Three Moments of an Explosion: Stories

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Icebergs float over England. Two dig sites compete over alien graves. A medieval punishment haunts those who visit a German lake. A peculiar illness causes trenches beneath the feet of the afflicted. Sunken oil-harvesting platforms begin rising from the ocean and marching onto the shoreline. An artistic tenant and his landlords are haunted by a photograph. A doctoral student steals a corpse after discovering carvings on every inch of its unexposed skeleton.

Mieville’s stories always challenge the imagination, taking you to worlds where the impossible happens daily, where two cities exist side-by-side without acknowledging each other, where one man’s study of flight nearly steals the dreams of any entire city. His stories are evocative and totally alien and challenging, and the best are immensely satisfying. The wonder inherent in “Covehithe” made it my personal favorite of the bunch.

Three Moments of an Explosion collects works large and small, and even the ones that didn’t resonate with me were still like nothing I’d read before. They find the joy in unnerving moments and the horror lurking in the every day. It’s wonderful stuff.


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Author China Mieville
Star Count 4/5
Format Hard
Page Count 400 pages
Publisher Del Rey
Publish Date 2015-Aug-04
ISBN 9781101884720
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Issue August 2015
Category Science Fiction & Fantasy
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