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Railsea (2012)

by China Miéville

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Moby Dick meets Treasure Island on rails. Beatiful and cunning with a dash of Vonnegut-ish narration. ( )
  pan0ramix | May 26, 2017 |
Every so often you come across a book whose characters are so lovingly drawn and the story and setting so perfectly realized that about halfway through the book you begin to slow down, trying to stretch the remaining time you have with this world as long as possible.

Railsea is a story of obsession, of quests, of living (and growing up) in a bewildering landscape, and most of all, an adventure. ( )
  bhuesers | Mar 29, 2017 |
The saddest thing about finishing this book is that I now have no more China Miéville novels left to read. My favourite so far, can't wait for the next one. ( )
  WillemBasson | Jan 5, 2017 |
Interesting, but not for me. ( )
  zyphax | Dec 27, 2016 |
Advance reading and reviews suggest that this is just a resetting of Moby Dick. It isn't. There are numerous references to other works throughout and, I admit, I don't remember what a lot of them are. I would suppose that that the Roadside Picnic reference is in the various archaeological/alien technological objects. The easy ones to spot are the Robinson Crusoe daydream and the Thomas the Tank Engine reference at the end.
this isn't the first time Mieville has used previous works as a strong basis (see King Rat) but it isn't overwhelming and since there are enough sources and enough original ideas it isn't really a problem.
This is a light easy read but then it's intended for younger readers. There are still enough original ideas to maintain interest.
  WAMccabe | Aug 22, 2016 |
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This is the story of a bloodstained boy.
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Our minds we salvage from history's rubbish, & they are machines to make chaos into story.
Angels, unremittingly & absolutely sane, cannot but seem to poor humanity relentlessly & madly murderous.
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"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. 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-colored 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 kind of treasure map indicating a mythical place untouched by iron rails--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. Here is a novel for readers of all ages, a gripping & brilliantly imagined take on Herman Melville's Moby-Dick that confirms China Mieville's status as "the most original & talented voice to appear in several years" (Science Fiction Chronicle)"--Provided by publisher.… (more)

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