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Book Reviews & Essays on Literature

The Last Days of New Paris, by China Miéville

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Published by Del Rey, an imprint of Random House, a division of Penguin Random House, New York, hardcover, Aug. 9 2016, 224 pages.In The Last Days of New Paris China Miéville has invented new words and languages, like he has done in many of his mind-boggling SF works. Reading it made me realize that I simply do not know enough about the SF genre. It was impossible for me to judge it one way or another. A thumbs up or down was out of the question. Why? Because, apart from producing a doozy of an SF adventure, he turns many SF conventions on their heads in this book. It isn’t a Man Booker contender, but is sure is a candidate for every SF literature award out there. (Continue reading…)

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