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Railsea by China Mieville

“Other names besides [Herman] Melville’s will surely come to mind as you read this thrilling tale—there’s Dune’s Frank Herbert. . . . But in this, as in all of his works, Miéville has that special knack for evoking other writers even while making the story wholly his own.”—Los Angeles Times
On board the moletrain Medes, Sham Yes ap Soorap watches in awe as he witnesses his first moldywarpe hunt: the giant mole bursting from the earth, the harpoonists targeting their prey, the battle resulting in one’s death & the other’s glory. Spectacular as it is, Sham can’t shake the sense that there is more to life than the endless rails of the railsea—even if his captain thinks only of hunting the ivory-colored mole that took her arm years ago. But when they come across a wrecked train, Sham finds something—a series of pictures hinting at something, somewhere, that should be impossible—that leads to considerably more than he’d bargained for. Soon he’s hunted on all sides, by pirates, trainsfolk, monsters & salvage-scrabblers. & it might not be just Sham’s life that’s about to change. It could be the whole of the railsea.
“[Miéville] gives all readers a lot to dig into here, be it emotional drama, Godzilla-esque monster carnage, or the high adventure that comes only with riding the rails.”—USA Today
“Superb . . . massively imaginative.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Riveting . . . a great adventure.”—NPR
“Wildly inventive . . . Every sentence is packed with wit.”—The Guardian (London)

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780230765122
Publisher: MacMillan Hardback Omes
Publication date: 05/28/2012
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

China Miéville is the author of several books, including Un Lun Dun, Perdido Street Station, The City & The City, Kraken, & Embassytown. His works have won the Hugo, the British Science Fiction Award (twice), the Arthur C. Clarke Award (three times) & the World Fantasy Award. He lives & works in London.

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Railsea 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Holden_Clawfield More than 1 year ago
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: The Minihiki FerroNavy Has Declared the Document “RAILSEA” as work of Fiction Minihiki Ferro Navy Office of communication has declared the circulating document “RAILSEA” as a working of fiction. The incidents taking place are completely un-true. The document now being widely circulated claims to be a telling of the adventures of one “Sham Yes Ap Soorap” of Streggeye. Copies of the document are now banned. Anyone in possession of a copy is order to turn it over to the nearest Ferro Navy office. Where the best works of fiction make themselves believable by including true facts the Navy does stipulate the following items: There may or may not have been a member of the crew of the Mole Train Medes Sham Yes A Soorap. In the document “RAILSEA” he is portrayed as a citizen of Streggeye & as such Minihiki Navy has no record of him. Further inquires about his existence should be directed to the Streggeye console. (The blockade of the console is an unfortunate coincident & total unrelated to events in the document “RAILSEA”.) The train Medes did or does exist & is or was commanded by captained Naphi. The captain is register with the Streggeye Molers’s Benevolent Society. Her register philosophy is in fact a giant “white” or “ivory” mole. These are just the kind of facts that make the story interesting & believable. However the following items are strictly un-true & border on treasonous. There is no missing FerroNavy train. The Navy does not issue Letters of Marque to Pirates. There is no such thing as demi-salvage. This document “RAILSEA” has been release at this time to undermine support of new taxes and tariffs funding the building of the new FerroNavy Train “Moledoom”. Further discussion of the document are classified and not for public review.
Solarix-Star More than 1 year ago
Pretty good. I found this book in a search for more stories with trains and hoped to be impressed by it. i was in some regard but at the same time felt a little bit of let down. Its worth a read but just be prepared for a little drop in how you might feel about train stories.
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jilliver More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I have read by this author but I had heard some buzz about his books. I picked this one because of the title and description.  I liked the story and really enjoyed the steampunk setting. The  descriptions of the environment were evocative and interesting. I would like to see this as a movie. I found the characters a little stiff although I may have let the writing itself get in the way of understanding or identifying with the characters. This is a YA book but it still seemed a little anachronistic for early adolescents. Last, I am not too appreciative of new characters thrown in at the last minute to support some plot twist and the end was off putting. Overall, I liked this book more than the review might suggest.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put it down!
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I just wanted to rate it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is another top notch story from Mieville and well worth the purchase!
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Such a wild and crazy take on Moby Dick that I wondered how Mievile could resolve it in an ending that paid off. Then he did it. A wonderful (as in full of wonders) read.
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Octoploid More than 1 year ago
I found this to be an interesting and enjoyable read—an original concept, a good story, and an easier read than many of Mieville's recent books. (I've seen it characterized as a Young Adult book, but I thought it had more in common with Mieville's adult works than his previous YA book, Un Lun Dun. I would say it could readily be enjoyed by either group). I found the setting to be absolutely delightful, and I would love to see another novel set here (though I wouldn't expect to). It kept me up late at night, turning pages. That said, I don't think it's Mieville's best book, either. Besides the main character, I thought the characters seemed kind of thin. The plot was interesting but perhaps not as exciting as some of his other books. Additionally, although essentially what I expected, the ending was a little bit of an anticlimax, and slightly odd and unsatisfying. All that said, on balance it is still a great book, and perhaps a good introduction to the worlds of China Mieville.
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I had expected a somewhat dry book, from other reviews, but this was as fantastically enjoyable as Mieville's other books.
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One of his best.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Some one rated the book one star becasue they disliked the name of it. So i figured i give the book a five star rating to balnce out the injustice