Leviathan

Leviathan

China Miéville Eva Bauche-Eppers / May 28, 2020

Leviathan A mythmaker of the highest order China Mi ville has emblazoned the fantasy novel with fresh language startling images and stunning originality Set in the same sprawling world of Mi ville s Arthur C

  • Title: Leviathan
  • Author: China Miéville Eva Bauche-Eppers
  • ISBN: 9783404243228
  • Page: 299
  • Format: Paperback
  • A mythmaker of the highest order, China Mi ville has emblazoned the fantasy novel with fresh language, startling images, and stunning originality Set in the same sprawling world of Mi ville s Arthur C Clarke Award winning novel Perdido Street Station, this latest epic introduces a whole new cast of intriguing characters and dazzling creations.Aboard a vast seafaring vessA mythmaker of the highest order, China Mi ville has emblazoned the fantasy novel with fresh language, startling images, and stunning originality Set in the same sprawling world of Mi ville s Arthur C Clarke Award winning novel Perdido Street Station, this latest epic introduces a whole new cast of intriguing characters and dazzling creations.Aboard a vast seafaring vessel, a band of prisoners and slaves, their bodies remade into grotesque biological oddities, is being transported to the fledgling colony of New Crobuzon But the journey is not theirs alone They are joined by a handful of travelers, each with a reason for fleeing the city Among them is Bellis Coldwine, a renowned linguist whose services as an interpreter grant her passage and escape from horrific punishment For she is linked to Isaac Dan der Grimnebulin, the brilliant renegade scientist who has unwittingly unleashed a nightmare upon New Crobuzon.For Bellis, the plan is clear live among the new frontiersmen of the colony until it is safe to return home But when the ship is besieged by pirates on the Swollen Ocean, the senior officers are summarily executed The surviving passengers are brought to Armada, a city constructed from the hulls of pirated ships, a floating, landless mass ruled by the bizarre duality called the Lovers On Armada, everyone is given work, and even Remades live as equals to humans, Cactae, and Cray Yet no one may ever leave.Lonely and embittered in her captivity, Bellis knows that to show dissent is a death sentence Instead, she must furtively seek information about Armada s agenda The answer lies in the dark, amorphous shapes that float undetected miles below the waters terrifying entities with a singular, chilling mission.China Mi ville is a writer for a new era and The Scar is a luminous, brilliantly imagined novel that is nothing short of spectacular.

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      • China Miéville Eva Bauche-Eppers

        A British fantastic fiction writer He is fond of describing his work as weird fiction after early 20th century pulp and horror writers such as H P Lovecraft , and belongs to a loose group of writers sometimes called New Weird who consciously attempt to move fantasy away from commercial, genre clich s of Tolkien epigons He is also active in left wing politics as a member of the Socialist Workers Party He has stood for the House of Commons for the Socialist Alliance, and published a book on Marxism and international law.Excerpted from.


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    1. Say goodbye to the festering filth of New Crobuzon! Welcome to a floating pirate city chock-full of mysteries, lies, betrayals, photophobic haemophages, and merciless manipulation. Now, where do I apply for its citizenship???A pirate city is every child's dream. Including, apparently, my own inner child, desperately in need of inner babysitter.Before I say anything else in my review, I want to confess - I absolutely, wholeheartedly loved Armada. I loved its tolerance, its camaraderie, its stubbo [...]


    2. It took me two days to get through the last 50 pages of China Miéville's The Scar. Not because I was bored, or because the story was particularly impenetrable, but simply because I did not want the book to be over. I did finish it, however. And for a good ten minutes after the last sentence I found myself staring into space, stunned and cut adrift and wishing for another 50 pages. When I eventually sat down to begin this review, I realized that I had no idea what made the book so amazing.And th [...]


    3. So. I have a question for you. When's the last time you watched vampires go fishing?No?Then where the f***ing hell have you been? Seriously!Okay, so the effort involved is a bit more than even the undead can muster, and a fleet, or no, actually, a whole *nation* of boats has a hard time with this fish story. Of course, Miéville finally gets to show us how he deals with an epic war scene, interesting treatments of betrayal, kidnapping, Stockholm Syndrome, and extended spycraft, but what's really [...]


    4. It's hard to avoid politics, and in particular, Mièville's politics when it comes to Bas-lag. In Mièville's Marxist oriented doctoral thesis, Between Equal Rights: A Marxist Theory of International Law, he argues that international law is fundamentally constituted by the violence of imperialism, which by implication, is driven to a large extent by capitalism. It's not too hard to work out that New Crobuzon is the theoretical capitalist "bad guy" of Bas-lag with its secret police and under-hand [...]


    5. After reading Kraken, and The City and the City and after Perdido Street Station, it occurred to me that China Mieville was certainly one of our most imaginative and talented new writers and that he was on a short list of authors who were dramatically making new ground in new fantasy. But after reading each, I also decided, knew in fact, that he could do better, that his masterpiece was yet to be written, that as great a talent had been displayed, more, so much more could be expected.The Scar ma [...]


    6. Wow. Clear an evening, take a day off, do whatever you need to do to carve out some serious reading time because the The Scar is good. Very, very good. This is the sort of book you put down for a second just to exclaim aloud how good it is, the sort you push on friends and family with evangelical fervor. I stayed up late with this one, suffering in a fug of fatigue at work the next day, yet hanging out for when I could crack the covers and read into the wee hours all over again. If you've read a [...]


    7. I bow my head in acknowledgement of Miéville's inventiveness. Who else but the Master of Weird would have thought up of anophelii, mosquito men and women? Or of crays, people with the head and torso of a man and the lower half of a crayfish? Or of Armada, a huge floating city made up of boats and ships all tied together? To me, however, it was all just a lot of flashy window dressing. This is all well and good. Clearly there are a lot of people who enjoy that and who find it interesting. I was [...]


    8. The Scar is Mieville's second book set in his Bas-Lag universe. It's a completely different story to, and as standalone as, the first book, Perdido Street Station. This book the setting moves from the dank and dirty industrial city state of New Crobuzon featured in the first book, to Armada - a floating pirate city, full ofpirates. A city comprised of a conglomerate of derelict ships chained and roped together and re-purposed into a city both like and unlike any other.We see some of the same rac [...]


    9. Scars are funny things. They are traumas long past. They are reminders of people we’ve known and places we’ve been. They are healing; they are memory; they are history. Scars can change us into something brand new; scars can show the world that we’ve been irreparably broken. Scars are full of Possibility.And so, The Armada: a place where new scars are made and old ones fall away. A massive floating city, cobbled together with stolen and salvaged boats, stolen and salvaged people. Slaves, s [...]


    10. 6.0 stars. On my list of "All Time Favorite" Novels. This is the second China Miéville novel I have read (the other being Perdido Street Station) and both that book and this one are on my all time favorite novel list. This should tell you a lot about how much I think of the authors writing and story-telling ability. In short, he is as good as it gets. The world of "Bas-lag" created by Mieville, of which New Crobuzon is its most famous city, is in my opinion as imaginative and richly detailed a [...]


    11. “For every action, there's an infinity of outcomes." "Countless trillions are possible, many milliards are likely, millions might be considered probable, several occur as possibilities to us as observers - and one comes true.” - China Miéville, 'The Scar'At some point there was an infinite number of possibilitites with this novel, the funky follow-up to Perdido Street Station and book 2 in the Bas-Lag/New Crobuzon trilogy. There are chapters and lines and threads of this novel that containe [...]


    12. I restarted The Scar last night because I needed a dose of Mieville's prose, and was blown away, as I always am, by Mieville's description of place. This time he is describing Bas-Lag's oceans. He captures flavours and temperatures and underwater sounds and the danger inherent in the waters that have no boundaries in a way that is poetry for me. I have heard from other readers that these disconnected, deep descriptions are difficult beginnings for them, that they make it tough to connect early w [...]


    13. ** Update: Since reading this, I have read "The City and The City", which I thought was MUCH better (/review/show/) and then "Embassytown", which was fantastic (/review/show/). This review stands as my reaction to reading it, though I now think it probably does Mieville an injustice. **A very hard book to rate because it is so inconsistent in plot, pace, language and even genre. It could possibly be turned into a good book, but it needs a lot of work to achieve that. On the evidence of this book [...]


    14. By gods and Jabber! This is one pugnacious thaumaturgical book! (sorry, bad in-joke).China Miéville an interesting and awe-inspiring author, he writes like an angel but looks like a football hooligan! This is the second of the New Crobuzon series. Why it is not called The Bas-Lag series I have no idea, all of the Scar is set outside the great sprawling city of New Crobuzon, though it is frequently referred to.As with the amazing Perdido Street Station this book is full of interesting characters [...]


    15. Brilliant Sequel to "Perdido Street Station". Mieville at His BestThis is a brilliant and amazing novel, one of the best I've read in 2015. If you like China Miéville (and admittedly, he's not to everyone's taste) and you enjoyed Perdido Street Station and like New Weird science fiction/fantasy, you will love this book.China Mieville clearly borrows from the long and honorable tradition of British and American novels and plays about strange sea voyages (Robinson Crusoe, Moby-Dick; or, The Whale [...]


    16. This is not an easy book to read, and this is also not a “nice” book to read. The ending doesn’t make you feel warm fuzzies that despite hardships and adventure, everyone sails off into the sunset singing gaily. You don’t feel all bubbly and relaxed and entertained. The Princess Bride this is not. You feel disturbed. You feel upset. You feel compassion. You feel anger. You feel distaste. You feel confused. You feel overwhelmed. And at the conclusion, you feel scarred. Nataliya and Catie [...]


    17. I'm very glad I read this one, the second in the Bas-Lag series, because the first one was so very weird and wonderful and I did wonder if Miéville would be able to once again excite and enchant me. I'm happy to say, he did it again!This story focuses on a character called Bellis, who is a refugee from New Crobuzon, trying to escape before the Militia come after her. Bellis is a translator, and she's taken on the ship which is travelling to a far off colony where she hopes to lay low for a few [...]


    18. Comparative EmpathyAll through this work of fantasy, I couldn't help comparing it to William T Vollmann's "The Royal Family" and Angela Carter's "The Infernal Desire Machines of Doctor Hoffman".The more you read the work of William T Vollmann, the more you find things lacking. Fortunately, as if by way of compensation, most of these same things are present in the fiction of China Mieville.Vollmann is touted as the master of empathy, even though his characters rarely show any empathy for each oth [...]


    19. I'm not sure how I feel about China Miéville.On one hand, Miéville is a competent writer and, even better, a superb storyteller. The three books of his that I've read (including this one) are good. People tend to gush about his worldbuilding, often at the expense, I think, of talking about everything else that's great about his stories, but they do it because of his obvious skill in this area. Many great fantasy authors create wonderful stories by taking the traditional elements of fantasy and [...]



    20. This is quite a strange book and it really didn't head in any of the many directions I could have imagined. Mieville's extraordinary world-building is in evidence again, with legions of creatures, aliens, and countries in play.This one takes place entirely on the ocean, from one ship to a connected flotilla-landmass thing Okay, clearly I don't have Mieville's way with words. The point is that there is a focus to the things that are under the water, beyond the water, across the water, at the edge [...]


    21. When I started this book, I didn't expect to love it in the way that I loved Perdido Street Station. I was right. They are two very different books. Where Perdido was one fantastic, magical surprise after another, The Scar has more subtle depths. And for that, I think I love The Scar even more.Scars are not injuries, Tanner Sack. A scar is a healing. After an injury, a scar is what makes you whole.In The Scar, Miéville takes the idea of the scar and mines it for every possible metaphor and mean [...]


    22. This violent, pointless voyage has been sopping with blood. I feel thick and sick with it. And that is all: contingent and brutal without meaning. There is nothing to be learnt here. No ecstatic forgetting. There is no redemption in the sea.Miéville is certainly more focused here than in Perdido Street Station, a streamlined set of characters wrestle with duplicity, inefficient energy policy and the ambiguity of exile. Guile finds a quaint representation, which is always of interest. I loved al [...]


    23. So far my favorite Miéville's book.Again main star is one very fascinating city but very different one. New crobuzone is filthy, dream shattering capitalist metropolis, pirate city Armada tries to be opposite. While in Perdido street station he criticizes capitalism in The scar he takes shots at communism and socialism, which I did find bit surprising as Miéville is left wing political activist. Other than fascinating city this book features multilayered story, well developed characters and cr [...]


    24. These might not be the most coherent thoughts I've written.I am exhausted. I wasn't allowed to choose one side and stick to it. I kept switching. And I loved it.The Scar is more adventure than Perdido Street Station and not just because most of it happens on a floating pirate city. There are mysteries, lies and betrayals, spies, monsters, magic, naval battles and so on. It's not even a spoiler; after you read the description of the book, you expect nothing less.Bellis Coldwine, one of the protag [...]


    25. Salubrious. Pugnacious. Ossified. Juddering.These are not words that I am using to describe China Mieville's writing, but words that China Mieville uses to describe, well, everything. The most irritating part of his otherwise excellent Perdido Street Station is still very much in play in The Scar - that is, Mieville is still kinda unsure of himself, he still feels the need to prove himself, and his method of choice is Big Long Vocabulary Words.The problem is that he latches onto one, and then us [...]


    26. I love China Miéville. His imagination has no bounds and each book he writes is original. As usual his world building in this book is phenomenal. Who else could have created mosquito people whose men are harmless herbivores while the women (six foot tall but flying just like mosquitoes) crave blood and can suck a human dry in minutes. And then there is the creation called Armada, a floating city formed by attaching hundreds of boats together. I loved his descriptions of how the parks and librar [...]


    27. Miéville writes beautiful descriptions. Everything else about this book was a slog to get through, from the monologues he has characters give in the midst of battles to the repetitious similes. Another annoying tick: characters had (incredibly obvious) realizations and then spent pages thinking about how much their mind was blown. Yes yes, we get it, your whole universe is rocked on its axis by the very idea that, say, a spy might have collected plans for an invasion. Let's get on with the stor [...]


    28. I think this book falls into the category of just not really my thing. There are some books of China Miéville that I have really loved - Embassytown being my favorite so far. I think there was less going on in that world, and because of that, characters were free to tell more of a story. In this novel, there are so many creatures and places and intrigue to describe, it was hard to settle in to any of it in an enjoyable way. I think I would have really liked the reluctant librarian hostage as un [...]


    29. Tengo un conocimiento que no puedo utilizar, en un viaje que no puedo controlar, con metas que ni comparto ni comprendo. Y siento nostalgia por un hogar del que tuve que huir y por un lugar que jamás he visto. Heredero del más frenético romanticismo iconográfico, esta segunda entrega del universo ficticio de Bas-Lag ofrece un lienzo deslumbrante, heterodoxo y estridente del mundo marino y sus recónditas criaturas. Siguiendo los patrones de la novela clásica de aventuras, el autor se aparec [...]


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