German book cover for Paolo Bacigalupi's The Windup Girl, which I just finished reading. You know, I skipped my book club's last book, The Girl With a Dragon Tattoo, because I wasn't interested in reading anything that featured sexual violence against women. Instead I read this . . . which features sexual violence against women. Other than that, the book is excellent. It's often compared to William Gibson's novels, but I didn't see much of a similarity. Really, it's very much like a futuristic version of George Martin's Fire and Ice series - - told from the viewpoints of many fairly unlikable characters as they're outmaneuvered by far more savvy operators in a political struggle. It's well deserving of the many awards it's won, and $9 at Amazon. I can't give it better praise than to say I've placed all of his other books on my wishlist.