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ISBN13: 9780345524508
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New York Times Bestseller

In the far future, humans have colonized a distant planet, home to the enigmatic Ariekei, sentient beings famed for a language unique in the universe, one that only a few altered human ambassadors can speak. Avice Benner Cho, a human colonist, has returned to Embassytown after years of deep-space adventure. She cannot speak the Ariekei tongue, but she is an indelible part of it, having long ago been made a figure of speech, a living simile in their language. When distant political machinations deliver a new ambassador to Arieka, the fragile equilibrium between humans and aliens is violently upset. Catastrophe looms, and Avice is torn between competing loyalties: to a husband she no longer loves, to a system she no longer trusts, and to her place in a language she cannot speak — but which speaks through her, whether she likes it or not.

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"I cannot emphasize enough how terrific this novel is. It's definitely one of the best books I've read in the past year, perfectly balanced between escapism and otherworldly philosophizing." Io9.com

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"Embassytown is a fully achieved work of art....Works on every level, providing compulsive narrative, splendid intellectual rigour and risk, moral sophistication, fine verbal fireworks and sideshows, and even the old-fashioned satisfaction of watching a protagonist become more of a person than she gave promise of being." Ursula K. Le Guin

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"A breakneck tale of suspense...disturbing and beautiful by turns. And yes — China Mieville's new novel is one of his best...I cannot emphasize enough how terrific this novel is." io9

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"The Kafkaesque writer journeys to the distant edges of the universe in his latest sci-fi thriller." Entertainment Weekly

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"Utterly astonishing....A major intellectual achievement." Kirkus Reviews

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"Brilliant storytelling....The result is a world masterfully wrecked and rebuilt." Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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"The most engrossing book I've read this year, and the latest evidence that brilliant, challenging, rewarding writing of the highest order is just as likely to be found in the section labeled Science Fiction as the one marked Literature." Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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"Original, sophisticated, bristling with subversive ideas, and filled with unforgettably alien images...an amazing, sometimes brutal rhapsody on the uses of language." The Christian Science Monitor

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"Richly conceived...Embassytown has the feel of a word-puzzle, and much of the pleasure of figuring out the logic of the world and the story comes from gradually catching the full resonance of its invented and imported words." The New York Times Book Review

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"Miéville [is] one of today's most exciting fabulist writers." Los Angeles Times

About the Author

China Miéville is the author of several books, including Perdido Street Station, The City & The City, and Kraken. His works have won the Hugo, the British Science Fiction Award (twice), the Arthur C. Clarke Award (three times) and the World Fantasy Award. He lives and works in London.

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h, July 26, 2013 (view all comments by h)
Miéville's novels are brilliant, and this is no exception. He invents worlds based on philosophical concepts but makes them work through keen world-building and plotting and sharp sentences. This is no exception. The premise here is linguistic, a language that's made up of doubled words that can be spoken only by natives and non-native twins; it will fascinate language theory-heads and fantasy lovers alike. But it's also masterfully paced. While dark this is less dark and less peopled with odd beings than other Miéville novels, which makes it more pared down but no less engaging.
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Jaida, January 5, 2013 (view all comments by Jaida)
China Mieville realizes all his potential in this brilliant book that tackles the intersections of language, mind, sentience, social structure, and brain function. This is one of the few really alien species any writer has developed (not just humans in different skins). It is one of the most riveting explorations of what it would be like to be in intimate contact with a truly alien way of thinking (in this case, without the human ability to think metaphorically) I have ever read. Earlier more dystopic books by Mieville tended to leave me cold, but this one has a protagonist I could empathize with. Altogether, it was a joy to engage as a reader with this very intelligent writer in this book. It is the single book I have most insisted everyone I know read this year.
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kaithedeadguy, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by kaithedeadguy)
Widdershins! An alien race incapable of lying, of truly understanding the concept, speaking simultaneously with two separate vocal organs controlled by a single intellect that does not recognize the utterances of a single vocal organ as language. A very satisfying story of humankind's interaction with this alien culture and the possible impact that it might have on both.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780345524508
Author:
Mieville, China
Publisher:
Del Rey Books
Subject:
Science / General
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-A to Z
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Science Fiction and Fantasy-Adventure
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Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20120131
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TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
8.2 x 5.4 x 0.71 in 0.6188 lb

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Product details 368 pages Del Rey Books - English 9780345524508 Reviews:
"Review" by , "I cannot emphasize enough how terrific this novel is. It's definitely one of the best books I've read in the past year, perfectly balanced between escapism and otherworldly philosophizing."
"Review" by , "Embassytown is a fully achieved work of art....Works on every level, providing compulsive narrative, splendid intellectual rigour and risk, moral sophistication, fine verbal fireworks and sideshows, and even the old-fashioned satisfaction of watching a protagonist become more of a person than she gave promise of being."
"Review" by , "A breakneck tale of suspense...disturbing and beautiful by turns. And yes — China Mieville's new novel is one of his best...I cannot emphasize enough how terrific this novel is."
"Review" by , "The Kafkaesque writer journeys to the distant edges of the universe in his latest sci-fi thriller."
"Review" by , "Utterly astonishing....A major intellectual achievement."
"Review" by , "Brilliant storytelling....The result is a world masterfully wrecked and rebuilt."
"Review" by , "The most engrossing book I've read this year, and the latest evidence that brilliant, challenging, rewarding writing of the highest order is just as likely to be found in the section labeled Science Fiction as the one marked Literature."
"Review" by , "Original, sophisticated, bristling with subversive ideas, and filled with unforgettably alien images...an amazing, sometimes brutal rhapsody on the uses of language."
"Review" by , "Richly conceived...Embassytown has the feel of a word-puzzle, and much of the pleasure of figuring out the logic of the world and the story comes from gradually catching the full resonance of its invented and imported words."
"Review" by , "Miéville [is] one of today's most exciting fabulist writers."
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