Anyone who’s read this site over the last few years knows of the high esteem in which China Miéville is held around here. I think he’s probably the most important . China Miéville’s Bas Lag series is somewhat unique in the realm of fantasy literature in that it keeps me coming back for more over and over. Following Perdido Street Station and The Scar, acclaimed author China Miéville returns with his hugely anticipated Del Rey hardcover debut. With a fresh and.

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This book was fantastic. In the meantime, the city of New Crobuzon is also at war with another city called Tesh who are masters of some particularly weird and horrific magic – natch, thaumaturgy.

It got wildly mixed reviews from both professional critics and Goodreaders.

Iron Council by China Mieville

I agree with the review, and find myself amongst those who loved the ending. I could not help but feel my heart break a bit over their pain and torture.

He is not the author of the Revolution. The main woman in the book is Ann-Hari, a leader in the iron council who initiated a sex-workers strike. View all 3 kieville. I think he’s probably the most important new fantasy writer of the counxil century, and his novels Perdido Street Station and The Scar are masterful exercises of the imagination that will go down as classics.

Mieville likes his trains. Still, for a fan of China Mieville, a good read. And the third is Ori, a young revolutionary on the streets of New Crobuzon, whose anger leads him into a militant wing of the underground, plotting anarchy and mayhem. Entertaining and captivating and heart breaking: Publishers are unwilling willing to publish novellas because publishers think novels are the safer, more familiar bet for the consumer.

A Comedy of Justice by Robert A. For example, Mieville lost me in a battle scene in which fire elementals clash with air and possibly water elementals I was never entirely sure. New Crobuzon, the in famous festering filth of a city, believe it or not, has changed for miville worse.

There is also a lot of racial tension between the coumcil and the various other races of New Crobuzon the Kepri, who have human bodies and insectoid heads; the Cactusi, who are shaped like walking cactusesetc. Old China says he’ll always come back to this; there’s more to comeand it’s nowhere near the worst.


And it made me reflect on all the ways our present-day society marginalizes those it does not approve of – the effect I’m sure CM was going for. The focal point of the story is the titular Iron Council, the constantly moving train manned and lived in by former railroad workers turned renegade. I didn’t care about Cutter, Elsie, or Pomeroy. The Tower of Babel is the greatest marvel of chinw Silk Age.

As usual, Mieville is a master of language and verbal pyrotechnics, but sometimes he seems to glory in making his language nearly opaque.

He is fond of describing his work as “weird fiction” after early 20th century pulp and horror writers such as H. He felt desperately angry as the Councillors prepared to die. That it would be like milking commercial success of a previous novel, and cranking out an easy, semi-recycled, focus-tested product instead of taking new mievillee in an effort to write something new, original and thoughtful.

But it does make you think. In The Scar, there was a shift to the vagrants, pirates, the runaways with unseen ye I don’t think I’ll ever read a trilogy like New Crobuzon NC again. They turn a blind eye when racists stage pogroms in neighborhoods inhabited by non-humans.

But miville is only in Iron Council that all these things are brought to a culmination. It speaks well of the book that that didn’t keep me from enjoying the story or getting into the world.

I couldn’t really buy that the Iron Council would mievlle, after all these years, be thought of by New Crobuzon’s government as such a threat that the city would continue to send militia thousands of miles across the landscape to hunt them down — especially at a time when New Crobuzon is having to deal with both civil insurrection and war with a neighbor.

Torolonging for revenge long-overdue.

Blood on the tracks

Judah is unable to love, or is just priest-like. I recommend it highly, and advise sticking with it even if you do not fall in love with it right away. Here he grounded it really well, adding a very generous dose of realism. A pirate city hauled across the oceans I didn’t connect with the characters or locales of the story, or the language itself, which is much more terse, downbeat, and distant than the first two books. And to some extent it is all true.


You have to turn. Complex, poetic and with a delight in bizarre landscapes and visions that range from the otherworldly to the downright ugly. Indeed, one of the conceits of The Iron Council is that these fugitive railway workers are constantly tearing up the track behind them and laying down new rails before the train.

Workers building the first transcontinental railroad, badly mistreated by their overseers, have literally stolen a train, laying track into the wild back-country west of the great city, tearing up track behind them, fighting off the militia sent to arrest them, even daring to enter the catotopic zone, that transdimensional continental scar where anything is possible.

Iron Council – Mieville China

Perdido Street Station was a fantastic steam-punk thriller with a really cool nightmarish monster, and a deliciously tragic story of a man well Garuda but whatever guilty of an esoteric crime seeking to escape the punishment he actually deserves via arcane magical science.

Throughout Iron Council, there are moments of near-genius, in which he nicely nails tough bits of dialogue or characterization. My fears seem to have been borne out.

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He has stood for the House of Commons for the Socialist Alliance, and published a book on Marxism and international law. Morally ambiguous rebel leaders! Sometimes the purpose is to unsettle you and make you think. Within mievillle halls, aristocratic houses have rule View all 4 comments. While not exactly time skips, I have got the distinct impression that Mieville is far happier dealing with landscapes, large scale happenings and impressions than the minute details of his character’s experiences, often in Iron Council; especially because his protagonists here were rather more likeable, to the detriment of our ability to understand and sympathise with them.

However, none of its characters could interest me, and I found that to be a massive stumbling block in reading this book. The book’s problem stems from the fact that it keeps jumping between several different characters’ perspectives and you have to counxil up your interest each time it jumps.

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