Friday, April 2, 2010

Book Recommendation: Un Lun Dun

Un Lun Dun, a novel by British author China MiƩville, should come with a warning label:

BE ADVISED: This book has been known to elicit giggles from twelve-year-old boys.  Read at own risk, particularly if reading in a public place.

About the book:

What do you do when the prophecy that everyone is counting on to save the world turns out to be utter bunk?  Well, if your name is Deeba Resham you go right ahead and save the world anyway, through a combination of imagination, determination and knack for making your own luck.

This book is proof that the best stories are often the ones in which nothing turns out the way it's supposed to.

So what is Un Lun Dun?  It is London's topsy-turvy counterpart, the home of black windows, carnivorous giraffes and words that literally come to life.  It's a place where trash has personality, and in fact one of the most lovable characters is an old milk carton.  It's a world of boundless imagination, delightful at every turn.

And one thing is for certain: once you have finished you will not look at your umbrella the same way ever again.

I highly recommend this book to anyone of any age who is looking for adventure, wit and a lot of good laughs.  Just don't be surprised if strangers look at you funny for giggling while you read it on the bus.

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