- Hardcover: 424 pages
- Publisher: Del Rey Books (15 May 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780345524522
- ISBN-13: 978-0345524522
- ASIN: 0345524527
- Product Dimensions: 14.8 x 3.6 x 21.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,396,458 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"'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" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Venture into the Railsea - an epic journey for readers of all ages. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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The base story is a straightforward rites of passage adventure, not unlike Neil Gaiman's Stardust but based on Moby Dick ( well partly anyway). There is also an element of Anime, at least that's what it feels like, in the twin adventurers that form part of the story. I can just see this story as an anime similar to Steamboy. But the real grabber is the imagination of a world, not quite like ours, with a sea made of rails and the trains that run over them. Absolutely brilliant and don't miss the side references slipped in to give a history of the rails. This is only book and only writter I know that could slip in references to Beeching, Mary Anning and the Fat Contoller whilst chasing a large yellow mole across a sea of rails.
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Readers explore a world in which, unsurprisingly, train tracks cover most of the surface much like our ocean covers everything below... well, sea level. Some rocky islands are free of rails and of the poisoned soil beneath them. On these islands are the world's ports and cities. A variety of trains traverse the sea of rails. Some perform tasks similar to our familiar ocean-going ships: trade, exploration, "naval" military engagement, and even piracy. Others have stranger missions. There are trains that hunt the dangerous animals that burrow rapidly though the toxic soil. And there are the mysterious Angels that repair the rails for reasons of their own.
The railsea itself is such a well-crafted integration of the familiar and fantastic that it easily steals the reader's attention from the book's human characters. The characters' actions are interesting, but seem incidental compared to the continuing flow of new information about the railsea.Read more ›
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China Mieville has a brilliant and vivid imagination. Like his other books, this one is astonishing.Published 4 months ago by Queensparkranger
A lot of people find China Miéville's prose to be spectacular, mighty inventive and original. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Lola
I'm not much given to science fiction/fantasy but this got a good review in the Times. Once you're over the idea of giant moles, the description of a planet criss crossed only with... Read morePublished 9 months ago by james n v cardew
A steampunk masterpiece with prose that makes the tongue dance. The vivid, abstract landscapes he designs transports me to the Railsea and I wish to spend more time there.Published 9 months ago by Danny Q
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