Following Perdido Street Station and The Scar, acclaimed author China Miéville returns with his hugely anticipated Del Rey hardcover debut. With a fresh and fantastical band of characters, he carries us back to the decadent squalor of New Crobuzon - this time, decades later.
It is a time of wars and revolutions, conflict and intrigue. New Crobuzon is being ripped apart from without and within. War with the shadowy city-state of Tesh and rioting on the streets at home are pushing the teeming city to the brink. A mysterious masked figure spurs strange rebellion, while treachery and violence incubate in unexpected places.
In desperation, a small group of renegades escapes from the city and crosses strange and alien continents in the search for a lost hope.
In the blood and violence of New Crobuzon’s most dangerous hour, there are whispers. It is the time of the iron council…
The bold originality that broke Miéville out as a new force of the genre is here once more in Iron Council: the voluminous, lyrical novel that is destined to seal his reputation as perhaps the edgiest mythmaker of the day.
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"Continuously fascinating.... Miéville creates a world of outrageous inventiveness." (The Denver Post)
This book seems to end the trilogy...and it is as fine a piece of literary work as the other two. Mr. Mieville seems to be able to put more imagination and originality into a paragraph of science fiction than most contemporary writers manage to put into a novel...or an entire series, many of them. Although each novel in this trilogy can easily stand on its own, each one remains linked to the other two, even if the connections are not obvious. Each is well done, with fine characterizations and solid story lines. Each is a bit of a tragedy in its own right. But if they lack "happily ever after" endings, those endings evolve from the realistic interactions of the very human acting characters. Mr. Jackson's narration was first rate.
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The first book in this trilogy was my very first introduction to China Mieville. I dug "Perdido Street Station" and read almost every book from this author after that. It took me a few years to finish New Crobuzon Trilogy because I didn't believe that he could beat "Perdido Street Station." I thought that "The Scar" was well done, but not better than the first.
After starting this series three years ago, I finally wanted to finish the train saga with "Iron Council." The last book is my favorite in this series. I think that the "Iron Council" is far better than the second and very close to the first. I liked the drama from the council,more monsters, remade, the train and realism of each characters.
Mr. Mieville has a special talent of approaching science fiction and fantasy in a different way. It's almost addicting to read any of his books.
If you crossed Tolkien with Verne, Martin with Lovecraft, & Dickens with Burroughs fused with the political sensibility of Orwell you get a sense of the breadth & daring of the radical & visionary Fantasy author China Miéville. His imaginary world of Bas-Lag is one of the great creations of modern literature, by turns Cinematic, Grand, earthy, & profane. Miéville's vision is both kinetic & subtle, erudite & punk, Victorian & Post Modern. The fictional city of New Crobazon is epic, terrible, and awesomeness in equal thirds. The Iron Council equals the power & grandeur of the previous 2 novels of the New Crobazon trilogy Perdido Street Station, & The Scar. Iron Council goes where few novels in the Fantasy genre date to go with extraordinary assuredness & style.
Like the first two New Crobuzon books, Iron Council is an unbelievably dense and complex bit of writing with intricacies that are clearly present in the author's mind, but unlike the other two, this book does a poor job laying them out in a way that keeps the reader interested. Worse yet, the story is hard to get hooked on due to the choppy timeline leaving the reader questioning the point of the book more than once. Disappointing, but not terrible.
I loved this book, more than Perdido St Station but much less than The Scar. It did seem like a bit of a reuse of the idea of The Scar, a mobile renegade utopia of quasi-criminals constantly on the run through the wilderness, instead of the sea. However I found this to be compelling because of Judah. His relationships and talents and demeanor seemed very real and I thought his bisexuality was well handled. We need more representation in fiction as real people, it wasn't the only character point for him as queerness sometimes can be.
I've read all three of the Bas-Lag series and like the other two, you have to be resolved to a lot of description and meandering plot. But you deal because the writing is so amazing. The story and characters in the first book, Perdido Street Station, were great. But the second book and this one just have no payoff in either the people or what they're doing. I'm still addicted to the imagery and the great writing. However, The high is less and less enjoyable each time I come back for more.
More engaging characters and more exploration of the world. Bas Lag is an amazing setting which the first two novels do an excellent job of developing, Iron Council just doesn't do anything to expand on it really. Yes, there are golems now but they aren't terribly impressive to me. Aside from that, I just didn't find myself caring about any of the characters at all.
Totally! I love Perdido Street Station and The Scar and would gladly listen to them.
Jarring at first.
There were some interesting parts, but they were few and far between, not to mention they didn't have really anything to do with the central story.
Even if you really like Perdido Street Station and The Scar, think twice before spending the cash or credit on this one. There is just something missing from this story.
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