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  • Title : Three Moments of an Explosion

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London awakes one morning to find itself besieged by a sky full of floating icebergs Destroyed oil rigs, mysteriously reborn, clamber from the sea and onto the land, driven by an obscure but violent purpose An anatomy student cuts open a cadaver to discover impossibly intricate designs carved into a corpse s bones designs clearly present from birth, bearing mute testimon London awakes one morning to find itself besieged by a sky full of floating icebergs Destroyed oil rigs, mysteriously reborn, clamber from the sea and onto the land, driven by an obscure but violent purpose An anatomy student cuts open a cadaver to discover impossibly intricate designs carved into a corpse s bones designs clearly present from birth, bearing mute testimony to what Of such concepts and unforgettable images are made the twenty eight stories in this collection many published here for the first time By turns speculative, satirical, and heart wrenching, fresh in form and language, and featuring a cast of damaged yet hopeful seekers who come face to face with the deep weirdness of the world and at times the deeper weirdness of themselves Three Moments of an Explosion is a fitting showcase for one of our most original voices Get A CopyKindle Store Online StoresAudibleBarnes NobleKoboApple iBooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoHalf.comAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Hardcover, 382 pages Published August 4th 2015 by Del Rey first published June 18th 2015 More Details ISBN 110188472X ISBN13 9781101884720 Edition Language English Other Editions 13 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about Three Moments of an Explosion, please sign up Popular Answered Questions Has anyone that won this in the giveaway gotten theirs yet Have not received mine yet Should I let goodreads know like 2 years ago See all 2 answers Josiah Received mine today Can t wait to start it flag See 1 question about Three Moments of an Explosion Lists with This Book The Millions Most Anticipated The Great 2015 Book Preview II Fall and Winter 84 books 158 voters Best Books of 2015 That Are NOT Erotica 150 books 57 voters More lists with this book Community Reviews showing 1 30 filter sort default Rating Details 0 copy ratingGraph.clone j rating_details_tip_graph.remove copy.attr id , rating_details_tip_graph copy.find script.remove j rating_details_tip.prepend copy Jun 26, 2015 Evgeny rated it liked it Shelves weird First things first I need to mention I received this book from Goodreads giveaways There are popular writers and there are good writers These two while intersecting are not equal For this reason I avoided reading China Mi ville before I have a feeling like I attend a high class cocktail evening party, the one where the ladies wear evening dresses, the gentlemen wear tuxedos, and the waiters with trays full of cocktail glasses navigate through the crowd of guests Suddenly I say aloud someth First things first I need to mention I received this book from Goodreads giveaways There are popular writers and there are good writers These two while intersecting are not equal For this reason I avoided reading China Mi ville before I have a feeling like I attend a high class cocktail evening party, the one where the ladies wear evening dresses, the gentlemen wear tuxedos, and the waiters with trays full of cocktail glasses navigate through the crowd of guests Suddenly I say aloud something really stupid and embarrassing, I did not like a book by China Mi ville My voice carries and almost everybody hear this The resulting silence if deafening it is only interrupted by a sound of a dropped cocktail glass shattering against the floor A kind old gentleman comes up to me and says while try to maintain forced cheerfulness, A strangest thing just happened to me, old chap I imagined you said you did not like a book by China Mi ville must be my old age playing tricks with me If this occasion had taken place a couple of centuries earlier, I would have had a bunch of gloves thrown at me in duel challenges In modern times I only have to assure the kind old gentleman that his hearing was fine to even greater embarrassment of everybody in the room myself first and foremost The only story I really like was The Dowager of Bees It might be explained by the fact that I love stories with unusual deck of cards in them I blame Amber Chronicles by Roger Zelazny for this Anyway, this one really clicked with me I formed an impression the author does not know how to write a good ending This is actually nothing to be ashamed of as some very well established writers had this same problem, just take a look at Stephen King and Neil Gaiman For people thinking that a good book is about the journey only and not the final destination this is fine, but I really appreciate a good ending, no matter how ambiguous The stories varies from horror to fantasy to bizarre from one page observations to scripts of trailers for imaginary movies from intriguing to outright gross by the way gross is not equal to horror in my book If you want weird, Kelly Link out weirds him by a mile and this comes from somebody who found her works to be hit or miss, but I still have to admit this In defense of the book I have to say that if I understand correctly these are early stories of the author and his writing abilities might have improved a lot since then For now the only two reasons this one avoided two star rating from me are the following the aforementioned story The Dowager of Bees and my desire to avoid the embarrassment admitting I do not like a popular writer It does not mean I removed his other books from my to read shelf as I am curious to see his other works flag 71 likesLike see review View all 25 comments Aug 02, 2015 Althea Ann rated it it was amazing Three Moments of an ExplosionThe title story here is a brief piece but it s got a lot in its few pages original and weird science fictional ideas, and a beautifully conjured sense of angst at the zeitgeist.It reminded me of an incident when I was a child my father took me to see the controlled demolition of a building The charges were set wrong, and instead of the whole building falling to dust, it only pancaked in one floor The crowd milled around with a sense of dissatisfaction and Three Moments of an ExplosionThe title story here is a brief piece but it s got a lot in its few pages original and weird science fictional ideas, and a beautifully conjured sense of angst at the zeitgeist.It reminded me of an incident when I was a child my father took me to see the controlled demolition of a building The charges were set wrong, and instead of the whole building falling to dust, it only pancaked in one floor The crowd milled around with a sense of dissatisfaction and worry Although the building here collapses fully, and the scenario is quite different, the emotions surrounding it seem familiar PolyniaPreviously read on tor.com Browsing the tor.com website to find an Ann Leckie story, I noticed a new and free China Mi ville piece Exciting And it met my expectations.Two young boys in a near future London are there when the city experiences a strange phenomenon Icebergs, which at this point have pretty much melted away in the polar regions, appear in the sky above the city.No one knows how or why the glacial ice is suspended Will it come crashing down Does it mean something Fear and curiosity take hold Military expeditions are sent out, and urban adventurers are challenged.The story is an understated allegory of how the things we destroy may haunt us The Condition of New DeathHmm This one feels like an example illustrating a philosophical problem, in the guise of a weird fiction piece Except that I m not sure there really is a philosophical problem In the near future, something changes, and suddenly, dead people are always oriented horizontally, with their feet facing you Even if multiple people are surrounding the corpse.The story admits, within the text, that this was inspired by old first person shooter videogames And well, what are the ramifications of this Not much People adjust, and take it in stride The Dowager of BeesA secret cardsharps club holds an even deeper layer of secrets, one that hardcore gamblers around the world may be privy to but never talk about.Games of chance hold no attraction for me but I absolutely loved this story, with its mesh of risk and love The frisson of the unknown and uncanny slipping around the edges into our world is done perfectly._____March 2016 Nominated for Hugo Although several stories in this volume were strong contenders, I decided on this one In The SlopesOn a remote British island, two groups of academics are in vicious competition Formerly obscure, the island has become a place of some notoriety, and attracted tourism due to some remarkable archaeological discoveries As events are seen through the eyes of a local shopkeeper, wonder, tragedy, and the petty frustrations of human nature mix.This is far from the first story to be inspired by the legends that inform this one but it may very well be the best The CrawlScreenplay format a zombie scene More straightforwardly genre oriented than much of Mi ville s writing, but as always, very well written More of a tone piece than a plot oriented story though if filmed, this would be an artsy short, not a Hollywood blockbuster Watching GodThe title is inspired by Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston which I haven t read, so I don t know if the reference goes any further than Mi ville being intrigued by the phrase.This story has to do with an isolated community living on a remote peninsula Their society is underpinned by their odd, almost cargo cultish attitude toward the ships they see passing in the distance ships which usually pass by, sometime wreck on a sand bar, but never approach or interact with them It s definitely metaphorical but it also works at face value, as a weird, evocative and and, at times, shocking story The 9th TechniqueExperienced in seeking arcane knowledge, a woman trades on the black market for an item infused with occult power However the enigmatic thing that she acquires from a military source may be than even she can handle.Ominous, and thought provoking The Rope is the WorldWhen I was a kid, Arthur C Clarke s The Fountains of Paradise was one of my favorite books I must ve read it than half a dozen times, checking it out from the library The book has to do with the creation of a space elevator, and though I haven t read it, now, in over 30 years, I remember it dealing beautifully and sensitively with the conflicts between traditionalism and social and technological progress It follows one scientist s impossible dream to fulfillment, and although the ending is bittersweet, it is full of optimism of the belief that innovation will truly make our world and our lives better, and that one brilliant person can, at the end, make a difference.In this story, Mi ville chucks that optimism out and gives us a probably realistic vision of what might happen, both technologically and socially, after a few hundred years, when decrepit space elevators become wastelands or no mans lands, isolated from Earth and possibly forming their own, new societies It s a fascinating response, though I hesitate to call it a story there s no plot at all here.I still remember Clarke kindly The Buzzard s EggThe best way to conquer a people may be to first conquer their godsA lot about this story depends on the delivery the way and manner in which this monologue reveals information so I don t want to say too much about it But it s an excellent, thoughtful and intense piece about religion, loyalty, and S ckenWow This is something I didn t expect from Mi ville a straight up classic ghost story Not so surprising, if he was going to do one it s a truly disturbing, intensely horrific one.Two women travel together to a rented lake house in Germany The incidental details of the trip are perfect, and tangibly brought me right back to Dresden and its environs One woman is studying elements of German history for her PhD her girlfriend is tagging along for the sake of the trip While they might have arrived together, they don t leave togetherSaying would spoil it but this is highly recommended Loved it SyllabusAs the title suggests, this is a brief syllabus for a future academic class We learn that this future has time travel, alien insects, and a fad for diseases But, if I were taking this class, I d want significantly detail Dreaded OutcomeIt s a therapist s job to pursue the very best outcome for their patients, right No matter what it takes This is an amazing send up of the culture of psychotherapy Loved it After the FestivalThe grotesquerie that Mi ville s Bas Lag books were known for makes a bit of a reappearance here In a near future England, and strange but oddly modern seeming festival is celebrated one involving a celebrant running around with the head of a decapitated animal over his or her own head But there are bizarre and not fully understood repercussions to this practice The Dusty HatIt s well known that Mi ville is active in Socialist circles This piece gives us a glimpse into the destructive infighting that minority view political groups are regrettably prone to, as well as their tendency to collect the odd and eccentric And then, it veers right or, rather, Left into the realm of science fiction EscapeeThis is a screenplay for a trailer for an imaginary movie Not the sort of thing I usually like I find reading directions for dramatic presentations somewhat annoying, in general However, this one, also succinct, was so incredibly vivid that I suspect that, years from now, I ve going to vaguely remember having seen this, not read it Oh, and if this was a real movie, I would definitely go see it, and in the theater, too The Bastard Prompt What is a Standardized Patient A Standardized Patient is someone who has been trained to portray, in a consistent, standardized manner, a patient in a medical situation Standardized Patients, or SPs, are used by the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine UPSOM and other institutions to teach and evaluate students SPs learn a case based on a real patient other than themselves and are interviewed and or examined by students as though they were that person in the doctor s office or clinic, giving the patient s history and simulating their physical signs such as pain or difficulty walking Yes this is a real thing, a real specialty a career In this story, the narrator s partner becomes a professional SP A trained actress, she s remarkably good at her job But then, there s a weird an uncanny twist one that threatens to get her fired RulesA brief piece juxtaposing the rules of an imaginary game with a musing on children playing at pretending to be airplanes Thoughts on culture and time but it didn t feel fully pulled together, for me EstateDreamlike and disturbing Slightly reminiscent of the earlier story, After the Festival , in that it seems to posit ancient seeming, but modern edged rituals cropping up in a present or future England Burning stags KeepThey say no man is an island but in the wake of a new epidemic, each man may be his own moated castle Does patient Zero hold the key to a solution or is civilisation doomed Weird, original, and perfectly Mi villian A Second Slice ManifestoA brief idea piece Taking a cross section of a medical or scientific specimen can reveal previously hidden details What if the same principle could be applied to art CovehitheSubtext our maritime ecological disasters coming back to literally haunt us Yes, that s there, but on the other hand, this is sort of sweet, and positive, and an Industrial Naturalist s dream And of course, it s also utterly bizarre The JunketI might be a terrible person, but I want to see the movie described in this story A hip young Jewish filmmaker has just been killed Who did it, and why, are the questions Controversy has swirled around him and his workIn a piece which makes the reader cringe and laugh in turns, there s actually a very thoughtful exploration of a number of real world issues surrounding art, religion, culture, and Nicely done Four Final OrpheusesAlternative motivations for why Orpheus might ve looked back at Eurydice The RabbetA young couple and their baby, settling down into conventional family life, take in a roommate an old college friend The new tenant is still caught in his college ways, running around at all hours, doing urban exploration, and obsessively working on art projects that never seem to be finished or very good The mild conflict arising from the different places that these people are in life is expertly teased into escalating terror Great horror story Listen The BirdsA screenplay for what would be a short and disturbing art film A MountIn front of a porcelain carousel horse in a window, a young man weeps.This image is the jumping off point for a brief but rather profound musing on the peculiarity and nature of people s reactions to items and events the unstated echoes of our artifacts The DesignWeird originally published only 6 months earlier, this story functions perfectly as a prequel to Daryl Gregory s We are All Completely Fine and Harrison Squared If you liked either of those books, do yourself a favor and read this story, even if the confluence is utterly coincidental A medical student, doing required dissections of cadavers, discovers something very strange and is obsessively drawn into a search for answers Many thanks to DelRey and NetGalley for the opportunity for me to read this collection from one of my favorite authors As always, my opinions are solely my own flag 37 likesLike see review View all 5 comments Oct 10, 2015 Brian rated it liked it China Mi ville is my Exhibit A that not all great novel writers make great short story writers The best stories in the collection In the Slopes, the horrifying S cken and Keep are all 30 pages which seems to be the minimum amount China needs to really get his craft going Many of the pieces under ten pages fell flat for me, and the nearly flash fiction 3 pages and less offerings didn t work at all.Finishing this book reminded me again of my major crush on Brian Evenson and how he has th China Mi ville is my Exhibit A that not all great novel writers make great short story writers The best stories in the collection In the Slopes, the horrifying S cken and Keep are all 30 pages which seems to be the minimum amount China needs to really get his craft going Many of the pieces under ten pages fell flat for me, and the nearly flash fiction 3 pages and less offerings didn t work at all.Finishing this book reminded me again of my major crush on Brian Evenson and how he has the uncanny ability to write both brilliant novels and short fiction even his three pagers are so good it s unfair But I m fine with Mi ville being a pro at the long form he has another novel coming out in January and I m certain he won t disappoint flag 32 likesLike see review View all 5 comments Jul 31, 2015 Darwin8u rated it really liked it Shelves 2015 When any civilization is dust and ashes, he said, art is all that s left over Images, words, music Imaginative structures Meaning human meaning, that is is defined by them Margaret Atwood, Oryx and Crake Maybe even 4.5 stars I really liked this collection Some of the stories I loved Adored even Some were too light Some extremely dense But none were uninteresting Many SF horror noir writers get funky by bending the plot Mi ville does it by bending his words He alters reality by When any civilization is dust and ashes, he said, art is all that s left over Images, words, music Imaginative structures Meaning human meaning, that is is defined by them Margaret Atwood, Oryx and Crake Maybe even 4.5 stars I really liked this collection Some of the stories I loved Adored even Some were too light Some extremely dense But none were uninteresting Many SF horror noir writers get funky by bending the plot Mi ville does it by bending his words He alters reality by converting language, both known and familiar, into something alien and the strange Those thin threads he weaves between the normal and the exotic are done often not always with a slight of hand with language a flick of his prose tongue He is also getting better and better at the polished, palitable otherworldiness of his worlds There is a glaze in his stories that makes reading Mi ville both delicious AND disturbing at the same time.Part of Mi ville s genius and NO, I don t use genius lightly is his ability to find the strange in our world and escalate it Use it as a mental catalyst to unlock some deeper key Space elevators He will take that to the next level Marxist materialism Just wait to read what he does with the Ash Heap of History Scrimshaw Therapy Card tricks Enhanced Interrogation He will outsmart your expectations with each one He will extract the magic from old bones or a discarded rag He will find the horror in the shadows that haven t been cast yet Anyway, here is the list of his stories Three Moments of an Explosion Polynia The Condition of New Death The Dowager of Bees In the Slopes The Crawl Watching God The 9th Technique The Rope Is the World The Buzzard s Egg S cken Syllabus Dreaded Outcome After the Festival The Dusty Hat Escapee The Bastard Prompt Rules Estate Keep A Second Slice Manifesto Covehithe The Junket Four Final Orpheuses The Rabbet Listen the Birds A Mount The Design I will comeback sometime and perhaps discuss some of these stories, individually, at length Some stories just hang there defying gravity in my mind Other stories sit hard in my stomach, neither digesting or moving, just sitting and waiting for the right moment to hatch flag 26 likesLike see review View all 9 comments Sep 14, 2015 Jonfaith rated it it was ok Shelves speculativelyspeaking She felt her heart speeding as she went through these motions, not expecting to understand but desperate to do so, here in what she could feel through her skin was a locus She was an antigen here, perhaps She was something.The citation reveals it all These exercises didn t work for me They were not images or examples but miniatures, tiny plots in both senses There were a few stories which I did admire The story Polynia is one, the next few sentences contain SPOILERS.So, icebergs ha She felt her heart speeding as she went through these motions, not expecting to understand but desperate to do so, here in what she could feel through her skin was a locus She was an antigen here, perhaps She was something.The citation reveals it all These exercises didn t work for me They were not images or examples but miniatures, tiny plots in both senses There were a few stories which I did admire The story Polynia is one, the next few sentences contain SPOILERS.So, icebergs has appeared levitating over the streets of London What follows is part taxonomy and scientific debate and part oral history The effect of this arrival is eerie and fascinating The total absence of point or purpose to this event is what captivates Then sadly towards the end of the story similar phenomena are described as occurring elsewhere a coral reef inexplicably on the streets of Brussels and tropical rain forest growing in Tokyo That caused an instant deflation for this reader That s it The remaining stories bordered between the boring and the undercooked, many focused on runes or scripts as a sinister presence I didn t find them particularly scary or even interesting I was hoping for Bas lag and instead found moral wreckage from the War On Terror That doesn t constitute failure in itself I hesitate to compare Mi ville to, say, Julian Barnes Well, maybe I am CM was offering his sketchbook and I didn t care for it That isn t a slight only an interporetation flag 13 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Aug 06, 2015 Ctgt rated it really liked it Shelves weird, short stories Having only read Perdido Street Station which I loved I wasn t completely sold on shorts by Mi ville but I ended up really enjoying this collection A decent variety of types weird, fantastic, and horror Three or four stories missed me completely but in a collection of 28 stories that s a pretty low miss rate Most of the rest were good to great but I will highlight a few that I thought were outstanding.In The Slopes two groups of archeologists and the strange artifacts they are recovering.S Having only read Perdido Street Station which I loved I wasn t completely sold on shorts by Mi ville but I ended up really enjoying this collection A decent variety of types weird, fantastic, and horror Three or four stories missed me completely but in a collection of 28 stories that s a pretty low miss rate Most of the rest were good to great but I will highlight a few that I thought were outstanding.In The Slopes two groups of archeologists and the strange artifacts they are recovering.S cken two women and their experience with poena cullei or the punishment of the bag.Keep a condition disease virus that manifests with trenches or moats forming around those who are afflicted.Covehithe lost deep sea rigs animate and stride ashore.The Rabbet a couple deals with a live in friend whose medicore artwork media takes a strange, compelling turn after he discovers an old picture.The Design a medical student finds something strange about one of the cadavers he and his fellow students are studying.I borrowed this from the library but as I sit and look over my notes and see just how many of these stories I enjoyed I will probably end up buying a copy so I can revisit this in the future.8 10 flag 13 likesLike see review View 1 comment Jun 03, 2015 Lachinchon rated it it was ok Shelves first reads In the world of Three Moments of an Explosion, strange things happen, sometimes publicly icebergs floating above London Polynia , oil derricks walking ashore Covehithe but most often privately, secretly The protagonist and the reader struggle to understand what is going on, but ultimately fail Although this is undoubtedly the author s intention, it is deliberately perverse Significant characters simply disappear from the narrative stories end without resolution Without resolution, tens In the world of Three Moments of an Explosion, strange things happen, sometimes publicly icebergs floating above London Polynia , oil derricks walking ashore Covehithe but most often privately, secretly The protagonist and the reader struggle to understand what is going on, but ultimately fail Although this is undoubtedly the author s intention, it is deliberately perverse Significant characters simply disappear from the narrative stories end without resolution Without resolution, tension is unreleased and the buildup becomes meaningless For example, in Keep, in which a strange disease causes a literal moat to surround the afflicted, the plot gradually weaves its way to a mysterious Scottish keep where, after a brief flurry of action, the story ends, sans explication Plot development is rendered meaningless, since without cause cure prognosis the final events could be totally unrelated to the main plotline, merely a sideshow I hope Mi ville meant than the trite metaphor that people create moats around themselves.Our understanding of the world as a matter of perspective is illustrated in the shorter pieces Three Moments of an Explosion, Four Final Orpheuses with literally numbered viewpoints I did not find these pieces particularly successful Similarly, the short trailers seemed like nothing than the author saying, Look at this cool idea I had A layer of dust to dust pessimism again, literally, as in The Dusty Hat lies over the collection Mi ville suggests that we do not, perhaps cannot, either understand or control the vagaries of the universe.For me, the best stories were those that actually had a denouement Dreaded Outcome psychoanalysts with an extreme view of patient care S cken a monster in the lake horror story and The Dowager of Bees a card shark trying to cheat fate These were the exception, not the rule One of Mi ville s characters says, Some stories, though, it doesn t help to finish This may be true, but for most stories, crossing the finish line makes for a satisfying race flag 11 likesLike see review Jan 22, 2016 Cecily added it Shelves short stories, did not finish, aaa tbr very soon I m not sure when, or even if, I ll come back to this I was so disappointed , so a few jottings on the first seven stories a quarter of the collection , then others, as and when I dip in Three Moments of an ExplosionA disused building is demolished This is described from three perspectives as a marketing opportunity, for thrill seekers, and the aftermath of memories.PolyniaIcebergs over London When I discovered polynia was a real word, I wondered if Mieville had been looking for a new p w I m not sure when, or even if, I ll come back to this I was so disappointed , so a few jottings on the first seven stories a quarter of the collection , then others, as and when I dip in Three Moments of an ExplosionA disused building is demolished This is described from three perspectives as a marketing opportunity, for thrill seekers, and the aftermath of memories.PolyniaIcebergs over London When I discovered polynia was a real word, I wondered if Mieville had been looking for a new p word to overuse palimpsest, puissant, and I m sure there s at least one other , then based a whole story around it The Condition of New DeathWe re the centre of our own virtual worlds.The Dowager of BeesA magical realist slant on card games there are hidden suits, and just occasionally, you may find a card from one in your hand I think you have to have some knowledge of and preferably fondness for poker to enjoy this It may be excellent, but I think I missed its point I hope it s than the obvious karmic message about the truth finding you out In the SlopesRival archaeologists too much of their in fighting for a short story on an Italian island that suffered pyroclastic explosion, similar to that of Pompeii and Herculaneum, around the same time The casts made with a new resin instead of plaster have a mysterious sparkly quality, and not all the casts are human Hunkering deaths, the pugilist poses where cooking sinews had clenched The ending could have been the start of something really good The CrawlStoryboard for a zombie movie Meh.Watching GodAnother near island an isthmus cut off from the rest of the world, whose people have had technology in the past than they have now Ships regularly pass, weigh anchor, then move on again No crew or passengers are ever seen Occasionally there are wrecks.This was the first story in the collection that intrigued me, and that I enjoyed I liked the bit of world building and wordplay ah, China, at last the first time I spotted the odd use of sentence , I just carried on, then again, then a ship that sank fast must have been laying deep grammar Yay Man s search for meaning, cargo cults etc all came to mind, along with Cloud Atlas and Ella Minnow Pea.The 9th TechniqueThis is like it It starts in a familiar setting except that nothing is quite right, in trivial ways A sense of mystery and unease The black market deals in this slightly dodgy caf are not drugs, but view spoiler the para economy of war wrought artifacts that have acquired magical properties For example, Helmets that remember the last sounds heard by those who died The item Konig acquires is in a bottle, which grew heavier The glass did not break and it did not bow but it was harder and harder to lift, denser and denser with shadow hide spoiler The Rope is the WorldA straightforward imagining of space elevators, one of which is called The Rope They are for trading and transport and spectacular suicides They are so unimabinanbly tall that they are obsolete before they re finished, and those living 1.2 million floors away have their own languages, culture and civilization Are they as alien as those they trade with flag 10 likesLike see review View all 5 comments Apr 09, 2015 Tom rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves sci fi, fantasy, horror, short story collections NB While reading this book I wrote up my thoughts about each of the 28 stories in detail, which you can read on my blog starting here In those posts I describe the premise of each story, as well as giving my thoughts, but rest assured there are no major spoilers to be found.It s easy to see why China Mi ville took three years to release a new book after Railsea Apart from a monthly comic series, he was beavering away on a huge variety of novelettes, short stories, and pieces of flash fiction NB While reading this book I wrote up my thoughts about each of the 28 stories in detail, which you can read on my blog starting here In those posts I describe the premise of each story, as well as giving my thoughts, but rest assured there are no major spoilers to be found.It s easy to see why China Mi ville took three years to release a new book after Railsea Apart from a monthly comic series, he was beavering away on a huge variety of novelettes, short stories, and pieces of flash fiction And that s the key selling point of this collection variety There is an enormous wealth of creative ideas bursting from the seams of this book, and while the execution doesn t always live up to the promise, I guarantee you that with each of the 28 stories of this book you will be presented with a new and unusual fantasy, SF, horror, or weird fiction idea, which will worm its way inside your head.Mi ville doesn t let readers at his ideas easily though The premise of every story is buried in their middle pages, leaving the reader disorientated at first, having to find their own way in the story before, like the sections of a puzzle box unfolding, the pieces are slowly unveiled Think of how long the nature of the cities takes to be revealed in The City the City Every story within these pages is like that, writ small.There are some stories in this book that will stay with you a long time The absolute gems marry exceptional creativity with eloquent prose and brilliant execution Other tales, however, might let you down if you re hoping for a definitive conclusion to the weirdness but the journey through Mi ville s mind will be worth it anyway Most of the short, experimental pieces work well too, even when they are just fragments of stories.If you ve read through all of my story by story descriptions, you ll have seen me lament than once for a proper ending Resolution shyness is the collection s biggest flaw, but I think Mi ville chose to end most of the culprit stories ambiguously and abruptly in order to preserve the inexplicableness of the weird and not for a lack of ending ideas Regardless, this approach to storytelling is going to frustrate fans, newcomers, and critics alike I definitely look forward to seeing what Mi ville says about the stories in this book, in his inevitable upcoming interviews and appearances.I can genuinely recommend this collection to any Mi ville fan It will terrify and amaze you It s so weighty with rich imagination and prose skills honed over a brilliant career However, I still think that novels are Mi ville s finest medium, because longer works discipline him into developing his outlandish ideas thoroughly and coming up with satisfying conclusions.4.5 stars flag 10 likesLike see review View 1 comment Jun 18, 2015 Mike rated it it was ok Shelves fantasy, unfinished Meh I really liked Mieville s novel The city and the city, and kind of hoped his short stories might be as good I m very forgiving of fantasy as a genre all you really need to do is have interesting ideas like Borges, or create compelling characters like Poul Anderson, or come up with funny and horrifying scenarios like Fritz Leiber Hell, a unique voice, like Eddison or Vance, can be enough Mieville s stories here though don t really accomplish much of anything I thought he was being o Meh I really liked Mieville s novel The city and the city, and kind of hoped his short stories might be as good I m very forgiving of fantasy as a genre all you really need to do is have interesting ideas like Borges, or create compelling characters like Poul Anderson, or come up with funny and horrifying scenarios like Fritz Leiber Hell, a unique voice, like Eddison or Vance, can be enough Mieville s stories here though don t really accomplish much of anything I thought he was being obtuse at times, as if being hard to decipher were the same thing as being deep indeed all too many of the stories seemed to be valorizing lacunas and obliqueness, as if unfinished images, undeveloped ideas, and vagueness are all marks of a clever writer He did have some interesting ideas, like the graveyard of ships that are revered as messages by an isolated enclave of survivors of some sort of collapse, and the New Death which causes corpses to become enigmatic optical illusions, and archaeologists casting the voids left by volcano victims, as one might at Pompeii, and finding alien forms But none of these are developed into actual stories, and he seems to be trying damn hard to fit in as a literary writer At one point I was comparing his stories to Clive Barker veering between irony and earnest literary aspirations, but Barker at least has stuff happen So, not really my thing I gave up about a third of the way through, because my reading time is not as cheap as it used to be and I ve got shelves and shelves of books that are written by people who, if they have something to say, will say it, and if they have stories to tell, will tell them flag 9 likesLike see review May 27, 2015 Mark rated it liked it There are twenty eight stories, in this new collection, of varying styles and lengths Most are unsettling, many are impenetrable and a few are flat out terrific Creepy, strange, inventive and baffling This is exactly what you would expect from Mieville I have mixed feelings about his work I end up admiring him than truly loving his cool, detached, intelligence.Several of these stories have an environmental slant The earth in retaliation I do like this approach and would like to see m There are twenty eight stories, in this new collection, of varying styles and lengths Most are unsettling, many are impenetrable and a few are flat out terrific Creepy, strange, inventive and baffling This is exactly what you would expect from Mieville I have mixed feelings about his work I end up admiring him than truly loving his cool, detached, intelligence.Several of these stories have an environmental slant The earth in retaliation I do like this approach and would like to see of it.If you have not read Mieville, I wouldn t start here Pick up City and the City, which remains my favorite flag 8 likesLike see review Aug 25, 2015 Wart Hill rated it it was amazing Shelves adult scifi fantasy, things i find while shelving This collection really showcases Mieville s wide range of subject matter, style, and just his talent in general Definitely a good read I recommend not reading Rabbet too close to bed flag 8 likesLike see review Apr 24, 2015 Chris rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves science fiction, fantasy, horror, netgalley, weird fiction China Mieville is an author that s hard to categorize, as his stories often escape or defy comfortable genre classification He is one of the forerunners of the New Weird movement, which should tell you a lot he writes weird fiction, a blend of the improbable and the impossible with a chilling bite He s also damn good at his job, one of the powerhouses of genre fiction today with a slew of top shelf novels to his name He s not as well known for his short fiction, though he has written pieces China Mieville is an author that s hard to categorize, as his stories often escape or defy comfortable genre classification He is one of the forerunners of the New Weird movement, which should tell you a lot he writes weird fiction, a blend of the improbable and the impossible with a chilling bite He s also damn good at his job, one of the powerhouses of genre fiction today with a slew of top shelf novels to his name He s not as well known for his short fiction, though he has written pieces before some for magazines, newspapers, websites, or his blog, both longer novellas and short idea generation flash fiction A number of those previously published stories are combined with brand new material to make up Three Moments of an Explosion, a 2015 release with 28 shorter works And I should add, with a novel slated for release early next year, Mieville is as productive as he is innovative Three Moments releases today in North America and is already out in the UK I received an advance copy from Del Rey and NetGalley in exchange for this open and honest review Polynia is one of first big stories in the collection at 25 pages, and it s a perfect example of Mieville s style of short fiction In near future Europe, pieces of the earth destroyed by human influence make a striking return icebergs form in the sky above London, brain coral begins growing off the EU buildings in Brussels The story is rich in atmosphere the wonder and unease caused by these natural yet unnatural occurrences, things that should not be Our protagonists are kids, watching footage beamed through the BBC of failed military expeditions or sneaking a look at illegal footage shot by extreme explorers It s almost a coming of age story the muggy, junk laden back alleys of London which become oddly chilly when a massive iceberg floats past Covehite also mixed contemporary issues with the inexplicable, as oil rigs destroyed by nautical accidents stomp their way out of the seas and head inland.And like the best magicians, Mieville doesn t reveal his secrets One of the common criticisms of Mieville s earlier collections were that his stories lacked a sense of finality or closure the reader expecting a nice clean denouement that explains away the wonder and wraps everything up with a neat bow may be disappointed I refute the point the stories work best when Mieville s powerful creativity runs rampant, where things wondrous and inexplicable happen to everyday people Explaining the mystery would detract from the experience Weird Fiction works best when it s allowed to be weird And in many cases, there s usually a deeper meaning for the reader to find and ponder.Such as with Three Moments of an Explosion It s another perfect example of Mieville s short fiction, but is nothing like the sprawling Poylnia, just a few short paragraphs that take up a page The title is quite accurate it describes an explosion from three points of time the corporate sponsored demolition of an old building, the drugged up urban explorers who race up and back down as the building crumbles in slow motion around them, and the fading memory of the one explorer who didn t make it out in time The story has a surreal, dreamlike quality to it, and acts as cutting commentary that spreads out to strike at several targets It s one of those stories that a reader may ponder for days later three paragraphs with just the right amount of meat to give you something to think about.A good number of the stories are like flash fiction than a traditional short, toying with form and format, playing with brevity Some, like The Rope is the World, feel something like story outlines a brilliant little short history that sets up an intricate world where space elevators were created, then abandoned, leaving people stranded on the infinite decks There s a lot of interesting concepts packed into such a short tale perhaps not enough for a novel, though in some cases I d like to see someone try There s also a few gems that show Mieville could have a brilliant career as a screenwriter The Crawl, Listen to the Birds, and Escapee are trailers for fake horror films, striking the right balance between not revealing any of the films big secrets but showing enough of their atmosphere that I want to know Similarly, Syllabus is exactly what it sounds like, the syllabus for a far future college where your AI must approve your essay topics.I sometimes forget that Mieville s first novel, King Rat, earned top notch horror accolades for a good reason The reason is because his brand of creepy weirdness plays very well with horror, and the traditional fantasy horror tales in this collection are knockouts S cken and After The Festival show that Mieville s talent for crafting chilling horror is still in top form S cken follows two women as they vacation by a quiet German lake as one woman become terrified by strange occurrences, their relationship becomes strained and rocky, placing them both in danger Dread oozes from this story like cold, murky lakewater, sending chills up my spine After the Festival inserts a Medieval esque ritual into an otherwise normal world, where partygoers wear the decapitated heads of animals as part of a celebration but wearing the heads too long leads to serious danger, changing the wearer and unleashing their animal nature.The crushing weight of unknown forces comes through in stories like The Bastard Prompt and Keep, relying heavily on the mystery and weirdness of how the world has changed to keep you reading By the end they make a kind of sense, but the how s and why s are mercurial both feature apocalyptic changes that the protagonists struggle to understand, while they become in tune with the strange occurrences Unexplained phenomena remain surreal and terrifying when there s no scientific explanation for the things that should not be That s why Mieville isn t often categorized as science fiction he writes weird tales, stories where characters react to the impossible and unknowable as best they can.Three Moments of an Explosion contains a number of gems and excellent stories, among the fascinating bits of flash fiction ephemera Examining all of them will take time, and to be honest, I think they are best left to their own weird ways just roll with the weirdness, as neither you nor the characters will know exactly why or how the impossible can happen That s what makes the stories full of breathless wonder, strange mystery, and chilling terror, and why reading the collection all at once may be a bit draining Mieville has established himself as one of the best writers of the unknown, and this collection is yet another showcase of how powerful, dynamic, and well, limitless his imagination can be It s a must read for fans of Mieville and the New Weird movement, and it may be a good in read for those who haven t yet read one of his novels Really, for any horror or fantasy reader, there will be things here for you to enjoy Two thumbs way, way up flag 6 likesLike see review View 2 comments Aug 02, 2015 Charles Dee Mitchell rated it really liked it Shelves contemporary sf, weird new weird China Mi ville is both a proponent and practitioner of New Weird writing Some of you are probably ready to quit reading at this point New Weird is a term that can seem both vague and unnecessary Weird writing has its canon revolving around H.P Lovecraft and company with their themes of ancient evil and cosmic terror Defining a new variety of weirdness can come down to a long list of writers who to greater or lesser degrees produce it whatever exactly it is Is it just a explicit, vi China Mi ville is both a proponent and practitioner of New Weird writing Some of you are probably ready to quit reading at this point New Weird is a term that can seem both vague and unnecessary Weird writing has its canon revolving around H.P Lovecraft and company with their themes of ancient evil and cosmic terror Defining a new variety of weirdness can come down to a long list of writers who to greater or lesser degrees produce it whatever exactly it is Is it just a explicit, visceral version of what came before, or is it marked chiefly by its effort to incorporate literary ambitions that divorce it from its pulp origins Whatever the case, it is staking out its territory in the speculative fiction arena Anne and Jeff VanderMeer, who in 2011 established a weird canon with the 1100 page anthology, The Weird, A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories, had already in 2008 anthologized 30 stories and essays as The New Weird This year, weirdness enters the crowded arena of annuals with Laird Barron editing The Year s Best Weird Fiction, Volume I. If they have come out in the past year, I assume they are New Weird by default Mi ville contributed both a story to the VanderMeers 2011 anthology and an Afterweird The Efficacy of a Worm eaten Dictionary He addresses the origins of The Weird without making a specific case for the new variety, but his arguments give a good picture of how his personal vision has been formed He starts by leading us down an etymological dead end, deriving weird from the Anglo Saxon wyrd, a word conjuring a vision of fate and doom as a cat s cradle, intricate and splendid as a Sutton Hoo buckle He proposes that the weird could be the feral child of the wyrd, but then, in Mi villian fashion, pulls the rug from his own argument What if etymology is fucking useless Late 19th and early 20th century writers did not engage their Gothic fathers in an Oedipal struggle to develop a new language Theirs was not a new literature of fatefulness but its rebuke The fact of the weird is the fact that the worldweave is ripped and unfinished Moth eaten, ill made And through the little tears, from behind the ragged edges, things are looking at us You may either read that last bit as a simple declarative statement, or creep it out with internal italicization things are looking at us His verdict on the VanderMeer anthology This is a worm farm These stories are worms The stories in Three Moments of an Explosion can get pretty wormy The book is not announced as an exercise in New Weirdness, but the publisher drops a hint on the back cover We are told to expect a cast of damaged yet hopeful seekers who come face to face with the deep weirdness of the world and a times the deeper weirdness in themselves Mi ville titles this 400 page collection after the three paragraphs of science fiction that opens it In an unspecified future, a crowd gathers to watch the destruction of a derelict warehouse At the moment of the explosion, three intrepid thrill seekers ingest tachyon laced MDMA and rush into the collapsing building They experience it in a moment outside of time The drug begins to wear off, and only two make it out alive But two out of three s not bad, and the thrill was worth it Perhaps Mi ville is letting us know that he will be slipping us the tachyon ecstasy pill for each of the upcoming tales, leaving us wide eyed observers suspended in his visions of collapse and morbid wonders.To lure us in he opens with Polynia , a crowd pleaser about giant icebergs appearing in the sky over London It s an offbeat coming of age story that progresses from boyish adventure to adult lives lived in an irrevocably changed world After Polynia, things turn darker and tend to stay there Rope is another sf story, but the mood is dour Earth has long ago perfected the technology for space elevators, but we have not been able to keep them in good operating condition A telling moment comes when intergalactic visitors have to feign interest in our pitifully out of date wonders When he leaves sf behind, Mi ville cranks up the weirdness dial in stories set in dismal worlds peopled by anxiety ridden characters performing tasks that have lost their meaning and pursuing lives that offer no safeguards against the chaos engulfing them The Buzzard s Egg takes place in a time of religious wars where the battles involve capturing the enemy s god In a remote tower, an old man tends to an old god with whom he s grown quite fond But the tides of war are changing Mi ville s writing here takes on the tone of a Samuel Beckett monologue In Estate, a young man, now living alone in his family s house, is kept awake nights first by birds, then foxes, then rowdy kids An acquaintance he hasn t seen since his schooldays returns, and soon the old neighborhood is going up in flames In Keep, the world succumbs to a disease that causes circular fissures to surround the infected These fissures eventually swallow up entire cities, leaving the sufferer on a small island of solid ground, hence the title Keep You would probably have to read that one to have any idea what I am trying to describe If you have read much Mi ville, you know that it is wise to keep the dictionary app open while you proceed The Dusty Hat has a dense, baroque verbal style perhaps meant to serve no other purpose than to put the reader as out of his depth as is the story s left leaning protagonist who slides into a phantasmagoric world of politics made corporeal Again, just read it Since I was reviewing this book, I read it through from start to finish Normally if I were to take up a book like this I would pick may through it, skipping around and possibly never reading every story So for full disclosure purposes, looking back over the table of contents, I see titles that no longer mean anything to me, and I question the accuracy of my memories of other stories What I remember most clearly is Mi ville s ability to find a new voice specific to each story His American movie critic narrator of Junket is fully realized and far removed from the medical student in 1930 s Glasgow who tells the tale in The Design It s true that you are often left marveling at the author s virtuosity rather than caring about the characters, but I don t see that as the negative quality some readers report I also don t agree that Mi ville s stories are poorly plotted and tend to wind down rather than end They don t wind down The bottom falls out, taking you with it And as Mi ville said in his attempt to define the essence of Weird fiction, while in free fall you dread that you are about to learn exactly what those things are that are looking back through the holes at us This review is based on an advance copy provided by Net Galley and appears as a blog post on Worlds Without End flag 6 likesLike see review View all 3 comments Dec 01, 2015 Liam rated it it was ok This was weird and confusing flag 6 likesLike see review Oct 17, 2016 Evan Leach rated it liked it Shelves fantasy, short stories, 2010 2019, english literature Three Moments of an Explosion is Mi ville s second collection of short stories At 400 pages and 28 stories, readers are certainly getting their money s worth This is a solid set of stories that displays most of Mi ville s gifts strong prose, imaginative, highly creative ideas, and the ability to work within a number of different genres Three stories in particular stood out The Dowager of Bees In an alternate reality, card players occasionally draw mystery cards with strange values and suit Three Moments of an Explosion is Mi ville s second collection of short stories At 400 pages and 28 stories, readers are certainly getting their money s worth This is a solid set of stories that displays most of Mi ville s gifts strong prose, imaginative, highly creative ideas, and the ability to work within a number of different genres Three stories in particular stood out The Dowager of Bees In an alternate reality, card players occasionally draw mystery cards with strange values and suits the dowager of bees , the eight of chains , etc The rules governing these special cards only appear in the rulebook when a special card is drawn These cards have strange, mysterious forfeits with real world consequences affecting one or players that can apparently be dreadful although Mi ville does a good job not giving too much away here This story tells how a single player encountered this scenario three times over the course of his life A hard story to describe effectively, but a very strong, five star read that was my favorite in the collection by far.The Junket A Jewish screenwriter is brutally murdered after a controversial movie he worked on is released Only very late do we discover the subject of the movie view spoiler Anne Frank Vampire hide spoiler , but that s not really the point Instead, Mi ville uses this story to explore aspects of Jewish identity and anti semitism, along with the odder aspects of extremist culture Mi ville is very much in his wheelhouse here.The Design A young medical student discovers that a cadaver s bones have been completely scrimshawed under the skin with elaborate, mysterious symbols His efforts to unravel the mystery only lead to questions for both him and the reader, not the least of which is whether his new companion has any connection to the puzzle Some nice Lovecraftian overtones here.The other 25 stories on display here ranged from good to subpar, with most of them grading out as just OK It s Mi ville, so as you might expect almost every story features a great idea But too often these fizzle out into a story that s intriguing but only partially satisfying I am a fan, but this is not Mi ville s finest work by a long shot I thought his earlier short story collection was better along with virtually all of his novels.There s some great imagination on display here, with a few gems, but I thought this was just a pretty good collection overall Certainly worth a read for Mi ville fans and completionists, but if you re new to this author I recommend starting elsewhere his excellent Bas Lag novels, for instance 3 stars, recommend with reservations flag 11 likesLike see review Mar 24, 2015 Kat rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves nouveau weird, short story goodness, the fantastic city I ve been meandering through China Mi ville s Three Moments of an Explosion for almost six months, picking it up at leisure, reading a few stories then putting it down I think it would be hard to take in the density of these works in one sitting it s better to dip in and out, leaving time to process the work It is a thematic exploration of the disruption of status quo each story is a miniature explosion, a moment of wonder and passing Those familiar with weird fiction will see the element I ve been meandering through China Mi ville s Three Moments of an Explosion for almost six months, picking it up at leisure, reading a few stories then putting it down I think it would be hard to take in the density of these works in one sitting it s better to dip in and out, leaving time to process the work It is a thematic exploration of the disruption of status quo each story is a miniature explosion, a moment of wonder and passing Those familiar with weird fiction will see the elements of wonder and awe attached to the genre It could be said that Mi ville s work is about disturbance civil unrest, political maneuverings, the supernatural s infringement on the real Themes from his previous work shine through the distrust and satire of authority figures, in particular tertiary education systems, fantastic cities, monsters and malevolence The oft repeated theme in weird fiction of nature rising up against habitation is clear in this collection read Jeff VanderMeer s Annihilation if this fascinates you too One of the most evocative moments is a deer made out of chemicals walking through a London housing estate hinted at on the cover.There are stories I loved in this collection The 9th Technique, where torture methods are turned into sacred artifacts, the curious cards of The Dowager of Bees, and the ultimate story, The Design, a meditation on the big issues love, God, homosexuality and scrimshawed bones it wouldn t be a Mi ville story without some level of weirdness It s a beautiful story, which at heart is an unwritten romance There are plenty of monsters for fans to latch onto, especially the creepy thing of Sacken, or the malevolent detritus in Rabbet The weaker stories for me were the ones with less believable weird elements in that the weirdness broke the wall between the reader and the words The Dusty Hat and Keep stood out in this regard Another element that can distance readers is the language while I love the challenge of reading and really absorbing a story, it s hard work to consume these stories Observers perpetuate his writing in this collection, the story is not told from the perspective of the victim, but an observer to the victim Like a memorial to the dead, these people left behind and suffer the fallout of loss and disappearance They are left standing in the wake of the explosion, much like the reader, helpless to intervene.What I ve always loved about Mi ville s work is the strong reaction I have to it, whether revulsion or adoration, it demands attention Stories start in uneasy places and echo off the pages like a radar China Mi ville is a master of recoil He aims, fires, and the strength of the writing is felt in the aftermath flag 5 likesLike see review Jan 08, 2016 sologdin rated it it was ok Shelves burns like cold iron Collection of shorts Not really his best medium Noteworthy The floating icebergs were kinda cool Polynia The text regarding new death is conceptually interesting, but not much narrative Dowager of Bees is pynchonian in its insistence on secrecy among ordinary things In the Slopes has an HPL feel, archaeologists unearthing things Watching God builds up a grammar of passing ships, which is pregnant The Rope is the World is a post Fountains of Paradise meditation on a space el Collection of shorts Not really his best medium Noteworthy The floating icebergs were kinda cool Polynia The text regarding new death is conceptually interesting, but not much narrative Dowager of Bees is pynchonian in its insistence on secrecy among ordinary things In the Slopes has an HPL feel, archaeologists unearthing things Watching God builds up a grammar of passing ships, which is pregnant The Rope is the World is a post Fountains of Paradise meditation on a space elevator S cken involves the ancient punishment culleus, but ends up as kinda just a gross out story Dreaded Outcome concerns a pynchonian school of thought in psychotherapy The Bastard Prompt involves a baudrillardian thought experiment Keep is a clever epidemic apocalypse wherein Derridean solicitation is made manifest as ontic Covehithe has walking, fucking oil rigs that rise from the sea like an HPL monster it s conceptually silly but rhetorically slick The Junket is probably the most serious text, something to do with anti semitism in the film industry The Design is very much a descendant of Poe, with a corpse thief, as told by an acquaintance in first person.Master grammatical figure is trudere, as its derivatives show up with some frequency extrusions, intrusions, c Maybe some protruding abstruse things, too.Some leftwing content in The Dusty Hat, which I don t much like as a story We don t have to have an alternative, that s not how critique works We may do, and if we do, you re welcome, but if we don t that no invalidates our hate for this, for what is, than does that of a serf for her lord, her flail backed insistence that this must end, whether or not she accompanies it with a blueprint for free wage labor 215 The text otherwise concerns the internecine battles of the elemental Left 216 , wherein the history of hitherto existing quiddity is of the struggle in matter or so 217.Similarly, A Second Slice Manifesto is radical aesthetic democracy, wherein existing art objects are sliced along a previously unrepresented perspectival axis, such as opening up a Renoir painting by representing an image perpendicular to the frame.Recommended to readers for whom there are lacks that won t be filled, godnappers deicides, and those who make themselves the work of art flag 5 likesLike see review View all 3 comments Jan 01, 2015 Allison rated it really liked it review of another edition One of my favorite authors and always a joy I did end up skimming a few less interesting stories in this collection, but I was especially fond of the early Polynia story about icebergs drifting over a city My surprise favorites were the 3 shorter Movie Trailer pieces Deliciously weird and or downright creepy The entire collection is, of course, suffused with Mi ville s usual humor flag 5 likesLike see review Sep 18, 2015 Karl marked it as to read Shelves 2015 09 books bought This copy is an Advanced Uncorrected Proof flag 5 likesLike see review Jan 06, 2016 Anna rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves fiction, shortstories, supernatural, fantasy Although I m not an avid reader of short story collections except those by Borges , I ve read enough to know that the best story is usually the first Imagine my surprise, then, to find that here my favourite was the last, The Design The majority of the stories had an arresting, suitably weird conceit, however the final one also had a beauty to it and a distinctive, measured voice that wasn t trying to scare the reader Quite a few of the other stories, though, notably S cken and The Rabb Although I m not an avid reader of short story collections except those by Borges , I ve read enough to know that the best story is usually the first Imagine my surprise, then, to find that here my favourite was the last, The Design The majority of the stories had an arresting, suitably weird conceit, however the final one also had a beauty to it and a distinctive, measured voice that wasn t trying to scare the reader Quite a few of the other stories, though, notably S cken and The Rabbet , seemed just to be slightly weird horror This isn t really what I expected from China Mi ville, whose novels I love for their densely imagined strangeness Whilst the horror themed stories were certainly unsettling, I didn t find them thought provoking, which was rather a disappointment It did occur to me, though, that it s very difficult to find the right level of ambiguity with short stories, especially in the horror genre Within a limited space, detail will of necessity be limited and frightening writing must leave space for the reader s imagination On the other hand, short stories also need to be taut and precise with their imagery in order to be memorable Final sentences are especially tricky in this respect Mi ville s best were punchlines, the weaker ones vague portentous statements We will all learn and, Don t you worry.My preferred stories explored an odd conceit in a deadpan fashion, notably The Dowager of Bees , In the Slopes , and Keep All three of them ended on what seemed to me a slightly grimmer note than necessary, though Dreaded Outcome was the only story that I found funny and I did really like that one, it was my second favourite of the collection On balance, I think Mi ville s themes of urban decay, grotesquerie, and political dissatisfaction work better in his longer work His ponderous and dense writing style is less digestible in little chunks The stories that were evidently trying to scare and unsettle did not do much for me, however there are some fascinating concepts and delightful bits of execution mixed in too I love Mi ville s lengthy novels, although, I now recall, probably my favourite work of his is the novella The Tain I adored it because it felt convincingly like a dream Unfortunately none of these stories managed that flag 4 likesLike see review Aug 14, 2015 Paul rated it it was amazing China Mieville s new collection is flat out brilliant High lit, new weird, old weird, SF, political, creepy stories, touching stories, angry stories, an awe inspiring range of of 28 stories that never forget to be human Highlights include Polynia ice bergs appear in the skies above London , The Dowager of Bees a weird boiled, playful and visionary poker playing noir , The Rope is the World, the terrifying Sacken which reminded me of a present day version of the film SAUNA and the f China Mieville s new collection is flat out brilliant High lit, new weird, old weird, SF, political, creepy stories, touching stories, angry stories, an awe inspiring range of of 28 stories that never forget to be human Highlights include Polynia ice bergs appear in the skies above London , The Dowager of Bees a weird boiled, playful and visionary poker playing noir , The Rope is the World, the terrifying Sacken which reminded me of a present day version of the film SAUNA and the final story, The Design, is just, well, beautiful.A little quote from The Design None of us have to obey instructions I consider my own existence proof of that So much of life is cobbled together when plans go awry That is often where happiness comes from Hells yeah flag 4 likesLike see review Apr 24, 2015 Chris rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves short stories This was originally published at The Scrying Orb.Want to read about sinister icebergs appearing afloat in the skies of London It s here Long ago sunk ships forging legs and shambling out of the ocean Got that too Socialist dust particles out to radicalize your world Read all about it People obsessed with wearing hollowed out, decaying animal heads Yep.China Mieville has mastered the weird, the bizarre, the monstrous joke A story about a terror lurking in the depths of a remote lake is no This was originally published at The Scrying Orb.Want to read about sinister icebergs appearing afloat in the skies of London It s here Long ago sunk ships forging legs and shambling out of the ocean Got that too Socialist dust particles out to radicalize your world Read all about it People obsessed with wearing hollowed out, decaying animal heads Yep.China Mieville has mastered the weird, the bizarre, the monstrous joke A story about a terror lurking in the depths of a remote lake is not going to turn out to be another Lovecraft pastiche, but instead finds its influence in an obscure byzantine torture ritual involving a sack, a dog, a cockerel, and an ape Even when the premise is extra wacky therapist assassins out to assure their client s happiness at all costs the tone of the story remains deadly serious and only only occasionally falls into ha ha it was all a joke Most of the short story collections I have read in recent years are short, a few interesting pieces that may have been published elsewhere You finish in a day or two It feels kind of cheap Three Moments of an Explosion is hefty by comparison and I appreciate it You can really sink into the depths of this man s imagination There s recurrent themes and motifs There s a running gag with prose movie trailers appearing at a few different places in the book speedy, crawling zombies that hunt regular zombies, people manufactured with metal poles protruding from their backs, and so on It faintly reminded me of the eponymous interviews in David Foster Wallace s Brief Interviews with Hideous Men There s a craft to the arrangement of stories If the collection has a weakness, it s that a few of the longer stories start to get samey They generally start with a character who has pre existing knowledge of the weird happening that will be central to the story we slowly gain context and can make sense of the earlier bits The baffling horror takes shape then the story wraps up without really giving a complete answer to the mystery There is exceedingly low amounts of resolution in this collection, and this works better in some stories than others you don t always need a conclusion but sometimes the story feels unsatisfying without one There s a story about aliens discovered in a volcanic island that builds and then just ends.China Mieville is a singular voice in sci fi fantasy horror I think this is about seventy percent due to his imagination, which is both fresh and inviting You don t know what to expect, but you know it will be strange The remaining thirty percent is craft he s a smart writer with a handle on prose that most genre writers either don t have or don t try to achieve The language tone are ambitious The blockiness of language present in his early novels is greatly diminished There s occasional times where I had to reread a paragraph because it wasn t quite clear what happened, but this is minor in comparison to the devilishly affected imagery sprinkled throughout each story, or the slowly emerging black humor The man also has a prodigious vocabulary I learned some oddly specific words Take peristalsising on the involuntary constriction and relaxation of the muscles of the intestine or another canal, creating wavelike movements that push the contents of the canal forward.Yum.Thanks to Netgalley and Random House for hooking me up early flag 3 likesLike see review Mar 09, 2016 Phil rated it it was amazing Of all contemporary English writers, it is of China Mieville s talents that I am most insanely, and justifiably, jealous Not only can this young upstart create 800 page novels set in imagined worlds which are utterly surreal yet internally consistent, passing strange and dreamlike yet relevant to the most fundamental human concerns, exciting, funny, engaging and rendered in sparkling poetic style but he can pull off the same achievements, 28 times in succession, through this collection of sta Of all contemporary English writers, it is of China Mieville s talents that I am most insanely, and justifiably, jealous Not only can this young upstart create 800 page novels set in imagined worlds which are utterly surreal yet internally consistent, passing strange and dreamlike yet relevant to the most fundamental human concerns, exciting, funny, engaging and rendered in sparkling poetic style but he can pull off the same achievements, 28 times in succession, through this collection of staggeringly accomplished short stories, each completely different from the last.Where to start I think Mieville has himself cited Mervyn Peake as a major influence Add to that Poe, MR James, HP Lovecraft, Ray Bradbury, Russell Hoban, the Ian McEwan of First Love, Last Rites , Borges and JG Ballard perhaps this last most of all and you begin to get some idea of the colossal range of his imagination and the bravura nature of his writing Each story or fiction , as Borges would have put, distinguishing his own brilliant speculations from the conventional short narrative form investigates some previously unexpected notion attached to a perfectly mundane phenomenon of the routine world the weather, the use of metaphor, political debate, human relationships from a wholly unforeseen angle, demonstrating a kind of imaginative, oneiric logic that is both astonishingly thought expanding and often, frankly, terrifying Just as Ballard said his own writing was a way of coping with the way in which life s certainties could suddenly be ripped up and torn down, as they were for him in Shanghai in the 1940s, so Mieville exposes the sheer strangeness of what we take for granted, and how very different things might become with a minor change of material fact or perspective These stories disclose agents present but previously hidden , as he says in A Second Slice Manifesto They also resist closure, leaving the reader in medias res , with only his or her own imagination to decide what happened next or to avoid it, for fear of what might emerge It took JG Ballard something like 40 years to be accepted as A Serious Writer by the rather lazy self replicating establishment that passes quotidian judgment on English letters, and even then he never won any literary prizes outside the Science Fiction genre China Mieville s fate may be a similar one, although it is to be hoped not Either way, I shall carry on reading him with avidity, and recommending this remarkable author to anyone who will listen flag 3 likesLike see review Jan 13, 2016 Jason rated it liked it Shelves 2016 I purchased a signed numbered edition This will be my first book from this author.Two things before I begin my review 1 I love short story collections Regardless if they are from the same author, or part of a themed collection, or even a collection of favorite stories than an editor picked out I enjoy them They re a good way to discover new authors, and a great way to test drive authors you aren t familiar with 2 I ve never read anything by China Mi ville before He s an author whose name I purchased a signed numbered edition This will be my first book from this author.Two things before I begin my review 1 I love short story collections Regardless if they are from the same author, or part of a themed collection, or even a collection of favorite stories than an editor picked out I enjoy them They re a good way to discover new authors, and a great way to test drive authors you aren t familiar with 2 I ve never read anything by China Mi ville before He s an author whose name has come across my radar a few times but someone I ve never had the opportunity to read Even though I hadn t ever had that opportunity, I did know a few things about his writings, and one of which is that he could be very difficult to read And now my review Subterranean Press was selling a signed limited edition of China s newest book Three Moments of an Explosion a collection of short stories Perfect I thought Here was a way to explore an author that I knew very little about This collection felt like a good cross section of what to expect in others writings Stories about icebergs in the sky, oil rigs that walked on land and returned to the ocean s depths, people who won the chance to wear decapitated farm animals on their heads, bones with mysterious etchings and movie trailers for movies I want to see But this collection also felt like watching television late at night, flipping channels and only catching small chunks of a larger story or world I never felt like I knew what was happening The same feeling you have when you ve missed the beginning of a movie or skipped the first few chapters of a book And just when you think you ve figured out who the characters are, the channel changes and you ve begun watching something else There were a handful of stories that I thoroughly enjoyed, but it felt like the majority of the included texts weren t enjoyed nearly as much I have one signed limited edition coming from Subterranean Press later this year A novella I ll see how that goes before deciding if I need to read any other stories flag 3 likesLike see review May 26, 2015 Brendan rated it it was amazing Recommends it for Anyone Recommended to Brendan by susurrating tining s of the railsea A fine collection of stories from Mieville as is the case with any collection like this, some stories were better then others, and I d probably give it 4.5 stars as a whole, but I have to support one of my favorite authors here.As such, I also tend to read a number of reviews on his works, professionalish and non He s both been labelled as the poster child for some new weird sub genre and then also labelled as not weird enough Like it s quantifiable in either direction But in many of his A fine collection of stories from Mieville as is the case with any collection like this, some stories were better then others, and I d probably give it 4.5 stars as a whole, but I have to support one of my favorite authors here.As such, I also tend to read a number of reviews on his works, professionalish and non He s both been labelled as the poster child for some new weird sub genre and then also labelled as not weird enough Like it s quantifiable in either direction But in many of his stories, the present work so, the underlying shift of reality may be or less subtle, and it really doesn t matter What matter s is that a good writer takes the change he made to our, or some, existence, and weaves it carefully through the story, and uses it for the story, that it s not just the backdrop to flavor some everyday drama It s point one, I m just going to be explicit about here, the change or changes of reality that make something weird, or off, must be ingrained into the story When you make a change, like, Corpses ghost feet pointing at you, a sea of rails, animal kings you must takes it where ever it needs to go.And that change, what is off has effects on everything down the line, and if it affects an action, or physical trait, it should be addressed This is my favorite inner logic, it s my other point to why I am so enthralled by Mieville s works And inner logic is utterly necessary no matter the story, but so when it s some kind of fantasy or sci fi setting And while sometimes I think people agree, I see this basic statement a lot ME That Y action, jump, effect, item, etc makes no sense SOMEONE ELSE You re watching a movie about X flying monkies, kaizu, darkness from beyond, unknowable magic and THAT s what you have an issue with Well, yes, actually That is it, that interaction over story plot effects in any work movie story is the problem But, in the written word it s far important then anywhere else see below because at it s heart it is a analytical medium, a slower one I, at least, am many times likely to go back pages in a book to re read something then I would stop a movie and go back to rewatch something before moving on.Anyways, I am appreciative of the stories since Mieville does what is seemingly too difficult for many other writer to manage So, anyways, 5 stars Rule of Cool tvtrope.com even a hard a like myself accepts this you make it freaking awesome, I ll accept Screw consistency I just find the writing medium requires a higher bar for the rule of cool to work But like, Mad Max Fury Road, man, I have almost nothing bad to say about it flag 2 likesLike see review May 26, 2015 Nicole rated it really liked it Shelves our personal library, short stories and collections, weird fiction, bookends completed reads, bookends hall of fame, 2016 reading challenges, read in 2016 First things first, I am an acknowledged Mieville fangirl, I ve read all his works, I m 100% on board the Mieville mole train, etc., etc That said, I ve always preferred his novel length works to his short stories, and this book reinforces that preference I truly feel that his writing is best served by space to be developed, to let the weirdness really percolate and blossom, to allow the reader to really get a handle on the inner logic of his premise Because that s what makes Mieville great, First things first, I am an acknowledged Mieville fangirl, I ve read all his works, I m 100% on board the Mieville mole train, etc., etc That said, I ve always preferred his novel length works to his short stories, and this book reinforces that preference I truly feel that his writing is best served by space to be developed, to let the weirdness really percolate and blossom, to allow the reader to really get a handle on the inner logic of his premise Because that s what makes Mieville great, in my opinion he s not just writing weird stuff to be weird This isn t an exercise in extremes Whatever weird bizarre grotesque features appear in his works, they re there because the inner logic of his proposed worlds demands them to be there They re necessary, just like air and water are necessary in our world But in short stories, without the context of the larger world, the weirdness often just seems weird.Still, I gave this four stars because I enjoyed just about every story, outright loved quite a few of them, and even the stories I didn t much like specifically the dusty hat one were still exquisitely written Particular favorites The Dowager of Bees this is one of the exceptions, that I felt actually worked as a short story I loved the premise of hidden suits of cards and having to rules lawyer when they d appear The ending reminded me of playing Magic, when you had to figure out what stacked where, what resolved first, etc 3In the Slopes very Mievillian It reminded me of The City and the City somehow.Sacken this was the most horrible as in, horror of the stories It genuinely scared and disturbed me Dreaded Outcome another top favorite Mieville seems to love taking mundane professions and turning them up to 11 His take on psychiatrists reminded me of the extreme librarians from Un Lun Dun.After the Festival a wonderful example of Mieville s gift for the grotesque This wouldn t be out of place in New Crobuzon 3The Bastard Prompt perfectly weird, perfectly suspenseful, perfectly contained Loved it.Covehithe part Pacific Rim, part the moth monsters from the latest Godzilla movie, all beautiful.Four Final Orpheuses the only one of the very short flash pieces that I truly loved Especially 4 2016 Popsugar reading challenge a book by a favourite author you haven t read yet flag 2 likesLike see review View all 3 comments Aug 31, 2015 John rated it it was amazing Shelves books i own, science fiction, fantasy, favorites, fiction, short story collection, horror fiction Quite Possibly This Year s Best Short Story CollectionOne of the premier literary stylists and storytellers in contemporary Anglo American literature, not only speculative fiction, China Mi ville demonstrates why he may be the most interesting writer currently working in Great Britain in this splendid collection of short stories, Three Moments of an Explosion Most of these are recently published stories, having appeared in print or online in journals like Icon Magazine The Rope is the W Quite Possibly This Year s Best Short Story CollectionOne of the premier literary stylists and storytellers in contemporary Anglo American literature, not only speculative fiction, China Mi ville demonstrates why he may be the most interesting writer currently working in Great Britain in this splendid collection of short stories, Three Moments of an Explosion Most of these are recently published stories, having appeared in print or online in journals like Icon Magazine The Rope is the World , Tor.co.uk Polynia , and Granta The Buzzard s Egg , though there are some, like the title story Three Moments of an Explosion that appeared in self published form on his website Mi ville who writes what Jeff VanderMeer has dubbed new weird fiction and may be its finest practitioner offers readers a compellingly readable blend of science fiction, horror and fantasy in memorable flash fiction pieces like the title story to longer works like those I have mentioned Polynia is a spellbinding eyewitness account of what happens with floating icebergs hover in the sky above London The Rope is the World may be the most fascinating space elevator speculative fiction tale I have read, in which the narrator recounts tersely, the history of their construction In The Buzzard s Egg , the narrator has a conversation with the statue of the demi god that is memorable for its melancholy tone, and vividly descriptive prose The flash fiction piece A Mount may be the collection s best, about a young boy who has an intense fascination with a porcelain horse sculpture And then there is The Design , about a medical student who unexpectedly finds an elegantly wrought design on the skeleton of a corpse he is studying in his anatomy course, which may be one of Mi ville s most disturbing and engrossing weird fiction tales Without a doubt, Three Moments of an Explosion is a long overdue addition to Mi ville s oeuvre of notable, quite compelling, novels and short story collections it must be seen as one of the most important if not the most important short story collections newly published this year flag 2 likesLike see review Sep 05, 2015 Steven Montano rated it really liked it While not as good as Mieville s previous short story collection Looking for Jake , Three Moments of An Explosion is nevertheless a highly entertaining collection of weird tales Even when the stories don t work and there are times when they don t the ideas are so captivating and imaginative it s hard not to get swept into the author s strange and alternate worlds.Mieville s tales are bizarre, outlandish, and entirely original Sometimes the concepts behind the stories overwhelm the plot While not as good as Mieville s previous short story collection Looking for Jake , Three Moments of An Explosion is nevertheless a highly entertaining collection of weird tales Even when the stories don t work and there are times when they don t the ideas are so captivating and imaginative it s hard not to get swept into the author s strange and alternate worlds.Mieville s tales are bizarre, outlandish, and entirely original Sometimes the concepts behind the stories overwhelm the plot and characters, but even when that happens the ideas behind the tales are so utterly captivating it s still difficult to not at least appreciate the art and creativity poured into the storytelling That being said, a few of the stories left me wanting, but those I did enjoy were excellent enough for me to recommend this work to anyone who enjoys highly imaginative short fiction.My favorites include Polynia , in which floating glaciers mysteriously appear over London The Dowager of Bees , where a professional card player learns of magical suits and hands that appear at random The Buzzard s Egg , a 2nd person fable about the slave caretaker of stolen Gods Sacken , a chilling horror story about an evil stirring in an old lake Dreaded Outcome , a neo noir tale of a psychiatrist with some highly unusual methods The Bastard Prompt , which sees an actress who in the process of helping medical students takes on some bizarre and terrifying symptoms of her own Rules , a poetic look at the future history of children s play Covehithe , which sees a father and daughter watching some most bizarre sea creatures as they come to shore The Crawl , Escapee and Listen the Birds , three 2 3 page stories told in the form of movie trailers I actually didn t think the plots or ideas behind these were that great, but I loved the presentation flag 2 likesLike see review Feb 20, 2016 Ben Thurley rated it liked it review of another edition Extremely enjoyable I have admired and enjoyed all of Mi ville s novels, but this is the first set of his short stories I have read And I m impressed They are a diverse mix of short satirical pieces, plot driven science fantasy thrillers, and some deeply unsettling tales of the uncanny, which apart from the contemporary setting wouldn t have felt out of place in M.R James Ghost Stories of an Antiquary Mi ville continues to explore deeply political and personal themes of ecology, econom Extremely enjoyable I have admired and enjoyed all of Mi ville s novels, but this is the first set of his short stories I have read And I m impressed They are a diverse mix of short satirical pieces, plot driven science fantasy thrillers, and some deeply unsettling tales of the uncanny, which apart from the contemporary setting wouldn t have felt out of place in M.R James Ghost Stories of an Antiquary Mi ville continues to explore deeply political and personal themes of ecology, economy, and sexuality, in settings which range from subtly skewed versions of contemporary reality to the deeply weird His stories are places where sunken oil rigs can rise from their ocean floor resting places to begin a strange industrial life cycle, where non existent playing cards such as the Dowager of Bees or the Eight of Chains bear fates too wonderful or too horrendous to contemplate, or where the ghosts of icebergs, rainforests and coral reefs infest the cities whose decision makers contributed to their demise.I enjoy spending time in those places flag 2 likesLike see 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Evgeny

First things first I need to mention I received this book from Goodreads giveaways There are popular writers and there are good writers These two while intersecting are not equal For this reason I avoided reading China Mi ville before I have a feeling like I attend a high class cocktail evening party, the one where the ladies wear evening dresses, the gentlemen wear tuxedos, and the waiters with trays full of cocktail glasses navigate through the crowd of guests.

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Althea Ann

Three Moments of an ExplosionThe title story here is a brief piece but it s got a lot in its few pages original and weird science fictional ideas, and a beautifully conjured sense of angst at the zeitgeist.It reminded me of an incident when I was a child my father took me to see the controlled demolition of a building The charges were set wrong, and instead of the whole building falling to dust, it only pancaked in one floor The crowd milled around with a sense of dissatisfaction and

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Brian

China Mi ville is my Exhibit A that not all great novel writers make great short story writers The best stories in the collection In the Slopes, the horrifying S cken and Keep are all 30 pages which seems to be the minimum amount China needs to really get his craft going Many of the pieces under ten pages fell flat for me, and the nearly flash fiction 3 pages and less offerings didn t work at all.Finishing this book reminded me again of my major crush on

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Darwin8u

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Three Moments of an Explosion
Jonfaith

She felt her heart speeding as she went through these motions, not expecting to understand but desperate to do so, here in what she could feel through her skin was a locus She was an antigen here, perhaps She was something.The citation reveals it all These exercises didn t work for me They were not images or examples but miniatures, tiny plots in both senses There were a few stories which I did admire The story Polynia is one, the next few sentences contain SPOILERS.So, icebergs ha

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Three Moments of an Explosion
Lachinchon

In the world of Three Moments of an Explosion, strange things happen, sometimes publicly icebergs floating above London Polynia , oil derricks walking ashore Covehithe but most often privately, secretly The protagonist and the reader struggle to understand what is going on, but ultimately fail Although this is undoubtedly the author s intention, it is deliberately perverse Significant characters simply disappear from the narrative stories end without resolution Without resolution, tens

Three Moments of an Explosion
Cecily

I m not sure when, or even if, I ll come back to this I was so disappointed , so a few jottings on the first seven stories a quarter of the collection , then others, as and when I dip in Three Moments of an ExplosionA disused building is demolished This is described from three perspectives as a marketing opportunity, for thrill seekers, and the aftermath of memories.PolyniaIcebergs over London When I discovered polynia was a real word, I wondered if Mieville had been looking for a new p w

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Tom

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Three Moments of an Explosion
Mike

Meh I really liked Mieville s novel The city and the city, and kind of hoped his short stories might be as good I m very forgiving of fantasy as a genre all you really need to do is have interesting ideas like Borges, or create compelling characters like Poul Anderson, or come up with funny and horrifying scenarios like Fritz Leiber Hell, a unique voice, like Eddison or Vance, can be enough Mieville s stories here though don t really accomplish much of anything I thought he was being o

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