China Mieville's Embassytown

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  1. SLASH

    SLASH Registered User

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    not much info really but came across this at:http://thewertzone.blogspot.com/ can't wait :)

    "Embassytown: a city of contradictions on the outskirts of the universe.

    Avice is an immerser, a traveller on the immer, the sea of space and time below the everyday, now returned to her birth planet. Here on Arieka, humans are not the only intelligent life, and Avice has a rare bond with the natives, the enigmatic Hosts - who cannot lie.

    Only a tiny cadre of unique human Ambassadors can speak Language, and connect the two communities. But an unimaginable new arrival has come to Embassytown. And when this Ambassador speaks, everything changes.

    Catastrophe looms. Avice knows the only hope is for her to speak directly to the alien Hosts."


    Mieville will also be undertaking an American tour for the book, visiting New York, Washington DC, Boston, Seattle and Portland. I'm also hearing that Mieville's entire backlist is going to be repackaged in the UK with new cover art.

    Embassytown will be published on 6 May 2011 and will be 432 pages in hardcover (not 208, as is being listed in some quarters) and tradeback.
     
  2. Westsiyeed

    Westsiyeed The Fifth Dominion

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    Very much looking forward to this.
     
  3. DurzoBlint

    DurzoBlint http://tinyurl.com/363ogv

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    I don't know what to make of it. Sounds similar to The City and The City just slightly altered. Should be interesting one way or another. May wait for others to read it first before I take a shot on it.
     
  4. columbob

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    So how do you pronounce that name? Av-EESE or Av-ICE?

    I'll read it as soon as Amazon.ca sends it to me. And it sounds nothing like The City and the City.
     
  5. Westsiyeed

    Westsiyeed The Fifth Dominion

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    Yeah. But they both have at least a city in them :)
     
  6. columbob

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    As with every book by China.
     
  7. Stephen Palmer

    Stephen Palmer Author of novels

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    Looking forward to it.
     
  8. suciul

    suciul Read interesting books

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    I finished the book and it was as good as i expected; the same narrative space as City and the City but this time with aliens for which language is intrinsically tied with their sentience and written in the author's great style with superb world building, though the story itself turned out to be much more familiar at least for experienced sf readers who probably have seen it quite a few times before, of course in a different set-up, so I could tell from a long way from the end what will roughly happen

    Still this does not detract from the achievement of the novel and I highly recommended it, while it will be a top novel of mine in 2011
     
  9. Hedrigall

    Hedrigall Oh dear Jabber...

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    I've read it too, and wrote my review:




    Great book! Now I'm wishing I hadn't got it early, I have to wait longer than everyone else for his NEXT book (2012 hopefully) :p
     
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  10. Westsiyeed

    Westsiyeed The Fifth Dominion

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    My favourite books (apart from Iron Council :() - I do like the sound of this!
     
  11. Rob B

    Rob B \m/ BEER \m/ Staff Member

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    Since this is a Science Fiction novel, I'm moving it to the SF Forum.
     
  12. spaziocain

    spaziocain lost thing

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    I'm really looking forwards to Embassytown. I still haven't read Kraken, which I hear is very good, but I've very much enjoyed his Bas-Lag books and The City & the City was amazing.
     
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    spaziocain lost thing

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    Review from PW (starred):

     
  14. kcf

    kcf Nobody in Particular

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    I read this one a couple of months ago, but just posted my review. It's up to the usual quality of of Mieville and a nice and refreshing jump into science fiction. Below is an excerpt from my review.

     
  15. sdelu

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    psikeyhackr Live Long & Suffer

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    Now there is a trick I haven't seen.

    It looks like copy to clipboard works but when you paste you get garbage.

    signing up on a merchant
    wknckcn vp oc h bfygdhcz

    They are doing some kind of substitution. The first line yields the second line but how is it readable but scrambled to the clipboard?

    It looks like a simple substitution code. I could probably write a C program to unscramble it. It would be interesting just to unscramble it and put it on the net. If they want to encourage people to read it by giving away the 1st 50 pages why scramble it?

    psik
     
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  17. sdelu

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    That IS weird. I read it on the site, so I hadn't noticed that.

    I guess they want people to read it, but they want to control where the excerpt is published. Which makes no sense, really, because someone could just type the whole thing up if he or she really had a mind to do so.
     
  18. Twinner

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    Is this book a 'stand alone' or part of a series?

    Also, are these works of Mieville a big 'jump' from fantasy works? I have in the past enjoyed reading Donaldson, Asimov, Heinlien, Harlan Ellison, Dick, Clarke, and others but have not actually chosen a Sci-Fi book for many years as I have gravitated more toward fantasy (GRRM, Abercrombie, Lynch, and others).

    Thanks!
     
  19. Stephen Palmer

    Stephen Palmer Author of novels

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    It's a standalone I think.
     
  20. Hobbit

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    Definitely standalone. China said that he's preferring to do that at the moment, though 'never say never' that there won't be sequels or stories set in the same universe. Same with City and the City.

    Mark