Un Lun Dun

Un Lun Dun

Book - 2007 | 1st ed.
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What is Un Lun Dun?

It is London through the looking glass, an urban Wonderland of strange delights where all the lost and broken things of London end up . . . and some of its lost and broken people, too-including Brokkenbroll, boss of the broken umbrellas; Obaday Fing, a tailor whose head is an enormous pin-cushion, and an empty milk carton called Curdle. Un Lun Dun is a place where words are alive, a jungle lurks behind the door of an ordinary house, carnivorous giraffes stalk the streets, and a dark cloud dreams of burning the world. It is a city awaiting its hero, whose coming was prophesied long ago, set down for all time in the pages of a talking book.

When twelve-year-old Zanna and her friend Deeba find a secret entrance leading out of London and into this strange city, it seems that the ancient prophecy is coming true at last. But then things begin to go shockingly wrong.

From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books c2007.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780345458445
Branch Call Number: MIEVI
Characteristics: xiv, 432 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.


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Feb 11, 2018

Un Lun Dun is a parallel bizarro-world story like Spirited Away, The Boy And The Beast, Neverwhere or even Alice In Wonderland, though less literary. There is an environmentalist theme throughout but the primary message is that you do control your own destiny even when there's strong evidence to the contrary. This is most evident in a significant plot twist mid-way and decisions that follow. Although it is a minor detail, I thought the bookshelf ladder was ingenious (not to be tried at home).

Jun 01, 2016

When i begin a review my usual policy is to try to restrain my deep-rooted nastiness, to minimize my venom-spitting.
In this case, it's hard not to gush.
This is an utter original. It's only fault is that it cries out for a top-drawer illustrator.
In the oceans of plastic 'EFP', [Extruded Fantasy Product] the writing stands out. Mieville actually managed to create a world that lives while you read it. That's in distinct contrast to the mountains of drek written, may i be allowed to be politically incorrect enough to say so, by women, often american.
Read it, or be square. Don't care for YA fiction? "It ain't the meat- it's the motion!" [old blues song]

Dec 20, 2013

This is one of the weirdest, funnest, most exiting, and most creative fantasy books you will ever read. It explores what would happen if the hero of legend who is destined to save the world from evil... fails. Incredibly interesting and engaging book. You won't be able to put it down. 5 stars!!

Sidewinder88 Jun 13, 2012

A creatively written book with a unique story. I couldn't put it down.

Jul 29, 2010

This is China Mieville's first children's book and not at all a bad start! A quirky book with an underlying evironmental theme

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Feb 11, 2018

humbleworm thinks this title is suitable for 8 years and over

VeganGreen Sep 08, 2009

VeganGreen thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 10 and 14


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