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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Workers building the first transcontinental railroad, badly mistreated by their overseers, have literally stolen a train, laying track into the wild back-country west of the great city, tearing up track behind them, fighting off the militia sent to arrest them, even daring to enter the catotopic zone, that transdimensional continental scar where anything is possible. The Perpetual Train 71 33 May 16, Some of the revolutionaries fear that this is not a safe course of action.

There is also tension between the haves and the have nots in New Crobuzon. The text’s “to the Finland Station” moment is perpetually deferred at the novel’s conclusion–and thus the very Soviet post-February-pre-October dyarchy of the city resolves itself without the arrival of the setting’s Lenin.

This one focuses on a tragic and costly civil war and the idea of heroes and roles people decide to play. Maybe, because of the point of views of its characters.

Iron Council by China Miéville

But life does not work like that, life tends to reset itself towards the status quo with maybe small new hope brewing under the surface – and CM reflects this in his writing. To ask other readers questions about Iron Councilplease sign up.

How I wanted to read something different, something I could say didn’t rank equally with the other three novels by him that I have read? Whether the ending to Iron Council is a success or not I am genuinely not sure, indeed I suspect there are those whom it will frustrate in the extreme, and those who can see the beauty of it.


Another bizarre idea is the railroad for the Iron Council which is built just mievlile of the train and disassembled behind it, how is this logistically possible I am not sure chiba you mievlle get a lot done with thaumaturgy.

Indeed where the tragic ending of Perdido Street Station felt entirely justified though mievi,le wrenching, I don’t exactly know what my overall mueville is about the ending to Iron Council.

The train carries its track with it, picking it up and laying it down: The novel has a very compelling plot, and some of the most poetic and fantastic scenes in the whole Bas Lag sequence. Jul 09, Ariel rated it it was amazing Shelves: Not that these are not interesting topics – and admittedly, his other novels may also be more about milieu than about character Eventually the two story threads converge. There’s some metaphor to be found within the idea of a train, which is bound to go only where there is a railroad, representing one’s freedom.

It literally takes about pages for this book to get interesting, which is something I’m much more used to saying about Terry Goodkind.

Character histories are brought together around a revolution, histories which often resolve pretty badly. While the setting is recycled, protagonists are not and so each novel comes with a new set of personal journeys and character arcs.

He is quite a bit younger than Judah. An overseas war is going badly, and horrific, seemingly meaningless terrorist acts occur with increasing frequency.


Case in point is one of the finest novellas ever written Back in Igon Crobuzon, Ori is the New Crobuzon equivalent of a Marxist disenchanted with all the talk and ready for some good ol’ proletariat revolution.

Here is a dark man floating eerily above the treetops, here big cactus-men, here amphibious monsters than can sculpt water.

SF : Iron Council / China Miéville ★★½

So, by no means was Iron Council a bad novel. View all 19 comments.


Oct 02, Silvana rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Chapter 10 to end of Chapter 13 63 22 May 10, Of our three male protagonists, Judah is bisexual, his lover Cutter is gay, and we never learn Ori’s preference one way or another.

The second is Judah himself, an erstwhile railroad scout who has become the iconic golem-wielding hero of Iron Council’s uprising at the end of the tracks. It explores less of the amazing creatures and races that were first introduced in those two books.

It nevertheless defers judgment on the issue of which internal socialist tendency is superior. I’m very ambivalent about the fate of the Iron Council and the ending of the book. Iron Council 14 31 Mar 10, He lingers in every borough, makes us smell and taste and feel everything.

Imagine if one could be bought. In a book 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.

I read it, but I wasn’t really into the story. Judah is vain and self-involved. No amount of good intentions or lofty literary goals can overcome this mess of Pynchon-esque muddling mixed with a third-hand political plot.

We start by following a man named Cutter and the loose group of rebels who have joined with him to try to mievillee their stock messianic figure. There will be factions, within factions, among factions.

Blood on the tracks

Scary, endless supply of militia! This book had a lot of things going for it. The man can write.