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Embassytown by China Miéville
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May 26, 2011

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bookshelves: ebooks, science-fiction
Read from June 23 to 26, 2011

Mieville's work is never mindless - this novel elicited a lot of thought, whatever its other characteristics. I liked this a good deal, but it could've been better/tighter. I felt like the Bremen faction/immer motive and the anti-EzRa/EzCal contingent of humans wasn't really fleshed out, and so it's hard to care about them fully, even though they are important in moving the plot forward. The main plot is really the Hosts and Ambassadors, and I sort of feel like this could have been an AMAZING short story or novella if Mieville had just focused on them and cut out everything else.

Also, the author comes dangerously close to undergrad-theory-class-wanking via his premise and Language, but manages to make the aliens just believable and alien enough that I can put up with it. A lesser author probably could not have gotten away with it.
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message 1: by Max (new)

Max I love the term "undergrad-theory-class-wanking".

Nicole It comes in handy all the time when I read modern "literary" fiction. This is the most explicit example I've come across in a long time tho.

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