Looking for Jake: Stories by China Miéville

By China Miéville

BONUS: This variation includes an excerpt from China Miéville's Embassytown.

What William Gibson did for technological know-how fiction, China Miéville has performed for delusion, shattering previous paradigms with fiercely ingenious works of startling, frequently surprising, depth. Now from this excellent younger author comes a groundbreaking selection of tales, a lot of them formerly unavailable within the usa, and together with 4 never-before-published tales--one set in Miéville's signature delusion global of recent Crobuzon. one of the fourteen very good fictions are

"Jack"--Following the occasions of his acclaimed novel Perdido road Station, this story of twisted attachment and awful revenge strains the increase and fall of the Remade Robin Hood often called Jack Half-a-Prayer.

"Familiar"--Spurned via its author, a sorceress's customary embarks on a wierd and unsettling odyssey of self-discovery in a coming-of-age tale like no different.

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It’s on the outskirts of town, a huge metal warehouse. Full of a hundred little fake rooms, with a single path running through them, and all the furniture we sell made up and laid out so you can see how it should look. Then the same products, disassembled, packed flat and stacked high in the warehouse for people to buy. They’re cheap. Mostly I know I’m just there for show. I wander around in my uniform, hands behind my back, making people feel safe, making the merchandise feel protected. It’s not really the kind of stuff you can shoplift.

He stopped digging when a dark, thick and staining liquid welled up from below his suburban plot, clinging to his spade, cloying, unseen by any but him. The foundation spoke to him then. In his dream he hears the foundation speak to him in its multiple voice, its muttering. And when at last he sees it, the foundation in the tight-packed hot earth, he wakes retching and it takes moments before he knows he is in his bed, in his home, and that the foundation is still speaking. —we stay —we are hungry .

The little boy was about five, only THE BALL ROOM ⎜ 39 just old enough to go in. He was clinging to his dad’s trouser leg, sobbing. The assistant, Sandra, was trying not to cry. She’s only nineteen herself. The man was shouting that she couldn’t do her bloody job, that there were way too many kids in the place and they were completely out of control. He was very worked up and he was gesticulating exaggeratedly, like in a silent movie. If his son hadn’t anchored his leg he would have been pacing around.

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