I enjoy Sci-Fi that stimulates thought, and Embassytown doesn't disappoint. Human interaction with alien species are perfect foundations in which to explore topics taken too often for granted. In this case, Language is key, and China does a fantastic job turning perception of it on its head. The first third of the novel is set-up. Thankfully the setup was interesting enough to set the stage without boring me with seemingly useless details. What is learned in the first third is necessary once the plot kicks in and the real page turning begins. The characters and concepts of characterization were fresh and intriguing. Certainly I recommend this novel and look forward to reading other books by China. I believe he has deepened my vocabulary, so kudos to him for that gift as well.