• Lombres

    China Miéville

    « C'est un peu le Londres de la re?cup, ou? les de?chets ont trouve? asile... L'univers de China Mieville s'ave?re fort pe?tulant ! » Fre?de?rique Roussel, Libe?ration

    « L'odysse?e fantabuleuse de deux jeunes Londoniennes dans une capitale british paralle?le - ou Neverwhere revu pour la ge?ne?ration Misfits... On aimerait que davantage de romans destine?s aux adultes se jouent aussi bien des cliche?s et fasse montre d'une telle inventivite?. » Bifrost

    Une aventure e?cologiste et merveilleuse, fac?on Lewis Carroll !

  • 1941. À Marseille, André Breton et ses pairs s'apprêtent à fuir la France quand débarque un ingénieur américain bien décidé à stopper Hitler par tous les moyens - y compris occultes.
    1950. Dans Paris occupée, les oeuvres surréalistes ont pris vie et combattent les démons et leurs maîtres nazis aux côtés de la Résistance.

  • La SF dans ce qu'elle a de meilleur et de plus ambitieux. L'action de Légationville se déroule dans un futur lointain, dans une petite ville de la planète Arieka. Cette planète, éloignée de toutes les routes commerciales connues, vit en vase clos. À sa surface coexistent humains et autochtones extraterrestres (les Ariekiens, que l'on appelle aussi " les Hôtes "). Au coeur du livre : le problème de la communication : en effet, seuls quelques humains génétiquement modifiés peuvent parler la langue de ces extraterrestres. Ces humains modifiés forment une sorte de caste à part, et sont appelés " les Ambassadeurs ". Entre Humains et Hôtes, tout va à peu près bien, jusqu'au jour où un nouvel Ambassadeur arrive sur la planète, avec des intentions peu louables : apparemment, la Terre a décidé de s'emparer
    manu militari d'Arieka...

  • Entrez dans un Londres post-apocalyptique ravagé par des créatures surnaturelles, à la fois étranges et familières... Dans la novella récompensée par le prix Locus en 2003 " Le Tain ", Miéville imagine que nos miroirs abritent des êtres d'une nature incertaine, dangereux. Enfermés et réduits à une condition de simple reflet après avoir été défaits par les hommes dans une guerre très ancienne, ils attendent leur heure... Une fois libérées, ces créatures se mettent à assouvir sans merci leur désir de vengeance. Un seul survivant au milieu de l'apocalypse, Sholl, va tenter de rassembler ce qu'il reste de l'humanité pour résister.
    Contenant treize autres nouvelles mettant en scène des paysages visionnaires, des histoires de monstres et de maladies impossibles, aux multiples niveaux de lecture, le recueil
    En quête de Jake démontre une nouvelle fois le pouvoir de l'imagination virtuose de China Miéville. Certaines histoires sont inédites, dont la nouvelle " Jacques " située dans l'univers de
    Perdido Street Station.

  • Merfer

    China Miéville

    Dans un monde désertique, une seule voie à suivre : celle du chemin de fer. Et aux côtés du capitaine Abacat Naphi, partir en chasse de Moker-Jack, la taupe géante.Merfer. Un monde apocalyptique, désertique, aux océans mourants à cause d'une catastrophe inconnue, à la terre stérile colonisée par les rats-taupes géants creusant sans cesse des tunnels immenses. À sa surface court un réseau de voies ferrées à l'origine indéterminée et à la destination tout aussi mystérieuse. Et sur celles-ci, un train est en marche, mené par la capitaine Abacat Naphi dans une quête jusqu'au-boutiste, cruciale : trouver Moker-Jack, la plus gigantesque des taupes géantes, à la fourrure ivoire, et qui a emporté le bras de Naphi. Désormais, pour la capitaine au verbe haut, la chasse ne pourra prendre fin qu'avec la mort de son ennemi juré.
    Embarqué dans cette folle aventure pour sa première chasse à la taupe, le jeune Sham assiste fasciné au ballet des harponneurs et aux mises à mort qui font la gloire des uns et l'infortune des autres. Jamais il ne s'est senti autant en vie que lors de cette extraordinaire expédition sur la Merfer. Jusqu'à ce qu'ils s'arrêtent face à ce train naufragé, et que Sham découvre dans l'épave les indices de quelque chose... quelque part... une impossibilité, un mystère qui le conduira bien au-delà de ce pour quoi il avait signé. Bientôt, à bord du train lancé dans sa folle odyssée, poursuivis par les pirates et les pilleurs, ils atteindront la fin de la Merfer, l'extrémité du monde connu...

  • Kraken

    China Miéville

    Billy Harrow, spécialiste des céphalopodes, anime des visites au Muséum d'Histoire Naturelle de Londres, dont l'Architeuthis dux est la pièce majeure.
    Lorsque l'animal de huit mètres et son immense cage de verre disparaissent sans aucune effraction, la vie de Billy bascule. Une brigade secrète de la police vient l'interroger et le met bientôt en garde contre la secte des adorateurs du dieu Kraken. Mais ces derniers ne sont pas les seuls à vouloir s'emparer du biologiste : des individus impossibles émergent des profondeurs de Londres et traquent désormais Billy, détenteur malgré lui du secret millénaire de la mythique créature des abysses...
    " Le meilleur roman de l'année. Une imagination prodigieuse ! " The Guardian

  • Dans une ville étrange, à l'écart du monde, vit un homme violent, avec sa femme et son fils...
    Comme suspendue dans les airs, la ville est à cheval entre deux montagnes, coupée par un gouffre, réunie par un pont. Un pont dont les orphelins livrés à eux-mêmes ont fait leur royaume.
    Plus haut dans la montagne, à l'écart de l'agitation de la cité peuplée de marchands, de marginaux et de magiciens, vit le faiseur de clés, avec sa femme et leur enfant. Un jour, son fils déboule dans les rues, comme s'il avait le diable à ses trousses. Son père a tué sa mère, et l'a jetée dans un trou si profond que l'on n'en voit pas le fond, affirme-t-il.
    Mais faute de preuve, on préfère ne pas le croire. Alors c'est auprès des enfants du pont que le petit garçon va se réfugier. Jusqu'à ce que son père le retrouve.
    Heureusement, bientôt, arrive en ville un recenseur, celui qui dénombrait les hommes...

  • Le livre des indignés londoniens.China Mieville nous livre un pamphlet sur l'état de la capitale anglaise à l'heure actuelle. À l'encontre de l'idéalisme des discours politiques, il oppose la vision d'un Londres populaire et de ses habitants, stigmatise l'oppression et l'indignité tout en déchiffrant les sentiments subversifs qui se répandent dans la société. C'est une promenade dans le Londres des manifestations contre l'austérité, du village de tentes de Saint Paul, des laveries automatiques, des squats et des quartiers oubliés. Ce sont aussi des interrogations sur l'accroissement sans fin des inégalités, le racisme, l'exploration du fossé des générations et du rêve d'une alternative sociale et politique. C'est l'effondrement d'un Londres lisse et consensuel.
    Pour China Mieville les bouleversements ont commencé, la chute est en marche.
    INÉDIT

  • BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from China Miéville’s Embassytown.
    Following Perdido Street Station and The Scar, acclaimed author China Miéville returns with his hugely anticipated Del Rey hardcover debut. With a fresh and fantastical band of characters, he carries us back to the decadent squalor of New Crobuzon--this time, decades later.
    It is a time of wars and revolutions, conflict and intrigue. New Crobuzon is being ripped apart from without and within. War with the shadowy city-state of Tesh and rioting on the streets at home are pushing the teeming city to the brink. A mysterious masked figure spurs strange rebellion, while treachery and violence incubate in unexpected places.
    In desperation, a small group of renegades escapes from the city and crosses strange and alien continents in the search for a lost hope.
    In the blood and violence of New Crobuzon’s most dangerous hour, there are whispers. It is the time of the iron council. . . .
    The bold originality that broke Miéville out as a new force of the genre is here once more in Iron Council: the voluminous, lyrical novel that is destined to seal his reputation as perhaps the edgiest mythmaker of the day.

  • BONUS: This edition contains a The City & The City discussion guide and excerpts from China Miéville's Kraken and Embassytown.
    NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE LOS ANGELES TIMES, THE SEATTLE TIMES, AND PUBLISHERS WEEKLY.
    When a murdered woman is found in the city of Beszel, somewhere at the edge of Europe, it looks to be a routine case for Inspector Tyador Borlú of the Extreme Crime Squad. To investigate, Borlú must travel from the decaying Beszel to its equal, rival, and intimate neighbor, the vibrant city of Ul Qoma. But this is a border crossing like no other, a journey as psychic as it is physical, a seeing of the unseen. With Ul Qoman detective Qussim Dhatt, Borlú is enmeshed in a sordid underworld of nationalists intent on destroying their neighboring city, and unificationists who dream of dissolving the two into one. As the detectives uncover the dead woman’s secrets, they begin to suspect a truth that could cost them more than their lives. What stands against them are murderous powers in Beszel and in Ul Qoma: and, most terrifying of all, that which lies between these two cities.

  • BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from China Mieville’s Embassytown.
    Beneath the towering bleached ribs of a dead, ancient beast lies New Crobuzon, a squalid city where humans, Re-mades, and arcane races live in perpetual fear of Parliament and its brutal militia. The air and rivers are thick with factory pollutants and the strange effluents of alchemy, and the ghettos contain a vast mix of workers, artists, spies, junkies, and whores. In New Crobuzon, the unsavory deal is stranger to none--not even to Isaac, a brilliant scientist with a penchant for Crisis Theory.
    Isaac has spent a lifetime quietly carrying out his unique research. But when a half-bird, half-human creature known as the Garuda comes to him from afar, Isaac is faced with challenges he has never before fathomed. Though the Garuda's request is scientifically daunting, Isaac is sparked by his own curiosity and an uncanny reverence for this curious stranger.
    While Isaac's experiments for the Garuda turn into an obsession, one of his lab specimens demands attention: a brilliantly colored caterpillar that feeds on nothing but a hallucinatory drug and grows larger--and more consuming--by the day. What finally emerges from the silken cocoon will permeate every fiber of New Crobuzon--and not even the Ambassador of Hell will challenge the malignant terror it invokes . . .
    A magnificent fantasy rife with scientific splendor, magical intrigue, and wonderfully realized characters, told in a storytelling style in which Charles Dickens meets Neal Stephenson, Perdido Street Station offers an eerie, voluptuously crafted world that will plumb the depths of every reader's imagination.

  • BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from China Miéville’s Embassytown.
    A mythmaker of the highest order, China Miéville has emblazoned the fantasy novel with fresh language, startling images, and stunning originality. Set in the same sprawling world of Miéville’s Arthur C. Clarke Award-winning novel, Perdido Street Station, this latest epic introduces a whole new cast of intriguing characters and dazzling creations.
    Aboard a vast seafaring vessel, a band of prisoners and slaves, their bodies remade into grotesque biological oddities, is being transported to the fledgling colony of New Crobuzon. But the journey is not theirs alone. They are joined by a handful of travelers, each with a reason for fleeing the city. Among them is Bellis Coldwine, a renowned linguist whose services as an interpreter grant her passage--and escape from horrific punishment. For she is linked to Isaac Dan der Grimnebulin, the brilliant renegade scientist who has unwittingly unleashed a nightmare upon New Crobuzon.
    For Bellis, the plan is clear: live among the new frontiersmen of the colony until it is safe to return home. But when the ship is besieged by pirates on the Swollen Ocean, the senior officers are summarily executed. The surviving passengers are brought to Armada, a city constructed from the hulls of pirated ships, a floating, landless mass ruled by the bizarre duality called the Lovers. On Armada, everyone is given work, and even Remades live as equals to humans, Cactae, and Cray. Yet no one may ever leave.
    Lonely and embittered in her captivity, Bellis knows that to show dissent is a death sentence. Instead, she must furtively seek information about Armada’s agenda. The answer lies in the dark, amorphous shapes that float undetected miles below the waters--terrifying entities with a singular, chilling mission. . . .
    China Miéville is a writer for a new era--and The Scar is a luminous, brilliantly imagined novel that is nothing short of spectacular.

  • The multi-award-winning China Miéville has been called 'the equal of David Mitchell or Zadie Smith' (Scotland on Sunday), a writer whose 'inventiveness and precision is awesome' (Independent), and who writes with 'an imagination of immense power' (Guardian).In this extraordinary series of 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.

  • Anglais This Census-Taker

    China Miéville

    In a remote house on a hilltop, a lonely boy witnesses a traumatic event. He tries - and fails - to flee. Left alone with his increasingly deranged parent, he dreams of safety, of joining the other children in the town below, of escape.When at last a stranger knocks at his door, the boy senses that his days of isolation might be over.But by what authority does this man keep the meticulous records he carries? What is the purpose behind his questions? Is he friend? Enemy? Or something else altogether?A novella filled with beauty, terror and strangeness, This Census-Taker is a poignant and riveting exploration of memory and identity.

  • A thriller of war that never was--of survival in an impossible city--of surreal cataclysm. In The Last Days of New Paris, China Miéville entwines true historical events and people with his daring, uniquely imaginative brand of fiction, reconfiguring history and art into something new.
    “Beauty will be convulsive. . . .”
    1941. In the chaos of wartime Marseille, American engineer--and occult disciple--Jack Parsons stumbles onto a clandestine anti-Nazi group, including Surrealist theorist André Breton. In the strange games of the dissident diplomats, exiled revolutionaries, and avant-garde artists, Parsons finds and channels hope. But what he unwittingly unleashes is the power of dreams and nightmares, changing the war and the world forever.
    1950. A lone Surrealist fighter, Thibaut, walks a new, hallucinogenic Paris, where Nazis and the Resistance are trapped in unending conflict, and the streets are stalked by living images and texts--and by the forces of Hell. To escape the city, he must join forces with Sam, an American photographer intent on recording the ruins, and make common cause with a powerful, enigmatic figure of chance and rebellion: the exquisite corpse.
    But Sam is being hunted. And new secrets will emerge that will test all their loyalties--to each other, to Paris old and new, and to reality itself.
    Praise for The Last Days of New Paris
    “Beautiful, stunningly realized . . . [The Last Days of New Paris] is a brief vacation in alien latitudes, a midnight layover in an imaginary place.”--NPR
    “A thoughtful, highbrow novella . . . Miéville’s self-assured style offers up a strong sense of humanity, while the strange Surrealist monsters give Last Days a fun and complementary mad-science component.”--USA Today
    “[A] testament to the necessary, progressive power of art . . . Both moving and disturbingly timely.”--Newsday
    “A novel both unhinged and utterly compelling, a kind of guerrilla warfare waged by art itself, combining both meticulous historical research and Miéville’s unparalleled inventiveness.”--Chicago Tribune
    “An extraordinarily original work that foregrounds Mieville’s considerable ingenuity and innovation.”--The Millions
    “Hauntingly poetic, strangely beautiful, and erratically intense.”--San Francisco Book Review
    “Dazzling . . . quite a feat.”--The Guardian

  • Weaving together the historical and the imagined, China Miéville's The Last Days of New Paris is a surreal and extraordinary work, from the author of The City & The City.
    1941. In the chaos of wartime Marseille, American engineer and occult disciple Jack Parsons stumbles onto a clandestine anti-Nazi group, including Surrealist theorist André Breton. In the strange games of dissident diplomats, exiled revolutionaries, and avant-garde artists, Parsons finds and channels hope. But what he unwittingly unleashes is the power of dreams and nightmares, changing the war and the world for ever.1950. A lone Surrealist fighter, Thibaut, walks a new, hallucinogenic Paris, where Nazis and the Resistance are trapped in unending conflict, and the streets are stalked by living images and texts - and by the forces of Hell. To escape the city, Thibaut must join forces with Sam, an American photographer intent on recording the ruins, and make common cause with a powerful, enigmatic figure of chance and rebellion: the exquisite corpse.But Sam is being hunted. And new secrets will emerge that will test all their loyalties - to each other, to Paris old and new, and to reality itself.

  • BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from China Miéville’s Embassytown.
    With this outrageous new novel, China Miéville has written one of the strangest, funniest, and flat-out scariest books you will read this--or any other--year. The London that comes to life in Kraken is a weird metropolis awash in secret currents of myth and magic, where criminals, police, cultists, and wizards are locked in a war to bring about--or prevent--the End of All Things.
    In the Darwin Centre at London’s Natural History Museum, Billy Harrow, a cephalopod specialist, is conducting a tour whose climax is meant to be the Centre’s prize specimen of a rare Architeuthis dux--better known as the Giant Squid. But Billy’s tour takes an unexpected turn when the squid suddenly and impossibly vanishes into thin air.
    As Billy soon discovers, this is the precipitating act in a struggle to the death between mysterious but powerful forces in a London whose existence he has been blissfully ignorant of until now, a city whose denizens--human and otherwise--are adept in magic and murder.
    There is the Congregation of God Kraken, a sect of squid worshippers whose roots go back to the dawn of humanity--and beyond. There is the criminal mastermind known as the Tattoo, a merciless maniac inked onto the flesh of a hapless victim. There is the FSRC--the Fundamentalist and Sect-Related Crime Unit--a branch of London’s finest that fights sorcery with sorcery. There is Wati, a spirit from ancient Egypt who leads a ragtag union of magical familiars. There are the Londonmancers, who read the future in the city’s entrails. There is Grisamentum, London’s greatest wizard, whose shadow lingers long after his death. And then there is Goss and Subby, an ageless old man and a cretinous boy who, together, constitute a terrifying--yet darkly charismatic--demonic duo.
    All of them--and others--are in pursuit of Billy, who inadvertently holds the key to the missing squid, an embryonic god whose powers, properly harnessed, can destroy all that is, was, and ever shall be.

  • Anglais Un Lun Dun

    Mieville China

    ‘UnLondon is at war. We’re under attack. And it’s been written, for centuries, that you – you – will come and save us.’ Stumbling through a secret entrance, Zanna and Deeba emerge in the strange wonderland of UnLondon. Here all the lost and broken things of London end up, and some of its people, too – including Brokkenbroll, boss of the broken umbrellas and Hemi the half-ghost boy. UnLondon is a place where Routemaster buses have legs, where Librarians are ‘bookaneers’, intrepid adventurers dedicated to hunting down lost books, and postmen spend years tracking the mobile addresses of the ever changing Puzzleborough. But the girls have arrived at a dangerous time – UnLondon is under siege by the sinister Smog; it’s a city awaiting its hero. China makes extraordinary use of the ordinary is this wildly inventive fantasy adventure.

  • Step into a London ravaged by unearthly creatures at once utterly alien and chillingly familiar. In China Miéville's awardwinning novella 'The Tain', we learn the reason for the invaders' terrible revenge. One survivor must trek through the ruins of the city with a desperate plan to stand against their assault. In addition to 'The Tain', this superb collection contains thirteen short stories, of visionary cityscapes and urban paranoia, ghosts, monsters and impossible diseases. Several of the stories are published here for the first time: these include one set in New Crobuzon, the location of the awardwinning series of novels that began with Perdido Street Station; and one in comicstrip form, illustrated by top graphic artist Liam Sharp. This collection displays the sheer imaginative scope of China Miéville's work.

  • Anglais Iron Council

    Mieville China

    It is a time of revolts and revolutions, conflict and intrigue. New Crobuzon is being ripped apart from without and within. War with the shadowy citystate of Tesh and rioting on the streets at home are pushing the teeming metropolis to the brink. In the midst of this turmoil, a mysterious masked figure spurs strange rebellion, while treachery and violence incubate in unexpected places. In desperation, a small group of renegades escapes from the city and crosses strange and alien continents in the search for a lost hope, an undying legend. In the blood and violence of New Crobuzon's most dangerous hour, there are whispers. It is the time of the Iron Council.

  • Anglais Railsea

    Mieville China

    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 are extraordinary. But no matter how spectacular it is, travelling the endless rails of the railsea, Sham can't shake the sense that there is more to life. Even if his philosophy-seeking captain can think only of the hunt for the ivory-coloured mole she’s been chasing – ever since it took her arm all those years ago. When they come across a wrecked train, at first it's a welcome distraction. But the impossible salvage Sham finds in the derelict 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. Praise for China Miéville: ‘Fiction of the new century’ Neil Gaiman ‘Miéville’s work is thrillingly imaginative … immensely witty and utterly unforgettable’ Scotland on Sunday ‘One of the most imaginative young writers round in any kind of fiction’ Guardian ‘Miéville’s imagined societies may be fantastic, but they are utterly coherent . . . wonderfully infectious’ Daily Telegraph

  • Traveling aboard the moletrain Medes, Sham Yes ap Soorap finds something amidst the wreckage of another train, a treasure map showing a mythical place untouched by iron rails, which leads him on a journey of danger and excitement.

  • Anglais Embassytown

    Mieville China

    Embassytown: a city of contradictions on the outskirts of the universe. Avice is an immerser, a traveller on the immer, the sea of space and time below the everyday, now returned to her birth planet. Here on Arieka, humans are not the only intelligent life, and Avice has a rare bond with the natives, the enigmatic Hosts - who cannot lie. Only a tiny cadre of unique human Ambassadors can speak Language, and connect the two communities. But an unimaginable new arrival has come to Embassytown. And when this Ambassador speaks, everything changes. Catastrophe looms. Avice knows the only hope is for her to speak directly to the alien Hosts. And that is impossible.

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