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November 12th, 2018

Embassyville [books] by China Mieville

This book made me feel that feeling where I'm appreciating a book and so glad to be immersed in it that I don't want it to come to an end, but at the same time I want to know what happens next so I keep reading it at a feverish pace.

I read The Scar several years ago, and appreciated it as well, so when friends recommended Embassytown I figured I'd add it to my list of books to read. I thought I'd read Perdido Street Station too, but from the synopsis on Wikipedia I'm not so sure I've actually read it.

But of course at this point, any fantasy that I read gets instantly compared against the Broken Earth trilogy, which makes me ask questions about what aspects of the female protagonist get emphasized, how race factors in, how the worldbuilding works, etc. I liked the linguistic explorations in Embassyville but reading it still felt like a return to "white male heterosexual" fantasy. Overall, I'd still recommend it.

After I finished reading it I noticed the cover has a big declaration about it being a NYT bestseller. So I guess every once in a blue moon good books make it on the NYT fiction list.

Now the book that's left in my book-stack is a book of Native poetry (When My Brother Was an Aztec). It might be time to pick up a few more titles, including Why We Sleep, which I'm thinking about using for a seminar I'm teaching this spring. Hmm.

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