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Embassytown - China Miéville
Embassytown
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China Miéville doesn’t follow trends, he sets them. Relentlessly pushing his own boundaries as a writer—and in the process expanding the boundaries of the entire field—with Embassytown, Miéville has crafted an extraordinary novel that is not only a moving personal drama but a gripping adventure... show more
China Miéville doesn’t follow trends, he sets them. Relentlessly pushing his own boundaries as a writer—and in the process expanding the boundaries of the entire field—with Embassytown, Miéville has crafted an extraordinary novel that is not only a moving personal drama but a gripping adventure of alien contact and war. In the far future, humans have colonized a distant planet, home to the enigmatic Ariekei, sentient beings famed for a language unique in the universe, one that only a few altered human ambassadors can speak. Avice Benner Cho, a human colonist, has returned to Embassytown after years of deep-space adventure. She cannot speak the Ariekei tongue, but she is an indelible part of it, having long ago been made a figure of speech, a living simile in their language. When distant political machinations deliver a new ambassador to Arieka, the fragile equilibrium between humans and aliens is violently upset. Catastrophe looms, and Avice is torn between competing loyalties—to a husband she no longer loves, to a system she no longer trusts, and to her place in a language she cannot speak yet speaks through her.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780345524492 (0345524497)
Publisher: Del Rey Books
Pages no: 345
Edition language: English
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The English Student
The English Student rated it
4.5 Embassytown - China Mieville
A good Mieville is always a treat, and Embassytown is very good Mieville. (Not quite as good as Perdido Street Station, alas, but then hardly anything is.) It's science fiction, and reasonably hard SF at that. The eponymous Embassytown is a colony on the edge of known space, cut off from its imp...
Tower of Iron Will
Tower of Iron Will rated it
4.0 The Girl Who Ate What She Was Given
Science fiction that deals directly with language is kind of rare, which is a pity because the question of how we would communicate with aliens if we ever encounter any is one of the most interesting problems in science fiction. Too often the problem is waved away with a magical "universal translato...
Chris Blocker
Chris Blocker rated it
4.0 Embassytown
China Miéville has a knack for building worlds. Not only is he an expert at building them, but he can convince nearly anyone he has lived in these worlds. Miéville doesn't pause to explain his world or his knowledge of it, he just jumps right in and expects the reader to follow along. His perspectiv...
Catchy Blog Title Forthcoming
Catchy Blog Title Forthcoming rated it
5.0
Wow. Just wow. I know it's been awhile since I'd gotten around to reading a Mieville book. But oh my, this was definitely the one for my return. Very glad I've picked up multiple copies of this at bookshops when they've been put on the bargain shelf. I'm definitely going to be giving copies of this...
Dan Guajars
Dan Guajars rated it
Fue una lectura difícil. China Miéville escribe complicado y esta novela, leída en inglés, me presentó algunas dificultades. Creo que no es un problema de vocabulario, sino de construcción de frases.Miéville es un tipo elocuente y esta novela es acerca de lenguajes y comunicación en un ambiente tan ...
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