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'Three Moments of an Explosion' by China Mieville: EW review

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Three Moments of an Explosion

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China Mieville
Del Rey
Short Stories

We gave it a B

In novels like Perdido Street Station, Embassytown, and The City & the City, Miéville infused the horror and fantasy genres with fresh ideas, characters, and concepts. Some of the details from those books (such as the island of mosquito people) felt vibrant enough to support their own narratives. Now, with his second book of short stories, Miéville finally has room to let his craziest ideas flourish. Three Moments of an Explosion is a book filled with fabulous oddities: therapists who assassinate the people who are bad influences on their patients; urban explorers who take quantum MDMA to parkour through a time-frozen, mid-demolition building. A few of the stories fall flat, but even in those, it’s still a joy to watch Miéville’s freakishly creative mind fire away. B