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Embassytown by China Mieville, book reviewEmbassytown is the eighth novel from China Mieville, one of the world’s leading fantasy fiction writers, and winner of numerous genre awards. It is set on an alien world at the edge of the known universe, where a colony of humans lives in a small enclave (the Embassytown of the title) in the midst of a strange world occupied by the Ariekei. Mieville is not overly specific in his description of the Ariekei or their world; he describes parts of it and its strangeness is clear, but much is left to the imagination. It is a world in which most structures are composed of living material, with a limited degree of sentience, manufactured and maintained by the Ariekei themselves.

Even the Ariekei’s physical appearance is not clearly described in the novel.

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