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China Mieville

English,  Writer
Total Quotes : 26
Fantasy Fiction Geek

I'm a science fiction and fantasy geek.

- China Mieville

Loved Buildings Ever

Ever since I was two, I've loved octopuses, monsters, abandoned buildings.

- China Mieville

Friendly Very Socialist

I'm a very friendly socialist.

- China Mieville

Think I Think Slightly

'Kraken' is set in London and has a lot of London riffs, but I think it's more like slightly dreamlike, slightly abstract London. It's London as a kind of fantasy kingdom.

- China Mieville

Bad Very Subordinate

I always felt sorry for the sidekick as a kid. They never got their due and it left a very bad taste in the mouth - they are defined by a subordinate relationship to someone else. I always felt like a bit of sidekick when I was a kid and it didn't feel fair.

- China Mieville

Love Monsters I Love

I love monsters.

- China Mieville

Fantasy Horror Fiction

Fantastic fiction covers fantasy, horror and science fiction - and it doesn't get the attention it deserves from the literati.

- China Mieville

Most Prominent I Write

In every book I write, I try to name-check the most prominent influences, or the most prominent conscious influences.

- China Mieville

Think Self-Conscious Prose

I think there's something quite interesting about the almost tragic quality of a lot of overwrought prose, because it has a much more self-conscious awareness of its own failure to touch the real.

- China Mieville

Trying Like Idea

I like the idea of trying to write a book in every genre.

- China Mieville

Learn Think Own

But I do think it's important to remember that writers do not have a monopoly of wisdom on their books. They can be wrong about their own books, they can often learn about their own books.

- China Mieville

I Think Other Very

'Kraken' is a very undisciplined book. That's a gamble. If it doesn't come off, it's disastrous. But there are pleasures, I think, to a meandering lack of discipline that you can't get the other way, and vice versa.

- China Mieville

Never Science Fiction

I'd never been to a science-fiction convention until I became a professional writer.

- China Mieville

Book Voice I Write

Every book I write, the first thing I have to do is get into the voice, and the voice varies from book to book - that's part of what's interesting to me.

- China Mieville

Through Which Rhyming

My parents went through the dictionary looking for a beautiful name, nearly called me Banyan, flicked on a few pages and came to China, which is cockney rhyming slang for mate.

- China Mieville

Sometimes Against Resent

Well I don't feel sectarian against sparseness, although I sometimes get a little chippy about this. I resent the way that a certain notion of parsimony has become the norm for skilful literary writing.

- China Mieville

Been Feels Particularly

I'll tell you, I've never particularly been a 'Trek' person. I feel about 'Trek' the way one feels about known, vaguely liked, but rather distant members of one's family.

- China Mieville

Think I Think Very

I think science fiction is very bad at prediction.

- China Mieville

Like About Read

Personally I don't like it when writers become excessively proscriptive about the way that people read their books.

- China Mieville

Question Fiction Very

In the field of fantastic fiction, the question of world-building is not uncontroversial. But I grew up with 'Dungeons and Dragons,' so that whole world-building thing is very close to my heart.

- China Mieville