Search Results: "China Miéville"


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OCTOBER by China Miéville
NON-FICTION
Released: May 9, 2017

"An intriguing march to revolution, told here with clarity and insight."
The award-winning fiction writer revisits the exciting, messy story of an explosive Russia on the brink of civil war. Read full book review >

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EMBASSYTOWN by China Miéville
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 17, 2011

"A major intellectual achievement that, despite all difficulties, persuades and enthralls."
A new venture into science fiction from the talented British author (Kraken, 2010, etc.) best known for his extraordinary steampunk-style fantasies. Read full book review >

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THREE MOMENTS OF AN EXPLOSION by China Miéville
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Bradbury meets Borges, with Lovecraft gibbering tumultuously just out of hearing."
Horror, noir, fantasy, politics, and poetry swirl into combinations as satisfying intellectually as they are emotionally. Read full book review >

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UN LUN DUN by China Miéville
FANTASY
Released: March 1, 2007

"Ultimately, this is a compelling tale of heroism from someone foretold as merely 'the funny one,' and a well-evoked dreamscape that readers will embrace. (Fantasy. 10+)"
Acclaimed fantasist Miéville's first foray into youth literature starts predictably but progresses to match his reputation. Read full book review >

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THE LAST DAYS OF NEW PARIS by China Miéville
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 9, 2016

"Despite its clever concept, this novella feels a little too much like listening to someone go on and on about his dreams."
A surrealist collage of a novella: part fantasy, part alternate history, part catalogue raisonné. Read full book review >

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THE CITY & THE CITY by China Miéville
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2009

"Grimy, gritty reality occasionally spills over into unintelligible hypercomplexity, but this spectacularly, intricately paranoid yarn is worth the effort."
Fantasy veteran Miéville (Iron Council, 2004, etc.) adds a murder mystery to the mix in his tale of two fiercely independent East European cities coexisting in the same physical location, the denizens of one willfully imperceptible to the other. Read full book review >

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PERDIDO STREET STATION by China Miéville
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 27, 2001

"Earthy, sometimes outright disgusting—imagine finding your toilet blocked up by diamonds—but, amazingly in a book of this length, flawlessly plotted and relentlessly, stunningly inventive: a conceptual breakthrough of the highest order."
Doorstopper steampunk fantasy from the author of King Rat (1999). Read full book review >

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KING RAT by China Miéville
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 8, 1999

"A working knowledge of Cockney rhyming slang helps."
Distinctive grunge fantasy from a British newcomer. Read full book review >

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THIS CENSUS-TAKER by China Miéville
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"A deceptively simple story whose plot could be taken as a symbolic representation of an aspect of humanity as big as an entire society and as small as a single soul."
Miéville (Three Moments of an Explosion, 2015, etc.) has two main modes: the pyrotechnics of a puzzle maker and the austere depth of a mythmaker. Brief and dreamlike, his latest novel is in his simpler, stronger style.Read full book review >

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RAILSEA by China Miéville
Released: May 15, 2012

"Eye-bulging escapades tempered with invention and mordant wit, perfectly complemented by the author's own pen-and-ink drawings of the Railsea's weird denizens."
Moby-Dick meets Kidnapped by way of the Strugatsky brothers' Roadside Picnic: Another astonishing blend of cyberpunk, steampunk, fantasy and science fiction, from the hugely talented author of Embassytown (2011, etc.). Read full book review >

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KRAKEN by China Miéville
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 29, 2010

"Likely reaction: raised eyebrows, head-scratching bewilderment."
New, hefty urban fantasy with a London setting—sort of—from Miéville (The City & The City, 2009, etc.). Read full book review >

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IRON COUNCIL by China Miéville
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 1, 2004

"Prodigiously inventive—Miéville dreams up and throws away more astonishing ideas in a paragraph than most writers manage in a lifetime—but bogged down with sheer tonnage; the hardworking experimental prose doesn't help."
Third foray into the fantasy world of New Crobuzon (The Scar, 2002, etc.), a city unlike any other. Think Calcutta, then add magic, aliens, alchemy, and other disciplines almost unimaginably strange and alarming. Read full book review >