Railsea

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    Ningauble

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    Amazon is listing a forthcoming YA novel called Railsea, to be published in 2012. No more information at the moment.
     
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    Stephen Palmer

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    If it's as fantastic as Un Lun Dun, I shall be a happy man.
     
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    Ningauble

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    From Amazon UK:

     
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    kopfarm

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    Read this a few weeks ago. Took me a while to get into it but once I did it was typical Meiville, you get drawn into the universe he creates. I won't tell you the ending but as usual it leaves things open for further development. Good book, he is definitely one of the most talented writers around at the moment in any genre
     
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    Stephen Palmer

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    Looking forward to the pb of this...
     
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    Daezarkian

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    I wasn't sure about this one going in, but Railsea wound up being a fantastic read. A bit long-winded at times, but I love how he's always able to milk the most of the worlds he creates. Terrific stuff.
     
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    sinister42

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    Oh, it's YA, that's why I'm having trouble getting into it...
     
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    AnyaKimlin

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    Am I missing something with this? I decided to read China Mieville and started with this one. Is he being satirical? Right now it's reading like Grandpa in Your Pocket (A Cbeebies show with James Bolam that my kids watch).
     
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    Silver Owl

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    This is a YA novel but I thought it was still good even so. Starting with the Bas Lag books is probably a better bet.
     
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    AnyaKimlin

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    But it isn't a satire?
     
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    Jo Zebedee

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    I don't think it's a satire but I lasted 10 pages and handed it back to the library...
     
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    AnyaKimlin

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    I'm not sure how many pages I've done because it's on my Kindle. It seems like a really childish read and not a good one at that. I like YA fiction and even some junior fiction but this is just unpleasant and silly at the same time.
     
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    Silver Owl

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    No I don't think it's satire. It's meant to be a homage to Moby Dick.

    I find that with Mieville re reads are always better as you have to read it once to get your head around his brilliant ideas and language. When you're reading for a second time it's a lot more rewarding
     
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    Jo Zebedee

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    The frustrating thing for me is I love his writing style but can't get into any of his books. Too convoluted with a story that doesn't shout out to me.
     
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    AnyaKimlin

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    I'm seeing very little of interest in the language - I mean Moldywarpe?? The world is feeling so grey and flat. Its been a real let down so far. I'm about a quarter of the way through and it is boring me stupid. The only reason I'm that far is because on the bus back from Glasgow I had no wireless to get another book.

    If it was intended as a satire of a bad epic fantasy then it might have enough merit to keep me going. But maybe I'm missing something.
     
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