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Railsea by China Miéville
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really liked it
bookshelves: author-british, fiction, science-fiction, my-first-read-for-this-author

>> Lesson learned: I should choose the ebook version for my next Mieville book so that the dictionary is just one or two click away.

>> It was not until the fifth chapter that I could adapt to Mieville's writing style. The out-of-my-range vocabulary is one of the reason but I'm not sure it's the only reason.

>> What kept me going is that somehow even with that limitation, the words translate into a beautiful 2D Japanese anime style in my mind. The world is portrayed in mostly brown colour (even if it doesn't fit the actual description in the book because I misunderstand it or something :P). So I kept on following Sham's mind & journey.

> > & I'm glad I did. The sixth chapter is my favorite. I can understand why he had the urge to save the bird & then cause his train mates to chase him. The dull & lost feeling Sam had leads into this one scene where he just felt enough & submitted to his instinct. Grab the bird & run! Oh, it was beautiful.

> > The word "philosophy" in this book makes me wonder. I never see the word used this way and I like it. The captains of the train usually have a philosophy and it most likely means a certain creature, an archenemy, that they will hunt earnestly.

> > I very much enjoy the "rest" chapters, the one page chapters placed between longer ones. They are usually written slightly out of story but still related, like a little footnote but in form of a short chapter & they complete the story, you know, like why there is only ampersand (&) sign in the story.

> > I didn't expect the story at the end, the one isolated town at the end of the railsea, with their own myth. (view spoiler)
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Reading Progress

June 20, 2016 – Started Reading
September 21, 2016 – Shelved
September 21, 2016 – Shelved as: author-british
September 21, 2016 – Shelved as: fiction
September 21, 2016 – Shelved as: science-fiction
September 21, 2016 – Shelved as: my-first-read-for-this-author
September 22, 2016 – Finished Reading

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