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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Judah’s story begins some twenty years before the novel’s opening. So, by no means was Iron Council a bad novel. There’s just something about this that feels so radically miefilleso alien, so apart from the others.

Part of hcina enjoys its creativity. But, be forewarned, there are no happy endings. I’d definitely recommend it – but only to those who have already read The Scar’ or ‘Perdido Street Station.

Through much of the book, I wasn’t quite sure who was talking or exactly what was happening. We were something real, and we came in our time, and we made our decision, and it was not yours. And it chuna takes a much longer time to develop and for the motives of the main characters to become apparent.

Judah is murdered by Ann Hari for halting the Council’s attack, and Cutter re-immerses himself in New Crobuzon’s underground resistance movements, revitalising the protest publication Runagate Rampant. There’s some metaphor to be found within the idea of a train, which is bound to go only coincil there is a railroad, representing one’s freedom. Gonna drop all three of these on my iPad tonight and get started with Perdido street station.


Good use of language. This is not just exquisite speculative fiction of the mievill kindbut an exercise in how to structure narrative in a different and more appealing way than much of what passes for Post-Modern experimentalism.

It hit home the hardest for me, I did miecille at some point. It speaks well of the book that that didn’t keep me from enjoying the story or getting into the world. Mar 25, Brad rated it really liked it Shelves: It’s darker, uglier, more cynical.

At one point she organizes a somewhat humorously presented, but dead serious prostitute’s strike. I could easily spend that time exploring other worlds, other ideas and other counciil instead of worrying whether or not Tyrion is going to get brutally murdered at some wedding this is not a spoiler, at least not that I know of.

Mieville’s monsters and magic is fresh and disturbing, too. Many of these railroad workers had once been criminals, jailed, then brutally surgically remade by the government into horrific mutilations of flesh, gear, steam, and engine, as eternal reminders of their crimes and lives as outcasts to be spat upon by society.

Apr 02, Ivan rated it it was amazing Shelves: There was no point where I would have been disappointed if something had interrupted me during my reading; I was a casual visitor to Bas-Lag this time.


Iron Council by China Mieville book review

We start by following a man named Cutter and the loose group of rebels lron have joined with him to try to find their stock messianic figure. Mieville likes playing with cities. Uniformed militia are patrolling the streets and watching the city from their dirigibles. Meanwhile, seditionists in New Crobuzon ready for revolt Which leaves me even more counci awe of Mieville than I have ever been, but a little frustrated with him too.

The weirdest thing about this book is that it seems more enjoyable in retrospect than during the actual reading of it. Ann-Hari, for example, becomes such a fanatic she can no longer listen to reason.

Blood on the tracks

Both books involve a renegade, mobile city that interacts weirdly with a bizarre breach in the fabric of the setting here, the Stain, there, the eponymous Scar. But most importantly it is rather unique, and very different from all the other novels in the same series.

Iron Council New Crobuzon: IC spoiler thread 4: The first is Cutter, a heartsick subversive who follows his lover, the messianic Judah Low, on a quest to return to the Iron Council irkn in the western wilds.