Monday, January 17, 2011

The Windup Girl



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.

8 comments:

  1. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo had a couple of very graphic moments of violence towards women (and a couple against men)in an entire book of great characterization, genuine intrigue, and a handful of extremely resourceful and strong female characters. It's too bad you didn't read it. It's kind of like not reading Huck Finn because it has the N word in it. Of course, that won't be an issue for much longer.

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  2. image looks like a rip off of True Blood Season one promo pic

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  3. Lost my book around chapter 40. Ugh its like a monkey on my back. I'm waiting now for the Library to get it back in for those last few pages. :(

    P.S. you can read 2 of Paolo's Wind up story's here: http://www.nightshadebooks.com/Downloads/WindupStories.pdf

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  4. Oh excellent, I'll definitely try those.

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  5. Anonymous - It is also reminiscent of Max Barry's Jennifer Government.

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  6. That cover looks so Lady Gaga.

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  7. Somewhat derivative of the poster for the 2003 French movie "Stupeur et tremblements" (Fear and Trembling)

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  8. I had difficulty getting involved with the story (the details of location, the characters, even the time period being covered seemed too sparsely explained so I initially struggled to follow what was going on), but by the time the story drew to a close I was hoping against hope there was already a sequel out there (or at least in the works).

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