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Trivia About Iron Council New I really, really liked it because it was full on musings about linguistics, communication, the theory of mind and also colonialism and how distinct cultures and mindsets influence each other. Eventually, he returns to the railroad, which does indeed wipe out the Stiltspear. The events in Iron Councilwhich sprawl around anamnesis: The Iron Council has to turn.

Heroically clutching at his head and magicking ever oron improbable monsters out of thin air, the engine of the story and its deus ex machina, he finally arrests his perpetual train in a moment that is at once a narrative cop-out and a rather beautiful image.

And to some extent it is all true. And Mieville is an original, as usual.

Iron Council by China Mieville book review

Actor Gildart Jackson does an excellent job of reading the audio. But maybe that’s the point This book is fascinating, passionate, brutal at times, thought-provoking and deliberately anger-inducing. Other reviews simply said the book was too slow.

The generic plot wouldn’t be a problem were it not for the writing itself. It is why YA fiction is increasingly popular with older crowds.


Although I thought the end was strong and moving, it didn’t make up for all of the non-engaging ccouncil that had come before. This entry was posted in literature and tagged bas lagchina mievillereview.

Iron Council by China Mieville

Thus, a Marxian ion, a quest narrative of revolutionary politics. No, Iron Council isn’t brilliant, but still it IS damn, damn good. The Revolution cohncil a holy mission, which must be made safe from both internal and external attack, so that it can be planned and effective: I got excited near the end of the book when it seemed like we were finally going to see where Mieville was taking us, but it just wasn’t very interesting.

We had to run to iro up Anyway, it made me want to sing Les Mis soundtracks and belt out all Enjolras parts. The section describing the birth of the railway, as it pulls shanty towns, whores, gamblers and gunslingers in its wake, is a rather splendid reimagining of the wild west.

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This is the story of why I should have been more careful with my wishing. Click here cuina instructions on how to enable JavaScript in your browser. E poi ci sono i New Quill, il movimento xenofobo e militarista di New Crobuzon, un partito con un’organizzazione di tipo squadrista, irriducibili sterminatori di xeniani.

In doing so, the Iron Council becomes a beacon of necessary and long-sought freedom for all the people of back in the city-state of New Crobuzon, who themselves are caught in miecille chaos of political turubulence, as well as in war with mieviole distant and fearsome land of Tesh.

Flyside Narcotics on the corners Sold in twists by Macerated youths, Militia in aggressive cabals, Their mirrors sending the light Back around the street. He don’t need no rules. The rest of this review has been withheld due to the changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement.


To renew and remake the city. Another unruly, sensually realistic, passionately crafted city, this time floating over the oceans of Bas-Lag, a giant Pirate vessel with its own internal politics, its own “quarters,” its own industry, its own secrets and identity, all tethered loosely together as each ship is tethered to each ship in a technicolor mosaic of shipbuilding eclecticism. I’m very ambivalent about the fate of the Iron Council and the ending of the book. There were too many battles for my taste, and the characters had no depth whatsoever.

Spiral Jacobs – “Transcendental Abomination” from the album “Haintology” https: The characters don’t act in ways that surprise me. This time it’s a train instead of a floating city. Another major character is Ori, a day laborer and underground resistor who gets involved at first with a left wing group that publishes a newspaper called “Runagate Rampant”. And even when Cutter and the others escape, chasing the near-prophet Judah Low on his quest for the Iron Council, the city still clings to them like an oil slick.

I still enjoyed it, a lot, but not enough that I can see myself re-reading it as I can the other two.