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Embassytown by China Miéville
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Dec 26, 2011

it was amazing
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Read from November 14 to December 26, 2011

I find it pretty hard to talk about Mieville's writing anymore. He's now well established and I don't know anyone who's read him that questions the quality he can produce.

It seems now more interesting to focus on where particular works fall in comparison to his others and perhaps areas where he is charting new territory.

So I love the use of language theory in this one. The Scile character in particular provides a fantastic pivot point for this book while seeming only to be a bit part. Relationships seem to take a muted role in this except that there are such a huge and disparate variety to them. The Ambassadors in particular are an awesome concoction. I did feel a heavier social commentary here, harkening back to _Iron Council_ et al. I've never minded that aspect of his writings, though. It never feels too heavy handed.

Once again... well played, sir, well played.

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