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Iron Council (New Crobuzon #3)
It is a time of wars and revolutions, conflict and intrigue. New Crobuzon is being ripped apart from ...more
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 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
En ‘El Consejo de Hierro’, de nuevo volvemos a Nueva Crobuzon, esa ciudad m ...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
I'm d ...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
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
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
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
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
It's not an easy book to like and twice i almost stopped reading, first time i went and read Terry Pratchett's ...more
Mieville writes as a communist, and there are threads to his story that i think can only be appreciated if you have thought about questions of revolution, and how communist experiments played out in the 20th century.
But he hasn't written a book of political theory, he has written a steampunk fantasy about magicians and scientists and crazy weird-ass monsters, at the same time allegory for our world and at the same time a story that can stand on its own.
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