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Iron Council by China Mieville

Iron Council

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Winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award 2005
This prize-winning author (Arthur C Clarke 2001, British Fantasy Award 2003) was hailed by the literary establishment when he first appeared on the scene as a fantastic new star, not only in this area but in the literary world too. His ideas on justice, state, government, revolution and such, coupled with his superior writing and good plot, make him very special. This is the third in his new Crobuzon series.

Comparison: Neil Gaiman, Stephen Donaldson, Ray Bradbury.
Similar this month: None, try Iain M Banks although Science Fiction.

If you like China Mieville you might also like to read books by Ray Bradbury, Neil Gaiman and Stephen Donaldson.

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Iron Council by China Mieville

It is a time of revolts and revolutions, conflict and intrigue. New Crobuzon is being ripped apart from without and within. War with the shadowy city-state of Tesh and rioting on the streets at home are pushing the teeming city to the brink. A mysterious masked figure spurs strange rebellion, while treachery and violence incubate in unexpected places. In desperation, a small group of renegades escapes from the city and crosses strange and alien continents in the search for a lost hope, an undying legend. In the blood and violence of New Crobuzon's most dangerous hour, there are whispers. It is the time of the Iron Council....

About the Author

China Mieville

China Miéville lives and works in London. He is three-time winner of the prestigious Arthur C. Clarke Award (Perdido Street Station, Iron Council and The City & The City) and has also won the British Fantasy Award twice (Perdido Street Station and The Scar). The City & The City, an existential thriller, was published in 2009 to dazzling critical acclaim and drew comparison with the works of Kafka and Orwell (The Times) and Philip K. Dick (Guardian). His most recent novel, Kraken, was published in 2010.

In 2010 China Miéville won the prestigious Arthur C. Clarke Award for his novel The City and the City, the first time in its history an author has won it three times.

Maxim Jakubowski's view on PERDIDO STREET STATION...
British author Miéville is one of the most adept practitioners when it comes to creating imaginary worlds and cities which are both alien and recognisable as an extrapolation of the world we live in. The urban and gothic New Crobuzon is a harbour for humans, mutants, magicians and every mysterious species under the sun. Old-fashioned storytelling taken off the leash and exhaustively inventive.

Author photo © Chris Close

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Publication date

6th May 2011


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Pan Macmillan


624 pages


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