The Scar (New Crobuzon Series #2)

The Scar (New Crobuzon Series #2)

by China Mieville
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The Scar 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 65 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I LOVED Perdido Street Station so picking up The Scar was exciting for me. A wonderfully well written novel with engaging action and characters. A bit long, though, so one must enjoy the pace of a steady novel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not one of his best, but still one of the better modern fantasy novels you can read
dalnewt More than 1 year ago
This book is a work of fantasy art. It features cinematic descriptions, haunting aquatic imagery, intricate passages of prose and a thoroughly engrossing story. The main characters are complex, three-dimensional individuals. The plot encompasses themes of desperation, intrigue, betrayal, terror, love and loss. The narrative primarily follows the experiences of Bellis Coldwine, an appealing, sarcastic, cigarillo-smoking linguist. Bellis is reluctantly fleeing New Crobuzon when her vessel is attacked and boarded by militarized pirates. She, (along with her fellow passengers, the surviving crew and remade prisoners), are press-ganged into the floating city of the "Armada." The stories of Tanner Sack, (a gratefully liberated remade prisoner), Shekel, (a street-wise cabin-boy), and, to a lesser extent, Professor Johannes Tearfly, (a marine biologist converted to the Armada's cause), round-out the captives' perspectives. The plot involves Bellis' discovery that the Armada's leaders seek to capture an immense denizen of the abysmal plane for the purposes of powering the Armada through unnavigable waters to an inter-dimensional chasm called "the Scar". Highlights include a foray into a deadly colony of mosquito people, a devastating naval assault, betrayal by a New Crobuzon spy, a rebellion championed by a 300 year old vampire, and sabotage by merciless, deep-sea hunters. Despite virtually incomprehensible metaphysical explanations and an impossibly farfetched closing manipulation, this book is unbelievably good. The prose and descriptions are wondrous, and the story is engrossing. If you like fantasy fiction, then I suggest that you read this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
China Mieville, the author who astonished me with his vision with Perdido Street Station has wowed me again with this equally unforgettable masterpiece:The Scar. The author who could had taken the easy route and just write a sequel to his first instead takes us back to his world of Bas-lag but in a different place. Bellis Coldwine, a linguist is escaping her city of New Crobuzon because of her brief relationship with a certain scientist named Isaac Dan der Grimmnebulin.If you want to know why read Perdido Street station. Bellis's ship that she is traveling on is attacked by pirates and she and the survivors are taken to Armanda, a city constructed from the hull of pirates ships. While Bellis is there she finds out that rulers of this strange shipcity: a S&M couple called Lovers are planning on a epic project that will change the face of this world forever! Mievielle's epic masterpiece is filled with scenes of terror and wonder as his obvious love of the sea shows on every page. This novel can be described as combination of Herman Mieville and H.P. Lovecraft in design. The characters of this epic novel come alive in these pages. Bellis Coldwine, the unlikely heroine who is manipulated by the various forces upon Armanda. Silas Fennac-the spy and Bellis sometime lover who's agenda no one can fanthom and who holds a deadly secret that will threaten everyone on the Armada. Uther Doul-the Lover's powerful warrior henchman with a incredible weapon at his command.Tanner Sacks-the sailor who becomes less than human and who's loyality to the Armada is set in stone. Brucolac, the sinister vampire who rebels against the power of the Lovers. I mentioned earlier that this book is combination of Herman Mieville and Lovecraft. Like Mieville's moby dick the Lovers obsession with their endeavor it will threaten the lives of all of the inhabitants of this city and the menace of a group of terrifying aquatic demons called grindylow who seek something stolen from them by one of the inhabitants of the city chilled the blood.Mieville's skills as a world-builder are more evident in this book than in perdido street station as he creates alien beings like a race of mosquito people who feast upon blood and raising of giant ancient creature called Avanc from it's resting place under the ocean.This novel is the one to beat as best fantasy novel of 2002 and further cements China Mieville place as one of the premier fantacist of this generation and century!
Anonymous 27 days ago
Possibly the most believable fantasy out there. I needed a dictionary to decipher the vocabulary in this book. Are you looking for something totally alien and totally believable?
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Sometimes too much graphic description impeding movement of story. Nevertheless, a rather fascinating novel and good character development; characters have the usual amount of vacillation between choices with their personal dilemnas.
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