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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.
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 15 days ago by whitepawn
An exploration on what Language tries to express and how this impacts the culture. Set on a distant planet, the humans live in a city with their alien hosts. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Stuart Lutzenhiser
China Mieville has a truly extraordinary imagination, and Embassytown makes full use of it. Successfully portraying "alienness" is arguably impossible as authors have only... Read morePublished 19 days ago by REM
Fun enough, but the basic premise about how language works is pretty silly.Published 21 days ago by Catherine A
interesting concept but really could have done with some judicious editingPublished 1 month ago by Padraic Fallon
Very heady stuff - certainly not a light and easy read. Complex concepts that aren't necessarily easy to grasp, but worth the effort.Published 1 month ago by Stanley Townsend
Not all Hugo nominees are worth reading. I've choked on a couple recently. Some winners may get a PC boost. But Embassytown is the real trip. Weird, tight and new. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jerry G
Language relationship to sentience is the main theme of this book. Mieville explores the nature of sentience as it intersects with language in an interstellar world of exotic... Read morePublished 3 months ago by factoid junkie
One of the main reasons for reading speculative fiction is to be immersed in the strange. Whether reading something cartoonish and light, like Ring World, or serious and dense,... Read morePublished 3 months ago by bmbower