An incredible adventure in a world our descendants might see
This is a truly futurist novel that puts you squarely into a terrifyingly detailed world, where the oil has run out, global warming has raised the oceans, and large corporations contend with nations for the next bio-engineered food crops just one step ahead of likewise biologically engineered plagues. Not for the faint of heart, but one of the best novels I have read in the last 10 years.
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This is really one you should pick--Sure keeps you interested and in wonder. Haven't really finished it--but what I have read I really enjoy.It will be worth your time. Exciting
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by Christian Benito,
I'd heard all manner of praise and complimentary comparisons for The Windup Girl, but it wasn't until I started to read the book that I began to believe, and in believing I was filled with sadness and wonder. Bacigalupi throws us into a terribly possible post-oil future and introduces a cast of characters seeking redemption in a hopelessly corrupt world. This book is definitely in the running for my favorite book of 2009.
by Christian Benito
"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"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." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
What Happens when bio-terrorism becomes a tool for corporate profits? And what happens when said bio-terrorism forces humanity to the cusp of post-human evolution? In The Windup Girl, award-winning author Paolo Bacigalupi returns to the world of The Calorie Man (Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award-winner, Hugo Award nominee, 2006) and Yellow Card Man (Hugo Award nominee, 2007) in order to address these questions.
Recipient of the Sturgeon Award, Paolo Bacigalupi's writing has appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, and the environmental journal High Country News. His non-fiction essays have appeared in Salon.com and High Country News, and have been syndicated into numerous western newspapers.
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