Looking for Jake: Stories by China Miéville

By China Miéville

BONUS: This version comprises an excerpt from China Miéville's Embassytown.

What William Gibson did for technology fiction, China Miéville has performed for myth, shattering outdated paradigms with fiercely creative works of startling, usually surprising, depth. Now from this really good younger author comes a groundbreaking number of tales, lots of them formerly unavailable within the usa, and together with 4 never-before-published tales--one set in Miéville's signature delusion international of latest Crobuzon. one of the fourteen amazing fictions are

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

"Familiar"--Spurned by way of its author, a sorceress's regular embarks on an odd and unsettling odyssey of self-discovery in a coming-of-age tale like no different.

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But when I got to the Wendy house, there was nothing there. ” I kept screaming, and when they understood they dived in with me and scooped up handfuls of the balls and threw them aside, but the two of them stopped long before me. When I turned to throw more of the balls away, I realised they were just watching me. They wouldn’t believe she’d been in there, or that she’d got out. They told me they would have seen her, that she’d have had to come past them. They kept telling me I was being crazy, but they didn’t try to stop me, and eventually I cleared the room of all the balls, while they stood and waited for the police I’d made them call.

She has to get down on all fours to get inside. Her feet stick out. There’s no sound on the tape. It’s when you see all the children jerk, and the assistant run, that you know the woman has started to scream. The assistant later told me that when she tried to rush forward, it seemed as if she couldn’t get through the balls, as if they’d become heavy. The children were all getting in her way. It was bizarrely, stupidly difficult to cross the few feet to the Wendy house, with other adults in her wake.

I know that can’t be so. But I can’t leave it alone. I can leave no stone unturned. I’m so fucking lonely. I’ll climb those exquisite stairs, if I get that far. I’ll cross the LO OKING FOR JA KE ⎜ 2 1 grand corridors, wind through tunnels into the great vast hall that I believe will be glowing very bright. If I get that far. Could be that I’ll find you. I’ll find something, something will find me. I won’t be coming home, I’m sure. I’ll go in. The city doesn’t need me around while it winds down. I was going to catalogue its secrets, but that was for my benefit, not the city’s, and this is just as good.

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