Railsea (Hardcover)

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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


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 and the other's glory. But no matter how spectacular it is, Sham can't shake the sense that there is more to life than traveling the endless rails of the railsea-even if his captain can think only of the hunt for the ivory-coloured mole she's been chasing since it took her arm all those years ago. When they come across a wrecked train, at first it's a welcome distraction. But what Sham finds in the derelict--a series of pictures hinting at something, somewhere, that should be impossible--leads to considerably more than he'd bargained for. Soon he's hunted on all sides, by pirates, trainsfolk, monsters and salvage-scrabblers. And it might not be just Sham's life that's about to change. It could be the whole of the railsea.
From China Mieville comes a novel for readers of all ages, a gripping and brilliantly imagined take on Herman Melville's Moby-Dick that confirms his status as "the most original and talented voice to appear in several years." (Science Fiction Chronicle)

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.

Praise For…

“Other names besides [Herman] Melville’s will surely come to mind as you read this thrilling tale—there’s Dune’s Frank Herbert. . . . But in this, as in all of his works, Miéville has that special knack for evoking other writers even while making the story wholly his own.”—Los Angeles Times
“[Miéville] gives all readers a lot to dig into here, be it emotional drama, Godzilla-esque monster carnage, or the high adventure that comes only with riding the rails.”—USA Today
“Superb . . . massively imaginative.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Riveting . . . a great adventure.”—NPR
“Wildly inventive . . . Every sentence is packed with wit.”—The Guardian (London)

Product Details
ISBN: 9780345524522
ISBN-10: 0345524527
Publisher: Del Rey Books
Publication Date: May 15th, 2012
Pages: 424
Language: English