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The Grand Dark af Richard Kadrey
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The Grand Dark (original 2019; udgave 2019)

af Richard Kadrey (Forfatter)

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Fantasy. Fiction. Historical Fiction. HTML:

"A stand-alone heavy hitter that's more in line with recent deviants like Chuck Wendig's upcoming Wanderers (2019) and Daniel H. Wilson's The Clockwork Dynasty (2017). Tonally, this lush novel is closer to Scott Lynch's pirate fantasy The Lies of Locke Lamora (2006), but technologically it resembles the near-future dystopias of Cory Doctorow or China Miéville [...] Wildly ambitious and inventive fantasy from an author who's punching above his weight in terms of worldbuilding??and winning."

?? Kirkus (starred review)

From the bestselling author of the Sandman Slim series, a lush, dark, stand-alone fantasy built off the insurgent tradition of China Mieville and M. John Harrison??a subversive tale that immerses us in a world where the extremes of bleakness and beauty exist together in dangerous harmony in a city on the edge of civility and chaos.
The Great War is over. The city of Lower Proszawa celebrates the peace with a decadence and carefree spirit as intense as the war's horrifying despair. But this newfound hedonism??drugs and sex and endless parties??distracts from strange realities of everyday life: Intelligent automata taking jobs. Genetically engineered creatures that serve as pets and beasts of war. A theater where gruesome murders happen twice a day. And a new plague that even the ceaseless euphoria can't mask.

Unlike others who live strictly for fun, Largo is an addict with ambitions. A bike messenger who grew up in the slums, he knows the city's streets and its secrets intimately. His life seems set. He has a beautiful girlfriend, drugs, a chance at a promotion??and maybe, an opportunity for complete transformation: a contact among the elite who will set him on the course to lift himself up out of the streets.

But dreams can be a dangerous thing in a city whose mood is turning dark and inward. Others have a vision of life very different from Largo's, and they will use any methods to secure control. And in behind it all, beyond the frivolity and chaos, the threat of new wa… (mere)

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Titel:The Grand Dark
Forfattere:Richard Kadrey (Forfatter)
Info:HarperAudio (2019)
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The Grand Dark af Richard Kadrey (2019)

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First half 5/5. Excellent worldbuilding, atmosphere building, characters building. Perfect pace (not at all too slow). Feels like a mixture of "Grand Budapest Hotel" (without the comedy), Kafka and decaying Bioshock (the first 2). Dark, original and fascinating. Somewhat similar to Higgins' Wolfhound Century series, but just in feel (here a German universe, there a Russian one).
Second half 2/5,because it mostly wastes the great worldbuilding in just running around with half-baked, unoriginal action. It feels like the author cannot decide what storyline to go for, so he tries all of them very briefly, not really completing any. It would have been 1/5,but it is somewhat saved by a few good revelations.
So, an average of 3.5. A book I would recommend, but will not read the sequels. ( )
  milosdumbraci | May 5, 2023 |
The book was simply too slow to start. Over half of it did not go anywhere, but the end was quite interesting. The style was good all over but the shortage of plot development early on made me almost quit around middle. ( )
  damezumari | Dec 22, 2022 |
The setting and atmosphere of this science fiction/urban fantasy novel really captured my imagination, although I liked the actual story considerably less. The author clearly put a lot of work into worldbuilding, as this novel features a very gritty city grappling with the aftermath of war, unequal social classes, and frivolity concealing deep despair. The central character Largo is a bicycle courier who struggles to navigate his job and the entanglements it causes while also concealing a drug addiction. He wants to have a better life and much of the tension in the book comes from Largo's striving towards the possibility of a something better. Overall, however, I just couldn't really get into this book and I struggled to like the characters as the story's pace only slowly proceeded forward. ( )
  wagner.sarah35 | Sep 4, 2021 |
The Grand Dark is the tale of Largo, a bike courier, working in a dirty futuristic city, somewhat reminiscent of Blade Runner. The technology is a steampunk blend of autonomous robots (Maras) and chimeras. The city seems trapped in between past and future wars, with a police and secret police presence to suppress opposition. Largo has a beautiful girlfriend actress named Remi, who is kind of slumming with him, but they seem to enjoy sex and drugs together. Sadly, the characters are dull and the book putters along in a very boring way for about 75%, causing even some of the most dedicated readers to abandon this one; however, the book does get interesting at the end as the various plots coalesce. My advice is stick with Kadrey's Sandman Slim or Coop series. ( )
  skipstern | Jul 11, 2021 |
The Great War is over.

But this newfound hedonism-drugs and sex and endless parties-distracts from strange realities of everyday life: Intelligent automata taking jobs. Genetically engineered creatures that serve as pets and beasts of war. A theater where gruesome murders happen twice a day.

And a new plague that even the ceaseless euphoria can't mask.

Largo is an addict with ambitions.

He has a beautiful girlfriend, drugs, a chance at a promotion-and maybe, an opportunity for complete transformation: a contact among the elite who will set him on the course to lift himself up out of the streets.

Others have a vision of life very different from Largo's, and they will use any methods to secure control. And in behind it all, beyond the frivolity and chaos, the threat of new war always looms.

Dreams can be a dangerous thing in a city whose mood is turning dark and inward.

Thank you Goodreads and Avon/Voyager At Harper Collins for a chance to read this book!

This is the first book I have read by Richard Kadrey. When the book arrived, I looked him up and read a lot of good things about him. So, I got excited to read this book. I see there are a lot of mixed opinions about this book and some of them I can agree with. But overall, I feel this was a good and interesting book. There’s just a lot of things crammed into one book. The characters were nicely thought out easy to like and follow. The story is science fiction with a historical feel to it. It took me a little bit to get into it but in the end, I really did like the story. Happy reading everyone!! ( )
  jacashjoh | Jun 8, 2021 |
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Fantasy. Fiction. Historical Fiction. HTML:

"A stand-alone heavy hitter that's more in line with recent deviants like Chuck Wendig's upcoming Wanderers (2019) and Daniel H. Wilson's The Clockwork Dynasty (2017). Tonally, this lush novel is closer to Scott Lynch's pirate fantasy The Lies of Locke Lamora (2006), but technologically it resembles the near-future dystopias of Cory Doctorow or China Miéville [...] Wildly ambitious and inventive fantasy from an author who's punching above his weight in terms of worldbuilding??and winning."

?? Kirkus (starred review)

From the bestselling author of the Sandman Slim series, a lush, dark, stand-alone fantasy built off the insurgent tradition of China Mieville and M. John Harrison??a subversive tale that immerses us in a world where the extremes of bleakness and beauty exist together in dangerous harmony in a city on the edge of civility and chaos.
The Great War is over. The city of Lower Proszawa celebrates the peace with a decadence and carefree spirit as intense as the war's horrifying despair. But this newfound hedonism??drugs and sex and endless parties??distracts from strange realities of everyday life: Intelligent automata taking jobs. Genetically engineered creatures that serve as pets and beasts of war. A theater where gruesome murders happen twice a day. And a new plague that even the ceaseless euphoria can't mask.

Unlike others who live strictly for fun, Largo is an addict with ambitions. A bike messenger who grew up in the slums, he knows the city's streets and its secrets intimately. His life seems set. He has a beautiful girlfriend, drugs, a chance at a promotion??and maybe, an opportunity for complete transformation: a contact among the elite who will set him on the course to lift himself up out of the streets.

But dreams can be a dangerous thing in a city whose mood is turning dark and inward. Others have a vision of life very different from Largo's, and they will use any methods to secure control. And in behind it all, beyond the frivolity and chaos, the threat of new wa

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