Iron Council

Iron Council

Book - 2004 | 1st ed.
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FollowingPerdido Street StationandThe Scar, acclaimed author China Miéville returns with his hugely anticipated Del Rey hardcover debut. With a fresh and fantastical band of characters, he carries us back to the decadent squalor of New Crobuzon--this time, decades later. It is a time of wars and revolutions, conflict and intrigue. New Crobuzon is being ripped apart from without and within. War with the shadowy city-state of Tesh and rioting on the streets at home are pushing the teeming city to the brink. A mysterious masked figure spurs strange rebellion, while treachery and violence incubate in unexpected places. In desperation, a small group of renegades escapes from the city and crosses strange and alien continents in the search for a lost hope. In the blood and violence of New Crobuzon's most dangerous hour, there are whispers. It is the time of the iron council. . . . The bold originality that broke Miéville out as a new force of the genre is here once more inIron Council: the voluminous, lyrical novel that is destined to seal his reputation as perhaps the edgiest mythmaker of the day.
Publisher: New York : Del Rey/Ballantine Books, 2004.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780345464026
Branch Call Number: SF
Characteristics: 564 p. ; 25 cm.


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SCL_Justin Jul 09, 2019

Iron Council is one of my favourite books of all time. It's a western about laying railroad tracks in a weird fantasy world, but it's also about urban labour issues and the problems with having a charismatic leader to your revolution. The plot goes off on tangents and ends in such a strange way it's like a metaphor for the entire literary process. It's generally not regarded as Mieville's best, but I love this book.

Aug 10, 2010

RE: hermlou

The Garuda is a large mythical bird or bird-like creature that appears in both Hindu and Buddhist mythology.

The Chakri Dynasty (also known as the House of Chakri) is the current ruling royal house of the Kingdom of Thailand, the Head of the house is the King of Thailand.

Maybe I'll build a trebuchet, a siege engine that was employed in the Middle Ages, and throw a dictionary at your head.

hermlou Mar 03, 2010

The author says he writes "weird fiction", and he's right! A group of renegades are on a trek to find someone, and they are attacked, and they kill some things which could be people or animals. The author invents words for people and things, such as garuda, trebuchet, chakris, yet he has no imagination when it comes to swearing. His characters use the worn out "f" word on almost every page. I lost interest in the plot and did not finish.


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