Iron Council (New Crobuzon #3)
It is a time of wars and revolutions, conflict and intrigue. New Crobuzon is being ripped apart from w ...more
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Yet, since its publication, I have only read it once, and I still find myself ranking it third of Miéville's Bas-Lag books. I've been baffled by my restraint with Iron Council. My admiration of Miéville's other books is boundless, bordering on madness, and I haven't understood how a book ...more
Between the revolutionary fervor, fantasy, trains, and Western-like parts runs a common theme of love and the painful, desperate, doomed human longing.
I loved this book. It was not the insta-love like it was with "The Scar" but a long, careful, slow-to-build-up affair that by the end of the story fully blossomed. This book is fascinating, passionate, brutal at times, thought-provoking and deliberately ...more
Gods and Jabber, I don't know why I love this one the most. It's not necessarily better than the other Bas-Lag Books (don't you dare call them a trilogy, don't you dare. Old China says he'll always come back to this; there's more to come), and it's nowhere near the worst. There's just something about this that feels so radically different, so alien, so apart from the others. Perdido Street Station was new and fresh and amazing, yeah, but it felt familiar enough--while still being st ...more
I gave this four stars, but I also gave Mieville's "The Scar" four stars.
But they aren't equal. (This highlights the difficulty with the Goodreads rating system).
"The Scar" probably deserved a 4.5 (nearly perfect), where this rates more like a 3.5.
This is the third book in the New Crobuzon/Bas Lag series.
The first two were "Perdido Street Station" and "The Scar".
"The Iron Council" takes place in the same universe but many years later, in the nineteenth century (where the earlier two books were i ...more
I have been looking, waiting, ...more
This is the story of why I should have been more careful with my wishing.
I knew something was wrong—perhaps I should say off—almost from the beginning of this book. The opening was grandiose in Miéville's usual style (which, if you'v ...more
I found the experience of reading Iron Council markedly different from the first two books set in this world. For one, in this book the story isn't as localised. We have met the city of New Crobuzon in Perdido Street Station and the pirate collective of ...more
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No escogemos lo que recordamos, piensa Judah, las historias que llevamos con nosotros.
Eran jardineros de quitina. Tenían rebaños formados por millones de insectos, arácnidos y artrópodos, cuya evolución iban dirigiendo en la acelerada sucesión de las generaciones hasta que contaban con cantidades colosales de arañas del tamaño de alfileres, ciempiés de un pie de largo e incontables especies de avispas reptantes. Empleando extraña ...more
As in The Scar, the narrative here involves a group of outcasts who travel on a more or less traditional quest to find something in particular. Both books involve a renegade, mobile city that interacts weirdly with a bizarre bre ...more
En ‘El Consejo de Hierro’, de nuevo volvemos a Nueva Crobuzon, esa ciudad m ...more
I'm d ...more
Yeah, I'm sticking with the two stars. Is it about preserving history? Is it about the inaccuracy of monuments? Is it about the sources of inspiration being stronger for what they inspire than for their truth? I'm not sure, and I don't care.
As other reviewers have said, the reason Iron Council is less satisfying that Perdido Street Station or The Scar is because it's mostly endless description of conflicts and fights and there's very little character development. Ultimately ...more
And to some extent it is all true. Iron Council takes the reader much farther from the brilliant magics, sciences, and mythologies depicted in Perdido Street Stati ...more
The landscape of New Crobuzon is not unfamiliar to me thanks to Perdido Street Station.I still count that as one of the best books ever. But where the first book was one that cut across genres, here the tone is overtly political. There is a tone of an impending ...more
This had a slow start and it took me awhile to get my head back around all the different species in Bas-Lag. I have a good imagination, but I was really struggling to picture everyone. I didn't really start to get into it until about a hundred pages in.
I was enjoying the middle part of the book because I felt l ...more
This book seemed a lot less "weird" (Mieville says he writes "weird fiction," rather than science fiction or fantasy) than the others based in Bas Lag. I could just read about the Stiltspears' existence in the swamp, their culture, forever. I wish there were other really cool species with language and intelligence we could talk with here in reality but we'd probably have already killed them all off by no ...more
It’s not you, it’s me.
I wanted to like Iron Council, and there were parts of it I really did like, but the old magic was just not there.
I remember first meeting you on the pages of Kraken, and your fantastic images, scenes and people made me want to spend more time with you.
Then we spent some time together stepping in between Besźel and Ul Qoma and I realized the depth and virtuosity was more than a flash in the pan, you were on to some heady stuff, THE NEW WEIRD. I was hooked.
Then I ...more
Bien, éste volumen es la tercera entrega de la trilogía sobre Nueva Crobuzón de China Miéville, ambientada en el mundo de Bas-Lag, un mundo en el que tecnología con un toque SteamPunk y magia se hibridan, tiñendo una cosmología mestiza y bastarda al cincuenta por ciento entre la ciencia ficción y la fantasía...
Quien ya haya leído los dos primeros volúmenes (La Estación de la Calle Perdido, y La Cicatriz), se sentirá mucho más cómodo que quien lo aborde como primera lectura, pero no es imprescind...more
We follow the story of both the Iron Council, a small group of people from New Crobuzon that is following it and Ori back in New Crobuzon that is tired of the t ...more
I just couldn't get really interested in the story or invested in any of the characters. It skipped around a lot, both in time and in point of view. I don't know if it was intended to add interest or what, but it just made the story confusing and frustrating. I think I wou ...more
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