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Old 04-28-2010, 07:21 PM   #1
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China Mieville wins Arthur C Clarke award

Apparently he's the first author to do so 3 times

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2010...c-clarke-award

(not strictly ebook related - although his books are available as ebooks - apols if it's in the wrong section)
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Old 04-28-2010, 08:03 PM   #2
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Well deserved - IMHO - his writing is so different & original - never know what to expect.
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He has a signing at Forbidden Planet in London in May. I wonder if I can get him to sign my ebook copy of "The City and the City"?
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The first time I've heard of that author, but as of what is written in the wiki, he seems quite good.
What book by him would you recommend to read first?
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Old 04-29-2010, 08:15 AM   #6
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His current book (The City and the City) is a bit of a mash-up of noir detective fiction in a sci-fi parallel universe setting.

For his earlier steampunk writings - start with Perdido Street Station.
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Old 04-29-2010, 01:17 PM   #7
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Might even start with his juvie book Un-Lun-Dun.
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Old 04-29-2010, 05:53 PM   #8
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He is wildly imaginative. The "possible sword" in The Scar still makes me giggle to think of it. Jeez, and cactus-men in general!

+1 for starting at Perdido Street Station.
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Myself, I like this little feller:

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Good luck on her, but, I bought peredue(?) st station....I really couldn't read it,
rarely have I not been able to just sit down and enjoy a book but I found it hard going :-(

it's a DTB so, i'll dig it out and re-try sometime!
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Good luck on her, but, I bought peredue(?) st station....I really couldn't read it,
rarely have I not been able to just sit down and enjoy a book but I found it hard going :-(

it's a DTB so, i'll dig it out and re-try sometime!
A friend lent me Perdido Street Station so I dutifully slogged through it. I even read the first two chapters of the Scar before I set it aside - life is too short for bad books. I know some people really like them and that's fine.

But if I hadn't read the first book, I wouldn't get to giggle at that sleeping-pill commercial with the giant butterflies.
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A friend lent me Perdido Street Station so I dutifully slogged through it. I even read the first two chapters of the Scar before I set it aside - life is too short for bad books. I know some people really like them and that's fine.
Correct "some" to "the majority."

For whatever Amazon reviews are worth, 249 are 3 stars or more, 57 are 2 stars or less:
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He's not an easy read. I'll agree to that but I dig his work. And despite his name, he's a he. Surprised me to hear that too!
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He's not an easy read. I'll agree to that but I dig his work.
There are definitely authors out there who are easier to read. But I love what I've read of his stuff (even Iron Council, although that took me a little while to get into)

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I guessed he was probably a he, but only because I'd done the whole assuming someone called China was a she with another person (who is also British)
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Excellent! Miéville is an exciting writer. I haven't read any of his novels yet (I know, but you can tell just from reading a few things). If you have trouble getting through a book, take a peek at his collection Looking for Jake: Stories. It showcases some neat ideas and some great writing.
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