CHINA MIEVILLE IRON COUNCIL PDFJune 25, 2020
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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I am not a huge fan of epic sagas or cycles spanning countless tomes.
My favorite SF writer Jacek Dukaj once told an inteviewer he was not interested in committing sequels because it would feel artistically dishonest.
That it would be like cokncil commercial success of a previous miieville, and cranking out an easy, semi-recycled, focus-tested product instead concil taking new risks in an effort to write something new, original and thoughtful. Many authors find a setting and characters that resonate with fans and make a career out of iterating over the same handful of themes and ideas across countless sequels, zeroing in on that exact sweet spot between fan service and high stakes melodrama.
And while there is nothing wrong with that and there is definitely market mievilke itthis is not exactly what I look for in a book. A reader lives a thousand lives before he diessaid R. Martin in his fifth book about the same group of characters inhabiting the same functional universe, and I keep wondering whether or not it is at all worth sacrificing seven of mine to see his epic through to the end, when it will be televised by HBO anyway. I could easily spend that time exploring other worlds, other irin and other stories 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.
He found our literary g-spot and he is working it raw albeit very slowly. God bless him for that. I hope he lives a hundred more of valve-time years and writes 15 more books for us.
Entertaining and captivating and heart breaking: Each one has a particular theme and set of ideas it tries to explore. While mjeville setting is recycled, protagonists are not and so each novel comes with a new set of personal journeys and character arcs.
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Each book has something different to offer. 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. The Scar mifville a pirate adventure story with a big irob hunt, a larger than life sea monster, floating city and explored bizarre, exotic cultures.
Iron Council is probably the most ambitious and the most literary installment in the cycle because it deals with a rather loaded topic: It is a novel about revolutions and social upheavals.
Iron Council however brings these themes to the chins and builds the story around them. He is tired talking about how bad mievills are and he wants to start doing something to change it.
He seeks out and ultimately joins a fringe resistance group which seeks to disrupt and ultimately overthrow the government by force. While he thinks mievil,e their cause is just and while he finds camaraderie among his fellow freedom fighters he is plagued by doubts and appalled by the amount of collateral damage his group is causing.
Said council is a New Corbuzon legend: That pressure has later erupted into events like the Arab Spring, the Occupy movement and myriad of other bigger and smaller inequality related protests. Reading the novel now, one can see that the author has extrapolated on these notions and created microcosm exploration of social upheaval brought chuna by crushing inequality.
A city populated by frog-men, bird-men, sentient cacti in which corrupt judges can order your left ass-cheek to be magically fused with an angry porcupine as a punishment for littering. But it does make you think.
It does put you in the mind of the people involved in such revolts. It does a great job showing both the hope and hopelessness of fighting against a seemingly immovable unjust system. And the ending is as poignant and rion fitting the story as it is unsatisfying.
But most importantly it is rather unique, and very different from all the other novels mievlile the same series. It is probably the most mature of the three Bas Lag books I have read so far, and one with a most diverse cast of characters.
Especially that last group has virtually zero representation in popular culture, jieville especially in SF and Fantasy. I think Iron Council is definitely worth revisiting Bas Lag universe, chins if you are getting tired of the setting.
Personally I prefer his one of SF excursions like City and the City or Embassytown but I must admit that this novel might be the most serious and thoughtful I have seen him so far.
Gonna drop all three of these on my iPad tonight and get started with Perdido street station.
I need to keep my goodreads up to date. What do you think, Luke? They are very different. Embassytown is a high concept SF with a female protagonist and a really cool, non-humanoid aliens that do not think or perceive the world the same way we do.
I really, really liked it because it was full on musings about linguistics, communication, the theory of mind and also colonialism and how distinct cultures and mindsets influence each other. Perdido is more of a solid Steam-Fantasy that introduces you to this off-beat town full of strange people with chna cultures, customs and beliefs.
It is really filled to the brim with all kinds of strangeness. There are the weird catterpilar irob Issaac is studdying in his lab. There are mieviille steam and clockwork powered constructs malfunctioning in very specific ways leading to some unsettling revelations.
Iron Council by China Miéville
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