Yikes, 25 hours left (here in the Central Time Zone), and 4 reviews left! Can I do it? I’ll sure try.
#44: A frightening tale of what could happen if the pro-lifers get their way: what’ really appropriate punishment?
#45: Have Opinions about Comic Sans and Helvetica? You probably should.
#46: Inspired by true events: youth boxing in 1930s Nazi Germany.
#47: I’m running out of books I read recently so I’m digging back a ways for literary fantasy with giant squids and the Apocalypse.
#48: Roald Dahl-esque fairy tale from Italy, newly translated.
Target: China Miéville’s Embassytown
Profile: Sci-fi, Speculative Fiction, Linguistics
You might think that a contemporary speculative fiction fan, such as myself, would have read all of China Miéville’s considerable bibliography. This is not the case. I can’t count the times I’ve picked up one of his books and put it down again for one reason or another. His books are also surprisingly hard to find in big-box bookstores. I figured it was high time that changed.
Embassytown isn’t quite like any novel I’ve ever read. It is a rambling story about both evolution and revolution and possesses many of the tropes you would expect from those genres. But it is also a cutting examination of communication, language and how we think. Through the lens of a truly alien psychology, the humans of Embassytown are exposed to the mechanics of their own minds. The fusion of story and linguistic commentary is inexpert, but still enjoyable, as long as you’re willing to put a little thought into what you’re reading.
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Perdido Street Station is a bizarre, jumbled, hot mess of a book, but it’s also sublime, fascinating, and original. It’s got mad scientists; strange new life forms; a sprawling, vicious, nasty, but glorious city; inter-species sex; steampunk elements; and so much more. I didn’t even know how to begin my review of it, but I managed to wrangle something out of it. Check it out here.