Everything Is Nice

Beating the nice nice nice thing to death (with fluffy pillows)

Pulp Friction

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Exhibit A: The prologue of Railsea by China Miéville.

This is the story of a bloodstained boy.
There he stands, swaying utterly as any wind-blown sapling. He is quite, quite red. If only that were paint! Around each of his feet the red puddles; his clothes, whatever colour they were once, are now a thickening scarlet; his hair is stiff & drenched.
Only his eyes stand out. The white of each almost glows against the gore, lightbulbs in a dark room. He stares with great fervour.
The situation is not as macabre as it sounds. the boy isn’t the only bloody person there: he’s surrounded by others as red & sodden as he & they are cheerfully singing.
The boy is lost. Nothing has been solved. He thought it might be. He had hoped that this moment might bring clarity. Yet his head is still full of nothing, or he know not what.

Exhibit B: The new cover for Railsea by China Miéville.

Talk about tonal dissonance and false expectations!

Written by Martin

15 November 2012 at 11:24

Posted in books, design

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  1. That actually looks like a pretty accurate depiction of one of the sequences at the end of the book…

    Nick Smale

    15 November 2012 at 12:09

  2. Er, yeah, it depicts events in the book. But that isn’t really the point.


    15 November 2012 at 12:25

  3. “One of the most imaginative young writers around.”

    …isn’t China Mieville 40 years old?


    28 November 2012 at 19:06

  4. The quote was originally for The Scar which was published when he was 30, practically an infant in Author Years. Dunno what that makes forty, a precocious teenager? Definitely another example of the book selling itself in a particular but not entirely convincing way to a certain audience though.


    29 November 2012 at 11:43

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