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Judah is vain and self-involved.

SF : Iron Council / China Miéville ★★½

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Endless neat new beasts and characters on display, and the neat-as-fuck core concept of a never-stopping, perpetual train. Oct 02, Silvana rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Character complexity is always a very big thing for me. While this is business as usual on the bourgeois side, the revolutionaries regard this type of malappropriation to be worthy of execution in both instances where it occurs among their own leadership, working nicely with the discussion of Garuda law at the end of PSS.

Meanwhile, seditionists in New Crobuzon ready for revolt I’m disappointed that Iron Council doesn’t have many prominent female characters, although Mieville does show consistently shows women in positions of leadership and usually writes “she or he” and “women and men” to place women in the forefront. I’m very ambivalent about the fate of the Iron Council and the ending of the book.

July 16, at At one point she organizes a somewhat humorously presented, but dead serious prostitute’s strike. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published.

Iron Council – Mieville China

Views Read Edit View history. As other reviewers have said, the reason Iron Council is less satisfying that Moeville Street Station or The Scar is because it’s mostly endless description of conflicts and fights and there’s very little character development. My only irritation was that I picked this book up without doing my usual research though.

But, when the government refused to pay the workers on this train as they traveled along, building the tracks, the workers stole the train. July 20, at The golems were my personal favorite. Perdido Street Station, for instance mixed a lot of horror and some noir into its fantasy while the Scar was very much a swashbuckling adventure story.


Iron Council

Certainly the weakest of the Bas-Lag novels, although in some ways it was probably the most creative. By the time we get to a giant tortoise – “more than yards long,” we are solemnly informed – the novelty of sheer scale begins to pall.

Ori, after various traumas, becomes too paralyzed to act when he should. This would be kron good candidate couhcil a book club discussion – there are a lot of political parallels, a lot of comments on human nature The clenched precision of the prose is studded with perfectly pitched metaphors, as when bullets are described as “typing” on the surface of the train’s carriages.

The City and the City 9. Enough imagination for eighty books. Shortly after the fall of the Collective, Ori learns that Spiral Jacobs is in actuality a powerful sorcerer A Tramp-Ambassador alluded to very briefly early in the novel sent from Tesh to introduce a dark, destructive force into the midst of New Crobuzon doing so with the help of the spiral signs he keeps drawing in New Crobuzon, which chiina considered by the Collective’s supporters to be freedom signs.

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The train carries its track with it, picking it up and laying it down: But here, hereIron Council rips us away from mids Anno Urbis New Crobuzon and tosses us thirty, forty years into a city that barely remembers the Midsummer Nightmares, and what’s this? It’s tougher, more political, more insistant.

It does have a couple of interesting scenes where we learn a little more about a couple of peripheral characters from “Perdido Street Station” but that wasn’t enough for me to really like this book.

While not as complete in its grotesque beauty as Perdido Street Station, Iron Council is nevertheless a strange and wonderful story, though I do hope Mieville revisits Bas-Lag in the future, and perhaps gives some of his cast, and indeed the whole society of New Crobuzon, a little more by way of a future, since however it resolves, I can’t deny that Mieville has created a world I care about populated by vivid characters; some of whom I have come to love.


A British “fantastic fiction” writer. A love for folklore, language, politics, and real history infuse this one with some heft. New Crobuzon is present in The Iron Councilbut it is no longer the front-and-centre locus around which the novel revolves. The main character is Judah Low. Click here for instructions on how to enable JavaScript in your browser. To ask other readers questions about Iron Councilplease sign up. There are the steam and clockwork powered constructs malfunctioning in very specific ways leading to some unsettling revelations.

Between the revolutionary fervor, fantasy, trains, and Western-like parts runs a common theme of love and the painful, desperate, doomed human longing. The present-day narrative alternates between two convergent plots, with Cutter and Ori providing a perspective for each respective storyline. This time it’s a train instead of a floating city.

Usually, it’s the most important thing. I also liked that, as in his previous novels, there is a bit of genre blending taking place in Bas Lag, which I find interesting. They, too, ignore linearity, and improvise their way across the frontiers of the ink landscape, creating their own succession of moments in time.

A pesar de los logros narrativos evidentes: He falls in with a group led by Toro, a character who wears a massive helmet forged in the shape of a bull. No treaties hinder the ontological proliferation: Many of these railroad workers had once been criminals, jailed, then brutally surgically remade by the government into horrific mutilations of flesh, gear, steam, and engine, as eternal reminders of their crimes and lives as outcasts to be spat upon by society.

The “remade” are ostracized by New Crobuzon “whole” humans. He’s clearly an immensely talented writer, and I’ve enjoyed the occasional essay by him.

The backstory of the Iron Council, which is also the backstory of Judah Low, is the book’s most compelling sequence, and one that at its best moments lives up to the achievements of The Scar.