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Speaking of arrested development, have you ever read Adam Robert's Wheel of Time reviews? 

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as I recall IC--

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the arrest of the finland-station moment is regarded as an unauthorized anti-democratic usurpation.  it makes a nice museum, but worthy of party discipline, no?

 

that discipline parallels what happens to the anarchist, surely?

fuck, i need to re-read.

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His next work is going to be a book on the Russian revolution - http://www.thebookseller.com/news/verso-buys-mie-ville-russian-revolution-416701

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Science fiction and fantasy novelist China Miéville is to make a rare foray into non-fiction to pen a “labour of love” history of the Russian revolution for indie press Verso.

Editor Sebastian Budgen bought world rights to October: The Story of the Russian Revolution through Mic Cheetham Associates.

He said Miéville has “long been inspired by the ideals of the Russian revolution” and would provide “his own distinctive take on its history”.

 

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I loved Railsea. The humour was reminscent of Peake. It's quite cutesy in the best possible way. 

I just need to read Embassytown then I'll be caught up with all but the most recent couple of titles. 

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On 26-10-2016 at 6:53 PM, AncalagonTheBlack said:

His next work is going to be a book on the Russian revolution - http://www.thebookseller.com/news/verso-buys-mie-ville-russian-revolution-416701

 

Comes out remarkably quick, May 2017 already.

 

https://www.amazon.com/October-Russian-Revolution-China-Miéville/dp/1784782777

I am very interested in this. At the same time I still have Robert Massie's classic "Nicholas and Alexandra" unread on the shelf, so am wondering if it's too much of the same thing.

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2 hours ago, Contrarius+ said:

I finish Perdido Street Station, my first Mieville ever, just a coupla days ago. I thought it was pretty brilliant -- will definitely be reading more. :D

But oh Lin, my Lin. :crying::crying:

Glad you liked it tho. :) You should absolutely try The Scar.

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How sad is it that this is the most excited i've been about a book by a genre author for a while? :-( I miss the pleasure of fiction but can't seem to regain the capacity for it lately. Grrrr. But there is a shortage of a contemporary, professional but accessible one-volume history of the revolution, I think. At least, I know it's something i've kept an eye out for years, and have yet to spot an attractive one.

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I have finally got my hands on Last Days of New Paris.  Halfway through and it has caught me much more than some of his others from the start; perhaps knowing its short length was a benefit here?

But damn I need a guide book.  My knowledge of surrealist art work is apparently none. 

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8 hours ago, Lyanna Stark said:

But oh Lin, my Lin. :crying::crying:

Glad you liked it tho. :) You should absolutely try The Scar.

Yes, poor Lin! And yes, The Scar definitely goes onto Mount TBR. :-)

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China Miéville [October 6th 2016] - University of Michigan Helen Zell Writers' Program

I will have to re-watch this a couple of times to understand all that he talked about hahaha :D

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My 50th and final book of 2016 is This Census Taker and I feel pretty confident that I'll get to the end none the wiser about what is actually going on.

I'm definitely going to try to get up to date with Mieville before his next book is released. One of my many reading goals for 2017. 

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Question: I started reading Kraken once and bounced off. Somehow I did not like the book at all. 

Where is a good entry point into Mieville?  I have been recommended Perdido Street Station and/or Embassytown

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Either PSS or The Scar. They were the first and second, respectively, that I read. If you don't enjoy the weirdness of those two then he probably isn't for you.

People generally agree that Kraken is one of his weaker books.

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^ What Isis said.  Embassytown isn't a bad place to start either, no, nor is The City and the City

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Excellent bit of casting, that.

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5 hours ago, AncalagonTheBlack said:

So happy to have some news from that! I was afraid it might be stuck in development hell. Very curious to see how they are going to bring this to the screen.

I've actually been enjoying Mieville's more recent work a lot - I think Embassytown is my favourite book of his - but yeah, I hope he writes another big genre book. His short story collection and novella's were great but haven't fully scratched my Mieville itch.

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I remember reading an angry shredding of City and the City from the perspective of a Balkans reader who was not happy with the ersatz culture treatment Mieville did there, but I can't for the life of me find it, now.

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