Slow going at first as the reader's mind gets adjusted to the fever dream quality of the work, but my, is it entertaining!
A reread for me: Miéville never disappoints! Meeting Issac and Lin, Yagharek and Derkhan, while sinking into the steampunk world of New Crobuzon thrilled me as much as I remembered it did the 1st time. I was equal parts horrified, entranced, and enthralled with Miéville‘s writing. Can‘t wait to reread The Scar so that I can read the third book of the trilogy, The Iron Council, for the first time! Fantastic mix of scifi, fantasy, and horror! 5/5âï¸
A disgruntled scientist and his alliesâincluding a de-winged hawkperson, steampunk cyborgs, a bug-headed artist, and a badgerâall tackle a corrupt government. And nightmarish dream-eating insects. Also robot mobsters, the Ambassador of Hell, swashbuckling mantis-armed bandits, shapeless horrors, and Devices That Tamper With the Stuff of Reality. An absolute blast
Fresh 2019 book tracker! Hopefully I can fill in a book or two on my flights back to Indonesia. Starting off the year with some China Miéville.
#BulletJournal #BuJo #booktracker #books2019 #booksof2019 #2019books #bookgoals #bujotracker
This book grabbed me and had me hooked from the first paragraph. The world building was fantastic and was probably my favorite aspect of the novel. The city actually felt like a real place. I loved the first half. The second half dragged at times and I found some of the characters and aspects of the plot a bit lacking, but this was still a great read.
#booked2018 #steampunk #catsoflitsy #Ember
I‘m feeling like I‘m not going to end up getting much reading in this month because of Christmas, but that‘s alright. I‘ve read 49 books this year (a personal record!) which I‘m very happy about. So my goal for the month is just to finish reading this book and bring my total up to 50. If I get more in, great, but if not, 50 sounds like a nice number to end the year on. ððð½
1) Black Panther, hands down. (Although I did love The Greatest Showman)
2) Bookstore, or dinner then walk along the canal.
3) 7 or 14.
4) I don‘t know why, I just could not get into this book.
Getting a jump on this deceptive chunkster for this month‘s sci-fi book club
Tagged is my current & final read (#Steampunk) for the 2nd season of #Booked2018 ! I really loved each of the other books I read for these prompts ð¤
#AboutEnvironment: Lab Girl
#RefugeeMC: Map of Salt and Stars
#Friendship: Simon vs. the Homo Sapeins Agenda
#SwordOnCover: Children of Blood and Bone
The world building was amazing and I enjoyed the first half a lot. The second half dragged a bit and since I listened to the audiobook, I noticed that my mind kept wondering to other things. I am curious about MiÃ©ville's other books.
Brilliant. Fantastic. Horrifying. Mesmerizing (some of the characters might say literally). Compelling. And on & on & on. Miéville has created one of the most intriguing & unusual worlds I‘ve ever read & populated it with a cast of characters who defy expectations. Isaac is a brilliant scientist. He‘s approached by a half-man/half-bird creature who asks for help & so the story begins. What happens next makes for a most excellent read. Recommended.
1. Also Love, Hate & Other Filters for a book club.
2. I don‘t remember ever not readingâmy mom is likely responsible.
3. Any time at all.
4. So many rattling around my head: LoTR, Jane Eyre, Pride & Prejudice, Grasshopper Jungle, Carry On, Eleanor and Park, I‘ll Give You the Sun, Treasure Island, Mr. Croup & Mr. Vandemar, Marko & Alana, Austin, Simon and Baz, Kaz Brekker, Victor Vale, Darrow...I could go on...ð
This book is so fantastically weird. It‘s also a book you pick up to read a few pages only to find yourself so completely absorbed in the story when next you look up it‘s hard to reorient yourself. I love it when a writer can do that as it is no easy thing to completely disconnect a reader from their own situation. Is this book for everyone? Probably not. But for those who are up for pushing boundaries & some adventurous reading, definitely!
Just want to say, I‘m about a third of the way into this book and I have no idea what I‘m reading but I like it!!! It‘s strange and fantastic and weird and wonderful and much like other books such as Autonomous and Ancillary Justice makes you think about the future in different & unexpected ways. Definitely a good recommendation from my friend. Ok, that‘s all I wanted to say...
When in Boston on a Friday night, one most of course visit the Harvard Bookstore. I mean, what else are you going to do? The tagged book is one my friend picked for me while The Changeling is what I picked for myself. I picked Y The Last Man Vol. 1, The Library at Mount Char and Americanah for her. So much excellent reading!!!
Picked up the surprisingly large Perdido Street Station for #Booked2018 #Steampunk & couldn‘t leave without the paperback of Age of Anger (which I‘d somehow held out on buying in hardcover). Looking forward to reading something new in the Miéville. #BookHaul
#kindledeal alert! Do you like your fantasy dark, complex, and sublimely written? If so, why haven't you read MiÃ©ville's Bas-Lag trilogy yet? Get on that!
I read this a couple of years ago but I find myself still thinking about it often... a haunting, scary, vibrant, arresting book full of amazing ideas, interesting and memorable characters, and an ending that genuinely surprised and stayed with me. At times challenging, but an absorbing read.
The first book set in the author's Bas-Lag fantasy world. This is also an excellent introduction to China MiÃ©ville's writing. A mix of fantasy magic and steampunk, with plenty of strange thrown in, it's a must read in my humble opinion.
For #ScaryMonstersAndSuperCreeps I'm going with the two most terrifying creatures from fiction that I can think of.
2: The Slake Moths - Slake Moths mesmerize you with their wings then eat your consciousness, but their wings don't work when reflected so the city of New Crobuzon has a team of hunters with their heads literally turned around backwards who see where they're going with mirrors. #NightmareFuel #SeptemBowie
I've heard really good things about the book, but when I've reached the 250 page mark, and Yagharek & his wings are the only thing I even vaguely have any interest in, it's time for me to move on. ð
August brought pretty meager reading - this was probably the busiest month of 2017! I worked into nights, we traveled to see the eclipse, my daughter moved out to the dorms, my other started school...
What I read was good (except for AFAR, which at least was pretty). Overall I enjoyed them but I am hoping for more in September!
#stats #gezestats #monthlystats #bestofaugust #anditsaugust
China Miéville's works are #notyournormalgenre. Blending and blurring the lines of fantasy, horror, science fiction, and magic realism, they have been categorised as 'new weird' fiction. I have yet to read any of his books. Any fans here?
#backtoreading @Tiffy_Reads @JoeStalksBeck
China Miéville is a brilliant writer. His creativity and vocabulary is breathtaking. He describes in vivid detail, jam-packed with action, smells, full-fleshed visuals ... of nightmares, terrors, monsters, muck and grime, insects, rotting and slime. We see, smell, touch and recoil.
The monsters of the night are of the terrors, feed on them, create them - they are horrifying, because some things are worse than death. And they hunt us. ââââ/5
@Vinjii said that China Miéville has swallowed a thesaurus when he was four.
She was right. But she failed to mention that the thesaurus was oozing of gelatinous goo and was pugnaciously rattling its mandibles.
Wow, so this is steampunk. Steam fantasy. Not sure what to call it. I am so impressed with the writing - very visual.
This would make an excellent movie. But it would need an enormous budget.
A beautiful cover caused me to pick Perdido Street Station off the shelf when it debuted, back when I was in high school. It introduced me to #awholenewworld Bas-Lag, peopled with diverse races such as the birdlike Garuda, the nightmarish Slake Moths, cactus warriors the Cactacae, and the Khepri who have human bodies and bugs for heads.
It also introduced me to China Miéville and his unending awesomeness. #JubilantJuly
I'm really enjoying going through all the #attractiveauthors posts, and I'm glad to see favorites like Jack Kerouac, Albert Camus, Neil Gaiman, Michael Chabon, and Sherman Alexie represented... but, come on, no China MiÃ©ville yet? #junebookbugs
If ever there was a time to call a book containing 867 pages, too short, this was it. I couldn't get enough of Isaac,Lin, Derkhan and Yag. Mievilles world gbuilding is flawless and his characters so unique. I can't wait to get Book 2 in the Bas-Lag series
This is another one of my favorites from this year. It's an evocative mix of fantasy, sci-fi, steampunk, and horror, filed with brilliant yet visceral writing, a wonderfully vibrant world, great characters, and an expansive story that packs an emotional punch.
I spent an unreasonable amount of my day contemplating my #favoritecover for #riotgrams I ended up here because, well, just look at it. If I hadn't judged this book by its cover I never would have encountered one of my favorite authors or met Isaac Dan der Grimnebulin or the bird man with no wings or the Weaver or Lin or the cactus people or Jack Half-a-Prayer and the fReemade. A great cover and one of my all-time favorite books.