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Embassytown by China Miéville
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May 10, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: lefty, sff, theory, hour-before-bed
Recommended to Chris by: M

Really, he had me at "philosophy of language SF". Mieville is that killer combination in genre fiction, both a legitimate mind and an endlessly protean imagination; and nothing short could ever pull off a thriller with such an abstract premise.

I hesitate to say any more myself. Read Ursula K. LeGuin's rave in the Guardian, or any of the many great reviews already here. Waiting hasn't helped me digest this much further; it will take rereading, reflection, and maybe teaching it someday. Suffice to say, first, that my feminist objections to Perdido Street Station are answered here, and second, that though it's not for everyone, it was just right for me.

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Reading Progress

May 10, 2011 – Shelved
May 10, 2011 – Shelved as: lefty
May 10, 2011 – Shelved as: sff
July 8, 2011 – Started Reading
July 11, 2011 –
page 165
47.83% "This isn't a book I can put down without intense regret. This isn't a book I can put down. This isn't a book."
July 11, 2011 – Shelved as: theory
July 12, 2011 –
page 200
July 15, 2011 –
page 252
July 15, 2011 – Finished Reading
January 22, 2014 – Shelved as: hour-before-bed

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