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The Scar - China Miéville
The Scar
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A mythmaker of the highest order, China Miéville has emblazoned the fantasy novel with fresh language, startling images, and stunning originality. Set in the same sprawling world of Miéville’s Arthur C. Clarke Award-winning novel, Perdido Street Station, this latest epic introduces a whole new... show more
A mythmaker of the highest order, China Miéville has emblazoned the fantasy novel with fresh language, startling images, and stunning originality. Set in the same sprawling world of Miéville’s Arthur C. Clarke Award-winning novel, Perdido Street Station, this latest epic introduces a whole new cast of intriguing characters and dazzling creations. Aboard a vast seafaring vessel, a band of prisoners and slaves, their bodies remade into grotesque biological oddities, is being transported to the fledgling colony of New Crobuzon. But the journey is not theirs alone. They are joined by a handful of travelers, each with a reason for fleeing the city. Among them is Bellis Coldwine, a renowned linguist whose services as an interpreter grant her passage—and escape from horrific punishment. For she is linked to Isaac Dan der Grimnebulin, the brilliant renegade scientist who has unwittingly unleashed a nightmare upon New Crobuzon.For Bellis, the plan is clear: live among the new frontiersmen of the colony until it is safe to return home. But when the ship is besieged by pirates on the Swollen Ocean, the senior officers are summarily executed. The surviving passengers are brought to Armada, a city constructed from the hulls of pirated ships, a floating, landless mass ruled by the bizarre duality called the Lovers. On Armada, everyone is given work, and even Remades live as equals to humans, Cactae, and Cray. Yet no one may ever leave.Lonely and embittered in her captivity, Bellis knows that to show dissent is a death sentence. Instead, she must furtively seek information about Armada’s agenda. The answer lies in the dark, amorphous shapes that float undetected miles below the waters—terrifying entities with a singular, chilling mission. . . .China Miéville is a writer for a new era—and The Scar is a luminous, brilliantly imagined novel that is nothing short of spectacular.From the Trade Paperback edition.
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Format: kindle
ISBN: 9780345460011 (0345460014)
ASIN: 345460014
Publisher: Del Rey Books
Pages no: 578
Edition language: English
Series: New Crobuzon (#2)
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YouKneeK
YouKneeK rated it
3.5 Review: The Scar (New Crobuzon Book 2 of 3)
I had mixed feelings about this book but, overall, I liked it. The Scar is the second book in the New Crobuzon series, but it stands alone perfectly well. It has a connection to the first book, but it’s not one you have to understand in order to appreciate the story in the second book. There are a...
The English Student
The English Student rated it
3.5 The Scar - China Mieville
Happy 2015, everyone! For my first finished read of the year, The Scar is...not too shabby. As an indication of the reading year to come, it's pretty darn good. As Mieville's second Bas-Lag novel, it's formally a follow-up to Perdido Street Station, although it's not a sequel in any usual sense....
Traveller
Traveller rated it
It's hard to avoid politics, and in particular, Mièville's politics when it comes to Bas-lag. In Mièville's Marxist oriented doctoral thesis, [b:Between Equal Rights: A Marxist Theory of International Law|68502|Between Equal Rights A Marxist Theory of International Law|China Miéville|http://d202m5k...
Wyvernfriend Reads
Wyvernfriend Reads rated it
3.0 The Scar
The main focus character of this book is Bellis Coldwine. Tanner Sack, one of the main secondary characters was one of my favourites and I wouldn't mind reading more with him and possibly Uther Doul. The story opens with Bellis running away from New Crobuzon wanting to get away from some enemies...
wealhtheow
wealhtheow rated it
Miéville writes beautiful descriptions. Everything else about this book was a slog to get through, from the monologues he has characters give in the midst of battles to the repetitious similes. Another annoying tick: characters had (incredibly obvious) realizations and then spent pages thinking abou...
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