Thursday, 26 November 2015

SCI-FI MONTH - Review - Three Moments of an Explosion by China Mieville

Title: Three Moments of an Explosion

Author: China Mieville

Publisher: Pan MacMillan

Release Date: 30th July 2015

Source: NetGalley
A highly anticipated collection of short fiction listed in the Guardian's 'Essential Literary Calendar' for 2015 from one of the most exciting and original authors writing today. 

In these stories, glistening icebergs float above urban horizons; a burning stag runs wild through the city; the ruins of industry emerge unsteadily from the sea; and the abandoned generations in a decayed space-elevator look not up at the stars but down at the Earth. 

Ranging from portraits of childhood to chilling ghost stories, from dystopian visions to poignant evocations of uncanny love, with beautiful prose and melancholy wit, this breath-taking collection poses searching questions of what it is to be human in an unquiet world. It is a humane and unsentimental investigation of our society, our world, and ourselves.
I have never been fond of short story collections, this has been mainly due to the fact that you usually get a couple of good stories followed by a mixed bag of meh ones.

Thankfully Three Moments is a bag of interesting, engaging stories.  

There is something for everyone, stories of icebergs in the sky above London, tales of gamblers coming across strange cards in their normal packs, one with crazy ass space elevators reaching miles in to the sky, some are long, some are short but they all stories of immense imagination.

My favourite of all would have to be the story with the icebergs above London, really they are the last thing you would expect to see appear in the sky, UFO's yes, icebergs would be a no!  The description of those icy mountains stretching high in to the sky is truly something else.

This was my first look inside the world of China Mielville and it won't be my last.

Thank you to Pan MacMillan for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review





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