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The Windup Girl

A book by Paolo Bacigalupi

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The Wind Up Girl - The book I almost didn't like

  • Dec 29, 2011
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I decided to read The Wind Up Girl after being drawn to the cover art every time I went to the bookstore. I finally pick it up a few months ago. Let me start by saying I'm somewhat of a prude when I read. I was automatically uncomfortable with the Wind Up Girl's situation and as the abuse escalated I was borderline disgusted. I persevered because the world Bacigalupi created was so detailed an interesting. Still, what kept me going was story line involving Kanya. Her story saves the book in my opinion. It's worth the read but it will probably be a while before I read another Bacigalupi book.

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December 30, 2011
Nice write-up, this sounds like an intriguing, if difficult, read. Thanks for sharing!
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Starred Review. Noted short story writer Bacigalupi (Pump Six and Other Stories) proves equally adept at novel length in this grim but beautifully written tale of Bangkok struggling for survival in a post-oil era of rising sea levels and out-of-control mutation. Capt. Jaidee Rojjanasukchai of the Thai Environment Ministry fights desperately to protect his beloved nation from foreign influences. Factory manager Anderson Lake covertly searches for new and useful mutations for a hated Western agribusiness. Aging Chinese immigrant Tan Hock Seng lives by his wits while looking for one last score. Emiko, the titular despised but impossibly seductive product of Japanese genetic engineering, works in a brothel until she accidentally triggers a civil war. This complex, literate and intensely felt tale, which recalls both William Gibson and Ian McDonald at their very best, will garner Bacigalupi significant critical attention and is clearly one of the finest science fiction novels of the year.(Oct.)
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ISBN-10: 1597801585
ISBN-13: 978-1597801584
Author: Paolo Bacigalupi
Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Publisher: Night Shade Books
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