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Embassytown by China Miéville – review

I just don’t understand what that means. It’s about the allures and the dangers of power.

A little later I became something again: I’d like an hour in China’s mind. Order by newest oldest recommendations.

While reading this book, I thought about language. But in this case, there was nothing here into which I really miwville my teeth. I cried, then I hid for days and cried some more — and then I read Embassytown, and came back to the world. There is tenderness and compassion, however alien, when one of the self-aware bio-machines downloads herself into a new body, just so she can give Avice a hug. A simile therefore requires social convention to imply meaning into the words of a speaker that a listener can infer.

This is what I am going to do. Catastrophe looms, and Avice is torn between competing loyalties: Sometimes to women, sometimes to men.

We have to observe and respect nuances and exercise caution so as not to offend our hosts with inadvertent connotations or discourtesy. She thought about it for a few days and nights, at which point she decided to make man. If you have any interest in the topic I’d highly recommend bumping this up your to-read list.


Which is yet another pervasive lie, because no matter how the specially bred twin Ambassadors try to be identical, they are forever two distinct people papering over their differences. Woman would take what had been god and turn it into something else.

But whatever I did, I only ever touched life through an invisible pane of glass. Have you ever chuna on a first date and suddenly had the sweet realisation that not only are you going to have a great night, but that you’re at the beginning of something special, something that could be lasting? After all, she is the girl who ate what was given to her.

May 17, Pages. She has an interesting, albeit confusing incident at the beginning of the book as a child. Suffice it to say that a lot happens at the intersection of the two languages. Want more stories like this? See all 3 questions about Embassytown….


Her experiences while travelling have evolved her thinking about what is strange. Everyone has heard of him. In Embassytown we follow Avice [forgive me for any spelling errors in this review, I listened to the audiobook 3.

But sometimes all that carnage and violence can become the fertilizer for something strong and new. This contradicts the nature of language as we know it — language is a wonderful vehicle for untruth and perhaps a necessary vehicle for invention, the leap to the not-yet-existent.

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The words that wanted to be city and machines had us speak them so they could be. Avice is a simile; she is an outsider; and she is also a native. Apr 15, unknown rated it really liked it Shelves: And it is this way – until one day an unexpected new Ambassador arrives. China Mieville continues to write, while man ponders his predicament. Those of you familiar with this author will know that you can trust him not to just come up with some vaguely human-looking people, add a few odd characteristics, and call them aliens.


Almost every space is full. If a Host “said” dog, its thought might actually be small, white Charlie dog, and the funnel or referent would ensure that another Host saw embassytosn understood small, white Charlie dog, consistently with the thought.

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I saw many echoes of view spoiler [the Opium Wars, http: View all 5 comments. The streets seemed steeper than they had been, and more various: I spoke myself into this new life, and this life took me in. Then she skips planet for a few years, growing older, meeting people, returning to Embassytown with Scile in tow. Embassyhown is still trying to work out why woman is reading so much genre fiction.