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A book by China Mieville

PRAISE FOR CHINA MIÉVILLE      Embassytown      “I cannot emphasize enough how terrific this novel is. It's definitely one of the best books I've read in the past year, perfectly balanced between … see full wiki

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Plodding Prose, Not Entertaining

  • Jan 27, 2012
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China Mieville is a mixed bag for me and Embassytown just didn’t do it for me.  It has an overly complicated plot, bloated pretentious writing style, shallow characters, and clumsy pacing.

Without going into a lot of detail on the plot, which would take several pages to do “justice” to, this novel is about a backwater world colonized by humans.  They share the planet with the native Ariekei who have a strange language that very few humans can understand or speak.  Humans have to be genetically altered to speak the aliens, who are “ambassadors.”

The primary character is Avice Benner Cho who is a human colonist who through a very strange process is “part of” the Ariekei language (don’t ask, please). 

A breech between the humans and Ariekei ensue and the native being stage a revolt that all centers around their language.

Sound confusing?  It is.  Sound like a great novel?  Think again.

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February 01, 2012
Good review. I've read one China M. novel and finished it was "huh?" That was "City and the City." I tried to read "Kraken" but didn't finish it. I don't know, despite his Nebula awards, I guess his style is just not for me.
February 11, 2012
He is a mixed bag. I think his writing style is a bit overly pretentious. I actually liked City and the City but it was one of those books that people seem to love or hate. I have really liked some of his books and really disliked others.
February 11, 2012
Agreed. There are so many other sci fi authors I enjoy better. :)
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