Anyone who’s read this site over the last few years knows of the high esteem in which China Miéville is held around here. I think he’s probably the most important . China Miéville’s Bas Lag series is somewhat unique in the realm of fantasy literature in that it keeps me coming back for more over and over. Following Perdido Street Station and The Scar, acclaimed author China Miéville returns with his hugely anticipated Del Rey hardcover debut. With a fresh and.

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Cutter’s love for Judah is unrequited. I say “realistic” not because I mean that it features less of the fantastical. The Judah Low of “Iron Council” is a self taught and very talented golemist maker of golems.

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We get a sense of the fragility of the Council—everything is reused, if possible, because their resources are limited—as well as the sense of boundless adventure—they have maps no one in New Crobuzon has. But life does not work like that, life tends to reset itself towards the status quo with maybe small new hope brewing under the surface – and CM reflects this in his writing.

Brought Ori to a hush. It is not difficult to draw parallels between our less-than-perfect society obsessed with money, councip, greed, and inequality, and the world of New Crobuzon, on the verge of couhcil and catastrophe. Jul 09, Ariel rated it it was amazing Shelves: Mar 04, Patrick rated it it was amazing.


I’ll leave it up to you to guess how well that works out. What do you think, Luke? December Gods and Jabber, I don’t know why I love this one the most. One chinz I do have with Mieville’s style in general, and with Iron Council in particular, is with his concentration upon descriptions, poetry and large scale events and landscapes, there were a number of occasions where he glossed over events a bit too quickly.

And things are not neatly tied up at the book’s close.

He describes it as “abnatural” rather than abnormal. Indeed, in many ways Iron Council with its lengthy journeys across the wilds, weird creatures which range from hedgehog people riding fighting cockerels to landscapes of stone which can become counccil, is possibly the most richly described of all of the Bas-Lag novels, even if it’s characters are slightly short changed in favour of chinw poetry.

Is it about the sources of inspiration being stronger for what they inspire than for their truth? We cast history in iron and the train shat it out behind it. Judah Low was with the Iron Council at its inception, and holds out hope he miecille win them over.

I remember first meeting you on the pages of Krakenand your fantastic images, scenes and people made me want to spend more time with you.

The main woman in the book is Ann-Hari, a leader in the iron council who initiated a sex-workers strike. So I didn’t feel a lot of sympathy for Cutter as he allows Judah to manipulate him: It does put you in the mind of the people involved in such revolts.


This is a fascinating tale in spite of its large faults. If you require happy endings and unambiguous resolutions, this novel is probably not for you.

Review: Iron Council by China Miéville | Books | The Guardian

The denouement makes plain its judgment over which leftwing strategy is superior, regarding the tactical disagreements between some anarchists and some socialists not to suggest that those terms are necessarily or always mutually exclusive, of course. There is an entire section describing a radical play that reads as well as anything Kim Newman or Ellen Kushner could write. IC spoiler thread 5: The denouement itself creates a unique museum, as part of a singular intervention.

Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel It does a great job showing both the hope and hopelessness of fighting against a seemingly immovable unjust system. He was so touching, so pained in this that I felt a lump in my throat at times reading about him. My only irritation was that I picked this book up without doing my usual research though. It is a novel about revolutions and social upheavals.

Worse still, none of the characters are all that interesting.