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What William Gibson did for science fiction, China Miéville has done for fantasy, shattering old paradigms with fiercely imaginative works of startling, often shocking, intensity. Now from this brilliant young writer comes a groundbreaking collection of stories, many of them previously... show more
What William Gibson did for science fiction, China Miéville has done for fantasy, shattering old paradigms with fiercely imaginative works of startling, often shocking, intensity. Now from this brilliant young writer comes a groundbreaking collection of stories, many of them previously unavailable in the United States, and including four never-before-published tales–one set in Miéville’s signature fantasy world of New Crobuzon. Among the fourteen superb fictions are“Jack”–Following the events of his acclaimed novel Perdido Street Station, this tale of twisted attachment and horrific revenge traces the rise and fall of the Remade Robin Hood known as Jack Half-a-Prayer. “Familiar”–Spurned by its creator, a sorceress’s familiar embarks on a strange and unsettling odyssey of self-discovery in a coming-of-age story like no other.
Publish date: August 30th 2005
Publisher: Del Rey Books
Pages no: 320
Edition language: English
I wasn't sure what to expect from China Mieville when it came to short stories. But I've read a handful of his novels and was excited to see what he could do with the medium. I was not disappointed. I was slightly terrified by a few of them, and overall I couldn't believe how good they were. I borro...
- This review can also be found at my book blog -It was my first time reading China Miéville. As in every short stories collection, there were ones I loved, ones I really didn’t like and ones I just went meh at, but overall it is stronger than many others I’ve read over the years.The titular novella...
I've always known there was something deeply wrong about Ikea. It's like some kind of Swedish hellscape, a garish blue-and-yellow mercantile abyss. You go there and wander that infernal labyrinth in despair, and you feel your soul being sucked out of you slowly by some unseen chthonic force. That...
Lo leí porque me gusta Miéville y porque leerlo en inglés siempre es un desafío. Disfruté dos de las historias y las demás ni me acuerdo de qué trataban. Y me gustaron por su trabajo de atmósfera, por la presentación de pequeños detalles, una historia de una mujer perseguida por algo que vio y que n...
Another brilliant, if bleak, effort from Miéville.If I had to choose one word to tie in all of these short stories (and one novella, [book:The Tain]), I'd have to say "paranoia". Almost every story involves a character fearful of something — often without obvious cause.Miéville's wordplay is, as alw...