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Three Moments of an Explosion
Three Moments of an Explosion: Stories | China Miville
NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The Washington Post NPR The GuardianKirkus Reviews The fiction of multiple awardwinning author China Miville is powered by intelligence and imagination. Like George Saunders, Karen Russell, and David Mitchell, he pulls from a variety of genres with equal facility, employing the fantastic not to escape from reality but instead to interrogate it in provocative, unexpected ways. London awakes one morning to find itself besieged by a sky full of floating icebergs. Destroyed oil rigs, mysteriously reborn, clamber from the sea and onto the land, driven by an obscure but violent purpose. An anatomy student cuts open a cadaver to discover impossibly intricate designs carved into a corpses bonesdesigns clearly present from birth, bearing mute testimony to . . . what? Of such concepts and unforgettable images are made the twenty-eight stories in this collectionmany published here for the first time. By turns speculative, satirical, and heart-wrenching, fresh in form and language, and featuring a cast of damaged yet hopeful seekers who come face-to-face with the deep weirdness of the worldand at times the deeper weirdness of themselvesThree Moments of an Explosion is a fitting showcase for one of literatures most original voices.Praise for Three Moments of an Explosion China Miville is dazzling. His latest collection of short stories, Three Moments of an Explosion, crowds virtuosity into every sentence.The New York Times You cant talk about [China] Miville without using the word brilliant. . . . His wit dazzles, his humour is lively, and the pure vitality of his imagination is astonishing.Ursula K. Le Guin, The Guardian [A] gripping collection . . . Miville expertly mixes science fiction, fantasy and surrealism. . . . Amid the longer stories are more cerebral, poetic flash pieces that will haunt the reader beyond the pages of this exceptional book.The Washington Post The stories shine . . . with a winkling brilliance.The Seattle Times Mind-bending excursions into the fantastic.NPR Bradbury meets Borges, with Lovecraft gibbering tumultuously just out of hearing.Kirkus Reviews (starred review) Three Moments of an Explosion is a book filled with fabulous oddities.Entertainment Weekly Miville moves effortlessly among realism, fantasy, and surrealism. . . . His characters, whether ordinary witnesses to extraordinary events or lunatics operating out of inexplicable compulsions, are invariably well drawn and compelling.Publishers Weekly (starred review)From the Hardcover edition.
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Readergrrl
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I‘ve always enjoyed Miéville‘s novels and I was not disappointed in this collection of short stories. Some were much better than others, but as a whole, I really liked the sometimes bizarre imaginings of his many worlds in these stories. I do think I love his novels more, but this collection has just added to my appreciation of China Miéville as an author. 4/5⭐️
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Megabooks
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This is my #LPMBC Group C (short stories) pick this month, so I won‘t say much. I love getting out of my comfort zone, so it was good to read a sci fi/fantasy/horror collection because I usually read literary fiction ones. There were a lot of medical 👍🏻 and military themes, which was fun for me. Some stories didn‘t work for me, but there were quite a few good ones.

@Readergrrl I‘ll let you know when I get it in the mail.

vivastory One of my favorites of all time. There are a few pieces that are forever seared into my mind. 2mo
BarbaraBB 😀 2mo
Megabooks @vivastory I can see you loving this one. It‘s a solid collection, and I‘m really glad @shadowspeak17 picked it for our group. 2mo
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Readergrrl I‘m looking forward to it! 2mo
KathyWheeler Mieville is one of my favorite writers. He‘s odd but good. I loved The City and the City. 2mo
shadowspeak17 I‘m glad you liked it! 😄 2mo
Megabooks @Readergrrl @shadowspeak17 I think this will be a favorite of our choices 👍🏻😀 2mo
Megabooks @KathyWheeler I agree 💯 on odd but good. I‘d like to check out more. 2mo
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shadowspeak17
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I enjoyed the weirdness and unique ideas in this collection, but it lost some steam for me in the second half. A light pick.

I‘m planning on mailing this tomorrow, @Megabooks . I‘ll send you the tracking number when I have it. 😊

#lmpbc #GroupC #catsoflitsy #Ember

rubyslippersreads Lovely bookrest. 😻 3mo
Megabooks Fantastic! Thanks. Your cat is very cute 🤩 3mo
RaeLovesToRead That face 🥰🥰🥰 3mo
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shadowspeak17 @Megabooks Okay, it‘s on the way. I just emailed you the tracking number. 😊 3mo
Megabooks It arrived! I saw your note about using post its and that‘s cool, but I did notice a few underlined sentences. Is that okay? To underline when warranted? 3mo
shadowspeak17 @Megabooks Oh, good! I was hoping it wouldn‘t actually take until Monday to get to you. 😄 I actually underlined using clear sticky notes. I sent some along with the book if you want to try them out, but if you‘d rather do it on the book that‘s okay. :) 3mo
Megabooks Ah! I‘ve never used those before. Excited to try them out! 3mo
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shadowspeak17
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Hey, #GroupC! 😊 What do you guys think of these?

(The Diving Pool is apparently novellas rather than short stories, but I decided to include it anyway because if the page count is right, it looks like the novellas must all be on the short side.)

#lmpbc

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Jadams1776 All of these sound amazing. Three Moments of an Explosion has been on my TBR for awhile, but The Glassy, Burning Floor of Hell sounds really good too. I‘d be happy with any of these 4mo
Megabooks Three Moments piques my interest too as does Wicked Wonders, but I have not read any and would be fine with all of them. 👍🏻 4mo
shadowspeak17 What do you think @Readergrrl ? :) 4mo
Readergrrl Sorry I‘m late to the thread! They all look great! I love China Miéville is one of my favorite authors, but I‘m interested in any of these collections! Im still looking for mine. I‘ll be posting soon! Fun, fun!!! 4mo
shadowspeak17 Looks like Three Moments of an Explosion is the winner! 😄 @Jadams1776 @Megabooks @Readergrrl 4mo
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vivastory
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Librarians of Litsy! I have a question! Last night after finishing Chiang's phenomenal Story of Your Life I checked my local library catalog to see if they had any collections by Miéville, aside from previously read Three Moments etc. Imagine my surprise when I discovered that *all* physical Miéville books have been removed from the collection. The only options now are e-book & audio. Why would this happen? I know that books get weeded out, but 👇

vivastory this is the first time I have encountered all of an author's works being removed! 😡 Pictured are four Miéville books I've checked out. I enjoyed all of these, & two are among my favorites of all time. 10mo
MicheleinPhilly The branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia that I volunteered with through library school had a policy of “no checkouts for 1 year = weed.” Your library may have a similar policy. 10mo
TrishB In other questions, I have never read this author, what do you recommend? 10mo
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vivastory @TrishB Good question... I loved his short story collection Three Moments of an Explosion. I think it provides a good sampling of his style. I also loved Kraken, but am reluctant to recommend it to someone who hasn't read him before due to size 10mo
vivastory @MicheleinPhilly That would explain it, but due to COVID-19 related closures I wonder if they altered those rules 10mo
KathyWheeler My favorite of his is The City and The City. It does seem odd that all physical copies are gone from the library. 10mo
vivastory @KathyWheeler City & the City is another fave of mine. I thought it was very very strange....I almost wonder if a Mieville super fan checked them out and never returned them....there were 13 of them! 10mo
KathyWheeler @vivastory That‘s a lot! 10mo
vivastory @Leftcoastzen What is especially crazy about this article is the fact that 86% of e-books have to be purchased again by the library after 24 months, even if they haven't been checked out. That's not right! 10mo
TrishB Thanks 👍🏻 I‘m not a big short story fan! 10mo
vivastory @TrishB You might also like 10mo
Hooked_on_books I was talking to a librarian at my local library today about weeding the collection. Same idea of no checkouts for a while means bye-bye books, but she‘s taking the pandemic into account this year. Hopefully other libraries do the same. I realize they can‘t keep them all, but it seems a shame to miss out on books one might discover years later. 10mo
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claudiuo
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My #BookSpin from way back in December is now done read. Yay! It took a while but it was worth as all China Mieville's books I've read. I have to be honest, some stories were a bit too complex/strange/abstract for me, but others were simply awesome, his imagination is amazing. A pick!

And since today is the best day of the month when the #BookSpinBingo card is revealed, here is mine, Thank again for all you do @TheAromaOfBooks!

TheAromaofBooks Yay!! 14mo
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vivastory
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📚 The Terror/There There/Three Moments of an Explosion/True Grit/The Troop/Trial
🖋 Tolkien/Tremblay
🎬Taxi Driver/Thin Blue Line/This is Spinal Tap/Twelve Monkeys/Twin Peaks
🎸T-Rex
🎶Team(Lorde)/This is Love (PJ Harvey)
#manicmonday #lettert @JoScho

Billypar Some great selections here! Another 'T' pick for PJ Harvey, To Bring You My Love, is one of my all-time favorite opening tracks. 2y
vivastory @Billypar I completely agree! 2y
KVanRead Great picks! You really took this one all the way to 11😂 ...The Troop is on my #ReadCanada list. Glad to know you liked it. 2y
vivastory @KVanRead Now I feel like rewatching Spinal Tap 😂I'll be curious to see what you think of The Troop. It's a somewhat disturbing book. 😬 2y
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BramBresseleers

"What radicals have you ever known that didn't have their weekly meetings?"

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BramBresseleers

"But think, and you have to hate, because if you couldn't hate you couldn't love, and you couldn't hope, and you couldn't despair correctly. Not because of some fetish for symmetry, but because what matters above all is the utter.
What's hate but utterness, the unwordable with a bad inflection?"

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BramBresseleers

"For there to be any political point to us tiny splinters, we had to distinguish ourselves."

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"I blinked and said something about Hansel and Gretel, that following him talking was like following a breadcrumb trail laid by a lunatic. You said you liked the implication that most breadcrumb trails were laid by sane people."

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"Joanna took Mel to Dresden, to the Frauenkirche. They timed their visit to coincide with a monthly English evensong. 'Firebombs not enough?' Mel whispered. 'Now we inflict Anglicanism on them?' Her giggles attracted attention.
'Jesus,' Joanna muttered, shaking her head but laughing too. 'Shut up.'"

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I probably wouldn‘t have said pick if I didn‘t love the final story so much, but I‘m still on the inertia of such a nice ending that I‘m probably rating the book higher than I would initially. It‘s by no means bad, but I found the trailer-formatted stories jarring, and struggled to get through a couple of the lingers ones, like ‘the man in the dusty hat‘.

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TobeyTheScavengerMonk
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I just finished a China Miéville short story about a secretive group of therapists that also act as assassins, clinically murdering individuals that get in the way of their patients‘ healing process.

It is possibly the closest I‘ve ever seen him get to outright comedy. Just wanted to share.

JCPaulk I've got to check this one out! 3y
Nebklvr Now THAT sounds intriguing and not as intimidating as some others by this author. 3y
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TobeyTheScavengerMonk
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China wrote a weirdo science fiction story in the format of a college syllabus because he is a mad genius. Enjoy. #Mievillains

Centique Ah Mieville, your brain is both fascinating and frightening! 😝😍 3y
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vivastory
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With "Three Moments of an Explosion," Miéville goes from being the author of a handful of books I frequently admired & occasionally adored (Kraken & City & The City), to one of my favorite living writers. Lumped with Jeff Vandermeer & Neil Gaiman under the nebulous, yet sometimes helpful, genre label Speculative Fiction, Miéville is my favorite of the three. Willing to venture into darker terrain (thematically & in terms of content) more ?

vivastory often than Gaiman & less cerebral & ambiguous than Vandermeer. This is not to knock either Vandermeer or Gaiman. I count American Gods & City of Saints & Madmen among my favorite books. I find that all 3 authors to be exploring the same world & personally am most pleased by the route laid out by Miéville. The works in this collection are experiences, in the sense that you never know where the next one will take you. Moving from the eerie poetry 👇 3y
vivastory of "Polynia" & "The Design" to the deeply unsettling "Säcken" & "The Bastard Prompt" to several movie trailers for movies you'll wish are real. I checked this out from the library, but will definitely be buying a copy for my collection. I will definitely be returning to these masterpieces. 3y
saresmoore Killer review! My brain has to be on point for Miéville, but I love what he does. I‘m definitely looking forward to this one! 3y
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KathyWheeler Every time a new Miéville book comes out, I buy it; I‘ve not read everything I have of his though. I love his brand of weirdness. 3y
Freespirit Great review👍🏻 3y
sprainedbrain Wonderful review. Sounds like I need to try this author! 3y
GrilledCheeseSamurai Perdido Street Station and The Scar are 2 of my favorite books of ever! 💯 3y
TobeyTheScavengerMonk Scott @vivastory you should listen to Scott @GrilledCheeseSamurai and make Miéville‘s Bas Lag (Perdido Street Station, The Scar, Iron Council) books happen soon! 3y
TobeyTheScavengerMonk Also “Säcken” messed me up. 3y
vivastory @TobeyTheScavengerMonk I'm going book shopping next weekend & Perdido St has high priority! I had to take a break from the book for the rest of the day after reading it. I honestly don't remember the last time I was that thoroughly unnerved by a story. 3y
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If this collection is not on a "What to Read After Black Mirror" list somewhere, then someone has fallen asleep at the wheel.

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TobeyTheScavengerMonk Loved this story! 3y
vivastory @TobeyTheScavengerMonk It's giving me the waking dream/nightmare that is his trademark 3y
TobeyTheScavengerMonk I‘m reading this one story at a time between novels and every single one so far has been solid gold. 3y
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TobeyTheScavengerMonk
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This whole short story, “The 9th Technique”, is freaking insane, but I thought this paragraph worked as a mini horror tale all on its own.

MayJasper Out of curiosity may I ask why 'scavenger monk'? 3y
TobeyTheScavengerMonk @MayJasper The short version is that it‘s a high school nickname that took on a life of its own. I‘ll tag you in an earlier post I made that explains the longer version. 3y
MayJasper Thanks Tobey for explaining. Are you still scavenging? I hope so 👍 3y
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TobeyTheScavengerMonk
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Trust China to take caterpillar metamorphosis and turn it into unleaded nightmare fuel.

Aimeesue The REALLY freaky thing is that in experiments caterpillars that were exposed to unpleasant smell while they were munching on particular leaves will react to the same scent by moving away from it AFTER they go through the gooey metamorphosis and become moths!! How crazy is that? 😳 3y
TobeyTheScavengerMonk @aimeesue That is legit crazy! Mind blown! 3y
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TobeyTheScavengerMonk
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Every single story in Looking for Jake, Miéville‘s first short story collection, was solid freaking weirdo gold (except, oddly, the title story).

I‘ll be working through his 2nd collection one story at a time between novels. The 1st story featured kids on chrono-Ecstasy exploring a building while it is exploding, & the explosion was a Burger King commercial, & the ghost of the building must be exorcised. It was 2 pages and was also fantastic.

saresmoore Where‘s the fudge, Miéville, you beautiful freaking genius?! I already want to read this from your description. 3y
Reggie Lolol stacked. 3y
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FernsAndFairyTales
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What a great book to end 2018 on! I‘ve never read China Miéville before, but I‘ve become an instant fan. These stories are weird and trippy and a few were way over my head, but I enjoyed them so much. There were several that were so captivating I wanted them to be full novels.

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FernsAndFairyTales
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What weird timing to come across this mention of Boston‘s Great Molasses Flood in this short story! The 100-year anniversary of the disaster is next month.

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Pruzy
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I‘ve been on a short story reading kick lately. Within the past month I‘ve read Friday Black by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah (heralded by the New York Times), Wilderness Tips by Margaret Atwood (one of my favourite short story collections I‘ve read by Atwood to date) and now I‘m on to Three Moments of An Explosion by China Miéville who reminds me of a more political Neil Gaiman.

vivastory I've read (& loved) Miéville's novels, I need to check out his stories 4y
Pruzy @vivastory Which of his novels have you read and enjoyed? 4y
vivastory City & The City, Last Days of New Paris, Kraken. They're all different & wild & each one has a lot of insightful religious/social/political criticism without being overly didactic. 4y
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Pruzy @vivastory I‘ve read Kraken, Embassytown and Railsea. I highly recommend Embassytown. It‘s probably one of his best works. However, I might pick up a copy of the City & The City and Last Days of New Paris thanks to your recommendation! I also have a copy of This Census-Taker sitting on my shelf. 4y
vivastory Will definitely move Embassytown up my TBR. Last Days is a fairly quick read, but unforgettable. I plan on reading all of his books eventually. 4y
GrilledCheeseSamurai @Pruzy @vivastory No love for Perdido Street Station or The Scar? Those 2 are probably my favorite Mieville. 👍 I still need to read embassy Town. 🤔 4y
vivastory @GrilledCheeseSamurai I haven't read either of those. They're both high on my list, especially Perdido Street Station 4y
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Pruzy
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Here‘s a stack of all the short story books I have sitting on my shelf.
Three Moments I haven‘t read yet.
Daddy Lenin was a great collection.
Norse Mythology was more Gaiman magic. Daydreams I started but didn‘t finish.
Same for Public Library.
I hope to get to Wilderness Tips soon.
The Doll-Master was fittingly spooky.

Which of these collections would you read next?

#riotgrams #shortstories

398.2 Loved Norse Mythology ❤️ 4y
Pruzy @398.2 It really was good! I think in general Gaiman excels at short stories 4y
Pruzy @mrp27 Nice pick! 4y
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Moray_Reads
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A brilliant, mind-bending collection that really showcases Miéville's talents for style, voice and narrative. Many of them are definitely Weird but but the startlingly vivid imagery is backed up by Miéville's unrivalled originality, an impressive and some brilliant writing. Be warned though, it's not for the faint of heart or the sensitive of stomach! Favourites were Säcken, New Death, Keep and the trailers.

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Moray_Reads
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Story #fourteen in this mad, unsettling, brilliant collection. That last sentence, the one that forces a double take? It's Mr Miéville's forte, it's the Weird getting ready to burst it... #NovemberByTheNumbers

AlaMich I have this collection...I haven't read all the stories, but of those I have read, some are indeed mad. Like this last sentence, which you could easily miss if your attention wandered for a moment. But I do love his work. (edited) 5y
TobeyTheScavengerMonk This one is still in the future for me, but it gives me beckoning looks all the time. 5y
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Alytrue
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A brilliant (and big) collection of short stories, if you like yours fantastical and a bit surreal. E-book on sale today.

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RabidReader
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So I got home from a long day at work only to find my wonderful husband had dinner ready and news that an unexpected package arrived for me. @leslieseidel had sent me extra goodies from #secretsantagoespostal. What a fun surprise! I'm glad you forgot them initially, it worked out to be twice the fun! Thank you for sending them along, the bookmarks are great and the family all want to try the chocolate. 🎉🎁📚🔖

LeahBergen 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 5y
BookishMarginalia That's fabulous! 5y
Suzze I have to find that chocolate bar! 5y
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RabidReader @suzze I will update once I have tried it! Sounds intriguing for sure! 5y
leslieseidel You got it!! Sometimes mistakes work out okay!!🤗 5y
RabidReader The chocolate was fantastic! Definitely give it a shot should you find some! 5y
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RabidReader
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#secretsantagoespostal woke up with a headache and realized its the 21st. So 2 Tylenol and 2 new books later, I am feeling much better. 😊 can't wait to dive into both of these books... You got some great recommendations @leslieseidel, these both seem like they will be right up my alley. Merry Solstice Leslie and thank you!

LeahBergen Nice!! 😍😍 6y
ReadingEnvy 😍🌟 6y
leslieseidel Just saw this 😳. So glad you like them! Happy reading!! 6y
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RabidReader They are perfect! Thank you again! 6y
BookishMarginalia 💜💜💜👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 6y
kspenmoll Happy reading! 6y
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Seonjoon
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I'll read anything by Miéville, but even so this is a wonderfully creepy set of short stories. (Maybe not the best bedtime reading choice...?)

BookishFeminist I haven't finished this collection yet but loved his two recent novellas. 6y
Seonjoon @BookishFeminist I'm a bit behind on his recent stuff the past two years (he published a lot!), but I've heard good things all around. 6y
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Karkar
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I have made it about half way thru and I am finding that I do not like 75%of the stories. Bummed because I was really looking forward to this book.

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Karkar
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Sheba decided to take over my spot when I got up. #dogproblems

DebinHawaii 🐶❤️ 6y
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Karkar
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#biblioweekend book#2 Foster dog is out already:)

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Karkar
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Wondering what my book stack from the store today is saying about my reading mood. 📚📚😱

ApoptyGina69 Those all look great! Of those I only have Dark Matter in my TBR-always more to read... 6y
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My mind is roiling, boiling, and toiling to work through the images brought forth by this collection of short stories. Oh the worlds! The horror! The creepy possibilities that lie under the floorboards, behind the picture frame, below the skin are enough to fill my mind for days and days of solitary imagining.

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Once again, I have fallen deep under the spell of China Mieville, tumbling into his bizarre imagination, seeing the world through an entirely different prism. His creativity amazes me; in this collection of short stories, it is even more evident just how broad his knowledge is. Each story is completely different, necessitating a reinvention of the laws governing these worlds. It is a masterwork.

CherylDeFranceschi And now I can read this because the new one comes out Tuesday. Sometimes I need to have a "break glass in case of fire" book on reserve, and China fits that bill. 6y
Spiderfelt That's a great description of his work @CherylDeFranceschi 6y
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For #24in48 attempted to post this morning but loading took forever. Why am I reading it? China Mieville is reason enough.
Giving up for the while. I am sure China knows what he is riffing on. Me? Not where he's at.
Going to join the Dancers at the End of Time for now.

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LatteSue
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Some stories left me with mental images that I would see only in dreams. The more I thought about them the less afraid I was.

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I went into this collection really wanting to love it. Although the majority of the stories weren't really in my wheelhouse, the ones I liked have really stuck with me. I'm definitely eager to find out what Miéville can do with a full novel. Any suggestions on which of his I should try next?

Spiderfelt That would depend on which stories you enjoyed. His style varies so much. I started with City & The City and then moved on to his more 'weird' fiction. 6y
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"…and a card I'd never seen before."

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