The Black Lung Captain: Tales of the Ketty Jay[2] vs. Kraken

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Darian Frey is down on his luck. He can barely keep his squabbling crew fed and his rickety aircraft in the sky. Even the simplest robberies seem to go wrong. It’s getting so a man can’t make a dishonest living any more. Enter Captain Grist. He’s heard about a crashed aircraft laden with the treasures of a lost civilisation, and he needs Frey’s help to get it.

There’s only one problem.

The craft is lying in the trackless heart of a remote island, populated by giant beasts and subhuman monsters. Dangerous, yes. Suicidal, perhaps. Still, Frey’s never let common sense get in the way of a fortune before. But there’s something other than treasure on board that aircraft. Something that a lot of important people would kill for. And it’s going to take all of Frey’s considerable skill at lying, cheating and stealing if he wants to get his hands on it . . . Strap yourself in for another tale of adventure and debauchery, pilots and pirates, golems and daemons, double-crosses and double-double-crosses. The crew of the Ketty Jay are back!


Paperback: 448 pages
Publisher: Gollancz (29 July 2010)

The London that comes to life in Kraken is a weird metropolis awash in secret currents of myth and magic, where criminals, police, cultists, and wizards are locked in a war to bring about—or prevent—the End of All Things.In the Darwin Centre at London’s Natural History Museum, Billy Harrow, a cephalopod specialist, is conducting a tour whose climax is meant to be the Centre’s prize specimen of a rare Architeuthis dux—better known as the Giant Squid. But Billy’s tour takes an unexpected turn when the squid suddenly and impossibly vanishes into thin air.

As Billy soon discovers, this is the precipitating act in a struggle to the death between mysterious but powerful forces in a London whose existence he has been blissfully ignorant of until now, a city whose denizens—human and otherwis —are adept in magic and murder. There is the Congregation of God Kraken, a sect of squid worshippers whose roots go back to the dawn of humanity—and beyond. There is the criminal mastermind known as the Tattoo, a merciless maniac inked onto the flesh of a hapless victim. There is the FSRC—the Fundamentalist and Sect-Related Crime Unit—a branch of London’s finest that fights sorcery with sorcery. There is Wati, a spirit from ancient Egypt who leads a ragtag union of magical familiars. There are the Londonmancers, who read the future in the city’s entrails. There is Grisamentum, London’s greatest wizard, whose shadow lingers long after his death. And then there is Goss and Subby, an ageless old man and a cretinous boy who, together, constitute a terrifying—yet darkly charismatic—demonic duo.

All of them—and others—are in pursuit of Billy, who inadvertently holds the key to the missing squid, an embryonic god whose powers, properly harnessed, can destroy all that is, was, and ever shall be.


Hardcover: 528 pages
Publisher: Del Rey (June 29, 2010)


  1. N_am citit nimic de Wooding. Dar Kraken suna misto. Misto de tot.

  2. Mieville despre romanul de dupa Kraken: “science fiction, aliens and spaceships, but I don’t want to give too much away”. Tare sunt curios cum va arata un SF cu extraterestrii si nave spatiale in varianta China Mieville.

  3. Corect, corect, o space opera a la Mieville suna tare tentant.

  4. eu abia astept sa pun mana pe ambele 😀 intre timp poate ma apuc si de City…

    si intr-o alta ordine de idei saptamana viitoare planuiesc un concurs..stay tuned 😀

  5. Si eu mi-am comandat Kraken. L-am ales pentru horroru’ verii in detrimentul lui Horns a lui Hill.

  6. eu vroiam sa citesc primul roman a lui HIll, ala cu Box-ul, dar cam pare neinteresant 😀

    si nu am mentionat,dar la Kraken paperback-ul e aparut deja si epuizat pe…tare!

  7. Eu cred ca aia cu paperback-ul este doar o greseala.

  8. Nu, si pe arata HC si PB, cu cea din urma fiind out of stock.

  9. Pentru ca nu se stie cind o sa apara.

  10. @aspoiu: e vorba de trade paperback-ul mare (format 15×23 cm), care in UK apare mai nou deodata cu hardback-ul. daca-l vreti ieftin de tot, il puteti pre-comanda de-aici:

  11. ofc. ti-ai comandat-o? 🙂

  12. “Kraken back in stock at The Book Depository”

  13. damn!…aseara era mai ieftina 😀 nu am fost inspirat deloc 🙁

    @Bear, inca nu…

  14. @rreugen “Kraken” nu este horror 🙂

    “Kraken” este un roman extraordinar, il recomand cu caldura. Desi trebuie sa recunosc ca pentru mine “The City & The City” a functionat putin mai bine 😉

  15. Nu e? 🙁 Aveam impresia ca e un dark fantasy mai lovecraftian… Si asta e de fapt un roman mainstream politist?

  16. @Mihai (Dark Wolf)

    tragic daca City ti-a placut mai mult un pic :)) ma asteptam Kraken-ul sa fie mai atractiva…


    din descrierea de la Kraken mie imi suna mai mult a ceva aventuri 😀

  17. @rreugen Este urban fantasy. Are citeva elemente de dark fantasy, dar nimic horror. China Mieville a realizat ceva diferit fata de al sau “The City & The City”, chiar daca in ambele atinge multe elemente sociologice 🙂

    @kyodnb Nu cred ca e tragic. Ambele mi-au placut foarte mult, dar “The City & The City” este mult mai aproape de gusturile mele 😉 Oricum China Mieville a devenit unul dintre autorii mei preferati acum (am comandat deja “King Rat” sa vad cum arata debutul lui 😀 ).

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