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The Powell's Playlist | June 18, 2014

Daniel H. Wilson: IMG The Powell’s Playlist: Daniel H. Wilson



Like many writers, I'm constantly haunting coffee shops with a laptop out and my headphones on. I listen to a lot of music while I write, and songs... Continue »

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The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi
The Windup Girl

morrisg, August 8, 2012

Paulo Bacigalupi has written an intense winner here, set in a near future SouthEast Asia with an examination of what happens when too many people chase too few resources and what it does to our societies. He also takes on what happens to minorities in such a situation, with an emphasis on the "windup girl", who is considered "not human" or "sub human" due to her genetic kinks. What really makes the story fly, though, is the close examination of what these kinds of conditions do to people, how they react in good ways and bad ways. It's enlightening to put yourself in the characters shoes and think how you would react to all the craziness going on. A great story, a great read, and a great author. A similar author you might enjoy is Ian McDonald's Cyberabad Days, set in a near future India. Both are highly recommended, especially for hard science fiction readers.
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The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest (The Millennium Trilogy #3) by Stieg Larsson
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest (The Millennium Trilogy #3)

morrisg, January 12, 2011

Stieg Larsson, ah, Stieg Larsson, how did we lose you before we even knew you. Well, the review... If you haven't heard everything about this trilogy already, if you haven't seen the movies, if you're still trying to make up your mind whether to invest the time in reading this series, let me put your mind at ease. You should read these books. Fascinating, horrifying, uplifting, a window into Swedish society, a thriller... well, you get the idea. Treat yourself to The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. Hang on, be tough, take this wild ride with young Lisbeth Salander as she goes through the gates of hell helping Michael Blomqvist, investigative reporter, uncover the dirty doings of those nice Swedes we've read so much about. And do yourself a favor, by looking up the Swedish street locations and towns on Google maps, it only takes a bit of time but really helps put you in the picture. Then, when you're finished with the first one, go right out and get the other two because you know you're hooked now and you're going to need to find out what happens. In short, well worth reading.
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