Miéville, China

Book - 2011
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Avice Benner Cho, a human colonist on a distant planet populated by the Ariekei, sentient beings famed for their unique language, returns to Embassytown after many years of deep space exploration to find she has become a living simile in the Ariekei language even though she cannot speak it, and she is torn by competing loyalties when hostilities erupt between humans and aliens.

Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, c2011
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780345524492
Branch Call Number: SF MIEVILLE 2011
Characteristics: 345 p. ;,25 cm


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Might an alien language affect not only thought patterns but ways of life? When through contact with other species, one of the Hosts of Embassytown learns to lie, the results are almost physically damaging to their society. A dense but heady read.

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Dec 05, 2014
  • jacks_ rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

While I was not as intrigued by the plot or characters of this novel as I would've liked, the way in which Mieville explored the concepts of language and truth through it was absolutely fascinating, and it was well worth the read for that alone.

Jul 08, 2013
  • kariharrison rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Slow and boring. Come on, the battle scenes only last a paragraph and are delivered in matter of fact prose. The rest of the book is an unfolding drama. While, I applaud the author's creativity, surreal imagery and possibly groundbreaking ideas, I want to smack him for his overuse of suspense tactics. I almost did not finish the book. It could have been 100 pages shorter and delivered the same impact.

Dec 17, 2012

Bunch of places

Jul 26, 2012
  • emilyplays rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

An interesting look a language and how it usage shapes culture. All in a detailed alien world, of course!

Feb 23, 2012
  • Vivian Unger rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I found the third of the book riveting, while the first third was confusing and the last third pushed the envelope of credulity a little too much for my taste. What an imagination though.

Jan 23, 2012
  • Pippi_L rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is an excellent novel from one of the best Sci-Fi writers.

Oct 06, 2011
  • Dave_Q rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

I'm a SF nut but found this hard going compared to a lot of his other work, it seemd to be really disjointed but did come right towards the end. It hasnt pout me off him thats for sure.

Jul 18, 2011
  • freemanh rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Really enjoyed this book, as I do most of Mievilles work. Reading about the worlds he dreams up is enjoyable as ever. Great book.

Jun 28, 2011
  • ceymchep rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Very enjoyable, and conceptually interesting. I've found that I've become more and more fatigued with the China Miéville "genre"--but this book is quite adequately different from his prior work; shifting from fantasy to the trappings of sci-fi was a successful maneuver, and Miéville has created a compelling and engaging tale which doesn't really feel like yet another serving of the same old…. Well worth reading.

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Jul 18, 2013
  • andreareads rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Its locomotion was between a scamper and a convulsion.

Jul 18, 2013
  • andreareads rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

The sun still rose, and the shops sold things, and people went to work. It was a slow catastrophe.

Jul 18, 2013
  • andreareads rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

it was impossible to concentrate as we approached the forest. Some of the trees moved weakly out of our way, hauled by roots, but most were too slow. I braced. The carriage’s jutting legs scythed through rope trunks. In our passing trees soared straight up, dangling their broken tethers. We left a line of them accelerating skyward as we cut into the woodland.

Jul 18, 2013
  • andreareads rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

We’re insane, to them: we tell the truth with lies.


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