This Monday, I'm deep into China Miéville's latest, Embassytown. I am loving this book so far! It's a slow read that requires the reader's attention; filled with neologisms and detailed character- and world-building, about a third of the way through the plot is picking up, too. But it's a plot unlike anything I've read before, about a far-future interplanetary society where humans share space with enigmatic aliens called Hosts who speak and impossible language who can only be communicated with through equally strange Ambassadors. I won't tell you why the Ambassadors are odd- I enjoyed discovering that piece through the pages- but soon enough a conflict develops with a new Ambassador that puts the main character, Avice, in an awkward position, not least of which because as a child, she became part of the Hosts' language. Interested yet? I hope so, because so far this is one fabulous book!
Completed last week:
Song of Time, by Ian R. MacLeod
In Cold Blood, by Truman Capote (audio)
In a Free State, by V.S. Naipaul
My Fair Lazy, by Jen Lancaster (audio)
Yellow Blue Tibia, by Adam Roberts
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