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The Scar (New Crobuzon #2)
The Scar begins with Miéville's frantic heroine, Bellis Coldwine, fleeing her beloved New Crobuzon in the peripheral wake of events relayed in Perdidio Street Station. But her v...more
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Say goodbye to the festering filth of New Crobuzon! Welcome to a floating pirate city chock-full of mysteries, lies, betrayals, photophobic haemophages, and merciless manipulation.
Now, where do I apply for its citizenship???
A pirate city is every child's dream. Including, apparently, my own inner child, desperately in need of inner babysitter.
Before I say anything else in my review, I want to confess - I absolutely, wholeheartedly loved Armada. I loved its tolerance, its camaraderie, its stubb ...more
I did finish it, however. And for a good ten minutes after the last sentence I found myself staring into space, stunned and cut adrift and wishing for another 50 pages. When I eventually sat down to begin this review, I realized that I had no idea what made the book so amazing.
And tha ...more
It's not too hard to work out that New Crobuzon is the theoretical capitalist "bad guy" of Bas-lag with its secret police and under-handed ...more
This book the setting moves from the dank and dirty industrial city state of New Crobuzon featured in the first book, to Armada - a floating pirate city, full of...pirates. A city comprised of a conglomerate of derelict ships chained and roped together and re-purposed into a city both like and unlike any other.
We see some of the same ...more
And so, The Armada: a place where new scars are made and old ones fall away. A massive floating city, cobbled together with stolen and salvaged boats, stolen and salvaged people. Slaves, servant ...more
You feel disturbed. You feel upset. You feel compassion. You feel anger. You feel distaste. You feel confused. You feel overwhelmed. And at the conclusion, you feel …... scarred.
Nataliya and Catie hav ...more
A very hard book to rate because it is so inconsistent in plot, pace, language and even genre. It could possibly be turned into a good book, but it needs a lot ...more
I am exhausted. I wasn't allowed to choose one side and stick to it. I kept switching. And I loved it.
The Scar is more adventure than Perdido Street Station and not just because most of it happens on a floating pirate city. There are mysteries, lies and betrayals, spies, monsters, magic, naval battles and so on. It's not even a spoiler; after you read the description of the book, you expect nothing less.
Bellis Coldwine, one of the protag ...more
Scars are not injuries, Tanner Sack. A scar is a healing. After an injury, a scar is what makes you whole.
In The Scar, Miéville takes the idea of the scar and mines it for every possible metaphor and me ...more
On one hand, Miéville is a competent writer and, even better, a superb storyteller. The three books of his that I've read (including this one) are good. People tend to gush about his worldbuilding, often at the expense, I think, of talking about everything else that's great about his stories, but they do it because of his obvious skill in this area. Many great fantasy authors create wonderful stories by taking the traditional elements of fantasy and e ...more
The Scar ma ...more
These are not words that I am using to describe China Mieville's writing, but words that China Mieville uses to describe, well, everything. The most irritating part of his otherwise excellent Perdido Street Station is still very much in play in The Scar - that is, Mieville is still kinda unsure of himself, he still feels the need to prove himself, and his method of choice is Big Long Vocabulary Words.
The problem is that he latches onto one, and then us ...more
- The Scar.
The Scar is the second of China Miéville’s Bas-Lag novels. It isn’t exactly a sequel to Perdido Street Station, although the book begins right where Perdido left off. The aftermath of Perdido’s events, and the totalitarian government’s brutal search for answers, force Bellis Coldwine to flee New Crobuzon for her own safety. She sets sail for one of the city’s colonies, but her ship is attacked by pirates en route. Bellis and the other survivors fin ...more
I read Perdido and liked it, but thought it over-descriptive. Here I got caught up in the flow of words and never had a bad moment. Mieville's description of Bas-LAg and its' oceans is nothing but brilliant, and I was right there aboard each ship as the story progressed.
and a floating armada as a city? It really becomes its own character. There is just a whole pirate feel about it.
The characters were awesome, not because I liked them so much, but because I didn't! They ...more
Finito. Actually a few days ago. While reading Mielville I have so many thoughts, I even plan some sentences in my head for my GR review. But usually these thoughts are nowhere in sight when I sit and write! Especially with this book, because I'm still deliberating over the end. It's one of those ambivalent endings, what REALLY happened, there are various other possibilities.
Which is really the po ...more
The Scar is simply too wordy. Don ...more
Miéville's saga of Armada (an ocean city made up of pirated ships) will sweep readers away as though they've rediscovered their childhood imagination. Equally enjoyable is Miéville's exploration of alternative political systems and structures, such as the vampire protectorate of Dry Fell. The plot, premise, and setting all showcase an unbridled imagination that guides ...more
I’d learnt not to be exac ...more
I don't want to spoil anything about the story, but I will say that The Scar reminded me in some ways of Moby Dick. Only in good ways. There weren't a ...more
When I put down Perdido I was upset to leave the world I'd been existing in in my mind for the past 800~ pages. And whilst the Scar isn't set in New Crobuzon, it does take place in Bas-Lag. If anything my feeling at the end of this book was worse, in the Scar you are introduced to so many more locations and characters in that fantastic ...more
"The Scar" is set in the same universe as "Perdido Street Station", but is not a sequel. It follows a very strange journey of a woman named Bellis, as she flees New Crobuzon by boat in the post-Perdido-Street-Station fallout. Her goal is to emigrate to a faraway corner of Bas Lag, but her trip takes a wrong -- or rather, strange -- turn when the ship is hijacked by, and incorporated into, a floating conglomerate of ...more
Tengo un conocimiento que no puedo utilizar, en un viaje que no puedo controlar, con metas que ni comparto ni comprendo. Y siento nostalgia por un hogar del que tuve que huir y por un lugar que jamás he visto.
Heredero del más frenético romanticismo iconográfico, esta segunda entrega del universo ficticio de Bas-Lag ofrece un lienzo deslumbrante, heterodoxo y estridente del mundo marino y sus recónditas criaturas. Siguiendo los patrones de la novela clásica de aventuras, el autor se aparec ...more
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I want time to set me ugly and knotted with loss of you, marking me. I won't smooth you away.
I can't say goodbye.”