The Scar by China Mieville

Another evocative story from the mind of China Mieville. Our prime POV is Bellis Coldwine, a language scholar forced to leave New Crobuzon to a colony far across the sea. She gains a berth on a ship as a translator but soon finds herself drawn into a quest that was hatched on the floating pirate …

The City & the City by China Mieville

A good if somewhat strange book. It’s basically a straight forward detective story apart from its location. It’s set in the twin cities of Beszel and Il Quoma. These are not two cities that sit across a river from each other but rather they co-exist alongside each other in the same geographical location. Some streets …

Perdido Street Station by China Mieville

This was an exceptional book, I’m still not sure what to make of it. Set entirely in a city called New Crobuzon this is a secondary world, weird urban fantasy. It has a kind of late 19th, early 20th century technology vibe to it with steam powered machines and automations, magic (thaumaturgy) is present but …

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