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Another Fabulous Work
on September 23, 2017
I can always count on China Miéville to write an outstanding, mindbendingly great novel. Embasstown is one in a long line of these. It deals with one of my favorite issues: how language controls thought. We have aliens with a unique type of language where only truths can be told and people become similes. There are human ambassadors that have been surgically enhanced to communicate with these aliens as multi-voiced, sentient life forms. The government has its own secret plans for the aliens, the colony and the planet. Throw in a spy, a obsessed linguist and a visionary alien into their midst and stir vigorously. The result is an unexpected and thought provoking tale.
If you haven't read Miéville before, you may want to start with The Kracken, which is a bit lighter work out on the brain, but definitely dive right in. My favorite is The City in the City - a little book with a big punch, but decide for yourself. He is habit forming.