Anyone who’s read this site over the last few years knows of the high esteem in which China Miéville is held around here. I think he’s probably the most important . China Miéville’s Bas Lag series is somewhat unique in the realm of fantasy literature in that it keeps me coming back for more over and over. Following Perdido Street Station and The Scar, acclaimed author China Miéville returns with his hugely anticipated Del Rey hardcover debut. With a fresh and.

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Perhaps it was just that I knew what to expect, but I didn’t find Mieville’s word pictures quite as shocking as I did in Perdido Street Station, though this might just be my own the numbness born of familiarity. But that is not all.

Now, back in the oppressed city, there is ferment. A Comedy of Justice by Robert A. The Revolution is a holy mission, which must be made safe from both internal and external attack, so that it can be planned and effective: Retrieved from ” https: Rebellions are miegille, before, during and after. It is consistent with my favourite thing about this book, which is its portrayal of the difficulty of staging councl class revolution.

To renew and remake the city. I could not help but feel my heart break a bit over their pain and torture. Groups are revealed dhina be unwitting puppets of other groups on several occasions. Many authors find a setting and characters that resonate meville fans and make a career out of iterating over the same handful of themes and ideas across countless sequels, zeroing in on that exact sweet spot between fan service and high stakes melodrama.


Many people found it tedious.

The Perpetual Train would have been one of the greatest books ever written. A British “fantastic fiction” writer.

Iron Council by China Miéville

This one focuses on a tragic and costly c Enough imagination for eighty books. The Merkabah Rider continues his journey across the American Southwest of in search of the renegade teacher who destroyed his mystic Jewish order in the second volume Perhaps more than anything else, I was impressed by the moral ambiguity of the book.

We live in a culture that desires fragmented stories; stories councio are told quickly and compellingly, so we can move on to the next tale.

And it made me reflect on all the ways our present-day society marginalizes chia it does not approve of – the effect I’m sure CM was going for. Although I think Iron Council is amazing, it’s not a book I’d hand anyone. Although I thought the end was strong and moving, it didn’t make up for all of the non-engaging passages that had come before. Certainly the weakest of the Bas-Lag novels, although in some ways it was probably the most creative.

Iron Council by China Miéville | Terminally Incoherent

Judah Low, a golemist who cgina conjure and direct monsters made of rock, iron and dust, sets out to find the legendary train. New Crobuzon is being ripped apart from without and within.

That long out-west adventure-quest itself, and the long-ago middle piece detailing the uncertain gestation and sudden, violent birth of Iron Council, make up the bulk of the story, mixed with snatches of back-home reports of the small revolutionary movements taking place in the city, and this jump back and forth from cynical near-despair to hopeful optimistic questing is what makes this a hard, weird novel.


I didn’t connect with the characters or locales of the story, or the language itself, which is much more terse, downbeat, and distant than the first two books. But it does make you think. I think he’s probably the most important new fantasy writer of the new century, and his novels Perdido Street Station and The Scar are masterful exercises of the imagination that will go down as classics. Still, in spite of these problems, this story is so fascinating one cannot stop reading or in my case, listening.

Blood on the tracks

No one seems to have noticed that his name deliberately resembles that of Judah Loew, a real character in history. He just chooses not to.

I need to keep my goodreads up to counxil. Cutter follows Judah out into the unexplored wilderness beyond New Crobuzon. From the wilderness, the legend of Iron Council becomes the spark uniting the oppressed and brings barricades to the streets of faraway New Crobuzon.

It hit home the hardest for me, I did cry at some point.