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“A fully achieved work of art.”—Ursula K. Le Guin
“The most engrossing book I’ve read this year, and the latest evidence that brilliant, challenging, rewarding writing of the highest order is just as likely to be found in the section labeled Science Fiction as the one marked Literature.”—Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
“Original, sophisticated, bristling with subversive ideas, and filled with unforgettably alien images . . . an amazing, sometimes brutal rhapsody on the uses of language.”—The Christian Science Monitor
“Richly conceived . . . Embassytown has the feel of a word-puzzle, and much of the pleasure of figuring out the logic of the world and the story comes from gradually catching the full resonance of its invented and imported words.”—The New York Times Book Review
“Miéville’s swing-for-the-fences gusto thrills. This is Big Idea Sci-Fi at its most propulsively readable.”—Entertainment Weekly
“Miéville [is] one of today’s most exciting fabulist writers.”—Los Angeles Times
Too much time and effort has been devoted to describing and explaining the world, and too little to character and plot development.
I found the story to be engaging, the main characters to be intriguing, and the philosophical and linguistic speculations at the heart of the story to be fascinating.
I usually will at least speedread through the rest of a book just to see what happens, but I couldn't even be bothered to do that - I was that bored with it.
Slow building through the first 2/3 of the book. Imaginative and complex, and that tended to make it a bit of a slow read at times.Published 21 days ago by Paul Bentz
Not his best but still heads and shoulders above many other writers.Published 1 month ago by J. Rogers
You lost me when you said the woman had been in several previous marriages - a couple with women. I figured if homosexuality was important enough to you to make the statement early... Read morePublished 1 month ago by D. Pullman
I loved the Bas Lag books. This one? Not so much. It is a difficult read tho say the least.Published 2 months ago by Russell B.
A long lay out of this 'immerworld or Embassytown', which 'frames' (or penetrates?) this story by China Mieville, is how the book starts. Read morePublished 3 months ago by F. Meier
I started with un-Lon-dun and was hooked on Mieville! Now after Embassy town I can safely say he stands alone as one of the greatest steam punk writers of our time.Published 3 months ago by himalyanduck
This book had a great premise, and as a linguist I really liked the idea that language (or Language) could be a character in a novel. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Stuart Jackson
A superb literary achievement, Embassytown made me wish what I never thought I'd want - that China Mieville will stop writing different books and write at least 10 books in this... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Tudor Ciocarlie
I have a feeling this audiobook review is going to get dumped into the generic review of the book...as always. The narrator, in a word: terrible. Read morePublished 4 months ago by whitepawn