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Chung Kuo #06: An Inch of Ashesby David Wingrove
Synopses & Reviews
The sixth installment of David Wingrove's director's cut of his epic vision of the future
It is 2206. As Chung Kuo's population continues to swell, the Seven—the ruling T'angs—are forced to make further concessions, laws must be relaxed and the House at Weinmar reopened. Change is coming, whether the Seven like it or not. The tides of unrest unleashed by earlier wars grow faster even than the population. DeVore secretly allies with newly appointed general, Hans Ebert. It seems that DeVore's plans are coming to fruition. But Ebert has his own schemes and plots—he intends to depose the Seven and control the whole of Chung Kuo. Includes more than 30 pages of character listing and Mandarin glossary.
"Picking up where The Art of War left off, the lugubrious sixth installment of Wingrove's Chung Kuo series — rewritten and recast from its original eight-book run to an ambitious 20 — further explores the political intrigue, soap-opera romance, and cultural shifts of a Chinese-controlled future in which continent-spanning cities are the order of the day. This volume focuses on the drama surrounding Li Yuan, heir to City Europe, and his new wife, Fei Yen, whose beauty hides a manipulative nature. The other major arc follows artist and scientist Ben Shepherd as he works to develop a new mode of virtual reality. There's a decidedly serial feel to this epic, slow-moving tale, with most narrative payoffs deferred for later episodes. Wingrove's knack for worldbuilding and description contrasts with an overall shallowness of storytelling and a questionable attitude toward female characters. Agent: Diana Tyler, MBA Literary Agents. (Dec.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
David Wingrove is the Hugo Award-winning coauthor of The Trillion Year Spree: The History of Science Fiction, and the coauthor of the first three books in the Myst series.
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