Welcome to NEPCA Fantastic, the official blog of the Fantastic (Fantasy, Horror, and Science Fiction) Area of the Northeast Popular Culture/American Culture Association (a.k.a. NEPCA), a regional affiliate of the Popular Culture Association and the American Culture Association. Founded in 2008 and online since 2010, we seek to provide both a resource to potential presenters and a gateway to furthering the study of the intermedia traditions of the fantastic in all their varied forms.
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
The Kraken and Its World
I finished reading China Miéville's Kraken: An Anatomy (2010) last month. This was the third book of his that I have read after The City and the City and Railsea. The other two books are science fiction dealing, respectively, with parallel worlds and post apocalyptic futures, but Kraken is pure urban fantasy. I was particularly impressed here with Miéville's world-building. The magical worlds of London and its inhabitants (particularly Wati and his fellow familiars and the ocean) are very alive and engaging, though the story itself ultimately disappoints. Still, I think this would make a great fantasy film.