The first book of Mieville's Bas Lag series drips so vigorously with description it's easy to get lost in the details of his unforgettable city, New Crobuzon, that sits in the shadows of a long-dead beast's enormous ribcage. While there, you'll meet a dizzying variety of beings and beasts that personify the madness of Mieville's incomprehensible imagination.
In the squalid, gothic city of New Crobuzon, a mysterious half-human, half-bird stranger comes to Isaac, a gifted but eccentric scientist, with a request to help him fly, but Isaac's obsessive experiments and attempts to grant the request unleash a terrifying dark force on the entire city. Original. 30,000 first printing.