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Embassytown by China Miéville
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Jul 23, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: fantasy, speculative-fiction, favorites, cognition, reviewed, language

It's hard to review this book without spoilers, and, as with the City and the City, the core "trick" is at the heart of this book. But, as with The City and the City, the trick doesn't feel like a trick, and it's woven seamlessly into the narrative.

Mieville is maturing as a writer, and it shows - this reads to me like a cross between the structural clarity of the City and the City and the topical wildness of Perdido Street Station (which I think could have used some serious editing, especially towards the end).

Without giving anything away: this book is about language, truth, and what it means to be unable to lie.

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