No 9. Kraken
@londonwalks Not a Londoner (damn!) but China Mieville's Kraken is an absolute hoot-Loved it. Followed closely by Oliver Twist. #Londonwalks
— TonyaJ (@TonyaJ) June 27, 2013
The Ed. replies: Thanks Tonya! Oliver Twist is a much-loved work here at The D.C – be it in novel, film or musical form. Your other recommendation, however, took us right out of our comfort zone. Deliciously so. China Mieville's conspiracy-laden romp leads us deep into the research wing of the Natural History Museum where a prize specimen lies, something that comes along much less often than once in a lifetime: a perfect, and perfectly preserved, giant squid. When this rare creature suddenly and impossibly disappears from the NHM, curator Billy Harrow is thrown into a maelstrom of warring cults, surreal magic and assassins. Wildly imaginative stuff.
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