Railsea: A Novel (Paperback)

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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

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.

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“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
 
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. Spectacular as it is, Sham can’t shake the sense that there is more to life than the endless rails of the railsea—even if his captain thinks only of hunting the ivory-colored mole that took her arm years ago. But when they come across a wrecked train, Sham finds something—a series of pictures hinting at something, somewhere, that should be impossible—that leads to considerably more than he’d bargained for. 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.
 
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
 
“[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)

About the Author


China Miéville 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: 9780345524539
ISBN-10: 0345524535
Publisher: Del Rey
Publication Date: April 30th, 2013
Pages: 448
Language: English