Topic archives: China Mieville

Guest review: Lyndon Riggall on <i>Embassytown</i> by China Miéville

Guest review: Lyndon Riggall on Embassytown by China Miéville

May 6, 2011 1

9780230754317 Pan Macmillan, May 2011 (Aus, UK, US/Kindle) Reviewed by Lyndon Riggall I admit defeat. I’ve been trying to present these events with a structure. I simply don’t know how everything happened. Perhaps because I didn’t pay proper attention, perhaps because it wasn’t a narrative, but for whatever reasons, it doesn’t want to be what I want to […]

Aussies up for largest worldwide literary prize: IMPAC Dublin longlist

Aussies up for largest worldwide literary prize: IMPAC Dublin longlist

November 16, 2010 1

The longlist for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award is nominated by libraries worldwide, so it’s no surprise that Australian books have been put forward by Australian libraries. Nonetheless, the €100,000 prize is nothing to balk at. It’s a long longlist, but an interesting one. I like seeing the flavour of different libraries in different […]

A dream-logic London squid riff: an interview with China Miéville (part two)

A dream-logic London squid riff: an interview with China Miéville (part two)

October 18, 2010 2

Read part one here. Angela Meyer: Just going back to what you were sort of talking about, the excessive nature of Kraken (Aus, US, UK) and chucking everything in – I’m really interested in your writing and I just find it so rich but at the same time I found I still was reading it […]

A dream-logic London squid riff: an interview with China Miéville (part one)

A dream-logic London squid riff: an interview with China Miéville (part one)

October 15, 2010 6

China Miéville’s Kraken (Aus, US, UK) is savvy, exuberant, sci-fantastical fiction – a novel about a stolen giant squid and the ensuing adventures of museum curator Billy Harrow. It’s a super-fun read, set in a richly imaginative alternate London, filled with sassy, dirty, sweet, dangerous and apparitious characters. It was great to be able to have […]

Melbourne Writers Festival 2009 diary part three: future cities, beautiful rhythms and a literal ending

Melbourne Writers Festival 2009 diary part three: future cities, beautiful rhythms and a literal ending

August 23, 2009 4

‘I just blogged’ I said to my friends when I ran into them, flustered, between sessions. Chris Flynn looked at me and said ‘that sounds dirty’, like ‘I just did a blog’, ‘I just dropped one’ and other variations. And now, the word blog is RUINED for me. But I was enlightened by two things: […]

It begins! Melbourne Writers Festival 2009 diary part one: champagne, the city, Mieville’s guns, Amsterdam’s awards and Schlink’s guilt

It begins! Melbourne Writers Festival 2009 diary part one: champagne, the city, Mieville’s guns, Amsterdam’s awards and Schlink’s guilt

August 22, 2009 10

Thursday 20/8 The elevator ride up to the Text Publishing par-tay on Thursday evening was devastatingly long (I’m a semi-claustrophobe, to add to my other semi-disorders). I met up with Kathy Charles beforehand (a Text author) to discuss my launching of her book, Hollywood Ending. The champagne flowed, the conversations were half-chewed like the piece […]

A callout of sorts, plus some killing, space and Eggers

A callout of sorts, plus some killing, space and Eggers

August 2, 2009 6

Hello litnibblets, Exciting things are afoot. Book launches, Melbourne Writers Festival, my first spoken word poetry gig, an illustrated short story zine project, and in a few months, National Young Writers Festival and Ubud Writers and Readers Festival (I’m doing panels at both). How did you like Sam Cooney’s guest review? I’m looking to do […]