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Embassytown by China Miéville
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May 09, 2011

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bookshelves: sci-fi
Read from June 29 to July 14, 2011

Within the genre of speculative fiction (or sci-fi), this rises up because of the quality of the writing. There are some interesting ideas about the nature of language and cognition, but the exploration of them is ultimately unsatisfying. The book ends up seeming over-long for the depth it achieves.

I teetered between 2 and 3 stars, but I realized my disappointment was not so much with this book itself, but rather that it did not live up to the much higher standard of The City & The City. Worth reading, but by no means his best work (as at least one review suggested).

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