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Railsea - China Miéville
Railsea
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On board the moletrain Medes, Sham Yes ap Soorap watches in awe as he witnesses his first moldywarpe hunt: the giant mole bursting from the earth, the harpoonists targeting their prey, the battle resulting in one’s death and the other’s glory. But no matter how spectacular it is, Sham can't shake... show more
On board the moletrain Medes, Sham Yes ap Soorap watches in awe as he witnesses his first moldywarpe hunt: the giant mole bursting from the earth, the harpoonists targeting their prey, the battle resulting in one’s death and the other’s glory. But no matter how spectacular it is, Sham can't shake the sense that there is more to life than traveling the endless rails of the railsea–even if his captain can think only of the hunt for the ivory-coloured mole she’s been chasing since it took her arm all those years ago. When they come across a wrecked train, at first it's a welcome distraction. But what Sham finds in the derelict—a series of pictures hinting at something, somewhere, that should be impossible—leads to considerably more than he'd bargained for. Soon he's hunted on all sides, by pirates, trainsfolk, monsters and salvage-scrabblers. And it might not be just Sham's life that's about to change. It could be the whole of the railsea. From China Miéville comes a novel for readers of all ages, a gripping and brilliantly imagined take on Herman Melville's Moby-Dick that confirms his status as "the most original and talented voice to appear in several years." (Science Fiction Chronicle)
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780345524522 (0345524527)
Publisher: Del Rey Books
Pages no: 424
Edition language: English
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The English Student
The English Student rated it
4.5 Railsea - China Mieville
FUCKING AWESOME. Excuse my French. Mieville is back on form, and now I remember why I liked reading him in the first place. (I say back on form, as if his books were published in the order that I personally read them, but after two crashing disappointments in a row - Kraken and The City and th...
Inkspot Fancy
Inkspot Fancy rated it
3.0 Heading out to sea
I find myself thinking that maybe this was not the place to start with China Mieville.I read Moby Dick ages ago, and while I appreciated it as art, I didn't particularly enjoy reading it. So whatever posessed me to pick this - a young adult, I believe, retelling of that tale I didn't like in the fir...
meganbaxter
meganbaxter rated it
Am I allowed to review this book without having read Moby Dick? Because I haven't, as of yet. I know the basic story, in the way that everyone knows the basic story - except mostly I know it through Futurama and the hunting of the Great Brain with whitewash spilled all over it from Tom Sawyer's fenc...
Stop Making Sense
Stop Making Sense rated it
3.0 Railsea
I think this is another of those books where if I had read it at a different age, I would have loved it. This is the story of Sham, a boy whose guardians place him as a cabin boy on a roving train. He slowly learns the ins and outs of life aboard the moler train and the railsea (analogous to our wha...
Traveller
Traveller rated it
We're having an open book discussion of this book here . Do come and join! Wow, more & more, when it comes to China Mieville, for me, it's lurrvve lurve LURVE! I'm starting to get to the point where I miss his 'voice' when I'm not busy reading a Miéville... In this amusing and inventive coming-of-...
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