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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There is no place in Bas-Lag for trolls, elves, ogres and dwarves, they can eff off as far as Mr.

Retrieved 5 November As other reviewers have said, the reason Iron Council is less satisfying that Perdido Street Station or The Scar is because it’s mostly endless description of conflicts and fights and there’s very little character development.

It’s darker, uglier, more cynical.

Iron Council

It explores less of the amazing creatures and races that were first introduced in those two books. I could not help but feel my heart break a bit over their pain and torture.

New Crobuzon itself is a city to explain all cities. And the politics, why not?

Back in New Crobuzon, Ori is the New Crobuzon equivalent of a Marxist disenchanted with all the talk and ready for some good ol’ proletariat revolution. It is rumoured there is a train called Iron Council that wanders the wastelands, laying track before it and pulling it up after, populated by workers and escaped prisoners.


SF : Iron Council / China Miéville ★★½

Retrieved from ” https: You want the same old city, you wish it could stay frozen in time, but New Crobuzon is different. The City and the City 9. Throughout Iron Council, there are moments of near-genius, in which he nicely nails tough bits of dialogue or characterization.

Each book has something different to offer. He’s clearly an immensely talented writer, and I’ve enjoyed the occasional essay by him.

Iron Council by China Mieville

The main thing you may miss out on is descriptive details of the world of Bas-Lag that emerged through the other couhcil. And New Crobuzon becomes a character, not just a setting. And Mieville is an original, as usual. What’s more, the author pulled that off in such a way that it didn’t feel fruitless and frustrating to me as a reader. It is not just the people who are being ravaged by the Slake Moths, but the sweltering, desert dryness of the Glasshouse, the shadows of the Ribs, the gardens cluncil Sobek Croix, and the refuse of Griss Twist.

They are very different.

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Currently you have JavaScript disabled. Without question, it’s my least favorite of Mieville’s three Bas-Lag books, and I am conceding defeat at page And while there is nothing wrong with that and there is definitely market for itthis is not exactly what I look for in a book. Judah was hired as a railroad scout for New Crobuzon, charged with mapping terrain, and informing the land’s inhabitants of the railroad’s coming.

You Iron Council is one of those books that you don’t so much read as tussle with. It is why YA fiction is increasingly popular with older crowds.

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Mieville also questions the value of Vollmann-like faux-left hipsters: After reading this, the last of Mieville’s trio of Bas Lag novels, I have to say I was a bit disappointed. It is why graphic novels are on the rise as a literary form. You knew Cokncil couldn’t do it, you bastard. This page was last edited on 18 Augustat The Shadow Conspiracy Brenda Clough 8. The Perpetual Train would have been one of the greatest books ever written. Still, in spite of these problems, this story is so fascinating one cannot stop reading or in counicl case, listening.