The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of China Miéville surreal(ist) alternate-history, The Last Days of New Paris.
China Miéville: “Was More’s utopia blueprint, or satire, or something else? As if these are exclusive. As if all utopias are not always all of the above, in degrees that vary as much in the context of their reception as of their creation. … But the fact that the utopian impulse is always stained doesn’t […]
China Miéville has long had spiders on the brain. In his breakthrough novel, 2000’s “Perdido Street Station,” a mysterious, spiderlike being called the Weaver assists a scientist named Isaac who’s trying to save the fantastical city of Bas-Lag from a catastrophic infestation. Show More Summary
The word “surreal” often serves as a catchall term to describe anything strange. Whether it’s used in reference to the paintings of Salvador Dali, the movies of David Lynch, or just a feeling of déjà vu, surrealism has become a cliché. But what if the world itself was surreal — if surrealism was...
The August 2016 batch of Early Reviewer books is up! We’ve got 118 titles this month, and a grand total of 2,701 copies to give out. Highlights include Margaret Atwood’s retelling of The Tempest, new books from China Miéville, Tess Gerritsen, and Jodi Picoult, plus a new volume of cat poetry. Which books are you […]
“Speculative fiction” refers to a range of different genres, from horror to fantasy to sci-fi. It’s a respectful and precise way to talk about traditionally scorned stories, one that contrasts with “realism” rather than “literature.”...Show More Summary
You can now download China Miéville's Perdido Street Station for only 1.99$ here.Here's the blurb:BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from China Mieville’s Embassytown.Beneath the towering bleached ribs of a dead, ancient beast lies...Show More Summary
1. Tom Bissell, Apostle: Travels Among the Tombs of the Twelve. Fun, engaging, and informative, worthy of the “best of the year non-fiction” list. 2. China Miéville, Embassytown. The first of his novels that has clicked with me, perhaps...Show More Summary
China Miéville’s work is invariably clever, inevitably dense and usually interwoven with hard-left political and social concerns, but its author… The post Foreign body count appeared first on The Spectator.
Now that the wonderfully weird author China Miéville has a new book out —with another one coming later this year!—he’s doing some press. And there’s a feature in the Guardian where he recommends some things he’s been watching, reading, and listening to lately. Read more...
What is news, as Tim Parks points out, is that the ascendancy of economic considerations over artistic ones in the publishing industry has led to “a growing resistance at every level to taking risks in novel writing.”
China Miéville is known for some strange and often brilliant works of speculative fiction. His latest book, This Census-Taker, is an intriguing look at a horrific world through the eyes of a young boy, and it’s no less strange and brilliant than his other works. Read more...
It’s a whole new year, and already the science fiction and fantasy publishers are hitting the ground running. There are tons of great new books in January, including China Miéville, Amber Benson, and Tim Powers! These are all the science fiction and fantasy books that should be on your radar this month. Read more...
China Miéville's slim new novel offers more questions than answers. To read it is like entering a chilly mist that obscures your vision, never clearing. This may be unsettling for the "Inception"-averse -- those who need resolve -- but...Show More Summary
The power of imprecision has long fascinated China Miéville. In his sprawling 2002 novel The Scar, one character wields a mysterious and “puissant” artifact, a “possible sword” that strikes everywhere its blows might have landed rather than the single spot at which they were aimed. Show More Summary
Jeff VanderMeer sends us the latest Storybundle, which has "the DEBUT of Ann VanderMeer's BESTIARY, which features original fiction from China Mieville, Catherynne M. Valente, and many others--not available elsewhere." (more…)
[Image: Via Google Maps]. In a short story called "Looking for Jake" by China Miéville—a text often cited here on BLDGBLOG—we read about a spectral network of streets that appear and disappear around London like the static of a radio...Show More Summary
From China Miéville's Embassytown, the start of the relationship between Avice and Scile: He’d finished the bulk of his research. It was a comparative study of a particular set of phonemes, in several different languages— and not all of one species, or one world, which made little sense to me. “What are you looking for?” I said. […]
Jason writes, "An indie film company here in Denver called Mythos is crowdfunding an adaptation of China Mieville's short story 'Familiar' with full cooperation from Mieville himself (he's even contributing to some of the rewards). The Kickstarter campaign ends on November 15." (more…)
Tony Grisoni will write the four-part adaptation of the award-winning 2009 novel.