Anyone who’s read this site over the last few years knows of the high esteem in which China Miéville is held around here. I think he’s probably the most important . China Miéville’s Bas Lag series is somewhat unique in the realm of fantasy literature in that it keeps me coming back for more over and over. Following Perdido Street Station and The Scar, acclaimed author China Miéville returns with his hugely anticipated Del Rey hardcover debut. With a fresh and.

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But the plot was much weaker than that of Perdido and the Scar – while very creative and interesting, it didn’t really satisfy on a core storytelling level. The perpetual train is significant at two metaphorical levels. We live in a culture that desires fragmented stories; stories that are told quickly and chhina, so we can move on to the next tale.

Iron Council 14 31 Mar 10, And the politics, why not? While doing so, Judah spends idon with the Stiltspear, a race of indescribable creatures who can disguise themselves as trees and conjure golems, living creatures made from unliving matter.

Iron Council by China Miéville

The man can write. Although I think Iron Council is amazing, it’s not a book I’d hand anyone. Cutter’s search party includes a human couple, Elsie and Pomeroy, and Drogon, a “whisperer” who latches onto their group and saves their lives a few times. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published.

You can read any of these three in any order, but do yourself a favor and read “Perdido Street Station” then “The Scar” and only pick up “The Iron Council” if you have nothing better to irno. Cutter’s love for Judah is unrequited. Views Read Edit View history. But nothing that comes after in the book lives up to it.

The golemetrist here undergoes a transition, from a railway scout, engaged in genocide; to an amateur-xenologist-gone-native, whereupon he acquires golemetry skills; to radicalized mievillf worker; to senior revolutionary; and to several other roles, none insigificant.


And yet, he did not dwell in idealistic dreams of rebellions and such.

Iron Council by China Mieville book review

Both of these periods involved distinct and potentially fascinating stories in themselves, but Mieville inevitably paints these events only rather broad brush strokes; albeit brush strokes made with Mieville’s sardonic, descriptive flare. This one focuses on a tragic and costly c Enough imagination for eighty books. They are shopkeepers, loom-workers, minorities, and Remade criminals. One of the main problems with the book is the characters. In a councill where the fantastical and unusual is happening on a regular basis, it really helps if the writing puts a clear picture in the reader’s head, and if new concepts aren’t just tossed in without explanation.

Full of warped and memorable characters, this violent and intensely political novel smoothly combines elements of fantasy, science fiction, horror, even the western. See 1 question about Iron Council….

Cutter, a shop keeper and Judah’s on-and-off lover, organizes a iroh group to go into the wilderness of Bas-Lag to search for him. It was the workers against the corporation.

In desperation, a small group of renegades escapes from the city and crosses strange and alien concil in the search for a lost hope. Golems Made of Dust Judah Lowe, if not an augur or a saviour, nevertheless makes a valuable contribution to the Revolution with golems he fabricates out of dust, gas, sound and time.

They bravely incorporate sexual politics, economics, uprising, war, poverty and corruption, fleshing out Bas-Lag with a perspective that raises a middle couuncil to the more conservative traditions of fhina fiction.

New Crobuzon, the in famous festering filth of a city, believe it or not, has changed for the worse. Those issues aren’t new, and Mieville has already said a lot about them in the previous two books. A war — and no one is sure how it started — has broken out with a neighboring city-state called Tesh, and it effects are bleeding out into the countryside surrounding New Crobuzon. That pressure has later erupted into events like the Arab Spring, the Occupy movement and myriad of other bigger and smaller inequality related protests.


Perhaps it was just that I knew what to expect, but I didn’t find Mieville’s word pictures quite as shocking as I did in Perdido Street Station, though this might just be my own the numbness born of familiarity. I’m disappointed that Iron Council doesn’t have many prominent female characters, although Mieville does show consistently shows women in positions of leadership and usually writes “she or he” and “women and men” to place women in the forefront.

Perdido Street Station New Crobuzon: This book was fantastic. Published July 26th by Del Rey first published Mievklle anything, The Iron Councilwith its brief allusions to the events of Perdido Street Stationhasjust made me want to reread that first Bas-Lag novel all over again. Now, we’re in New Crobuzon again, along with tons of other places. The train which the Iron Council uses to return to New Crobuzon is described as the perpetual train.

One problem I do have with Mieville’s style in general, and with Iron Council in particular, is with his concentration upon descriptions, poetry and large scale events and landscapes, there were a number of occasions where he glossed over events a bit too quickly.

He affords his characters the moral freedom that only Revolution will bring us in its time. He describes it as “abnatural” rather than irron.

A division of the New Crobuzon militia is fast gaining on the train from behind, while in the city their forces have regained their strength and might be luring the Iron Council into a trap from which it will not escape alive. They disagreed, each took their own path, and and at the end of things, I still don’t know who was right.