat has, on more than one occasion, accidentally jumped into the wash while it was running. 3y
BillBlume @Bibli0.Nyan & @BorghalRantipole, both of your comments just gave me a big laugh. 😹😹 3y
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gossamerchild
Un Lun Dun | China Miville
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Hmm, this really gives nothing away, but is intriguing. #firstlineofcurrentread #aprilbookshowers @RealLifeReading

RealLifeReading Haha that is non descriptively intriguing 3y
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BillBlume
Un Lun Dun | China Miville
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Having finished Overturned by Lamar Giles, I'm ahead of schedule for the Eclectic Readers Podcast MadLibs Reading Challenge. Up next for me is going to be Un Lun Dun by China Miéville. This will be the first time I've read anything by Miéville, so I'm excited to see how this turns out.

#fantasy #chinamieville #chinamiéville #UnLunDun #ERMadLibs

BookishMe Un lun dun was a Fun read! 3y
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gossamerchild
Un Lun Dun | China Miville
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The perk to being jet lagged is that I've​ been waking up before my alarm, which makes for a leisurely morning. And I'm not a morning person, so it's kind of nice. Has anyone read this children's book by Miéville? It's so bizarre. Reminds me very much of Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere, but WAY creepier.

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annisa_anggiana
Un Lun Dun | China Miville
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This book is interesting from the very beginning.. 😍

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Sarah83
Un Lun Dun | China Miville
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Und das wöchentliche Büchershopping 😍

The weekly book haul 😍

Sue Nice stack! 3y
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BorghalRantipole
Un Lun Dun | China Miville
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Pickpick

Pictured: Deeba Resham

Whimsically dark, delightfully subversive, and utterly clever. I tore through this book with the kind of rapt wonder that one seldom feels reading as an adult... Which, I believe, is probably the highest complement that anyone can afford a "children's" book.

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thebeercolonel
Un Lun Dun | China Miville
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A fantastic romp of a gloriously off kilter YAish urban fantasy and obviously CM is bae R squared.

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Bibliogeekery
Un Lun Dun | China Miville
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Here are a few of my other worldly favourites! #booktober #outofthisworld @RealLifeReading

RanaElizabeth Yeeeeees to all of these. 3y
BookishFeminist Octavia's Brood! Love it! It was a selection for one of my book clubs last month. 3y
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JustTrish
Un Lun Dun | China Miville
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My pick for #fullofadventure London through the looking glass. Everything is alive and carniverous giraffes stalk the streets. And you'll never look at umbrellas the same again 😁 #booktober

RanaElizabeth Great pick, Bas Lag would also be a wild adventure in Mieville's writing. 3y
JustTrish Yes @RanaElizabeth ! Most of his writing is pretty adventurous. - but this one is so fun! 3y
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Rudis
Un Lun Dun | China Miville
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Pickpick

An odd book, but still really enjoyable. It takes the idea of the chosen one & prophecies, and plays with them. The result is a fast-paced romp with lots of heart, and one that deserves rereading every now and again.

JohnG I like how you kinda explain roughly what it's about. Thanks 3y
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JessReads
Un Lun Dun | China Miville
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Did you know that China Miéville wrote a middle-grade novel that has been compared to THE PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH and ALICE IN WONDERLAND?! I didn't! I'm really excited to start this one.

SGJ Had no idea. Thanks. 4y
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