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Nching fresh in form and language and featuring a cast of damaged yet hopeful seekers who come face to face with the deep weirdness of the world and at times the deeper weirdness of themselves Three Moments of an Explosion is a fitting showcase for one of our most original voic. In the world of Three Moments of an Explosion strange things happen sometimes publicly icebergs floating above London Polynia oil derricks walking ashore Covehithe but most often privately secretly The protagonist and the reader struggle to understand what is going on but ultimately fail Although this is undoubtedly the author s intention it is deliberately perverse Significant characters simply disappear from the narrative stories end without resolution Without resolution tension is unreleased and the buildup becomes meaningless For example in Keep in which a strange disease causes a literal moat to surround the afflicted the plot gradually weaves its way to a mysterious Scottish keep where after a brief flurry of action the story ends sans explication Plot development is rendered meaningless since without causecureprognosis the final events could be totally unrelated to the main plotline merely a sideshow I hope Mi ville meant than the trite metaphor that people create moats around themselves Our understanding of the world as a matter of perspective is illustrated in the shorter pieces Three Moments of an Explosion Four Final Orpheuses with literally numbered viewpoints I did not find these pieces particularly successful Similarly the short trailers seemed like nothing than the author saying Look at this cool idea I had A layer of dust to dust pessimism again literally as in The Dusty Hat lies over the collection Mi ville suggests that we do not perhaps cannot either understand or control the vagaries of the universeFor me the best stories were those that actually had a denouement Dreaded Outcome psychoanalysts with an extreme view of patient care S cken a monster in the lake horror story and The Dowager of Bees a card shark trying to cheat fate These were the exception not the rule One of Mi ville s characters says Some stories though it doesn t help to finish This may be true but for most stories crossing the finish line makes for a satisfying race

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Three Moments of an Explosion

Signs carved into a corpse's bones designs clearly present from birth bearing mute testimony to whatOf such concepts and unforgettable images are made the twenty eight stories in this collection many published here for the first time By turns speculative satirical and heart wre. When any civilization is dust and ashes he said art is all that s left over Images words music Imaginative structures Meaning human meaning that is is defined by them Margaret Atwood Oryx and Crake Maybe even 45 stars I really liked this collection Some of the stories I loved Adored even Some were too light Some extremely dense But none were uninteresting Many SFhorrornoir writers get funky by bending the plot Mi ville does it by bending his words He alters reality by converting language both known and familiar into something alien and the strange Those thin threads he weaves between the normal and the exotic are done often not always with a slight of hand with language a flick of his prose tongue He is also getting better and better at the polished palitable otherworldiness of his worlds There is a glaze in his stories that makes reading Mi ville both delicious AND disturbing at the same timePart of Mi ville s genius and NO I don t use genius lightly is his ability to find the strange in our world and escalate it Use it as a mental catalyst to unlock some deeper key Space elevators He will take that to the next level Marxist materialism Just wait to read what he does with the Ash Heap of History Scrimshaw Therapy Card tricks Enhanced Interrogation He will outsmart your expectations with each one He will extract the magic from old bones or a discarded rag He will find the horror in the shadows that haven t been cast yet Anyway here is the list of his storiesThree Moments of an ExplosionPolyniaThe Condition of New DeathThe Dowager of BeesIn the SlopesThe CrawlWatching GodThe 9th TechniueThe Rope Is the WorldThe Buzzard s EggS ckenSyllabusDreaded OutcomeAfter the FestivalThe Dusty HatEscapeeThe Bastard PromptRulesEstateKeepA Second Slice ManifestoCovehitheThe JunketFour Final OrpheusesThe RabbetListen the BirdsA MountThe DesignI will comeback sometime and perhaps discuss some of these stories individually at length Some stories just hang there defying gravity in my mind Other stories sit hard in my stomach neither digesting or moving just sitting and waiting for the right moment to hatch

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London awakes one morning to find itself besieged by a sky full of floating icebergs Destroyed oil rigs mysteriously reborn clamber from the sea and onto the land driven by an obscure but violent purpose An anatomy student cuts open a cadaver to discover impossibly intricate de. This used to be my super old review of the short story Covehithe which I read on The Guardian website Edit also my review of The Rope is the World used to exist But through the strange obsession of whoever on Goodreads is in charge of this both have been moved to this wonderful short story collection by Mieville which I also read which deleted one of them Good thing I backed up my old reviews back in 2013So this review is for Covehithe and The Rope is the World only And if you haven t read anything by His Chinaness credit to Richard I believe give these two a try And this snafu gave me a chance to reread both of these short and strange and wonderful storiesEDIT Adding a copy of my review of Polynia currently found here just in case it gets lost if stories get combined Covehithe available free and legally here it to the master of weird China Mi ville to create a strange but magical story of revenant oil rigs the petrospectral presences single mindedly setting out from the depths of the ocean like enormous mechanical turtles This story is available free on the Guardian website I m asking the awesome person who sent me the link to come forward I want to give credit where it s due but I can t remember who you were Thanks so much EDIT It was Jacob Thank you so much You are awesome A strange and unexplained mystery slowly builds up and unveils itself leaving the reader with uestions than answers about the event they see And this is one of the things I love the masterful way to leave the reader wanting wanting answers but receiving a strange unexplained and fascinating tale that is wonderful because it just happens with no reason why it s just is The sea at its base spread flat and fell away from suddenly rising intricate blockness black angled and extrusioned Mi ville s language as usual is getting a special fangirl mention from me It s a bit simpler than in the Bas Lag books that I ve read but still even in this very short story you can easily sense the sheer delight he has in playing with language even poking some fun at his habit This close to the waves the land felt as the girl said misbehavicious A good word to make her feel better In the glow of the thing s own flame they saw edificial flanks the concrete and rust of them the iron of the pylon barnacled shaggy with benthic growth now lank gelatinous bunting 4 stars At this point Mi ville can write a toothpaste ad and I will still read it without any hesitation Dughan turned and took in the length of Covehithe Beach They were out of sight but he looked in the direction of the graveyard and of St Andrew s stubby hall where services continued within the medieval carapace remains of a grander church fallen apart to time and the civil war and to economics fallen ultimately with permission By the way here is the real life Covehithe with the road crumbling into the sea and the old church mentioned in this story Thanks Wikipedia The Rope is the World legal free copy here What do you want to seeWhat is the nature of your enterpriseWhen did you become aware of what the rope is I like to conceitedly imagine that China Mi ville somehow through a time loop read my comment that at this point I d happily read ANYTHING that he writes including and not limited to toothpaste ads and in response to that came up with The Rope is the World publishing it in Icon Magazine which self describes as one of the world s finest architecture and design magazines And yes I loved every word of it even though it is very different from the stories that I m used to reading Well at this point I did not expect anything else The Earth is a thin spoked wheel Its spokes are irregularly spaced we must look like the plucked remnants of some bicycle ridden by a ragged girl or boy But only to God This is a very short story about space elevators available free by the way on the ICON magazine website That s right space elevators It does not have a traditional plot or a real closure It is a journalistic column in an arhitecture magazine style description and at the same time a glimpse into what can be a beginning of an awesome sci fidystopian story This is a story about the building of space elevators that turned Earth into an irregularly spoked wheel This is the story about dreams of progress that these colossal structures symbolized This is the story about the failing of that dream and the transformation of the enormous edifices into museums and ghost cities It is a story that makes you want makes you want to see what is happening in the world Mi ville so uickly and easily sketches into being Ummmmm Mr Mi ville if you do decide to expand the story I ll be the first in line to buy it It s different than your usual read this architecturesci fi blend And it convinced me that yes I WILL read anything Mi ville writes because somehow his writing just strikes the perfect chord with me You do not know how they live those on the levels where people still live those of the 1200000 floors of the Rope These were isolated communities before you or your parents were born We have only travellers stories You don t know what languages they speak what they make or learn to what they pray what stories they tell their children as they look out of the portholes or call up external camfeeds on the Isabela Tower Freedom Tower and stare up at space or down the perspective line of their shaft towards Earth as lifts full of foreign cargo rise and fall through their territories how they mark it when those they love die or if they are there at all those people for whom the Rope is the world The Rope is the world Polynia you can read it free and legally here What s the first thing we learn about icebergs That we only see the tip Nine tenths of every one is out of sight I ve only read a handful of China Mieville s short stories but so far they all have been just like icebergs below the little bit on the surface hides the bulk of potentiality The stories are just like the teasing introductions the glimpses into the potential vast world of a novel that has not yet been created but is almost discernible somewhere underneath in the dizzying depths They teasingly leave you longing to see that potentiality unfold into a fully fleshed novel longing for the window into a larger world to become a door and let you through We all knew that what hung above London were icebergs Polynia is a story just like that a window into a potential larger creation an intro to a not hopefully yet written book Without explanation but with enough of a suggestion of ghostberg ness enormous ice masses one day out of nowhere float over London and just stay there slowly moving across the sky A few young children fascinated by them are going through the pains of growing up A band of unauthorized explorers scales one of the floating ice mountains with a hint of discovery that there may be beneath the surface and you just need to find a way to climb up and then up again The seeds of the story are sown the threads of storylines started and the sudden ending is suitable only for a Prologue bit of any novel and all together it gives me that amazing mixture of satisfaction and anticipation and enjoyment that is the trademark feature of Mieville s books On the cover were photographs from an arctic mission which took place years before I was born icebergs rising from the water Next to each of those images was one of a mass over London The frozen slopes and slices and cracks were the same The crags overhead were close to identical to those that had once floated in the Antarctic Look they melt he said First they melt and now look they come back On a side note just for once I felt bravely smug in the face of His Chinaness smart vocabulary choices but only because my native Russian is where the word polynia meaning the hole in the ice was borrowed from A small feeling of satisfaction of not frantically searching for a definition but that felt nice nevertheless Take that CM This is the story that my imagination will continue working on endlessly just like it did on The Rope is the World creating from it dozens of possible storylines each and every one of them of course paling compared to what China Mieville could have done on his weakest day And once again I will be fervently hoping that one day while looking for an idea for a novel he will remember one of his potential filled stories and choose to expand it into something much larger And I will be there to greedily read it


10 thoughts on “Three Moments of an Explosion

  1. says:

    First things first I need to mention I received this book from Goodreads giveaways There are popular writers and there are good writers These two while intersecting are not eual For this reason I avoided reading China Miéville before I have a feeling like I attend a high class cocktail evening party the one where the ladies wear

  2. says:

    Only China Mieville can write a story as hauntingly beautiful and strange as Covehithe It is a short 11 pages and worth the investment; any additional info about the story that I could tell here has the possibil

  3. says:

    This used to be my super old review of the short story ‘Covehithe’ which I read on The Guardian website Edit also my review of ‘The Rope is the World’ used to exist But through the strange obsession of whoever on Goodreads is in charge of this both have been moved to this wonderful short story collection by Mieville which I

  4. says:

    “When any civilization is dust and ashes he said art is all that's left over Images words music Imaginative structures Meaning—human meaning that is—is defined by them Margaret Atwood Oryx and Crake Maybe even 45 st

  5. says:

    A story of petrochemical romance Oil rigs rut like charging metal leviathans in an undersea world and rise to the surface to drill leathery oil sacks of riglet eggs into the foresaken shores of a crumbling and vaguely dystopian Sussex This is my first short lit date with China Mieville and I have to say that I liked it The idea of such obviously man made structures crude and massive in their industrial purpose evolving to become something

  6. says:

    I'm not sure when or even if I'll come back to this I was so disappointed so a few jottings on the first seven stories a uarter of the collection then others as and when I dip inThree Moments of an ExplosionA disused building is demolished This is described from three perspectives as a marketing opportunity for thrill seekers and the afterm

  7. says:

    She felt her heart speeding as she went through these motions not expecting to understand but desperate to do so here in what she could feel through her skin was a locus She was an antigen here perhaps She was somethingThe citation reveals it all These exercises didn't work for me They were not images or examples but miniatures tiny plots in both senses There were a few stories which I did admire The story Po

  8. says:

    NB While reading this book I wrote up my thoughts about each of the 28 stories in detail which you can read on my blog starting here In those posts I describe the premise of each story as well as giving my thoughts but rest

  9. says:

    In the world of Three Moments of an Explosion strange things happen sometimes publicly icebergs floating above London Polynia oil derricks walking ashore Covehithe but most often privately secretly The protagonist and the reader struggle to understand what is going on but ultimately fail Although this is undoubt

  10. says:

    Having only read Perdido Street Stationwhich I loved I wasn't completely sold on shorts by Miéville but I ended up really enjoying this collection A decent variety of types; weird fantastic and horror Three or four stories missed me completely but in a collection of 28 stories that's a pretty low miss rate Most

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