º Railsea Ü Download by Ç China Miéville It could make a person despair, to dwell on how many parts of everything have been neglected Have not even been discussed, writes China Mi ville near the end of Railsea, his latest novel for readers of all ages But nothing s done If you tell any of this to others, you can drive, if you wish, go elsewhere on the way Until then, safe travels thank you.
This kind of meta eye winking can be charming and occurs frequently in Railsea, which often references and comments on itself Mi ville s authorial presence is strong in this one, going so far in smashing the fourth wall as to acknowledge the limitations of his own work constraints typical for most fiction marketed for younger readers but at the same time turns it into a virtue, inviting the readers young and old to exercise their imagin Call me Sham Yes ap Soorap.
I wonder how many reviews have started this way Certainly Mieville dropped a letter flattered Melville the old sincerest way, but this book is so much than a modern revisionist re telling of the great American novel There is also a tip of the literary hat to Robert Louis Stevenson s Kidnapped the briefest of wink nudge at Robinson Crusoe But tying it all together is Mieville s inimitable narrative ability China Mieville s 2012 publication Railsea is a chatty, observant omnipresent narration, like a great storyteller boldly fantastic, yet playful Labeled as a Young Adult novel, I suppose in many ways it is, I saw it as a lighthearted modern fantasy with subtle post apocalyptic elements Almost the opposite of magic re On Board The Moletrain Medes, Sham Yes Ap Soorap Watches In Awe As He Witnesses His First Moldywarpe Hunt The Giant Mole Bursting From The Earth, The Harpoonists Targeting Their Prey, The Battle Resulting In One S Death The Other S Glory Are Extraordinary But No Matter How Spectacular It Is, Travelling The Endless Rails Of The Railsea, Sham Senses That There S To Life Even If His Captain Can Think Only Of Her Obsessive Hunt For One Savage MoleWhen They Find A Wrecked Train, It S A Welcome Distraction But The Impossible Salvage Sham Finds There Leads To Trouble Soon He S Hunted On All Sides By Pirates, Trainsfolk, Monsters Salvage Scrabblers It Might Not Be Just Sham S Life That S About To Change It Could Be The Whole Of The Railsea Leave it to China Mi ville to write a young adult novel and so obfuscate his intentions via complex vocabulary, a tricky literary style, dense prose, measured pacing, a total lack of plot threads about which boy is cuter that I ve had than one conversation with youth librarians here on Goodreads who swear up and down that this isn t a young adult book My evidence is, of course, rather shaky at best the publisher says so, and why should I complain, because that means the hardcover costs less than 20.
But if the feel is similar to Mi ville s bizarre New Weird Fantasies particularly the Bas Lag trilogy , if you ve read him before, there are a lot of giveaways that he is writing for a innocent crowd, like the book is much There s truly a lot to enjoy here, especially if you re a fan of philosophy and moles.
Sometimes together No, no, scratch that You can t separate the philosophy from the moles.
Every captain must have a philosophy to chase after, and truly, it DOESN T REALLY MATTER if you re missing an arm or a leg, Okay Just trust me on this Don t go chopping off perfectly good appendages just because some bloody mole popped out of one of the seven layered seas and ruined my perfectly happy steampunk reverie This is vintage Mieville, in my opinion, or at least, this is the kind of Mieville I ll always associate with Mieville It s the unabashedly weird, the hints of some truly spectacularly interesting worldbuilding, the use of small furry creatures, and the totally meta reimagining of classics, distilled into what could a DNF at page 150Ok, so what are the reasons why I didn t like this retelling of Moby Dick In fact I haven t read any retellings of Moby D before, at all D The world building, the writing and the language are strange and quite odd for me At first I couldn t get used to all that signs, oddly formed sentences, but it s not a big problem This book is peculiar I must admit, there were some funny puns thrown and that s one of the points why I didn t DNF it at the very start Also it has some kind of mystery But what annoyed me is that I felt only a slight intrigue and mostly I read Railsea as a random ordinary diary Well, a diary with some monstrous creatures and not too much of adventures The characters seemed bland a little bit, well except Mr Moley Dick, who sadly, left to pasture in the holy grounds too quickly One of the gems I found in Railse 5 StarsOnce again I am blown away by China Mieville Railsea is a young adult oriented delight It is like all Mieville novels in that it is tough to put it in a category It is part fantasy, part dystopian, a smattering of steampunk and science fiction, and all Mieville Parents can take delight knowing that if their child takes up this amazing piece of fiction, they will also be taking up the Webster dictionary Mieville creates a fun and three dimensional cast of characters and side characters The world building in this book is imaginative and top notch The plot is a combination of a coming of age story of a boy named Sham, a search for a captains Moby Dick , and the endless pursuit of the great treasure that all thieves are searching for.
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I generally like YA sci fi fantasy novels but I rarely consider them anything than lite fun between big books and because of it I tend to be less critical towards them but every now and than one comes along that is good by any standard and reminds me to take this sub genres seriously.
Un Lun Dun,Half a king, Wizard of Earthsea yes I do consider this book to be YA but not rest of the series , Graveyard book, Chaos Walking and now Railsea joins the group.
If I had to label it this would be YA dystopian novel, it isn t as bleak as his Bas Lag series and doesn t require constant use of dictionary like most of his work and overall everything seems toned down but don t be fooled this mix of Moby dick, trains, steampunk and Mieville s special highly hallucinogenic spice isn t like anything you seen in this sub ge We re having an open book discussion of this book here Do come and join More , when it comes to China Mieville, for me, it s lurrvve lurve LURVE I m starting to get to the point where I miss his voice when I m not busy reading a Mi ville In this amusing and inventive coming of age story, Mi ville pulls out all the Postmodernist stops creates a work that is at the same time immediate, as it is highly allusive metafictional.
Some of the characteristics of Pomo fiction, especially as they apply to Railsea Postmodern authors tend to employ metafiction fiction that refers to itself, for instance when it poses as a journal or a history book, or when the author as Mi ville does in this novel breaks the fourth wall by speaking directly to the reader.
Another characteristic of postmodern literature is the questioning of distinctions between