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ISBN13: 9780345460011
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A mythmaker of the highest order, China Miéville has emblazoned the fantasy novel with fresh language, startling images, and stunning originality. Set in the same sprawling world of Miéville'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 Armadas agenda. The answer lies in the dark, amorphous shapes that float undetected miles below the waters — terrifying entities with a singular, chilling mission....

China Miéville is a writer for a new era — and The Scar is a luminous, brilliantly imagined novel that is nothing short of spectacular.


"Gritty, dark fiction at its finest....A captivating romp through a richly imagined universe." The Seattle Times


The winner of the 2003 British Fantasy/August Derleth Award for Best Novel is now in mass market paperback.

About the Author

China Miéville was born in London in 1972. When he was eighteen, he lived and taught English in Egypt, where he developed an interest in Arab culture and Middle Eastern politics. Miéville has a B.A. in social anthropology from Cambridge and a masters with distinction from the London School of Economics. His first novel, King Rat, was nominated for both an International Horror Guild Award and the Bram Stoker Prize. Perdido Street Station won the Arthur C. Clarke Award and was nominated for a British Science Fiction Association Award. He lives in England.

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Robert Rijkelijkhuizen, January 1, 2010 (view all comments by Robert Rijkelijkhuizen)
The Scar is China Mieville's second story set in the Bas-Lag universe, and continues the theme of struggle against the corrupt and venal government of the city of New Crubazon. This time, however, the protagonist is in exile, her flight taking her to the outlaw, floating polity of Armada, run by sinister yet intriguing characters and forced from one alarming journey to the next by its desperate circumstances. This novel features brilliant characterization, astonishing settings and intriguing alternative technologies.
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Mieville, China
Del Rey Books
Mieville, China
Fantasy - General
Fantasy fiction
Science Fiction - Adventure
Science Fiction - High Tech
Science / Adventure
Science Fiction and Fantasy-Fantasy
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