Kewangji wrote:Yes, I'm talking about Yag's arc.
Ah, so, that's why I don't/didn't understand the criticism of 'its a commentary on how rape victims are hard to deal with'? That is genuinely not a theme I'm seeing in Yag's storyarc - Yag is the rapist, not the raped, in case you forgot? If anything, I think it was bordering dangerously on justice porn, this notion of eye for an eye defilement and destruction of the rapists body in a manner that bordered an almost obnoxious circle of contrition. Yes, we get it, Yag is and feels guilty, and cannot escape his punishment which he deserves and accepts and agrees with, and that is why he's a fitting addition to New Crobuzon... It felt a little too inhuman, too wrapped up in it's own pomp.
Kewangji wrote:apart from all the mindrape
I'd say the Slake Moths were more along the lines of 'mind consumption' than 'mind rape', in the same way that I think, say, the Remade aren't being raped.
Kewangji wrote:meant that you questioned the trope's prevalence among white male writers at all. My bad.
Ah, nono. I didn't see it as being prevalent in Mieville's writing.
Kewangji wrote:My biggest gripe with the book is still that it wasn't a story. Hardly even a yarn. Also, as such, it was too long. You're totally right that style is subjective and all that -- and if it works for you, that's great.
For sure - while the book was definitely long, I liked the pacing and the narrative. I love the way scattered unrelated stories fit together, and how each little vignette was a look into the weird city of New Crobuzon, and how everyone was affected by the accidents of one another. I can totally understand how it doesn't work for some - similarly, in Children of Hurinn, when the same sword was renamed four times in a single paragraph, I can understand how some people would find that epic, where I found it obnoxious.
Kewangji wrote:The psychedlikaleidoscope of another person's whole life in drug form was cool.
One thing I credit Mieville with is changing his writing style to convey different things. The dreamshit episode was a frenzy, the Weaver evokes the sense of a childish babble, etc.
Kewangji wrote:The act of, well, empathy gets turned on its head, which is quite powerful
Similarly, I thought the description of the farseer to be pretty cool (the lady who helps Derkhan contact the editor of the magazine).