Eliot would explain volumes on the substance of this novel. I really enjoyed the worldbuilding of railsea. Като цяло приключенските романи винаги ме оставят с леко тъжното усещане, че момченцата а по-късно младите мъже имат далеч по-смислени и интересни занимания от момиченцата, които изглежда в тях основно са притурка към обстановката, защото трябва да присъства някакъв скучен контрапункт в цялата работа. The story was well-developed and the characters were interesting. And oh, what a world! Biege cloth with gilt titles. If you want plot, don't bother.
They are joined by Naphi, who is now directionless following the death of Mocker-Jack. Welcome to the Railsea, a vast conglomeration of interconnected railroad tracks reaching to the limits of the known world. So, if it isn't obvious, I'm entirely in the tank for this author, but I do think this is one of his most enjoyable, most accessible, and even most successful books in years. A variety of trains traverse the sea of rails. The world building in this book is imaginative and top notch. It also reminds me of a more accessible version of China's Bas-Lag books. About this Item: Subterranean Press.
The story was well-developed and the characters were interesting. The original format for metafiction. This may be a clichéd idea, but is exactly how I felt getting into the story. Another good reason to avoid collapse, I suppose. No two books are written similarly. When they come across a wrecked train, at first it's a welcome distraction. Sham falls haphazardly into the narrative but quickly becomes an active participant, making tough choices and managing to be brave and terrified at the same time.
Each of these animals represents a theory to that captain, who endlessly obsesses over its meaning. Therefore, my impression of this book may be somewhat colored by all the above. Among some 17 writers and artists he cites, the most modern are Penelope Lively, Ursula Le Guin, and Charles Platt. I thought that device was charming, conjuring up images in my mind of storytellers sitting in front of the fire or at a pub. The rail-people cast their fishing lines a stern in hopes to get the catch of the day. Yeah, it's kinda like Moby-Dick-with-trains, only it's not, too--far May 2012 Are those moldywarpe bones towering over New Crobuzon? It's the unabashedly weird, the hints of some truly spectacularly interesting worldbuilding, the use of small furry creatures, and the totally meta reimagining of classics, distilled into what could almost be a children's tale of adventure, including trains on the high seas, pirates, and One Huge Goal.
Mieville has created a dystopian world covered in railway ties with skies poisoned by chemicals and filled with monstrous, alien creatures who feast on those who get too close. Чайна Миевил е отделил доста време върху изграждането на атмосферата — от подземната, през морелсовата, та чак до небесата, които също гъмжат от разни странни животни. There is a genius engine under his hood. There are not really any major twists or turns to speak of, but that is alright too. The method of the hunt wonderfully emulates that of 19th century whale hunting with harpoons targeted when the beast breaches. I was constantly laughing out loud in the way that you laugh at someone who you are never quite sure recognizes how truly clever they are. But what Sham finds in the derelict--a kind of treasure map indicating a mythical place untouched by iron rails--leads to considerably more than he'd bargained for.
But I just don't know. There is the matter of language that others found worrisome, but I slid right into it. Sham enters it, discovering a corpse and a camera buried in the ground. Continuing on by foot, Sham, the Shroakes, and Naphi discover an old town where the rail lines end. I'm not sure if the language of the novel was a net positive or a net negative. Here, he's also playing with other tropes and conventions of Romanticism and Victorian literature, as well as more modern fantasy even his own -- equal parts Treasure Island, Robinson Crusoe, and Perdido Street Station. This book is for young teenagers and China Miéville fans, anyone else interested in trying this author might want to look elsewhere.
The steampunk world he creates in Railsea—a diseased deceased, even world where the soil is so polluted and so infested with monsters that walking on it means certain death for any human foolish enough to try it—is downright horrible and yet very entertaining. Soon he's hunted on all sides, by pirates, trainsfolk, monsters and salvage-scrabblers. It is part fantasy, part dystopian, a smattering of steampunk and science fiction, and all Mieville. It's like Huck Finn in the sense that the reader knows more than the narrator; at least about some things. Also, like , his book for middle grade readers, there are a lot of cool pictures, drawn by the author himself! Mieville paints the Railsea with almost as much detail as he does his pinnacle achievement the city of New Crobuzon from Perdio Street Station. There's a bunch of creative adjectives and nouns mixed up in this one. I'm too conflicted and ambivilent to quantify my feelings right now.
So I grabbed this book when I was away at a convention and needed something to read. Photo: Ceridwen China Miéville lives and works in London. What we know from the beginning of this book is that this world is obviously recovering from some apocalypse that befell a more advanced technological civilization. First, it's an actual novel; not part one of a ten book serial. This book is one of my favorite reads of 2012. And then they are finished.
Burrowing owls, digging rats, beetles as big as a car, and worms the size of the trains themselves. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. The first edition of this novel was published in May 15th 2012, and was written by China Mieville. Soon he's hunted on all sides, by pirates, trainsfolk, monsters and salvage-scrabblers. But, there may just be something beyond the rails, if the characters in this story are determined and lucky enough to see their way through to the end of the world.