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- Listening Length: 17 hours and 47 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Audible Studios
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 8 Sept. 2011
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005LVYH66
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Iron Council: New Crobuzon, Book 3 Audiobook – Unabridged
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The first book had New Crobuzon, The Scar was set on the floating city of Armarda and both of these were rich and vivid, full of life.
A lot of Iron Council is set out in the wide world, it's almost a wild west novel, and there is no strong sense of place that China Mieville normally does so well.
The journey across the landscape was interesting and eventful, and I loved the parts set in New Crobuzon. I also liked the descriptions of all the different races and the remade, and there's a lot of magic in this book, which is always a good thing!
I actually really enjoyed the first two-thirds of the book, but after that it gets into the heavy subjects and it gets very serious, and maybe a bit bogged down in it. The right at the end, things start happening so fast it's hard to keep up with it all.
Iron Council is a very political novel, it's about imperialism, corporatism, terrorism and revolution, touching on prejudice and discrimination. It's interesting to read about and certainly made me think, but it was difficult to get through the end. I had to make myself go back to finish the last 40 pages.
In doing so he treats the English Language as a watch-maker who is forced to mend a watch with a plastic spatula - it is so inadequate for the task at hand that Mieville invents a vast new lexicon to help himself describe the weirdity he has invented. Absolutists beware - it is rarely worth reaching for the dictionary as he has moved English on a phase and the dictionary has yet to catch up.
This is not a book for the prudish - his characters are raw, mainly male and spend quality time with each other and aliens. They are made to suffer physically and emotionally, perhaps helping us to divine the author's world view - this book presents life as a bitter struggle against domination by others, the oppression lifted only by hope for the future and stolen moments with those you love.
If you are looking for an easy read - this isn't it. It is no surprise that in working the imagination and lexicon so hard, Mieville loses readers along the way. So many literary special effects detract from the characters who generate little affection, and the plot itself is quite simplistic - just follow the spirals.
Despite that, there is real joy to be had throughout this book.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good but not as good as Perdido St Station or The Scar. Gets lost up its own fundament a bit and not an easy read for sure but has some fantastic sequences and memorable... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Simon Migliano
A good book but for me the weakest of the books set in Bas Lag. If you haven't already done so, I'd recommend Perdido street station and The scar before this book, both of which... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Shane MacLaughlin
I was really disappointed by this book, which has nothing in common with author's previous book 'Perdido Street Station'. Read morePublished on 4 Mar. 2015 by Natalia McGinness