This is not the first time I've mentioned China Miéville, but this is somehow the first time I've given him his own post. His books all revolve around imagining bizarre universes where the laws of reality look different, then writing about the frankly confounding creatures that inhabit them. In the book he's perhaps most well known for, Perdido Street Station, he takes yet another step and starts writing about power dynamics between the working class frog-things and the vampiric aristocracy. (Those are actually side characters in a plot that focuses on a wizard who accidentally and somewhat incidentally invents superintelligent AI, but let's not get sidetracked).
Last night I finished Embassytown, and it is somehow even better.
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