Kraken is a novel arising from the twisted brainpan of China Miéville, author of Perdido Street Station and itssequels. It tells the story of Billy Harrow, a curator for the Natural History Museum whose work touring guests around one day is rudely interrupted by the inexplicable disappearance of the museum's preserved giant squid. From there, Billy's day only gets worse as he is drawn into a shadowy London underworld of competing doomsday cults, living tattoos, socialist familiars, and Chaos Nazis.Oh, and the squid? Turns out that half the city is thinking of using it to end the world. Too bad they can't agree onhow...
All Myths Are True: Takes a slightly postmodern or popcultural approach to this idea, but it's definitely there in the work.
Bag of Holding: a bit of knacking that lets a couple of full-grown men be smuggled in a package that could fit through a letterbox.
Barrier Warrior: Billy, once he realises exactly what sort of 'saint' he is.
Belief Makes You Stupid: Deconstructed: Vardy is a highly devout man who also carries the curse of being very intelligent, and suffers problems reconciling his faith with his rationality. While this inner conflict makes him very loopy it also makes him an expert on getting into the heads of religious killers and cultists. It eventually leads him to try and Ret Gone Darwin's specimens to return everything to a simpler age.
Clap Your Hands If You Believe: Belief has a very significant impact on the world. The Architeuthis has power because it represents the kraken-gods. When Grisamentum is trying to use its ink to rewrite the world, Billy manages to redefine the Architeuthis as being just a specimen, devoid of any link to a higher power.
Cluster F-Bomb: Collingswood can't open her mouth without uttering half a dozen profanities.
Cool and Unusual Punishment: Billy tortured a little thimble of sentient ink which really is a part of Grisamentum by using bleach. Then Paul pissed on it.
Green Lantern Ring: Magic-users in the setting have 'knacks', fields of expertise like teleportation, surveillance, and so on that their powers are based around. More generalised knacks give you more versatile powers... and then there's Goss, with the knack of 'being an evil bastard'. Needless to say, he puts it to very good use.
Half-Human Hybrid: the usual Human Mom Nonhuman Dad setup is averted (as might be expected of the author) when a photo of a pyromancer, his daughter and a large bonfire is recognised as a family photo.
Humanoid Abomination: Goss. He can eat a fully dressed man, whole, in one bite, without distention or dislocating his jaw. Witnessess can't really describe what happens, only that the victim is just swallowed up.
I Am A Humanitarian: Whether what Goss does to people really counts as eating or not is unclear... maybe he just vanishes them. He at least pretends to like the taste.
Impossibly Compact Folding: a topologist with an interest in magic can fold up all sorts of things into tiny spaces, which can be unfolded later back into their complete form. Goss demonstrates that the same trick can be used in an unpleasantly destructive fashion, horribly mangling the folded item.
Jerk Ass: Kath Collingswood is a rather...blunt woman, let us say.
Reality Warper: "Knacking" is a sort of reality warping that works based on symbolism, sympathetic linkages, and belief. A phaser prop that was used on Star Trek can be knacked so that it actually fires, a key that was embedded in pavement can "unlock the street", and so forth.
Sanity Slippage: Not that Goss had much to begin with, but he goes from somewhat odd comments ("Didn't think of that, did you, you ferocious little whatnot") through hopefully-pure metaphor ("Sparklehorse and Starpink have managed to creep out of Apple Palace past all the monkeyfish, but if we're silent as tiny goblins we can surprise them and then all frolic off together in the Meadow of Happy Kites") to gobbledygook ("Numbers rumpus schampers grampus orca Belinda.")
Save The World Climax: It starts with Billy Harrow investigating a minor mystery about a disappearing squid, and eventually escalates to doomsday cults and eldritch horrors trying to end the world.
Soul Jar: Wati has no corporeal form of his own, and instead freely moves his being in and out of any statue, doll, or figurine within reach, provided it's three dimensional and sculpted to look like something living.
Subby is nothing more than a convenient carrying case for Goss's heart.
Supernatural Phone: The novel has 'knacked' mobile phones that can do things like communicate with Wati, a disembodied spirit, or communicate over an unlimited range.
Talkative Loon: Goss, who is almost unintelligible most of the time. Only serves to make him creepier.