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Old 13th September 2009, 08:34 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Kraken in 2010

Random House is listing Kraken for release in May, 2010.

http://www.randomhouse.com/catalog/d...=9780345497499
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Old 14th September 2009, 01:06 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Kraken in 2010

Thank you for that update.

Would be interesting to get a hint about what it is. I know China is pretty strict on not letting things become misconstrued on the rumuor mill, which you have to respect.

Still even a few crumbs would be welcome....
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Old 14th September 2009, 02:01 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Kraken in 2010

Is there any chance that it will be written in an avancular style?



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Old 13th November 2009, 10:30 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Re: Kraken in 2010

Amazon now has a synopsis for Kraken:

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The Natural History Museum's prize exhibit - a giant squid - suddenly disappears. This audacious theft leads Clem, the research scientist who has recently finished preserving the exhibit, into a dark urban underworld of warring cults and surreal magic. It seems that for some, the squid represents a god and should be worshiped as such. Clem gradually comes to realise that someone may be attempting to use the squid to trigger an apocalypse. And so it is now up to him and a renegade squid-worshiper named Dean to find a way of stopping the destruction of the world as they know it whilst themselves surviving the all out-gang warfare that they have unwittingly been drawn into...
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Old 15th November 2009, 07:27 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Sounds like fun!
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Old 15th November 2009, 01:31 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Re: Kraken in 2010

He's been going from strength to strength ever since he moved on from Bas-Lag (much though I loved those books) and I suspect that Comrade China's real forte is in tackling something he hasn't already done. This seems like an oblique take on the Chthulhu Mythos, and while he has displayed a dab hand at evoking a sense of cosmic horror in the short stories in LOOKING FOR JAKE, he's never taken on the Derlethian vision of the mythos before as far as I know, even if this is likely to be an oblique approach. I look forward to the results!
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Old 22nd December 2009, 12:14 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Agreed - he's a wonder. I met him once at a do somewhere, and his image is completely at odds with his friendly & personable manner. This forthcoming is one of the very few books I'll buy in HB! 'Nuff said...
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Certainly wouldn't wish to tackle him in a dark alley I agree.....
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Old 22nd December 2009, 04:48 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Heh for a second i thought the book was a nautical,about a sea monster kind of SFF story.

Having recently read The Blue World by Vance who was about Kragens.

Good to this author isnt getting caught in book series after another. He is very interesting and nice to see him tackle stand alone books.
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Old 22nd December 2009, 04:54 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Re: Kraken in 2010

"And so it is now up to him and a renegade squid-worshiper named Dean to find a way of stopping the destruction of the world"

I almost want to buy the book for that phrase alone. Sounds very much tongue-in-cheek and I hope it's not unintentionally humorous!
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Old 30th January 2010, 06:11 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Re: Kraken in 2010

I herd rumours that "Kraken" is the sequel to "Un Lun dun". I suspect this is a false rumour, right?
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Old 31st January 2010, 12:00 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Never occurred to me that would be the case so.....yeh, I have my doubts.
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Old 1st February 2010, 03:44 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Well i'm looking forward to it anyhow. A sequel to Un Lun Dun would be good too.
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Old 2nd February 2010, 09:23 AM   #14 (permalink)
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It would. I loved that one.
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Old 2nd February 2010, 11:25 AM   #15 (permalink)
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"And so it is now up to him and a renegade squid-worshiper named Dean to find a way of stopping the destruction of the world"

I would buy it just for this alone ... but seeing him try his hand at something that looks like it might just belong with the Mythos is great too.
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