This Census-Taker #2020

This Census-Taker By China Miéville This Census Taker For readers of George Saunders Kelly Link and Karen Russell This Census Taker is the poignant and uncanny new novella from award winning and bestselling author China Mi ville After witnessing a pro
  • Title: This Census-Taker
  • Author: China Miéville
  • ISBN: 9781101967324
  • Page: 284
  • Format: Hardcover
  • This Census-Taker By China Miéville
    This Census-Taker By China Miéville For readers of George Saunders, Kelly Link, and Karen Russell, This Census Taker is the poignant and uncanny new novella from award winning and bestselling author China Mi ville After witnessing a profoundly traumatic event, a boy is left alone in a remote house on a hilltop with his increasingly deranged parent When a stranger knocks on his door, the boy senses that hisFor readers of George Saunders, Kelly Link, and Karen Russell, This Census Taker is the poignant and uncanny new novella from award winning and bestselling author China Mi ville After witnessing a profoundly traumatic event, a boy is left alone in a remote house on a hilltop with his increasingly deranged parent When a stranger knocks on his door, the boy senses that his days of isolation are over but by what authority does this man keep the meticulous records he carries Is he the boy s friend His enemy Or something altogether other
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    About “China Miéville

    • China Miéville

      A British fantastic fiction writer He is fond of describing his work as weird fiction after early 20th century pulp and horror writers such as H P Lovecraft , and belongs to a loose group of writers sometimes called New Weird who consciously attempt to move fantasy away from commercial, genre clich s of Tolkien epigons He is also active in left wing politics as a member of the Socialist Workers Party He has stood for the House of Commons for the Socialist Alliance, and published a book on Marxism and international law.Excerpted from.

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    • I knew that, by whatever means he d killed it, it was not to eat I wanted to cry I stood still He had it by the neck Its brown body was bigger than a baby s Its shovel head lolled and its nasty hook beak twitched open and closed to snap faintly with each of my father s steps The bird s broad feet dangled on the ground and bounced on stones as if it were trying to claw itself incompetently to a stop There have been wars Civilization has fallen backwards and stalled in place People are getting by, [...]


    • Creepy, weird little book.China Mieville is self described as a writer in the new weird genre, and so he is living up to his name Readers who enjoyed his The City the City andEmbassytown will know what I mean and he is following along this path in his 2016 publication Mieville has also stated that he wants to write a novel in every genre and this may be his Kafka entry, as this blends elements of surrealism and absurdity into a complicated narrative set in imagery that seems to be always overcas [...]


    • You ll write it not because there s no possibility it ll be found but because it costs too much to not write it China Mi ville, This Census Taker LORD, if you were to record iniquities, Lord, who could remain standing Psalms 130 3 International Standard Version I would probably consider this to be a bridge novella, spanning the gap somewhere between the shores of novel and novella a scandal with gravity, perhaps It weighs in at just a quinternion over 200 pages in a 5.75 x 7.5 format For Mi vill [...]


    • One of my Hugo Award nominees, novella, 2016 ____A boy runs screaming into a village, having witnessed something horrible.Years later, the narrator tells us, he is imprisoned, under guard, allowed to write this book in a solitary room.There is something, he tells us, that his manager told him You never put anything down except to be read Every word ever written is written to be read, and if some go unread that s only chance, failure, they re like grubs that die without changing.So my first is a [...]


    • 4ish stars For a horror novella, there s not much horror At least not that we get any explicit glimpses of Just lots of creepiness.This is brilliantly written as the memoir of sorts of well this guy Who s writing different books or something And maybe he s being guarded And he writes about his experiences as a kid I guess And his dad may or may not have killed his mom And there are, like, these magic keys And then this mysterious dude comes So basically it s hard to know what actually happens wh [...]


    • I can t say that I m completely satisfied with this novella, but I can say that I m haunted by it I m haunted by all the little details that make up this world so much like our own, the hints of wars and magics and strange chemicals and vials and keys that provide people with purpose and a way out or through the labyrinths of their lives Not to mention a very Schrodinger s Cat view of reality, where murderers are and are not, where the murdered is and is not, where, perhaps, everything is rewrit [...]


    • Wow I really seem to be in the minority here, people loved this book Me Not so much I ll write why as soon as I ve gotten over my disappointment It just seemed so promising.Disclaimer I may be unnecessarily hard on this book, but that is only because of its lost potential and my belief that the author is one of the most essential writers of this era There s no denying China Mi ville is an extraordinary, challenging writer I ve personally had a slightly mixed bag experience with his books, beginn [...]


    • 4.5 starsI have not read enough China Mieville This one is a fairly brief novella which is set in a post apocalyptic society, although that part is much understated and you pick it up from clues along the way The beginning of the Guardian review sets the scene very well Any story that, on its very first page, redefines its protagonist from third to first person, flips forward in time to offer a view of him from elsewhere, makes a subtle alteration of tense, and announces that the character s age [...]


    • 3.5 stars.It s not the epic novel China Mi ville s readers have been anxiously awaiting since 2010 s Embassytown That will come with 2016 s The Last Days of New Paris But his novella This Census Taker proves that the New Weird superstar has not lost the ability to captivate and unnerve As with all of Mi ville s work, it begins with a city, sprawling incongruously up the slopes of a pair of steep hills or perhaps small mountain peaks , the gap between spanned by a bridge Near the top of one peak, [...]


    • That s the last one of the Hugo finalist novellas I had set out to read The author describes his genre as weird fiction, and I won t argue here This is a strange book that leaves way too many open questions, and refuses to fit into any single genre And these are things I normally like I really admire books that manage to pull it off, but this one didn t do it, at least not for me The writing is beautiful, and there are elements I enjoyed the magical keys, the idea of three books, the whole metap [...]


    • Attempting to describe a China Mi ville work of fiction to someone that hasn t read him is like trying to describe the word wet to a being that has never experienced the sensation adjectives accumulate but they are just glancing blows to the essence If you are reading this review and are familiar with CM s work I hope I make sense here on why this short book failed me If you ve not read any CM and I do a poor job of conveying the wetness of this reading experience, I only ask that you dive in he [...]


    • Atmospheric and oppressive Compulsively readable This story, part horror, part thriller, part coming of age, begins with an unnamed boy running down a hill, from where he lives, into a rural town, with his arms outstretched, his hands splayed as if dripping paint or blood, though there is neither of those things there, only dirt common to a boy of nine that he is He s in a panic, barely able to tell the townsfolk what he knows, what has happened, what violence he has witnessed, especially since [...]


    • So there s a story about a people with unusual powers that used those powers in some huge way, perhaps in a conflict, and have now spread themselves all over the world And these people are strange and important enough that every single one of them needs to be tracked down and accounted for.This isn t that story Instead, this is a story at the edges of that one, told in shifting first, second and third person narrative and measured in love, betrayal, hope and trust of a young boy.There s a boy wh [...]


    • UmI m not sure what I just read, but I liked it Then again, that s pretty much my reaction to all China Mieville, so there you go.




    • This copy is one of 750 special signed editions also 26 lettered editions were produced and all were signed by China Mi ville.


    • Ich habe diesen Buch gekauft, weil mich das Cover einsame Berggegend, D sternis und der Umfang an zwei andere Autoren erinnerte Andrea Maria Schenkel und Jacques Chessex Ich hatte also eher eine Kriminalgeschichte im Kopf, an der sich im Folgenden die gesellschaftlichen Abgr nde eines Bergdorfes manifestieren Zudem ist das Buch im wunderbar ambitionierten Liebeskind Verlag erschienen, der auch Donald Ray Pollock verlegt.Der Autor sagte mir bis dahin nichts, der Name schien mir recht ungew hnlich [...]


    • Reading China Mieville is a little like being kidnapped You re not quite sure what s happening, you re not sure where you going, and afterwards, you re not sure where you ve been That s where the analogy ends, because China Mieville is a wonderful experience and This Census Taker, his latest story, is another great one.One of Mieville s strengths is immersing you in a world that is a surreal yet contains tantalizing elements of familiarity This Census Taker is the story of a boy who lives on a h [...]


    • He looked like a failed soldier Dirt seemed so worked into him that the lines of his face were like writing.Oh China, you coy wretch Promise and no delivery, or at least an awkward variety The Census Taker is an austerity tale, one set after the robots revolt All Skycorp and shit, except matters have settled Bronze Age The opening sections reminded me of The Wasp Factory, but despite shimmering examples of trades being depicted, the tale only introduced its titular character essentially as an ep [...]



    • No idea what to to with this one I only know I really didn t enjoy reading it, which doesn t necessarily mean it s bad But I couldn t find an entrance for myself Nor a point.I would advice you to read Jesse Ball s upcoming novel Census instead


    • Good Creepy Tight Feels Wolfe esque in its studied care with metaphor and peculiar first person narration That leads me, in turn, to suspect textual trickery along with occasional slips in voice like the boy is I , but without the anchoring framework of something like Six Days and Seven Nights in America, or The Fifth Head of Cerberus, I lack an angle of attack What here is the predecessor s voice Vs current census taker Etc It s short and well written Definitely worth a look, like everything Mi [...]


    • Review from Speculative Herald speculativeherald 20164.5 5 starsThis Census Taker, in its novella length, provides the reader with a glorious and powerful enigma of a story It is haunting, chilling, disturbing and touching and mesmerizing and absolutely beautiful I could not stop reading this as I just craved to understand what was going on It starts with a young boy running faster than he has ever run Running from some unimaginable horror, and then we find out it involves his parents The boy ha [...]


    • 2017 Hugos nominee for Best Novella, and I honestly don t know what to make of this book It s purposefully cryptic and vague, and there s a haziness of identity throughout the boy vs I vs you , our narrator blurring pronouns in his retelling and the chronology see saws back and forth, and yet that wasn t even the problem I could follow that easily enough Where This Census Taker lost me was the meandering prose and a lack of direction, and that it so stubbornly refuses categorisation and doesn t [...]


    • I can t think of another writer who changes so much from book to book as China Mi ville The Bas Lag novels, which ten odd years ago blew the top of my head clean off and made it all but certain that I would read everything else he ever wrote, are rich in detail and brimming with plot They are both heavy in weight and heavy handed in execution Mi ville sledge hammers his intentions into the reader s skull with a pleasant lack of subtlety quite in keeping with the crude, boisterous world he create [...]



    • FULL REVIEW ON MY BLOG, TOTAL INABILITY TO CONNECTMy relationship with China Mieville s works are.tumultuous He simultaneously has written one of my favorite books The City The City , and one of my least favorite books ever Perdido Street Station Mieville is another author whom many people I respect adore, but my first impressions were not very good However, I feel motivated to figure out what it is people see in him Luckily, my last couple book experiences with China s novels were generally pos [...]


    • This is a book about childhood trauma, memory, identity, and the difficulty placed upon kids who begin to suspect that the authority to whom they re subservient may be corrupt, and that the world has hostile forces they aren t meant to understand I think the meaning of its ending is less clear than Mieville intends for it to be, but for the most part This Census Taker is compact and really well realized, especially in terms of location and atmosphere He should write short novels like this.There [...]


    • I enjoyed The City the City but honestly I don t know what to make of Mi ville s latest book Despite my doubts, I kept reading in the hope it would make sense in the end Alas, no such luck, the story remains obscure till the end On the last page I asked myself what did I just read What was the point Writing that doesn t have a meaning it s only words, so not even an OK rating for me 1.5 stars.


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