Perdido Street Station, the first book in the Bas-Lag series, is my second China Mieville. I started reading this last month and progressed easily because the plot intrigued me, but then I had to put it aside in the meantime to give way to book club duties. But now that I have more time to spare, I finally managed to finish reading it, and I am blown away.
Isaac Dan der Grimnebulin is a renegade scientist who lives in New Crobuzon, city of concrete, filth, connecting train stations, and Xenian creatures. Yagharek, a garuda (or a half-bird, half-man creature) from faraway Cymek, bereft of his wings as penalty for a crime he committed in his own country, approaches Isaac with the following proposition: Isaac should make him fly again in exchange for gold. Isaac accepts, and as he embarks on his research and experiments to help Yagharek, he unwittingly unleashes a powerful, predatory force that compels him to rearrange his priorities and takes him and his companions to a world full of danger, betrayal, death, and loss.