Railsea (Paperback)

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Staff Reviews

China Miéville returns to the nebulous Young Adult genre, and delivers
what is not only one of the most inventive and imaginative books of his
career (no easy feat, that), but also one of the most daring and
original fantasy books to come along in recent years. While the book is a
blatant riff on Moby Dick, it nevertheless manages to be unlike
anything I have ever read. On the surface, it appears to be nothing more
than another entry in the glut of dystopian fiction that is all the
rage these days, but the first sentence of Miéville’s story should
dispel that notion immediately. The book manages to stand out from the
pack thanks to heaping helpings of pirates, gypsies, trains, tunneling
machines, giant beasts, and humor. All of it adds up to what is hands
down one of the most satisfying novels I have read in a long time. It is
at once a thrilling adventure yarn and a metatextual commentary on
that particular type of storytelling. Railsea is absorbing, exciting,
innovative, and above all, fun. If you’re tired of vampires, dystopian
landscapes, and boy wizards, then you need to do yourself a favor, and
check out this book as soon as possible.

— Chris

About the Author

China Mieville is the author of several books, including "Un Lun Dun, Perdido Street Station, The City & The City, Kraken, "&" Embassytown." His works have won the Hugo, the British Science Fiction Award (twice), the Arthur C. Clarke Award (three times) & the World Fantasy Award. He lives & works in London.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780230765122
Publisher: MacMillan Hardback Omes
Publication Date: May 1st, 2012