Iron Council (China Miéville)

Iron Council is the third novel in the Bas-Lag series by China Miéville.
Finished on: 4.6.2017
[Here are my reviews of the other books.]

Cutter knows he has to find the Iron Council, the perpetually moving train full of rebels and dissenters who fled New Crobuzon. Among those rebels is Judah, who Cutter used to be very close to. And now Cutter has gained knowledge that the New Crobuzon militia is ready to strike against the Iron Council. Meanwhile in New Crobuzon itself, things are brewing, too, and Ori knows he wants to have a part in it, a hopefully very active part.

As usual with Miéville, Iron Council takes work to read and it takes a little time to get into this. But it’s worth it to stick with it, as Miéville gives us not only a wonderfully intricate world and complex characters, but also an awesome political slant.

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The Scar (China Miéville)

The Scar is the second novel in the Bas-Lag series by China Miéville. [Here’s my review of the first book.]

Bellis Coldwine has to leave New Crobuzon, and quickly, too. That’s how she ends up on a ship on its way to the furthest off colonies that New Crobuzon has. The ship carries a ragtag mix of people – from scientist Johannes Tearfly to remade prisoners like Tanner Sack and even picks up a mysterious passenger on the way – Silas Fennec who orders the ship to turn back. But before they get very far, all of them are captured by pirates and have to restart their lives on the floating pirate city Armada.

I just wanted to start this review with the words that I liked this book even more than I liked the first one. But I don’t know if that’s true. I certainly liked Bellis more than Isaac, though I did like Isaac too. But both are absolutely brilliant books in very different ways.


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Perdido Street Station (China Miéville)

Perdido Street Station is the first novel in the Bas-Lag series by China Miéville.

Isaac is a scientist who doesn’t really conform to the scientific community, most of all because of his girlfriend Lin, who happens to be a khepri – an instect-woman. It’s a relationship that would be frowned upon if it were known. Lin is an artist and she’s approached for an unusual comission, while Isaac himself is also hired by Yagharek, a garuda – a bird-man. Yagharek’s wings were taken from him as a punishment and he hopes that Isaac can give him back his flight. But Isaac’s research takes him somewhere else entirely.

Perdido Street Station is a dense book, literally and figuratively. It took me way longer to read it than its length suggested, but I absolutely loved every page and minute of it. Great character, great plot and the usual beauty of Miéville’s prose.


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