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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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Lindoula - LibraryThing
As a linguist, this book caught my attention from its first mention of languages. Lots of authors aim to have an alien language that's really different from Earth languages (or, let's face it, just ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser 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