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Author: China Miéville
Publisher: Del Rey, 2011
Macmillan UK, 2011

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Genres: Science-Fiction
Sub-Genre Tags: Colonization
Human Development
First Contact
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China Miéville doesn’t follow trends, he sets them. Relentlessly pushing his own boundaries as a writer-and in the process expanding the boundaries of the entire field-with Embassytown, Miéville has crafted an extraordinary novel that is not only a moving personal drama but a gripping adventure of alien contact and war.

In the far future, humans have colonized a distant planet, home to the enigmatic Ariekei, sentient beings famed for a language unique in the universe, one that only a few altered human ambassadors can speak.

Avice Benner Cho, a human colonist, has returned to Embassytown after years of deep-space adventure. She cannot speak the Ariekei tongue, but she is an indelible part of it, having long ago been made a figure of speech, a living simile in their language.

When distant political machinations deliver a new ambassador to Arieka, the fragile equilibrium between humans and aliens is violently upset. Catastrophe looms, and Avice is torn between competing loyalties-to a husband she no longer loves, to a system she no longer trusts, and to her place in a language she cannot speak yet speaks through her.


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Another satisfying Mieville

- theman
An Intelligent, if Disembodied, Approach to L...

- Mattastrophic
Powerful and thought provoking

- tottman
Interesting SF Story of Language and Thought

- Allie

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- JDowds
Didn't convince on the language front

- bleebs


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