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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In these descriptions, I could easily understand the fan base he has acquired. A British “fantastic fiction” writer. Meanwhile, the animal kings’ plans begin to fall short and they drift apart. Halfway through the book, King Rat and his cohorts of world mythology lose kinng. Saul realises the title on the tape within is written in Natasha’s handwriting. Being kijg rat, his two primary abilities are being able to eat anything, even garbage, and squeezing into holes and shadows too small for other creatures.


A cousin that the elderly relatives mention only in hushed whispers at family reunions. It’s got some typical Gaimanisms: May 26, Phrynne rated it it was ok. I never noticed the writing in this novel in the way good writing makes the task look easy and polished. Running into a friend Kayhe learns just how bad things have gotten since his prison break. The descriptions of London were good and the ending wrapped everything up nicely. Even with his newfound powers, Saul is forced to stay in the shadows with King Rat, but cannot forget his own friends and past.

He should have been a witness at the final battle for example, rather than told about it later by the main protagonist. In the morning he is awakened by police pounding on the door, come to arrest him. At each point he almost hesitates, a “how far can I push this” moment, before going ahea This was the last novel of China Mieville’s that I had left to read, which is ironic as it was his first novel.


I’m still not quite sure how this is accomplished, nor how Saul mastered this ability, but it seems to freak his friends out and makes for a good scare. Chapters Five to Eight 25 16 Jun 04, It takes the reader on a flight across the roofs and walls of London, taking my breath away and making me hold the said breath because of the stink of rot and piss that the pages gleefully convey. Feb 19, Oscar rated it it was ok Shelves: Chapters Twenty-Six to end 6 10 Aug 09, Want to Read saving….

At each point he almost hesitates, a “how far can I push this” moment, before going ahead and pushing it anyway. Especially if you enjoy an atmospheric, descriptive book.

That was enough to keep me from reading his work.

It was like a love story to London, and Drum and Bass music. King Rat – Canada. The novel begins with Saul returning from a camping trip to the top floor flat he shares with his father, deciding not to wake him he goes straight mievile bed.

Brainwashed – China Mieville, “King Rat”

Natasha, a Drum and Bass producer, and a good mate to Saul, gets tangled up in the drama. Saul and his pop never got along very well. But it had two serious rubs: The descriptions make you live the story through all five senses – for better or for worse, considering it looks like dirt, smells like piss, tastes like rot, sounds like bass, and feels like a greasy countertop. I think I liked it.

I have also heard that it is a bit different from the rest of his novels. You mievilpe help by adding to it. Thanks for telling us about the problem.


Mirville in this book is a lot different to the other books of his I’ve read. Jun 17, Nataliya rated it liked it Shelves: It is a gorgeous production with stunning black and white illustrations by Richard Kirk, and an introduction by Clive Barker. As far as debut novels go, Mieville’s King Rat was pretty awesome.

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I kept trying, I really did, but I finally reached a sentence so pretentious and nauseatingly pseudo-intellectual that I couldn’t go any further: Among his arsenal is a secret for Saul: View all 10 comments. Part Five – Spirits: If I had read it first I would not have read any more of his books and I would have missed out on some wonderful reading!

The heavily tattooed one, with piercings in places you don’t want to think of, clad in studded leather, riding a flashy motorbike, smelling of stale alcohol, with needle tracks on his arms. I suppose a YA audience would like the milieu of Ki The radio existed to communicate. As far as China Mieville’s writing goes, ‘King Rat’ is an early, rough offering lacking the sophistication of its later siblings.

Yet, for all that, you can get the sense of where the author is heading even at this early point.

Saul learns that he is part rat. He has stood for ling House of Commons for the Socialist Alliance, and published a book on Marxism and international law. My desire to read “King Rat” has remained perhaps because I love rats? It does all this in a very good way.