Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday (2): China Miéville - Railsea

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Title: Railsea 
Author: China Miéville
Publisher: Random House
Release Date: May 15th, 2012 
Summary (from Goodreads):
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 and the other’s glory. But no matter how spectacular it is, Sham can't shake the sense that there is more to life than traveling the endless rails of the railsea–even if his captain can think only of the hunt for the ivory-coloured mole she’s been chasing since it took her arm all those years ago. When they come across a wrecked train, at first it's a welcome distraction. But what Sham finds in the derelict—a series of pictures hinting at something, somewhere, that should be impossible—leads to considerably more than he'd bargained for. Soon he's hunted on all sides, by pirates, trainsfolk, monsters and salvage-scrabblers. And it might not be just Sham's life that's about to change. It could be the whole of the railsea.

From China Miéville comes a novel for readers of all ages, a gripping and brilliantly imagined take on Herman Melville's Moby-Dick that confirms his status as "the most original and talented voice to appear in several years." (Science Fiction Chronicle)
Why I Look Forward to This: I started getting into Miéville's work this year -- his concepts are utterly fascinating and his prose is top-notch. I've heard that this one is marketed towards a more YA audience, which is interesting -- a few reviews on Goodreads say that this seems way too difficult for teens, but there are some who would love a challenge. Can't wait to try this one!


  1. Okay, this sounds utterly fantastic. A new take on Moby Dick but so much more Sci-Fi/Fantasy? I'm all in.

    This one sounds so good. Great pick this week. : )

    Jessie Marie
    My WoW

  2. OOoooohhhh... Sounds intriguing. Awesome pick! :D

    Drop by my WoW?