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El Támesis ya no refleja nada y Londres agoniza en las secuelas de una invasión. Quienes no han muerto o desaparecido resisten como pueden, solos, en pandillas o integrados a las erráticas tropas que todavía buscan un significado para una guerra que parece perdida. La humanidad se disgrega, despavorida. Hasta hace poco, unos seres –los imagos–, prisioneros olvidados del ho ...more
Paperback, 102 pages
Published June 28th 2006 by Stockcero (first published 2002)
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Jacob It's anthologized in China's first collection, Looking for Jake (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/4...) and the multi-author Cities anthology (…moreIt's anthologized in China's first collection, Looking for Jake (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/4...) and the multi-author Cities anthology (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6...). There may be others, but those two are all I know.(less)
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Nataliya
Humanity has won a war that we don't even remember anymore. And now it's payback time. Because, unlike us, the conquered did not forget.
As a famous quote goes, "When you look long into an abyss a mirror, the abyss mirror also looks into you."
...

What if the image you see, glancing at yourself in the mirror, was not merely a reflection, but one of the sentient once-powerful beings now, after a long-lost war, trapped on the other side, in another world, and forced to painfully assume your shape an
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Javir11
May 13, 2016 Javir11 rated it really liked it
De poder le hubiera puesto 3.5 estrellas.

Esta novela corta tiene cosas muy buenas, como la historia, la ambientación, el ritmo narrativo, una prosa brutal, pero le falla el desenlace.

El final no es que sea malo, es que simplemente no es lo que te esperas. Miéville se pasa toda la novela preparándote para un desenlace, que luego no tiene nada que ver con lo que te había planteado. Supongo que intentó crear algo sorprendente y lo consiguió, pero precisamente esa sorpresa es la única emoción positi
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Ivan
Feb 08, 2017 Ivan rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2-flojos, en-2017
Si algo le pido a la ciencia-ficción y la fantasía es que más allá del envoltorio atractivo haya algo. Ya sean buenos personajes, una buena trama, crítica social o temas de fondo interesantes; en definitiva, lo que les pido a todas las otras novelas de otros géneros. Pero tengo la impresión que hay algunos escritor@s que creen que con lo primero, lo de crear un universo original, ya lo tienen todo; y puede ocurrir que el lector quede eclipsado por ese mundo tan atractivo y no vea que está ante u ...more
Arielle Walker
I made the terrible mistake of reading this in bed, oblivious (at first) to the large mirror that hangs on the wall directly opposite, framing my face perfectly at the time of reading. And then the revelations hit a few pages in and I found myself glancing up every now and then to check my reflection was still in place, distrusting, before finally sliding warily down the bed out of sight of the mirror. It's pretty hard to read all squashed against a wall but the words get to you like that and it ...more
Azumi
Dec 01, 2016 Azumi rated it liked it
En serio ¿qué tiene este hombre en la cabeza? Es alucinante lo que llega a imaginar.
Casi que me da miedo mirarme a un espejo ^-^

No le pongo más estrellas porque a ratos me ha parecido lioso y porque me he quedado con ganas de saber más.
El final me ha sorprendido porque no me lo esperaba para nada, pero la idea me ha parecido de pesadilla y la ambientación brutal.

Genial también el microrelato de Borges "animales de los espejos" de "el libro de los seres imaginarios" en el que se inspiró Mieville
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Gala
Podés leer esta y otras reseñas también en mi blog:

http://ceresplaneta.blogspot.com.ar/2...

El azogue se sitúa en un Londres distópico, en el que los humanos sobreviven como pueden.  Otros seres, los imagos, que fueron condenados a vivir del otro lado de los espejos, imitando y actuando como reflejos de las acciones humanas ahora empiezan a tener más lugar. Después de años de ser olvidados luego de su rebelión, ahora gobiernan el cielo y las estaciones del subte.

Con solo leer la primera frase d
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Kyle Muntz
Well this is a surprise. I expected to love this (I mean, it's a conceptual vampire novella by China Mieville), but I mostly didn't like it at all. A lot of that had to do with the survivalist machismo that always annoys me about post-apocalyptic writing, plus the fact that even though they were sentient, Mieville's vampires still felt mostly like zombies. There were lots of large groups in this story, but no interesting characters. The fatal blow for me: the idea is complex, but also struck me ...more
Jay Z
Aug 29, 2011 Jay Z rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
my god. this man will stretch your imagination till it breaks.
Majo
¿Qué pasa si el elegido entiende mal para que lo eligieron?


Me he llevado una buena primera impresión de China Miéville, ¡este relato me ha encantado! Lo único malo es su corta extensión.

En un Londres apocalíptico, luego de la invasión de los Imagos, Sholl descubre que es el único humano al que los enemigos temen (o no desean) tocar y tiene la certeza de que ha sido escogido para hablar con el comandante invasor: el Pez del Espejos.

Al mismo tiempo, tenemos partes relatadas por un pachogo, un m
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Cecilia
Apr 29, 2011 Cecilia rated it it was amazing
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Leonardo
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Charles
Jul 27, 2011 Charles rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-and-gone
I read this book a while ago, so I'm not as clear as I'd like to be. I couldn't decide 3 or 4 stars. The book was kind of depressing. It focused a lot on a group whose bodies had been altered, maybe for a purpose like improving a soldier, but usually just for punishment. But, this was a permanent, usually life destroying process.

Overall, the book had a lot of society rejects like that, who were accepted in this society. For example, there were vampires. But, there was a blood tax from the people
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Tyler
Oct 18, 2014 Tyler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Tain by China Mieville is a 90-odd page novella set in a dystopian future London where our mirror images, in effect the reflections of our vanity, have come to life and escaped into the real world. The story's told in a deeply unsettling but also slightly ambiguous way, and much of the reveal doesn't happen until half way through - the reader doesn't really know what's going on until then.

I liked it, but would have preferred if there would have been more delving into these imagos lives, thei
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Olethros
Aug 08, 2013 Olethros rated it liked it
-De homenajes, abundancia de ruido y escasez de nueces.-

Género. Novela corta.

Lo que nos cuenta. Londres, como el resto del mundo, está casi desierta y destruida en parte tras el ataque de un enemigo del que se nos van dando detalles poco a poco. Sholl, nuestro protagonista, tiene un plan para terminar con la guerra.

¿Quiere saber más de este libro, sin spoilers? Visite:

http://librosdeolethros.blogspot.com/...
Edward Rathke
Jul 12, 2015 Edward Rathke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a very awesome and wholly interesting take on vampires. Set as a war between two species, it contains very little violence and on action set pieces. It's more about concept than about movement, but it's a very interesting one.

Also, includes some of my favorite elements to play with.

But, yeah, very solid novella. Not my favorite and not Mieville at his best, but this is more than worth its time.
Geoff
Jan 06, 2017 Geoff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a novella by China, where he takes an idea from Jorge Luis Borges, and creates a story out of it. It is a post apocalyptic London setting with a few humans left standing against an enemy who came through the glass, or the tain part of the glass. It's an unusual idea that works pretty well. The end is a bit of a surprise and makes for an enjoyable read. The one thing about China is he comes up with some pretty weird ideas, and he doesn't disappoint with The Tain.
Josh
Apr 24, 2012 Josh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Tain is an example of how China Mieville does it right. This post-apocalyptic novella kicks butt, for lack of a better term. It's creative, epic, dark, and fun, all wrapped up in one. I devoured this story in one brief sitting. My only complaint is that it ended so soon, not that it should have or could have been longer -- I just enjoyed my time in this story. Props to Mr. Mieville.
Holly the Infinite Book Dragon
This was my introduction to China Mieville. His work was recommended to me by a friend, of which I am so thankful! Since it is a short piece, a novella really, I decided to begin with this to get an idea of his writing. What hauntingly beautiful writing it is! I look forward to reading the rest of his work.
Guillermo
Jan 16, 2016 Guillermo rated it liked it
Borges en una página de su Manual de zoología fantástica cuenta lo que se sabe sobre los animales de los espejos. Miéville transforma esa página en un cuento largo y -sin salir de su estilo- logra un relato interesante.
Rebecca
Strange creatures are attacking the human race, possibly formed somehow in mirrors. Sholl is special for some reason, and tries to do something to end the war, and what that was I'm still unclear on.
René
Jul 18, 2012 René rated it liked it
Aquí se cuenta una rendición.
Lokidm
May 18, 2016 Lokidm rated it really liked it
Novela corta sumamente interesante. Al principio es un poco raro porque no sabes que ha sucedido, pero poco a poco se va explicando y volviéndose adictiva.
Matthew
Apr 19, 2016 Matthew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, fantasy, weird
Included in Miéville's "Looking for Jake" collection.
Theo Albert
Jun 21, 2013 Theo Albert rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I've read nearly all Mieville's other books and liked them a lot, but I really struggled to figure out what was going on with this one and more importantly why.
Ryan
Aug 31, 2011 Ryan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Tain tells the tale of the main heroic figure of Celtic Mythology. It is certainly a fun read, but the overall theme of heroism being tied to loyalty to your tribe is a bit disturbing.
Jon Smithers
Apr 27, 2013 Jon Smithers rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story made me scared of my own reflection (literally)
Googoogjoob
The sort of insubstantial, characterization-less, high concept fantasy story you'd expect to find in a 50s pulp magazine. Fun enough while it lasts though.
Robert Spencer
Dec 17, 2011 Robert Spencer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The idea Mieville has come up with in this story is worth the purchase price alone. Surely one of the greatest pieces of short fantasy fiction of all time
K. Tempest Bradford
Feb 07, 2014 K. Tempest Bradford rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Not a huge fan of China's short stories, but this novella is just the right length. This is actually his strongest length and this story -- so awesome.
Aaron Perill
Aaron Perill rated it really liked it
Feb 22, 2015
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A British "fantastic fiction" writer. He is fond of describing his work as "weird fiction" (after early 20th century pulp and horror writers such as H. P. Lovecraft), and belongs to a loose group of writers sometimes called New Weird who consciously attempt to move fantasy away from commercial, genre clichés of Tolkien epigons. He is also active in left-wing politics as a member of the Socialist W ...more
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