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  1. Amazon describe it better : Winner of the Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel, Kraken is a darkly comic, wildly absurd adventure by author of Perdido Street Station, China Miéville. Deep in the research wing of the Natural History Museum is a prize specimen, something that comes along much less often than once in a lifetime: a perfect, and perfectly preserved, giant squid. But what does it mean when the creature suddenly and impossibly disappears? For curator Billy Harrow it's the start of a headlong pitch into a London of warring cults, surreal magic, apostates an
  2. I found this difficult to follow and am left with a feeling that I just did not get into this book. This may be more my fault than China Miéville's. From Amazon, since I'm not sure myself : Embassytown: a city of contradictions on the outskirts of the universe. Avice is an immerser, a traveller on the immer, the sea of space and time below the everyday, now returned to her birth planet. Here on Arieka, humans are not the only intelligent life, and Avice has a rare bond with the natives, the enigmatic Hosts - who cannot lie. Only a tiny cadre of
  3. The railsea is explained fairly early on in the novel and consists of rails everywhere. People cannot walk on the bare earth because of the enormous burrowing animals that populate underground. There are trains of every conceivable description and we join one that is a mole hunter. Then we follow the story of one young man sent by his parents to train as a medic on this mole train. China's narrative is very clever, the prose is good, the characters are well rounded and it has what regular readers expect in the way of weird creatures. It's also difficult to predict. Not one of his longer no
  4. This is being broadcast on BBC2 just now. I have not seen any of the episodes but have read the book, anybody else seen this?
  5. I was shocked to find out that it's been nearly three years since I read this novel. It's still having an impact. China's prose is unique and wonderful but difficult to categorise. This matters not to me except when I'm posting a review, so since Perdido Street Station is reviewed here I thought that I'd keep them both together but that's not to say that The City and The City is anything at all like Perdido Street Station, far from it. Nor, I'd venture, is it in the same category. Since this is totally unique it's difficult to describe. It is a murder mystery, although the setting
  6. This is going to be difficult to review. China Miéville is one of my favourite writers. The book is a very short one, 168 pages or so, and is set in Paris, France (just to be clear) during the years 1941 and 1950. Both years Paris is occupied by the Germans, Nazi era. The main character is a Resistance fighter and all of the other members of his particular cell have been killed. He meets someone else who seems to want the same thing that he does but turns out to be his mortal enemy. Now, this is the hard bit, the Germans are working towards controlling what's called
  7. This is the third book in the Bas-Lag Trilogy and is as epic as the other two (Perdido Street Station and The Scar). At 600+ pages it’s very long indeed, but the shortest of the three, and the reader is immediately drawn into Miéville’s fictitious world full of weird creatures and even more weird places. Miéville’s writing is so unique that there really isn’t any point in relating the story of The Iron Council here because it won’t make sense – the story description on the back of the book didn’t make sense to me when I read it and I have read the previous two in the trilogy. Th
  8. The Scar is the second book in a trilogy known as Bas-Lag. The first is Perdido Street Station and the third is The Iron Council. I enjoyed this book very much indeed. China Miéville is fast becoming one of my favourite writers. Unfortunately I thought that this book lacked the sparkle that was in PSS. Something I can't quite put my finger on. The story centres around people who live in New Crobuzon and who were on a sea journey to get away from it for their own reasons. They were then attacked by pirates and taken to the floating city of boats, Armada. Naturally
  9. restored thread #1 15th December 2005, 02:51 PM Stewart Resident Join Date: Dec 2005 Location: Glasgow, UK Posts: 300 I’m not one for fantasy, the thought of the genre immediately brings to mind hordes of orcs, objects with magical properties, and characters who are either good or evil with no middle ground; of course, for this, Tolkien has to shoulder some of the blame. So, it was, with much concern that I took on board the recommendation of China Miéville’s Perdido Street Station, a fantasy novel that breaks with the stereotypes and thrusts us into a bleak world where sc
  10. I was not sure what I would think of this book as I have not read any of China Miéville’s other books. This is his first book for young adults and is a story based around the idea of two girls from London, who find themselves in the parallel city (the abcity) of Un Lun Dun with the responsibility of saving it from being overtaken by the sinister Smog. The basic plot is one of young people finding themselves on a quest to save the day, with the help from characters they meet along the way. In this book though, the formula is given so many twists and is populated by the most outlandish a
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