Tuesday, February 19, 2008

The Scar - China Mieville

Rating : 3.0/5
Number of Pages : 795
Number in Series : #2 New Crobuzon Series
Reason for Reading : Sci-Fi Experience, to read more in the series after enjoying book one

The main character this time is Bellis Coldwine who is fleeing New Crobuzon aboard The Terpsichoria for Nova Esperium. The milita in New Crobuzon have been slowly rounding up people who knew Isaac der Grimnebulin from the first book and Bellis was his lover five years ago before he met Lin and knows it is only a matter of time before they come for her. She is a translator and goes on the voyage to assist the captain diplomatically.

The voyage gets turned around at their first port however when they meet up with another man from New Crobuzon who has papers saying he can comendeer the ship. The passangers are confused at not being told the reason for their change in course back home until they are attached by pirates and taken to their floating island Armada. The Remade prisoners on board are given a chance at freedom and earning a wage for their work rendered to Armada. This pleases Tanner Sack who was remade with tentacles protruding from his stomach. He finds joy for the first time in the sea, the brine healing his tentacles which he thought were dead. He also furthers his friendship with Shekel (a young boy who was the cabin boy on The Terpsichoria).

Bellis wants to go home. She wasn't a prisoner like Tanner and misses her city despite it's many flaws. She starts to plot with Silas Fennac (the man who had the papers on the boat that changed their course) and he lets her know there is a major threat to New Crobuzon as the Grindelow are planning to attack and take over. The cities leaders are also planning on rising a monster from the deep called an Avanc and Bellis holds the key to the summoning but needs to work out if it will serve her plans to leave Armada.

I enjoyed this book, but not as much as Perdido Street Station. There were some great characters like The Lovers who rule part of Armada and cut each other during sex in a ritualistic bonding and binding to each other. There was also the Brucolac, Vampir and ab-dead and Uther Doul the henchman of The Lovers with his Possible Sword. Again Mieville manages to blend fantasy, horror and science fiction creating something unique to him.


Ana S. said...

You finished this one fast! Those characters do sound cool, and I like the idea of having all those genres mixed.

Rhinoa said...

Nymeth - Yeah I know, I got hooked on it yesterday and finished it much sooner than expected. I am home sick today but to make me feel better my edition of Lost Girls arrived yay!

heather (errantdreams) said...

Sounds like quite an unusual blend of elements!