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Embassytown

A book by China Mieville

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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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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 escapism and otherworldly philosophizing.” --Io9.com

“Embassytown is a fully achieved work of art…Works on every level, providing compulsive narrative, splendid intellectual rigour and risk, moral sophistication, fine verbal fireworks and sideshows, and even the old-fashioned satisfaction of watching a protagonist become more of a person than she gave promise of being.”
--Ursula K Le Guin

“A breakneck tale of suspense…disturbing and beautiful by turns. And yes—China Mieville’s new novel is one of his best...I cannot emphasize enough how terrific this novel is.”
--io9

 “The Kafkaesque writer journeys to the distant edges of the universe in his latest sci-fi thriller.”
--Entertainment Weekly

“Utterly astonishing…A major intellectual achievement.”
--Kirkus Reviews

“Brilliant storytelling…The result is a world masterfully wrecked and rebuilt.”
--Publishers Weekly (starred review)


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“The stakes [are] driven high and almost anything can happen. The reader is primed for a memorable payoff, and Miéville more than delivers.”—San Francisco Chronicle
 
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