Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Other Sellers on Amazon
+ $3.99 shipping
+ $3.99 shipping
The Scar (Bas-Lag) Paperback – Deckle Edge, June 25, 2002
|New from||Used from|
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
In the third book in an astounding, genre-breaking run, China Miéville expands the horizon beyond the boundaries of New Crobuzon, setting sail on the high seas of his ever-growing world of Bas Lag.
The Scar begins with Miéville's frantic heroine, Bellis Coldwine, fleeing her beloved New Crobuzon in the peripheral wake of events relayed in Perdidio Street Station. But her voyage to the colony of Nova Esperium is cut short when she is shanghaied and stranded on Armada, a legendary floating pirate city. Bellis becomes the reader's unbelieving eyes as she reluctantly learns to live on the gargantuan flotilla of stolen ships populated by a rabble of pirates, mercenaries, and press-ganged refugees. Meanwhile, Armada and Bellis's future is skippered by the "Lovers," an enigmatic couple whose mirror-image scarring belies the twisted depth of their passion. To give up any more of Miévilles masterful plot here would only ruin the voyage through dangerous straits, political uprisings, watery nightmares, mutinous revenge, monstrous power plays, and grand aspirations.
Miéville's skill in articulating brilliantly macabre and involving descriptions is paralleled only by his ability to set up world-moving plot twists that continually blow away the reader's expectations. Man-made mutations, amphibious aliens, transdimensional beings, human mosquitoes, and even vampires are merely neighbors, coworkers, friends, and enemies coexisting in the dizzying tapestry of diversity that is Armada. The Scar proves Miéville has the muscle and talent to become a defining force as he effortlessly transcends the usual clichés of the genre. --Jeremy Pugh
From Publishers Weekly
In this stand-alone novel set in the same monster-haunted universe as last year's much-praised Perdido Street Station, British author Mieville, one of the most talented new writers in the field, takes us on a gripping hunt to capture a magical sea-creature so large that it could snack on Moby Dick, and that's just for starters. Armada, a floating city made up of the hulls of thousands of captured vessels, travels slowly across the world of Bas-Lag, sending out its pirate ships to prey on the unwary, gradually assembling the supplies and captive personnel it needs to create a stupendous work of dark magic. Bellis Coldwine, an embittered, lonely woman, exiled from the great city of New Crobuzon, is merely one of a host of people accidentally trapped in Armada's far-flung net, but she soon finds herself playing a vital role in the byzantine plans of the city's half-mad rulers. The author creates a marvelously detailed floating civilization filled with dark, eccentric characters worthy of Mervyn Peake or Charles Dickens, including the aptly named Coldwine, a translator who has devoted much of her life to dead languages; Uther Doul, the superhuman soldier/scholar who refuses to do anything more than follow orders; and Silas Fennec, the secret agent whose perverse magic has made him something more and less than human. Together they sail through treacherous, magic-ridden seas, on a quest for the Scar, a place where reality mutates and all things become possible. This is state-of-the-art dark fantasy and a likely candidate for any number of award nominations. (July 2). Forecast: Perdido Street Station won the Arthur C. Clarke Award and the British Fantasy Award. A major publicity push including a six-city author tour should help win new readers in the U.S.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
<img src="http://www.curufea.com/games/crobuzon/scar.jpg" height="233px" width="357px" alt="Armada"></img>
But the Armada is definitely more than just rag tag convoy of assembled ships.It is basically a flourishing city like <b>New Corbuzon</b> where engineers,shopkeepers, doctors and costermongers(can help using this word :P) go to work everyday.It is divided into district of ships like Garwarter,Dry Fall,Curshouse and Shaddler and each of these districts have their unique set of rulers and unique set of taxes.
The most powerful of districts is basically the Garwarter district and it is basically ruled <b>The Lovers</b> who love to have symmetrical cuts on each other faces and get some kind of orgasmic high from that.The district which is in direct opposition to Garwarter is basically the Dry fall which is basically ruled by Vampir yes you heard me right there are Vampires on these convoy of ships too known as Brucolac.
The book basically starts with Bellis Coldwine who is basically a linguist and she is running away from <b>New corbuzon</b> as she is being hunted by the militia as she was an ex lover of <b>Issac</b> our renegade scientist from first book.On this ship she meets a host of characters like <b>Johannes Tearfly</b> and <b>Silas Fennec</b> also unknown to her who will play a larger part in the story are sailor <b>Shekel</b> and a remade <b>Tanner Sack</b>, out of them Tanner Sack is being escorted to Nova esperium so that he can spend rest of his life as slave.
<img src="http://outtherebooks.files.wordpress.com/2011/10/tanner_sack_by_trabbold.jpg" height="500px" width="500px" alt="Tanner sack"></img>
But unfortunately their ship gets hijacked and they are thrown into the new world of <b>Armada</b>,but although it is a pirate city but the city does not your average Captain Jack Sparrow like pirates but there is a structure to the society of Armada where in each member of the hijacked ship gets pressganged i.e. adopts to the culture of Armada and starts contributing to the city in one way or another.Th difference between personalities starts popping up as soon as this takes place because <b>Bellis</b> tries in vain to continuously struggle against the situation in which she is put and starts getting involved in murkier plots by <b>Silas Fennec</b> who has his own agenda to follow while the other people like <b>Tanner Sack</b> who is an engineer by profession adopts smoothly to the Armada culture, even the young boy <b>Shekel</b> manages to learn a lot of new things on Armada.
Also Armada has its own story where the lovers are doing something without taking their fellow rulers in consideration, we get a lot of murkier politics in the plot which is very fascinating to read, and finally we come to understand who is playing whom.And standing in the middle of these power games is powerful fighter known as <b>Uthar doul</b> who can change the rules of the game due to the possibility sword which he is using.
I think Mieville has outdone himself in <b>The scar</b>, his imagination has no boundaries.I think if he wouldn't have been an author then he would surely have become some kind of mad scientist, because the way he manages to walk the fine line between sci-fi and fantasy and mutation is simply mesmerizing.for me this book is 5/5 stars.