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Embassytown by China Miéville
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May 05, 12

Read in May, 2012

This may be the first truly satisfying Miéville novel I've read. Not that his other works aren't fascinatingly intricate, powerfully imaginative and deeply thought-provoking, but they tend to stutter down from their climax and end in a manner more gritty-ok than bittersweet.

A few elements are perplexingly antique - the setting that bit nearer to fantasy than sci-fi still, with people who've forgotten Earth and developed contact with many new species still showing traces of 21st-century thought and Anglo-predominance. This is probably a metaphor in itself for something, as often in Miéville's works - exploring themes and the past via the fantastic - but that sort of thing tends to fly over my head. The narrator comes off as androgenous rather than female, which is slightly distracting, and the Hosts could do with a bit more description, but this time there were colours in the text beyond industrial rust and slime and grey and a sense of things achieved as well as to be achieved at the end, and it was glorious.

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