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A sequel to Perdido Street returns readers to New Crobuzon, where a new cast of characters shares mythical adventures in the sprawling, phantasmagoric city. By the author of The Scar.
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China Miéville's novel Iron Council is the tumultuous story of the "Perpetual Train". Born from monopolists' greed and dispatched to tame the western lands beyond New Crobuzon, the train is itself the beginnings of an Iron Council formed in the fire of frontier revolt against the railroad's masters. From the wilderness, the legend of Iron Council becomes the spark uniting the oppressed and brings barricades to the streets of faraway New Crobuzon. The sprawling tale is told through the past-and-present eyes of three characters. The first is Cutter, a heartsick subversive who follows his lover, the messianic Judah Low, on a quest to return to the Iron Council hidden in the western wilds. The second is Judah himself, an erstwhile railroad scout who has become the iconic golem-wielding hero of Iron Council's uprising at the end of the tracks. And the third is Ori, a young revolutionary on the streets of New Crobuzon, whose anger leads him into a militant wing of the underground, plotting anarchy and mayhem.
Miéville (The Scar, Perdido Street Station) weaves his epic out of familiar and heavily political themes--imperialism, fascism, conquest and Marxism--all seen through a darkly cast funhouse mirror wherein even language is distorted and made beautifully grotesque. Improbably evoking Jack London and Victor Hugo, Iron Council is a twisted frontier fable cleverly combined with a powerful parable of Marxist revolution that continues Miéville's macabre remaking of the fantasy genre. --Jeremy Pugh, Amazon.comReview:
" Mie ville moves effortlessly into the first division of those who use the tools and weapons of the fantastic to define and create the fiction of the coming century." -- NEIL GAIMAN " Continuously fascinating . . . Mie ville creates a world of outrageous inventiveness." -- "The Denver Post" "From the Hardcover edition."
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Book Description Del Rey, 2004. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0345464028
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Book Description Del Rey, New York, 2004. Hard Cover. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. First US Edition. Winner of the 2005 Arthur C. Clarke Award and the 2005 Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel. Nominated for 2005 Hugo and World Fantasy awards. Very minor shelfwear (mainly scuffing to the deckled fore edge). 564 pages. Without packaging this book weighs 920 grams - postage costs will reflect this heavier than average weight. From the blurb: It is a time of revolts 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 metropolis to the brink. In the midst of this turmoil, 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, an undying legend. In the blood and violence of New Crobuzon's most dangerous hour, there are whispers. It is the time of the Iron Council. Size: 242 x 160 x 35 mm. Seller Inventory # EB002775
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