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Embassytown by China Miéville
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Jun 17, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: sf
Recommended to Angela by: Bookish group read:

Loved, loved, loved this.

Mostly I loved the feeling of being thrown into an alien world, and NOT having everything explained in awkward info-dumps. Instead you encounter new words and strange technologies and unfamiliar cultural practices and weird grammar constructs, and you have to just keep reading until you begin to accumulate enough pieces of the puzzle to start to figure out how this place works. After about 100 pages you have enough of an understanding that the plot can actually start... and then everything changes :D

I also loved that good guys become bad guys and vice versa, either as the characters and the situations they are dealing with change, or as your understanding of what is actually going on changes.

And finally, I love the big ideas that this novel explores. Language and thought and the importance of lying.

can't wait to read my next Miéville
want to space them out so they last

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Reading Progress

June 17, 2011 – Shelved
April 2, 2012 – Started Reading
April 3, 2012 –
page 55
15.94% ""There are no telepaths in this universe, I think, but there are empathics, with languages so silent that they may as well be sharing thoughts.""
April 12, 2012 – Finished Reading

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