Miéville (The Scar, Perdido Street Station) weaves his epic out of familiar and heavily political themes--imperialism, fascism, conquest, and Marxism--all seen through a darkly cast funhouse mirror wherein even language is distorted and made beautifully grotesque. Improbably evoking Jack London and Victor Hugo, Iron Council is a twisted frontier fable cleverly combined with a powerful parable of Marxist revolution that continues Miéville's macabre remaking of the fantasy genre. --Jeremy Pugh --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The ideas, the world, the characters were much more intriguing and memorable.
The author's excellent descriptive writing style also seemed a bit absent although it did appear at several points in the book (the swamp for example).
The two stories have very little to do with one another, and I found the first story to be flat and dull.
It has taken a few years to finish the Bas-Lag cycle, by design. Perdido Street Station was such a revelation to me that I purposely delayed reading the entire series for as long... Read morePublished 16 days ago by Jason Gordon
When IRON COUNCIL ends, it brings both THE SCAR and PERDIDO STREET STATION to a close with it. The third and final book in China Mieville’s Bas-Lab trilogy picks up a buried theme... Read morePublished 6 months ago by B R Sanders
After reading Perdido Street Station and The Scar, I was disapointed by Iron Council. The story is devoid of meaning. Read morePublished 6 months ago by M. Landry
If I were honest, I would be bound to write that "Iron Council" is painfully obvious and irritating propaganda, almost as irritating as one in "The Atlas Shrugged" of Ayn Rand. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Matko Vladanovic
I read Perdido Street Station, The City & the City and The Scar. I had no problems with any of the three and enjoyed each sufficiently to purchase the next. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
First and foremost, it should be said that I am a huge fan of China Mieville's work: while I have only read his three Bas-Lag novels (this, and Perdido Street Station and The Scar)... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Brian Driver
This guy is a great writer who just happens to write fantasy. He's been compared to Mervyn Peake and his writing shares that kind of oddball quality that makes the Gormendghast... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Howard B. Halpin