China Miéville
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Interesting SF Story of Language and Thought


Embassytown is a creative, intelligent novel about the clash of two very different ways of thought, that of the Hosts on Arieka and the humans of the outpost. I loved reading about the Hosts’ Language, and seeing how complicated the implications of their way of thought could eventually become. While the story was very engrossing, I could never shake a feeling of detachment from the characters. I think most of this came from the manner in which the reader was directly told about the characters’ relationships or attitudes, rather than seeing these things revealed about them in a more natural fashion. I wonder if Miéville is planning on returning to this universe in future novels.

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