The Scar

Mass Market Paperback, 608 pages

English language

Published June 29, 2004 by Del Rey.

ISBN:
9780345460011
OCLC Number:
55984213

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4 stars (11 reviews)

A mythmaker of the highest order, China Mieville has emblazoned the fantasy novel with fresh language, startling images, and stunning originality. Set in the same sprawling world of Mieville's Arthur C. Clarke Award-winning novel, Perdido Street Station, this latest epic introduces a whole new cast of intriguing characters and dazzling creations. Aboard a vast seafaring vessel, a band of prisoners and slaves, their bodies remade into grotesque biological oddities, is being transported to the fledgling colony of New Crobuzon. But the journey is not theirs alone. They are joined by a handful of travelers, each with a reason for fleeing the city. Among them is Bellis Coldwine, a renowned linguist whose services as an interpreter grant her passage--and escape from horrific punishment. For she is linked to Isaac Dan der Grimnebulin, the brilliant renegade scientist who has unwittingly unleashed a nightmare upon New Crobuzon.For Bellis, the plan is clear: live …

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3 stars

Let's be clear here - for me personally this book barely rates two stars... But I'm Waaay in the minority on this one. This type of fantasy has almost nothing for me.

The first third of the book is as drab and depressing as possible. The word grey appears more often than 'the'! The first time we see the sun it's called an assault on our senses...

While it perks up a bit later on, it never really lifts itself out of the mire.

Then there's the best/worst part - the awesome imagination of the authour shows up again and again in these little glimpses of background material, then it's ignored or at least not explained further for the rest if the book. I felt like he was teasing me over and over - "Look how cool this is! Whoops, Sorry, said too much already!"

And the ending? Plot twisted …

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Subjects

  • English Science Fiction And Fantasy
  • Fiction
  • Fiction - Fantasy
  • Science Fiction
  • Fantasy - General
  • Science Fiction - Adventure
  • Fiction / Science Fiction / Adventure
  • Science Fiction - High Tech