I also read this recently. No one will be shocked, I suppose, that I didn’t particularly like it.
Quoting myself on twitter:
In the middle of Embassytown right now. Impression is Miéville doing Harrison doing Blish. Less happy with it after the mid-reveal.
Finished Embassytown. Now wishing I hadn’t fought through the middle. “Language” is a dud pivot. Artful awkwardness here just awkward.
I don’t have a ton to add, I suppose, other than a statement of bias, as I thought that Kraken, as fun as it was a times, was kind of a baggy mess and concerned Men’s Business entirely too much, and had some huge disappointments in terms of its female characters.
The treatment of women as important is better here, which is praiseworthy, but doesn’t overcome the novel’s other flaws.