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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 novels, he does manage to keep the story entertaining and exciting.


It could be a good introduction to China's world.  Recommended.

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