Whilst we’re in the realm of novels, let’s take a look at what I consider to be the best novel this year, and possibly one of my all time favourite science fiction novels.

3. Embassytown by China Mieville.

Embassytown is about language. It’s about how we use the English language, how sentences are constructed and how words and feelings are manipulated through our speech. It’s also about addiction, and how in the wrong hands it can lead to devastation.

The story is set on an alien planet upon which humans have colonised a small part. They share this colony with an alien race who do not speak language in the same manner we do. Their language centres are are connected directly to memory. They cannot lie, and they cannot speculate. They can only say what is.

I have written about Embassytown before, and I’m sure I will again. I don’t want to go into detail about the plot machinations or anything of that nature, going in blind is a much better way to experience it.


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