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EmbassytownIn The Far Future, Humans Have Colonized A Distant Planet, Home To The Enigmatic Ariekei, Sentient Beings Famed For A Language Unique In The Universe, One That Only A Few Altered Human Ambassadors Can Speak.Avice Benner Cho, A Human Colonist, Has Returned To Embassytown After Years Of Deep Space Adventure She Cannot Speak The Ariekei Tongue, But She Is An Indelible Part Of It, Having Long Ago Been Made A Figure Of Speech, A Living Simile In Their Language.When Distant Political Machinations Deliver A New Ambassador To Arieka, The Fragile Equilibrium Between Humans And Aliens Is Violently Upset Catastrophe Looms, And Avice Is Torn Between Competing Loyalties To A Husband She No Longer Loves, To A System She No Longer Trusts, And To Her Place In A Language She Cannot Speak Yet Speaks Through Her.

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    Now the Ariekei were learning to speak, and to think, and it hurt I m addicted to language we all are While reading this book, I thought about language I haven t really thought about it from the standpoint of it not existing or that it is something to be discovered, like traces of gold in a California riverbed I don t remember a time when I didn t have language The ability to express myself has served me well Not that I haven t said the wrong thing or said the right thing at the wrong time, but I usually have the ability to explain further and give what I say deeper meaning I can change minds and can have my mind changed by exchanging words Language is the foundation of who we are Few people can speak the language of the Hosts referred to only as Language , as it requires the orator to speak two words at once those humans Terre who can are genetically engineered twins known as Ambassadors, bred solely for this purpose The Ambassadors speak with two mouths and one mind and as such can be understood by the Ariekei who do not recognise any other form of communication Wikipedia gave me some help sorting out the exact nature of how the Ariekei communicated The humans refer to them as The Hosts, which is exactly what they are The...


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    BLARGH this guy This guy needs to be stopped He is using all the ideas He is taking all the genres I was going to delete that but it got 10 votes, so it can stay The sentiment still rings true Stop using up all the ideas, you limey bastard INTERIOR Parking garage Almost every space is full The only opening is a narrow space labeled Compact Car To its left sits a SHINY MOTORCYCLE. A BLACK LEXUS creeps into view The driver is irritated, swinging his head back and forth in search of a parking spot He spies the open space DRIVER Yes, finally sees sign Fuuuck considers Screw it The driver attempts to pull into the small space He cuts the corner to closely and bumps the motorcycle, which FALLS OVER DRIVER SHIT Backing quickly out of the space, he attempts to drive away, but accidentally shifts into second, stalls DRIVER Goddammit Suddenly, a MENACING BALD MAN appears, slamming his fists against the driver s window MENACING BALD MAN OY MATE WOT THE FUCK That s my bike Driver continues to try to get his car in gear MBM Hey arsehole Pounds on glass Open this wind...


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    Sometimes words can shatter worlds Especially when they are like this I don t want to be a simile any, I said I want to be a metaphor. This book lived up to all my expectations No, it did not quite knock The Scar off its Mi villish pedestal but it came pretty damn close to it It is by far my favorite Mieville book I reread it and listened to it times than I can remember I loved it so much, and yet when a colleague politely asked what it was about when I told him I stayed up half the night before taking call to read it I could not figure out how to describe it in a few words So I ll remedy it now.What IS this book about It s about language, of course, or rather Language It s about the inevitable and destructive culture clashes It s about the painful casualty filled struggle between the New and the Old It s about the allures and the dangers of power It s about inability to escape politics It s about love and friendship and betrayal It s about a surreal fantastical world in the best sci fi traditions It s about the easiness with which even the formidable things can get destroyed by slightest mistakes mistakes that can destroy worlds And all of this is done with the usual Mi ville flair and love for weirdness albeit Mi ville slightly toned down as compared to his Bas Lag works Language, for the Ariekei, was truth without it, what were they An unsociety of psychopaths. How about I try to give you a glimpse...


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    How can a novel about language leave one speechless In a good way, I hasten to add This was the third Mieville I ve read, and they are all very different in style, content and my liking or not.The core idea of this one is language how minds shape language and how language shapes minds Wonderful as it was, I can see reasons why some people would hate it, or find it too weird, or just not sci fi enough If you don t delight in polysemy and are not interested in the difference between simile and metaphor, this is unlikely to be the book for you Because of the tantalising style of storytelling, drip feeding the reader snippets about things from the trivial to the fundamental, it s definitely a book worth rereading, and that is especially true on the subject of language, to which I ve devoted a whole section of this review which I will doubtless need to rewrite after a reread.The plot is to some extent secondary, but it is the reminiscences going back to childhood of a woman from Embassytown who travels, comes back and becomes enmeshed in the extraordinary Language capital letter of the alien Hosts FIRST IMPRESSIONSThe first section left me exhilarated but reeling It was so vague and yet specific, nearly familiar, yet also strangely different, and in such an enticing way It hints at all sorts of weirdness that I couldn t quite put my finger on odd units of time and some odd typography in the pages ahead an...


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    In ninth grade, Mrs Muench who had an uncanny resemblance to Miss Marple s friend Dolly Bantry endeavored to teach us the difference between similes and metaphors Similes use like and as to compare two unlike things.Metaphors state two unlike things are the same.But dear, enthusiastic Mrs Muench could not have anticipated China s sophistry metaphors are lies.Embassytown is a deep thinking book, not one to pick up if you are in a the mood for a fast action read China s use of a futuristic language, coupled with representation of an alien speaking that tongue in a form that looks disturbingly like a fraction equation , requires attention to detail, an ability to read for an hour or two at a time Along with altered language, he throws in the isolation of a human city in the middle of an alien world on the edge of known space altered biology, in an alien race that somehow biologically fuses grows their mechanical needs out of organics, including their homes and an alien race that not only speaks with two mouths simultaneously, but cannot lie Further complications come from his solution to deep space...


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    June 2011Dear Steven Moffat China Mi ville Doctor Who Think about it.Love, JacobAvice Benner Cho is an Immerser She s a floaker She s a hoopy frood who knows where her towel is Dear Jane Belson China Mi ville Hitchhiker s Guide Bad idea She s also a simile When she was a child on the strangest planet in the universe, home to the strangest beings in the universe, she became a living part of the strangest language in the universe And then she left to explore the Out, and then she returned and then she became witness to the strangest revolution in the universe.It s hard to explain further, Goodreaders This one you have to unfold for yourself.So China Mi ville does sci fi And huzzah for that Dear George Lucas and or James Cameron You cannot have him Fuck off I was a bit worried last year, after Kraken didn t work for me, that China s next venture wouldn t fly But it does It s a bit jumbled, like most other Mi ville stories, because he has his own worlds to set up and his own rules to go with them, and his own language to t...


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    I see I m going to be a dissenting voice here, but I m afraid I found Embassytown to be weak, poorly plotted and fundamentally unconvincing.The book is concerned with a settlement on a planet at the edge of the known universe The city is inhabited by Ariekei, a strange species whose distinguishing feature is a unique language which has a double articulation and in which it is impossible to lie A small enclave of humans lives there, and communicates with their Hosts via a series of Ambassadors two people bred to think as one, who, by talking simultaneously, can communicate effectively with the Ariekei natives.So far so good Unfortunately, a lot about Mi ville s world here just doesn t add up The narrator, Avice, is special She s an immerser , born with special abilities to navigate the immer , or sub space underlying the known universe We hear all about how unusual this is, and the special training she receives to be able to navigate vessels through the vast reaches of space this way.Then, the whole concept is dropped and never reappears in the novel again The whole thing turns out to have no bearing on the plot whatsoever apart from a very tangential callback ...


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    The girl who wanted to be a metaphor.There is a certain What the hell quality about a China Mieville novel, especially in the first few pages The City and the City continued on in this quizzical, absurdist mouth breathing until damn near the middle of the book To put in Forrest Gump terms, the box of chocolates may reveal pieces that are most definitively NOT chocolate, are in point of fact not even food some bite sized morsels may be poison The box may even be a prop from a Justin Timberlake Saturday Night Live inspired skit The reader just does NOT know what he or she is getting into.This brings us to Embassytown This was my fourth Mieville novel, so I was prepared for the WTH queasiness or at least I thought I was As I type these words, I ponder at the socio economic, psycho theological tumultuous environment that produced Mieville Ponderously, I continue.To say that Mieville produces weird fiction would be an easy label, as Mieville has affixed that to himself, but it would also be grossly understated, and overly simplistic He produces wildly fantastic, imaginative works that scratch nails on the boundaries of what we expect in fiction Just as Philip K Dick developed a studied weirdness in Galactic Pot Healer, so too does Mieville in Embassytown he is...


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    Aliens so alien they just alienate you with their alieness.That is what you have to look forward to Embassytown is a brave move by China Mi ville, it is not an easy read, it is full of neologism, and it has a steep learning curve The author made an effort to create something special and he expects some mental exertion from the reader too In order for the reader to indulge the author they generally need to have a store of goodwill for that author to want to make the effort Basically, this should not be your first Mi ville book However, this is a great book, an amazing feat of imagination, and a real work of art This is my fifth Mi ville book, and in my estimation, it is the best so far I normally dislike writing synopses but on this occasion, I d like to try writing a Ridiculously Simplified Synopsis like they have in the otherwise inferior Shelfari website Here goes On a planet where lying is impossible, one man started lying. This sounds like a bad trailer for the Ricky Gervais movie The Invention of Lying but this book is nothing quite so lame It is in some way the gist of the novel but does not really cover all the bases The impossibility o...


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    Proem In Which an Ambassador Iangrayetiates Himself With His Host With ImpunityIs a simileLike a metaphor I cannot espouseThis figure of speech This not unlike that One word a signpost Can this be that, orWould subject object How could I be you Worse still, you be me Well, I know my place,I m not one to boast.I am, like, content To be just a guest,Sometimes arriving First and leaving last.Not competitive,Neither least nor most.A figure of speech,An Ambassador,If you please, beyond Compare and contrast,Bearing messagesFor you dear, mein Host.A Story about LanguageIn a way, every work of fiction is about language, at least to the extent that it applies language to the telling of a story.However, China Mieville s Embassytown is about the very nature of language and how it both separates and bonds people.At its heart is a deep knowledge of linguistics far greater than my superficial understanding.However, Mieville s special talent is to weave this knowledge into an exciting adventure story based on linguistic concerns.It s a fascinating novel in the way some of us ...

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