China Miéville’s Latest Sub-Press Release
In the post this week was Subterranean Press’ edition of The Last Days of New Paris by China Miéville. I bought this last year when Sub Press was having one of their 50% off new publication sales. I’ve been waiting for awhile, so was glad to finally find it in my mailbox this week. (I received Miéville’s The Census Taker a few months ago).
If you’ve not heard of China Miéville, and you like weird, alt-history / science-fiction-y stories, you might want to pick up one of his books. His writing will suck you in and keep you going as you try to wrap your head around strange imagery and story lines. If I had to come up with a comparison, his stories remind me of Kafka and P.K. Dick with a bit of Orwell thrown in.
His writing is spot-on and I found myself sucked in within seconds of opening the book. I got half-way through it before realizing how much time had passed. I reluctantly put the book down because I needed to get back to work. (Then spent the rest of the day eager to pick it up again).
The Last Days of New Paris synopsis:
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.