"'Fiction of the new century' Neil Gaiman 'Mieville's work is thrillingly imaginative... immensely witty and utterly unforgettable' Scotland on Sunday 'One of the most imaginative young writers around in any kind of fiction' Guardian 'Mieville's imagined societies may be fantastic, but they are utterly coherent... wonderfully infectious' " --Daily Telegraph
'China Miéville's powerful adventure is a delight... What kind of novel might someone produce if he had been influenced by writers such as Joan Aiken, the Awdrys, Daniel Defoe, Ursula Le Guin, Herman Melville, Robert Louis Stevenson, the Strugatsky Brothers and Spike Milligan? The answer is Railsea, China Miéville's latest book, a wildly inventive crossover/young adult fantasy with elements of SF and trains, lots of trains, all done with the kind of brio of which most writers can only dream... Yet for all this, the book's chief glory is its prose. Every sentence is packed with wit, strange but appropriate neologisms, and jostling clusters of consonants that are there for no other reason than sheer delight in language...Once I'd tuned into the rhythm, it wasn't long before I was happy to let the story rattle along on its rails with me clinging desperately to the caboose.' --Guardian
'Through his young protagonist's eyes, Miéville presents a future world that is wondrous and believable in equal measures, while never easing the pace of a runaway train ride of a novel.' --Independent on Sunday
'The plot is typically adventuresome, especially as the book is aimed at the young adult audience, but it has pleasures for the adult reader as well. The extended witty deconstruction of Moby-Dick is probably the funniest thing Miéville has ever written.'
"'Fiction of the new century' Neil Gaiman 'Mieville's work is thrillingly imaginative... immensely witty and utterly unforgettable' Scotland on Sunday 'One of the most imaginative young writers around in any kind of fiction' Guardian 'Mieville's imagined societies may be fantastic, but they are utterly coherent... wonderfully infectious' --Daily Telegraph
'At heart it is a gripping adventure yarn in the mould of Kidnapped, Treasure Island and Robinson Crusoe, with a lively mix of reversals of fortune, break-neck escapes, narrow scrapes and even an abnormally intelligent animal sidekick' --Financial Times
'This is an exuberantly imagined new-weird novel which offers a mash-up of Moby Dick and steampunk. Ostensibly written for the young-adult market, it s clever, playful and bizarre enough to satisfy the many not-so-young adult fans of the extraordinary China Mieville.' --Daily Mail