Umbrella – China Miéville

China MiévilleChina Miéville is an author I discovered at the Utopiales, a Science-Fiction festival. He was part of a discussion about communities. I remember being interested by his opinions and scribbling his name somewhere on a piece of paper. Which I have most certainly lost, since his name didn’t come back to my mind until a good friend mentioned him to me. I was however on my way to New Zealand, and his works stayed undiscovered to me…
That was until I injured myself and had nothing to do but read. And read I did, about a book a day (I am talking about 300-400 pages each…) And one day, I stumbled upon “Perdido Street Station”. And I got hooked… Next time I went to the library, I came back with “King Rat”, “The Scar” and “Un Lun Dun”…
China Miéville has become one of my favourite authors, by his ability to keep me on the edge all along his books and by his amazing creativity! I highly recommend it to anyone not afraid of being transported to other worlds 😉

My dad hates umbrellas, said Deeba, swinging her own. When it rains he always says the same thing. ‘I do not believe the presence of moisture in the air is sufficient reason to overturn society’s usual sensible taboo against wielding spiked clubs at eye level.’
China Miéville, Un Lun Dun

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