Embassytown

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Pan Macmillan, May 6, 2011 - Fiction - 432 pages
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Winner of the Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel, China Miéville's astonishing Embassytown is an intelligent and immersive exploration of language in an alien world.

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.

And that is impossible.

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User Review  - sinceyouasked - LibraryThing

Good but not great. Doesn't have the drive and drama of the Perdido Street Station. It also doesn't have some of the flaws of the New Crobuzon stuff (over-reliance on the word puissant, for example). Read full review

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User Review  - fhudnell - LibraryThing

There was a lot of bizarre, chaotic and intriguing world building in this book, but too little plot. It was all too strange for me. "I don't want to be a simile anymore, I want to be a metaphor." This ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

China Miéville lives and works in London. He is three-time winner of the prestigious Arthur C. Clarke Award (Perdido Street Station, Iron Council and The City & The City) and has also won the British Fantasy Award twice (Perdido Street Station and The Scar). The City & The City, an existential thriller, was published to dazzling critical acclaim and drew comparison with the works of Kafka and Orwell (The Times) and Philip K. Dick (Guardian).

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